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Sam’s Medical Status:
In our last update to the blog, I mentioned that Sam was at Sutter Roseville Emergency. He was there for 4 days before being released back to CareMeridian in Granite Bay. He was given a PICC line at the hospital to allow him to receive antibiotics intravenously. By the time he left the hospital his temperature was back to normal. He had a few more days where his temperature went up slightly, but nothing that would cause alarm.
There has been a few very nice improvements in Sam’s recovery lately. Eric mentioned in the last blog post that Sam was sucking on a dum-bum sucker which is very cool. Last week during therapy, Sam was asked to grab his left leg (he hasn’t had any movement with either his left hand, arm or leg since getting injured). Without any encouragement, Sam reached for his left leg using both his right and left arm! It wasn’t a lot of movement with his left arm, but a significant movement for him. Later while my wife Julie was with him, he lifted up his left arm again. Erin told me on the phone last night that he is getting more aware of his left side. For example, he’s been moving his left arm with his right hand to position it. His frustration level with his left side not working seems to be increasing…a good sign that he is aware of his disability and his brain is working to get things moving again.
Another really exciting improvement has been with Sam’s short term memory. Erin is always working on Sam’s memory skills and he is very good at remembering things from 2 years ago and beyond, but not so much with more recent events. For example, the day after Sam and Erin went to see the new star trek movie, he didn’t remember going. But—recently Erin asked Sam what big news occurred in my younger daughter’s life and he remembered that she recently told him she was pregnant (Julie and I will be grandparents for the first time!). He’s also been remembering other big events like his father Eric getting married a few weeks ago to Wendy. By the way, Eric met Wendy thought this blog. Wendy is an RN from St. Louis…she came across Sam’s blog one day and started leaving occasional notes. Eventually Eric started noticing her beautiful faith filled comments and encouragement she was giving Sam and Erin. They started emailing each other, eventually met, and now are married! I’m sure there’s more interesting details to the story, so I’ll let Eric make any corrections or additions where needed.
Peace and Love to all,