color: SOME SOLDIER'S MOM: Take Me Home, Country Roads

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Take Me Home, Country Roads

We have been in Germany since Wednesday and saw Noah immediately at Fisher House where he had been transported from the Ramstein Medical Barracks very near the hospital. Injured soldiers are permitted to stay in this barrack-style housing directly next to the hospital so long as they have no grave health condition and are mobile or somewhat mobile -- under their own steam, on crutches or in wheelchairs. It's a group that understands that they'd rather be somewhere else... the Air Force personnel stationed in the area volunteer their time multiple nights a week to take the wounded to dinners and shopping, the movies... A night out with comrades in the real world.

Noah's tests late last week turned up no breaks or fractures in the upper or lower back and a brief but intense physical therapy regime was prescribed by the neurologist. He had medical appointments and tests most of the day Thursday, after which the physician determined that they could not make his spine right in the time allotted at Landstuhl, and he would be RHB'd -- returned to home base -- to continue additional treatments and therapies. There is no timetable for a "cure" -- but at the moment it looks to be many months. They will do additional testing for the cause of some of the more significant pain and to determine whether the spinal swelling will result in any permanent damage. He has been unable to sleep for more than a few hours each night (still) and they will try and sort that out at home base. He is disappointed to be going home and hopes that there is a chance he'll get to return to finish what he started. This is sometimes more difficult for him to deal with than the physical injuries.

So, unless Noah gets bumped from the manifest of the next med transport, our Guy will be heading for the U.S. on Tuesday... we'll head for home early Wednesday.

The wonderful people at
Fisher House have been stupendously supportive and this place provides much-needed relief from the stresses of the hospital environment that those with loved ones at the hospital must face. It also provides an opportunity for the families to meet and talk with others in the same situation -- to compare notes, to trade stories, to share information, to share fellowship. I have delighted in showing visitors around the "house" from the Landstuhl community that had not had the opportunity before to acquaint themselves with the generosity of the American people and the Fisher family. However, the Fisher Houses, once built, rely on the continued generosity of the public to continue providing services and the level of caring to soldiers' families. I know in the aftermath of Katrina that needs are great, but please consider supporting Fisher House's relocation of veterans from VA centers in the ravaged areas.

Another worthy cause in the aftermath of Katrina is Soldiers Angels
OPERATION KATRINA SOLDIERS RELIEF FUND which is raising funds for the families of our soldiers serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Many of these soldiers will be returning home in the next few weeks to find that their families have been displaced and their homes and businesses destroyed.
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At 9/05/2005 6:48 AM , Blogger BetsyB. said...

I'm so glad to hear that Noah is coming home, I am keeping him in my prayers.
It is so wonderful to see that after all you have been through these past few weeks you are still thinking of other people. You are a wonderful person.
I live in Central Mississippi now but I grew up in Biloxi. My husband and I went down to the Coast last week to take supplies to family and friends, the destruction from Katrina is unbelievable. The people need so much, many have lost everything and don't know where to begin to get there lives back together. Thank you for the information about OPERATION KATRINA SOLDIERS RELIEF FUND. The families of these soldiers serving our country truely need our help.
God Bless you SSM and I am praying for you to have safe travel back to the USA.

At 9/05/2005 7:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please thank your son for his service - and Thank YOU for your sacrifice

God Bless all those from the United States of America who serve and their families

Reader from the United Kingdom

At 9/05/2005 7:35 AM , Blogger Katy said...

I am so behind on everyone's blogs. I am glad You are with Noah. That is so wonderful. I am glad he will be coming home, but I am so sorry for the circumstances. I imagine he has got to be so frustrated to leave his buddies. I know these guys have bonds like no other. You are still in our prayers. Great admiration to you and Noah.

At 9/05/2005 8:13 AM , Blogger Call Me Grandma said...

Nice to read about Noah. I am hoping he does not get bumped. My prayers are with you all, for a safe trip home...

At 9/05/2005 10:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear that Noah is heading home. I know he would rather not be, but for now, for his health it is the best place for him. He continues to be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope he recovers fully soon.

At 9/05/2005 11:08 AM , Blogger LoveMyTanker said...

Thank you for the update! We still keep you in our thoughts and prayers daily! Safe travels to you all!

At 9/05/2005 3:20 PM , Blogger Kat said...


Thank you so much for the update!!!! :-) I'm glad there were no fractures or breaks... will be praying as the physical therapy and treatment regimen begins and continues.

{{{{gentle hugs}}}} to Noah!

At 9/05/2005 3:21 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Glad he is headed back to the good ole USA...Thanks for the email update. Let me know if I can do anything for you all.

At 9/06/2005 7:40 AM , Blogger Melinda said...

Thanks so much for updating, SSM. I've been thinking about you & Noah & wondering what they had determined. I'm so thankful that if he isn't 100%, they aren't sending him back to his FOB.

{{Hugs}} to him and to you...

At 9/06/2005 10:16 AM , Blogger An Army Mom said...

I usually follow your blog. This has been a busy summer so I have not read it lately. When I went to check on you this morning?? I was shocked at Noah being injured. I read your blog through my tears. This is every military parents nightmare.

I am so happy to hear Noah is doing well. I will pray for him, & your family.

I get so much out of your blog. Thanks for sharing it!

At 9/07/2005 4:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got really busy and hadn't had a chance to check back until now. I'm so glad you got a chance to see Noah!

I'm really sorry he's in such pain - spinal and head injuries are just difficult. I'm pulling for him! Now if you can only convince him to stop worrying about "when" he'll get back - and focus instead on positively thinking his way through this... he would be less frustrated. LOL - yeah right - like he'll buy that!

A good visualization to use... when he can concentrate on it. Think of his spinal chord... run smoothing, cooling thoughts through it. (sounds strange doesn't it) The power of the mind is an amazing thing. Anyone who can concentrate in a battle situation knows that you can use your mind this way. If he could do this a number of times each day for even half a minute - who knows - it might help him some. If not directly - it gives his thoughts a different turn - more focused on "doing" than just "waiting" to get well.

Gentle hugs to all of you!


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