Back in January of this year, just a week after our son, Noah, deployed to Iraq, I wrote Every Parent’s Nightmare in which I said
I believe that it is every parent's nightmare that something will happen to their child and that they can't get there. My sleeping and waking nightmare is hearing any of my children crying out for me and I'm not able to get to them… I could not bear the thought that there might be an emergency and I would not be there when my child needed me.
And, of course, that call on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 confirmed that nightmare tenfold!! This has been a truly taxing and nerve-racking experience – and we’re just 5 days into the journey!
We have been blessed that Noah’s injuries were far less drastic than originally thought, and his Command called to tell us that Noah might be shipped back to the U.S. this next week to an Army medical facility to continue treatment and rehabilitation!! (We know he won’t be especially happy with returning stateside – principally because we know he is adamant that he get back with his unit. Be that as it may…)
We have not yet heard what the diagnosis is, what the prognosis is, what the treatment may be and how long his expected recovery might be. (Willie and Mary Ann from Soldiers Angels did visit with him today and they tell me "he is doing fine.") Whatever the details of the Army's “plan,” I (and probably other family) will travel to wherever Noah’s final destination is and stay as long as I/we can be useful to him.
We have had many inquiries of how people can help... Soldiers Angels has information for those that would like to donate to defray the costs of our upcoming travel and stay to be with Noah while he mends and with other expenses that may arise in connection with Noah's continuing care... Any funds not used will be donated to Soldiers Angels and other organizations that support our soldiers.
Many have asked where they can send cards and letters to Noah:
Noah P Wounded Warrior
We thank you all again from the bottom of our hearts for your prayers and compassion and affection. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support...
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