color: SOME SOLDIER'S MOM: Update....

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Update....

Spoke with Noah... He arrived early today in Landstuhl, Germany. He had a preliminary evaluation and they looked at the x-rays and tests from Balad and don't think he fractured any vertebrae (that's what those good people in Balad said!). He's scheduled for an MRI and additional spinal x-rays tomorrow morning and then he has to make appointments to see various doctors. Says he has been having difficulty sleeping since the attack (me, too!) The terrible pain in his neck persisits (I will not comment about payback LOL)... it's constant and the worst of his pain, although he says his back is also painful... a little ringing in his ears and slight hearing loss in one ear, some tingling and some transient numbness in his arms and feet.. but his headache is mostly gone (I'm sure the pain meds are helping that!) Until he sees the doctors, and they evaluate the test results, etc., and make a diagnosis, he won't know if he's staying there or for how long or if he will be sent elsewhere...

So we won't know anything more really until probably some time next week. Frustrating for him (and the rest of us)... But for him -- he's never been sick or injured before and has not had to deal with "these things take time". I wish I could be there to run the gauntlet of medical personnel with him (it's a Mom thing)... we talked about my traveling to Germany but Noah said to wait until he has some idea of the timeline and destination (in case he's sent elsewhere). They issued him new DCU's (desert camouflage utilities/uniform), boots and PT clothes (shorts/t-shirts). He sounded ok... tired... very hoarse (he says from the neck brace). The pain meds make him drowsy but not sleepy... He's bummed because -- if it weren't for the pain meds -- he could be having a beer LOL

We are so very grateful that the initial reports of his injury were exaggerated, that he is receiving care, and that we have finally had an opportunity to talk somewhat at length.... and that (at least for the moment) he's not in Iraq. I know that there's a good chance he'll return at some point (especially if he has his way) but for now, it is the tiniest of comforts to me. He said he'll call again soon.

So that's the news...

We thank all of you for all your calls, emails and messages of support and caring for us and your prayers and good wishes for Noah. And I again would like to thank
Patti and Willie and all the wonderful people at Soldiers Angels for their dedication and devotion to our soldiers -- especially to our wounded soldiers and their families. Please consider visiting their site and donating (hey -- tax deductible!) or volunteering -- even if just to write letters to those soldiers who need the support from those still back here! This is an exceptional organization and group of people about whom I can not glow or crow enough.

Thank you all again. You can't begin to know how shocked and awed we are (I couldn't resist!) at the overwhelming support and caring you have all shown.
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2:00PM I have turned "on" the word verification feature in the comments as the comments were getting spammed and porno spammed ... Unbelieveable! I hope you will continue to post comments as they are precious to us...

55 Comments:

At 8/25/2005 6:12 PM , Anonymous MissBirdlegs in AL said...

Guess we know at least one of the places Noah got his sense of humor (shock & awe) :) So glad to hear things are much better than you were originally told. The waiting will be hard on all of you, I know, but it's so much better than it could be that maybe it will be endurable. Will continue with prayers for you all. We so appreciate your taking the time to keep us informed. Big hugs all around...

 
At 8/25/2005 6:35 PM , Anonymous Agnieszka O. said...

I'm so glad - the initial "report" is not true and you got to talk to your son. Hopefully, somebody from Soldiers Angels will be able to visit Noah soon.
Warm thoughts from Denver, CO :-)

 
At 8/25/2005 6:37 PM , Blogger Kat said...

OK, now that I'm home from work AND college, I was able to finally read all these posts (earlier I just dropped everything and posted a message & some hugs, saying I'd come back later to read it all). I cried my eyes out as I read... I know I don't comment much on this blog, but I DO read it frequently. I found out about this from Sgt.Missick's blog (and i'm going to post about this on mine as well). Anyway... I am SO GLAD you got to talk to Noah....Gosh..words comepletely fail me now. I don't even know what to say...all i can offer are {{{{{HUGS}}}}} and prayers and about a thousand more {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}.

Please know that your family is very loved adn we are all standing with you, and are here for you in whatever way you need us to be.

{{{{{MORE HUGS}}}}}
With much love,
Kat in GA
Jeffskat@gmail.com

 
At 8/25/2005 6:40 PM , Blogger brian said...

You and Noah are in our prayers! God bless you!

 
At 8/25/2005 6:56 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

SSM,

Thanks so much for calling me tonight. So thoughtful of you, epecially when you have much larger concerns than checking on me. It was a very hard day, but we made it. It sure was hard to see him walking towards that plane.

I am so glad that your soldier is feeling some what better. I will be thinking about him tomorrow as he is undergoing all the test. If there is anything that I can do, please let me know. I am here for you.

Take care, and keep being that wonderful person that you are.

 
At 8/25/2005 7:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Like so many others, I have a dear friend that is like a brother to me who is over there. I am afraid to get that call. I am also a Soldiers Angel, and know that getting involved with them is one of the best things that I have ever done! Godspeed and God Bless!

 
At 8/25/2005 7:16 PM , Blogger Sue said...

Each update is sounding so positive and I am so glad that the initial reports were exaggerated. It would be so frustrating to you all not to be able to be with him right now, but it's great you are able to get regular (sort of!) updates.

Godspeed one and all and best wishes for the news to continue to be as positive - and great to see you getting your sense of humour back a bit.

 
At 8/25/2005 7:16 PM , Anonymous Lisa @ Two Babes said...

We are all so very happy for your good news. Please send Noah our love and of course our love to you too.

Lisa

 
At 8/25/2005 7:18 PM , Blogger StoicMom said...

Noah has been in my prayers for some time now, though I'm glad to have a specific name other than "some soldier's mom's son and his company". My prayer for them has been for God to send his warrior angels, not the pretty ones you see on Christmas trees, but the Gabriels and Michaels. The 10-feet tall angels with their loins girded and ready for battle. The ones wearing the breast-plate of rightousness and carrying a mighty shield in one hand and a trumpet in the other.

Looks like they were there for our soldiers.

Godspeed Noah, and never forget how blessed you are. You are His good and faithful servant.

 
At 8/25/2005 7:19 PM , Anonymous Sharon (from NY) said...

I wanted to stop and see if there was an update before I went to bed tonight and I'm so glad I did! I'm so glad you got to spend time talking to Noah (although if he's on good pain meds he may not remember the conversations!) and that he's safe for now and in such good hands. Noah and all of you will be in many, many hearts and minds and in many, many hearts and prayers headed upwards! Now you know how many lives you have touched and that your good will is coming back your way many times over and well deserved! We owe Noah, and you all, so much; for his service and all your sacrifices, our prayers are only a token.... May God bless and keep you all.

 
At 8/25/2005 7:21 PM , Blogger Squid no more said...

I'm exstatic to hear Noah is doing ok. I was really worried while i was at work today. I missed a day of your blog due to work. I woke up this morning to blackfives post about it. Amazing how much things can change if you miss a few hours. Though I am not a frequent poster, I watch your blog almost every day and pray for Noah to come through everything ok.

 
At 8/25/2005 7:23 PM , Blogger StoicMom said...

Oh yeah...I guess this proves that theory that nonewsisgoodnewsandbadnewstravelsfast.

 
At 8/25/2005 7:23 PM , Blogger ~K said...

WHEW!!!!!
I will pray all these tests are on the positive side. That he is up and running the halls in no time. I can only imagine the relief you felt flooding through you when you got to hear his beautiful voice. God is Good!

 
At 8/25/2005 7:28 PM , Anonymous Deb said...

Prayers for Noah's continued recovery!!! And for you - from one Mom to another.

 
At 8/25/2005 7:38 PM , Anonymous amanda said...

That is a huge relief, Noah is in my continued prayers. I am glad that he was able to talk and help put you at ease some.

Amanda

 
At 8/25/2005 7:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to hear that Noah is doing so well! I've been following your site for almost since you started blogging, so when I read Patti's call for prayers on the Soldiers' Angels website, I was worried for all of you. I know God is watching over Noah and your family and prayers do work miracles. You will all remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary, a Mississippi Soldiers' Angel

 
At 8/25/2005 8:03 PM , Blogger LoveMyTanker said...

I wanted to stop in before I went to bed tonight, thanks for the update.

We lived in GE for 4 years and experienced a wide variety of medical care at Landstuhl, they are wonderful!

You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

 
At 8/25/2005 8:27 PM , Anonymous tom said...

It's great to see you and Noah still have your sense of humor. Glad that things are looking up.

Tom

 
At 8/25/2005 8:52 PM , Anonymous kari said...

I thank the Lord that Noah is doing so well. You are courageous people and we're indebted to you. We'll continue to pray for his quick and complete recovery. God bless.

 
At 8/25/2005 9:06 PM , Blogger Army Wife said...

Glad to hear positive news...the power of Noahs own fighting spirit and prayer I believe.

I hope you too are finally getting some sleep, and siblings and DH are hanging in there.

You sound remarkably well considering "current state of affairs".

I always tell people, you don't have to take things one day at a time, you can go from minute to minute when and if you have to .

Proud of you Mom....

Are there others that were with Noah that re in need of prayer?

 
At 8/25/2005 10:18 PM , Blogger Edward said...

Hi SSM,

That is really good news about Noah, thank heavens.

Of course, you now have a few more grey hairs to shake at Noah when he comes home.

Hope the MRI also comes out negative and all his pains disappear quickly.

 
At 8/26/2005 12:04 AM , Blogger sher said...

I am so glad things aren't as bad as they originally predicted. Our prayers are with you that he will be fine and home safe and sound as soon as possible.

((hugs))

Sher

 
At 8/26/2005 12:36 AM , Blogger Caltechgirl said...

I am so glad things continue to look up for Noah! Don't worry about the pain and numbness and ringing ears, that will go away as his spine heals, assuming he's not injured any worse than it looks right now.

Hugs to you and your son. We're still praying for you!

 
At 8/26/2005 1:04 AM , Blogger Mr. Happy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

I’m am happy to hear Noah’s prognosis is better. I’m sorry I could not get more information for you when he was still here in the hospital. I only discovered your blog as he was headed to the CASF. Only after my first comment on your post, did I think maybe he had been at THIS hospital in Iraq. Most patients come here but we haven’t been called a CASH in a long time. The Air Force took over operations of this hospital a while back and now it’s an AFTH (Air Force Theater Hospital).

Though I am an operating room nurse I was not the nurse in his operating room. I can if you desire, find out what staff was if you’d like to send a letter. I know that when we evac people away to Germany. We never know how things turn out.

My prayers and best wishes to him and his recovery, and of course to you and your entire family.

David

 
At 8/26/2005 3:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear this, and will continue to keep him, you, and the rest of family and friends in my thoughts.

Laughing Wolf

 
At 8/26/2005 5:33 AM , Blogger Greg said...

I am so sorry about Noah. I wish there were something I could do from here. You all are in my prayers. I do not know where he was hit and he probably cannot tell due to OPSEC. I know it does not take his pain away, but know this. We picked up 28 of those little bastards known for planting IEDs just the other day.

 
At 8/26/2005 6:01 AM , Anonymous Teresa said...

I'm glad to hear he's finally in Germany and on the road to recovery. And yes, you are so right - he will hate being out of commission while he heals! Right now - he won't be able to focus his mind too well with the pain meds. When he gets past those, keep reminding him to focus on getting well... not on what he can't do right now. *grin* This gives you a wonderful "mom" thing to nag about.

 
At 8/26/2005 6:21 AM , Blogger Melinda said...

Thanks so much for providing us with an update.

By the start of the week, the hugs from home headed to Noah's buddies will be on their merry way. :)

Hang in there!

 
At 8/26/2005 6:34 AM , Blogger Chevy Rose said...

My guardian angel has been on duty since 9/11/01 with our soldiers. Thank you for the update, and Thank you, Jesus.

 
At 8/26/2005 8:12 AM , Blogger barb pfister said...

I am so glad things aren't as bad as you had originally thought. I am also grateful that you got to have a good talk with your son I know that that helps to eliminate alot of fear. I pray that he will continue to improve, and I also will continue to pray for strength for your family. May God bless you and keep you.

 
At 8/26/2005 8:23 AM , Anonymous Karen said...

Praise God that the original report of the severity of his injuries were incorrect. I pray for quick and complete healing for your son, and strength for all of those in his life going through this with him. He is very lucky to have you, and we are very lucky to have people like your son putting it all on the line for us. God bless you, and your son. Please thank him for us - I don't have enough words.....

 
At 8/26/2005 9:21 AM , Blogger BetsyB. said...

Thank You Jesus!!!
I am so glad Noah is doing better. I know that hearing the sound of your son's voice is GOOD MEDICINE for a mother. Hi Ma! Two of the best words in the world!
Take care SSM, your baby is in GODS hands.

 
At 8/26/2005 10:13 AM , Anonymous Opforsoldier said...

Very glad to hear this news. Hopefully the tingling and pain is just residual from his CNS being shocked by the blast and it will soon subside. We will continue to pray for Noah and all our other servicemen.

 
At 8/26/2005 11:10 AM , Blogger Jen said...

What awesome news! I know his desire to rejoin his unit is worrisome, but it overwhelms me that he wants to return to his unit as soon as he can. What a incredibly courageous son you have raised.

Glad the prayers and thoughts of all those who have posted here and the 1000s who haven't seem to be working their magic!

 
At 8/26/2005 11:36 AM , Blogger Kim said...

I am so glad he is doing well. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard (read) about it. God Bless.

 
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At 8/26/2005 1:44 PM , Blogger Some Soldier's Mom said...

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At 8/26/2005 1:47 PM , Blogger Lovely Lisa said...

I just found this blog and am marking it as one of my favs-- my heart goes out to you...

 
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At 8/26/2005 2:29 PM , Blogger Wayne's Mom said...

Last night at dinner, we shared your story and your blog with 12 journalists from around the country. One guest, Lisa, from Brooklyn, kept saying over and over, "I never knew there was another significant side to the news about Iraq until tonight. I can't wait to get back to my computer and read these blogs."

When she returns to New York, she plans to send a list of Op-Ed editors, and suggested all of us send our "news" on a regular basis. Interesting, yes?

We all prayed for Noah and your family. Keep the faith!

Rebecca and Myron McCormick
Hot Springs, AR

 
At 8/26/2005 3:35 PM , Anonymous Tori said...

I'm so glad Noah's doing better than initially reported.

 
At 8/26/2005 5:06 PM , Blogger Rightwingsparkle said...

I just looked over at Mudville and couldn't believe they were talking about your son!!!

I just found you the other week and I appreciated you visiting and commenting on my blog.

I will keep Noah in my prayers!! God bless you and your family.

I have an adopted soldier that I haven't heard from and I hate it!

Stay STRONG!!!

 
At 8/26/2005 5:07 PM , Blogger Shelley said...

Thank goodness you have been able to talk with your Noah....I will keep the prayers going for his recovery and for you and your family. Even tho you know he is in a safe place at at this time...it's got to be hard not being able to be with him while all of the medical testing is going on. (Yes, it's a "Mom thing").

You mentioned Balad...I had a hunch Noah was in the same area that our son is when I first started reading your posts....likely the same FOB.

Anyway, stay strong and keep the faith. We are here for you with many prayers and positive thoughts.

 
At 8/26/2005 8:28 PM , Blogger ~*~ Deanne ~*~ said...

I am glad things are going better... Noah is in my thoughts and prayers! I pray for a quick recovery!!

 
At 8/26/2005 9:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soldier's Mom,
I'm so sorry to hear about Noah's injuries.

I am praying for Noah's complete recovery and for you as a Mom who is so worried about her son. I have two sons and I can't imagine them being injured like that.

I linked to your site from American Soldier's blog.

Take care and God Bless you both!!

Donna

 
At 8/26/2005 9:31 PM , Blogger Maggie45 said...

I just read that Mrs Greyhawk was able to give Noah and big hug from his mom. That is so great!! You all are still in my prayers.

 
At 8/27/2005 12:54 AM , Anonymous P. Campbell said...

It sounds promising! I'll say another prayer for him and the rest of you.

 
At 8/27/2005 8:32 AM , Anonymous Andi said...

Hi Mom - just wanted to drop in and say you and Noah are still in my thoughts and prayers.

Must be comforting to know that Mrs. G was able to see him and spend some time with him.

Take care of yourself and keep us updated.

Love and Hugs.

 

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