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January 24, 2006

Now: Jennifer

Sam's niece arrived earlier this afternoon and has been ministering to Sam nonstop since - ruffling his hair, pumping Pepsi into him, regaling him with stories of her recent exploits in the home of five (male) college students. Ahem! ;-) They're reminiscing about "vodika's".

Bill sends an email claiming Sam has always had "breathing problems" and it's about time they've started to improve. "When we lived together on Dravus in Seattle back in the 50's you didn't sound long for this world most of the time."

Luciano Pavarotti is on now; not quite on a par with the Dave Brubeck albums of yore.

Big grins re the peacock joke forwarded by my best partner-in-crime:

I was at the mall the other day eating at the food court. I noticed an old man watching a teenager Sitting next to him. The teenager had spiked hair in all different colors: green, red, orange, and blue. The old man kept staring at him.

The teenager would look and find the old man staring every time.
When the teenager had enough, he sarcastically asked, "What's the matter old man, never done anything wild in your life?"

The old man did not bat an eye in his response, "Got drunk once and had sex with a peacock. I was just wondering if you were my son?"

He also enjoyed these statements from a project on "The Sea", in which kids from various classes were asked to draw pictures or write about their experiences. Teachers got together to compare the  results and put together some of the comments.

 1. This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles. (Kelly age 6)

 2. Some fish are  dangerous. Jellyfish can sting. Electric eels can give you a shock. They have to live in caves under the sea where I think they have to plug themselves to  chargers. (Christopher age 7)

 3. Oysters' balls are called pearls. (James age 6)

 4. If you are surrounded by sea you are an Island. If you don't have sea all around you, you are incontinent. (Wayne age 7)

 5. I think sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily Richardson. She's not my friend no more. (Kylie age 6)

 6. A dolphin breathes through an  asshole on the top of it's head. (Billy age 8)

 7. My uncle goes out in  his boat with pots, and comes back with crabs. (Millie age 6)

 8. When  ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the ocean. Sometimes,  when the wind didn't blow, the sailors would whistle to make the wind come. My  brother said they would be better off eating beans. (William age 7)

 9. I  like mermaids. They are beautiful, and I like their shiny tails. How do mermaids  get pregnant? (Helen age 6)

 10. When you go swimming in the sea, it is  very cold, and it makes my willy small. (Kevin age 6)

Posted by Steph at January 24, 2006 4:08 PM


Synopsis of physical & mental state of Sammy (as ascertained from medical personnel, friends, and my current interactions).......Sam, in general, is declining. This is the nature of his illness: a degenerative neurological disorder. It first attacks the physical body, then attacks the brain.

Prognosis for recovery from out-patient surgery for placement of g-tube, recently performed, was that pre-surgery physical strenth & energy levels would decrease. A urinary tract infection weakened him further, thus the prognosis included a predicted decrease in mental acuity. Antibiotics, a consistent regimen of nutrition & hydration enabled return to Eden Park. Incremental increases & declines of energy have cycled day by day, and at times during a day.

Minimal speech is possible intermittently & typically can make his needs known via blinks or hand squeezes; at times he can slowly speak 3-4 words. At other times, even the blink or squeeze is difficult & comes w/ a time delay of about 10 second. Eye sight has dimished. Good ole Sam though, his response to humor is still very much in tact; it may only be a mere grin or eyebrow raise, but he certainly gets all the jokes and inuendos.

Questions are to be kept to a minimum, as medical personnel must ask, and need, his energy for responses. However, e-mails reminiscing of good times, reading or singing to him, gentle massages of feet, legs, hands arms, (not neck), music, kisses and hugs all please him. So again, all jokes, references to good ole times, embarrassing moments, familiar German words, "inside" jokes, update info as to how your lives, and other's he knows, are going, etc....he attends to, when rested, and displays real appreciation. Sam's best attention span currently, approx.ly 15-20 min., 1/2 hr. tuckers him out. Recup time then is about 1 hr. of sleep. Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts. Sam loves you all & gave a big hand squeeze "yes" to givng you an update. He's surprised us before w/ rebounding; his strength could increase, then he could communicate a bit better, who knows? He's still w/ us and I love him, Jennifer

Posted by: Jennifer at January 25, 2006 7:56 PM

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