I was delighted in her
labor of love in our home even as it relates to Noah
I overheard her
how to annunciate the word "hello.
Things like that are priceless.
Noah's therapists had these notes from their chart today:
stood today (with their assistance) using his
abdominal muscles (to a greater measure) which allowed him improved posture (stood more erect)."
was able to keep his
hand open with an item touching his
has been eating intermittently for some time now, Wednesday, he
ate a considerable amount of fettuccini with broccoli and strawberries as desert.
words to me were, "He
is eating more than ever."
With the pollen count climbing because of spring, Noah
too has moments of sneezing that are spontaneous.
pulmonary functions are excellent, when he
sneezes it can create "soft projectiles" flying through the air at supersonic speeds.
realized that he
had just unleashed a barrage upon his
Monday night Noah
up with, "Mom....momm...momm.
Wouldn't your know it; I finally get to be present when Noah
does something neat.
I mentioned last week that he
said Hannah's name though I was upstairs in my office.
Well, Wednesday I was next to his
bed talking about Hannah and out of nowhere he
simply decided to say, "Hannah.
WOW! Dad needs a few thrills as well.
We are surmising that Noah
continues to try and speak and when it all comes together in a moment he
himself is surprised by the success he
has increased his
standing time in his
stander up to ten minutes.
Before this week he
would become fatigued after five or six minutes.
head up the whole time and we didn't need to help him."
was on his
back on the floor we were asking him to take his
arm and extend it upward in a "punching motion.
I could see Noah
looking into Lisa's eyes with glee in his
heart knowing that he
just gave her
a monumental blessing to start her
As many of you know, Noah Addesa
was hit by lightning yesterday afternoon as he
was coming out of the shed in the backyard.
stopped breathing and his
heart stopped beating.
From Chesapeake General Hospital
they transferred Noah
to Norfolk General Hospital
where they were able to stabilize his
heart rate and blood pressure.
is currently at CHKD in the PICU.
Noah has 2nd degree burns on his chest and leg and a head wound from falling backward .
After about fifteen minutes of touring the facility, we were convinced that this was not for Noah
and that his
place was in our home.
We knew that Noah's destiny was not to end there, but rather to be redeemed at 1203 Brookside Landing.
was transferred up to UVA Kluge to begin the process of rehab.
Here is my entry from that first day there:
About three o'clock Friday afternoon the Rehab team met with Lisa and I and said that in their professional opinion, Noah should not have a trach tube in his throat.
With us right there in Noah's
room, they proceeded to simply remove his
trach and place a small piece of sterile gauze over the hole in his
throat and said that it will close and heal within a week!
As the respiratory therapist was going to dispose of his
trach tube I said, "May I have that as a trophy for my son to remember this event by?
smiled and said, "Yes, of course.
It will make a fine one.
I have it here in my room as a reminder of the moment nine weeks ago when Noah
lay lifeless on the ground next to our tulip tree in the backyard.
time at Kluge was simply wonderful.
There was even a moment where he
surprised the doctors when a new nurse mistakenly "coded" Noah
When they decided to transport Noah
went ahead of the paramedics to get some things to bring with her to go to the UVA Medical Center
walked out the door, both paramedics and the attending nurse said that Noah
said, "Hi mom" with distinct clarity.
To my son, Noah
, I am jealous of your courage and strength.
I suspect you have been places that few of us have ever been to this side of eternity.
With the onset of Noah's
injuries something otherworldly began to emerge in Lisa
Allow me to start with an exhortation for those who are outside of our area who love Noah
and pray for him to consider clicking on this link: http://www.harvestva.org/online-sermons.asp.
I stayed home last Sunday and took care of Noah
so I had to listen to it like you.
rolled from his
left side to his
back without any verbal cues or help.
We usually begin by prepping him and turning his head but today he went through the whole sequence by himself.
oah is lying on the floor in a prone position on his
elbows with less scapular winging and holding his
head up higher.
Noah's balance is improving as he
sits upright on the floor and on the side of his
has become adept at that and often grunts and groans with the challenging exercising they put him through.
is standing behind Noah
steadying his trunk while I am on the floor doing the same for his legs.
Let's catch up on some of notes from therapists Lisa and Emily
: When we help Noah
into a standing position we used to have to "push" his
hips into proper form while standing.
"Twice today I felt him extend his
hips on his
own to straighten up."
Noah's head control improved again this week.
head has been upright for months now, he
continues to hold it straighter.
Also this week Noah
was able to tolerate sitting with his
legs crossed (Indian style).
would groan from the pain of discomfort, but has now become more flexible and no longer has pain.
is seated in his
wheel chair leaning forward with a walking stick in his
is now able to lift his
trunk back up (slowly) to the sitting position by pushing his
arms against the stationary walking stick.
Finally while gripping the walking stick (I included some photos to give you an idea of the dynamic) Noah
is able to slowly release his
grip on the "rod" versus us having to pry his
Take that amazing power and releasing it in the manner of a repeating rile... with Noah
in the room... and what you have is an "audio" extravaganza that erupts.
put it this way: "Noah
was busting a gut laughing when she kept burping.
continues to improves.
It limits our time with Noah
outdoors, but "in house" he
continues to thrive and progress.
From the pen of therapists Lisa
is learning how to use his
legs muscles to come to a standing position. (I have actually seen Noah begin to flex his
thigh muscles in this exercise.
It's really exciting) He
is able to push a little when we lift him up.
is nodding and shaking his
head (more) appropriately in response to "yes" and "no" responses.
This indicates that he
is getting improved strength and control of his
trunk and neck muscles.
stood in his
stander for about 17 minutes this week. (That's up from about ten minutes).
impressed us by using his
left arm to push himself back up on the floor to a sitting position after he
started leaning over on his
As an aside to this, Lisa and Emily
have decided to change Noah's rehab schedule to five days per week instead of the current three-day schedule.
The reason is because Noah
is progressing to a point now that daily sessions will enhance his
We have welcomed this change.
This past week a family in our church made us a complete Italian meal because I often refer to my Italian heritage from the pulpit.
Eggplant parmesan, fried calamari, Italian beans, bread, salad and vanilla/banana pudding.
It was fabulous.
Guess which course Noah
Though medical science has little to offer Noah
in the way of advances, your prayers have reaped great "delights" in Noah's life.
From the improvements in physical dexterity to the simple pleasures of eating something he
really likes... we thank God that you have labored to that end for us and with us.
increase the "delights" of your life for being