Noah Filer's Journal
Written Nov 9, 2012 3:17pm
Just wanted to update everyone on Noah and how awesome he is doing. Noah continues to work out several times a week and it is REALLY starting to show. He's looking like the Noah we all know and love!
He is also keeping good spirits and adjusting to daily activities along with his prosthetic and how his body is changing. Of course we all know that his determination and drive to do everything is important to him, and he is doing just that each day.
An update on his leg and the range of motion... Two weeks ago, Noah went for an outpatient surgery with his Orthopedic Dr. to see if they could get more range on his knee. The surgery was short and Noah is now at a full 0-90 range. Not as much as he hoped, but the Dr. said that if he continued to crank, he had a chance of popping Noah's quad muscle...we don't want that! There is a possiblity of going back in at a later date to look at his heterotopic osification (HO - the extra bone growth) and seeing if they can get more range. For now, the Dr. said to keep up with therapy and working hard with his leg and he would be good. Noah is almost ready to advance to a new leg as well with the progress he has made so far with the original one.
Progress on the arm is not as hopeful as Noah would like right now. He started with a body movement arm which was functioned by his muscles and own movements. However, the fit was not correct with the arm and with Noah working out, he was not getting the results we hoped for with the arm. He now has an appointment next week to go see an arm specialist so he can get on the road to working with this. He is anxiously awaiting the use of an arm!
Right now, he will continue working out, doing what he does and keep getting better! Noah is also excited to go hunting in a week. Fingers crossed for a big buck!!!
Thank you all for the continued thoughts, prayers and love. Noah and I appreciate everything you have done and continue to do for us!
Written Oct 13, 2012 6:45pm
Things have been going VERY well with Noah. He continues to progress daily and achieve goals. He has been up and moving around on his new leg for weeks now. He has even upgraded his fire boot to a new work leg. This makes it easier for him to click out of one prosthetic and into another quickly. Noah is also now working on using his prosthetic arm. He has his body movement arm at home and is working on how to pick things up, move around and balance out, and how to lock/unlock his elbow. This is going to take some time, but if anyone can do it, Noah can.
Noah has also achieved another great milestone... he is back to driving. He successfully took a medical evaluation and passed with flying colors so that he can safely drive again. He now has the opportunity to use a knob on the wheel to help with steering and corners. He is a great driver, both in small and large vehicles.
Noah is also back to working out strong. He is lifting weights consistently and if you have seen him lately, you are seeing those big muscles come right back out. So proud of his determination and strength to do what he loves the most.
Noah is going to the Dr. early next week to talk about his knee. Although he is doing well, he is going to talk about an upcoming surgery to help with range of motion on the knee. Nothing too extensive... an outpatient surgery that will do months of therapy in minutes to get that knee bending like it should!
Continued thanks for the thoughts, prayers and love!!!
Written Sep 6, 2012 3:37pm
A HUGE Thank you to EVERYONE who put time, effort, contributions and support into Noah's Benefit. It was a great success! He was amazed at all of the people and all of the support surrounding him. What a joy to see a community, family and friends unite together for one of their own.
Wanted to update everyone on Noah's progress since the event. He is doing incredible. Noah is walking around on his prosthetic without a cane or any assistance and is doing daily activites around the house and in the community. He gets casted late this week for his arm and should have that soon after. He is eager to get back to everything, and will soon be driving again as well!
Noah wrote this all for you who have been there since the beginning and those that continue to be there now:
To all those that have sent love, prayers, support and genersity, thank you. There were so many people there for my benefit. I did my best to say Hi to everyone, but if I missed you, I am sorry and thank you for your support. I feel blessed to have so many positive thoughts behind me. Every prayer, memory and well wish helps me. I am excited to have my prosthetic leg and be walking around on it, and am waiting to receive my arm. I can't wait to get back to my life and activities. Thank you again for everything through my accident, it means so much to have it all behind me. The funds raised at the benefit will help with my medical costs, daily living as I get back to things, and help get my second leg to return to the Fire Department. Communities really unite when a member falls on hard times, and Durand and many communities have united for me and ALL my families. I have my Firefighter/EMT family, my fiance Jenni's family, my family, and my community family. It is amazing. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do from my heart. ~Noah