Old article about Uriah in the parade

So I never did get around to posting this.  Last fall was pretty hectic for me.  Anyway, here’s a link to the Journal article about Uriah being in the Apple Harvest Parade.  Click the image to go to the whole story.

Here’s the part about Uriah, though, for those who don’t want to link through.  It’s pretty cool, though, in that from the article title, and the first three paragraphs, you’d think it was all about Uriah.

MARTINSBURG – Like a wave traveling along the street, several thousand spectators lining the route of the 2011 Apple Harvest Grad Feature Parade in Martinsburg Saturday stood, applauded and cheered as U.S. Army Spc. Uriah Horst passed by.

The 21-year-old Martinsburg native was wounded on July 25 in Afghanistan when his unit of the 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne) was hit with rocket fire. Stationed at Forward Operating Base Andar, Horst was hit with shrapnel from one of the rocket explosions.

One young boy ran out to his car for an autograph. Horst dug for a pen in his fatigue pants to sign it.

That’s my bro.

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Uriah is in the Apple Harvest Parade

Thought everyone would like a little update on Uriah.  He’s doing remarkably well.  So well, in fact, that he’s going to be in the upcoming Apple Harvest Parade this Saturday here in downtown Martinsburg!  Here’s the Journal article about it!

Soldier to Ride in Parade

Quilters Honor Uriah

This past Tuesday, I had the honor of watching my brother, Uriah, be presented with a Quilt of Valor from a local quilting group.

Look at that thing!  It’s beautiful!  You really need to see it in person to see just how nice and high-quality this quilt is.  The nice older lady standing on the left-side of the photo is Sue Moats, who presented the quilt to Uriah.  The Journal was actually present at this award ceremony and did a very nice write-up about it here:

Quilters honor soldier

As she has done with all the previous articles, Jenni Vincent did another great job with this one!  It was so nice to see Uriah on the front page of the Journal (above the fold, I might add) again.  If you’re reading this, Jenni, thank you from all of us.

Keep prayers coming for Uriah

Well, Uriah isn’t out of the woods just yet.  I finally have some updated information for everyone.

Uriah did sustain a concussion in the original blast.  There was some suspicion that he may have suffered a concussion when he arrived at Bethesda.  After some examination, the doctor determined that Uriah may still be under the effects from the concussion.  The good news?  My little bro has a hard head!  😉

Last night mom informed me that during one of his follow-up test, a nurse discovered air building up outside of his damaged lung.  Of course, this was causing the lung to actually deflate, which is obviously bad.  After several intense (we won’t say “panicked”) minutes of nurses and doctors running in and out of the room tending to Uriah, the decision was made to install a new chest tube.  The doctors removed his original (larger) tube and added a new smaller one higher up on his chest to alleviate the pressure.  Uriah gets anxious whenever the doctors are removing something or putting something new in, so he was asking a lot of questions about his new tube, but was assured it would help him out.  He’ll be getting a new chest xray in a few hours to check the status of the air outside of his lung.  Hopefully it’s reducing in size.

Uriah still has blood clot in his right leg.  I didn’t mention this before because it was expected, post-surgery.  When it was discovered, they immediately removed his epidural (which was his primary source of pain relief) so there was no possible bleeding area and placed him on blood thinners.  The doctors are hoping it dissolves on its own and doesn’t break off and begin traveling.  Anyone who knows anything about blood clots can tell you that has the potential to be bad.  We, on the other hand, believe it will be just fine.  🙂

The doctors scheduled Uriah for surgery in morning to re-examine his liver.  They think there’s a spot not healing up properly and that it’s causing more drainage than normal.  The doctors are also deciding during this surgery to go ahead and go in and pin the two fractures in his leg.  Two birds with one surgery.

Otherwise, Uriah is doing well.  He got a chocolate milkshake the other evening.  It’s my understanding that he really enjoyed it, too.  Uriah is not, however, sleeping much.  He’ll get a few hours here or there, but his hearing seems to have amplified (I like to call it his super-power) since the blast, so every little noise that happens outside his room, he has been hearing.  He wakes up and just decides to stay awake.  I can tell he’s tired, though, so I ya’ll don’t mind, pray that my little bro GETS SOME SLEEP before I have to drive up there and knock him out myself!  Haha.  Kidding, of course… mostly.

I did received a very nice phone call this afternoon while I was at work.  The lady on the other end introduced herself as being from Senator Rockefeller‘s Martinsburg office.  We had a brief conversation where she told me that the senator’s office was following my blog and keeping up with Uriah’s story.  She asked if there was anything that Uriah, I, or our family needed and told me she thought it was very nice of me to be keeping this blog updated so regularly with information about my brother.  When I told her I couldn’t think of anything currently that we needed, she passed along her contact information there at the Martinsburg office, as well as making sure I had the contact information for the D.C. office.  I thought that was nice of her.  Then she asked if she could pass along my personal contact information directly to the senator should he want to contact me.  I, of course, said yes.  I’m sure Uriah will be pretty tickled to know that a U.S. Senator is keeping up with his story!  I can’t wait to tell him about it when I see him this weekend.

Now I need to edit some past information.  It was originally explained to us that Uriah was medevaced to somewhere called Bath, Afghanistan.  Well, guess what, I can’t find a “Bath, Afghanistan” and apparently what was originally said was “BAF, Afghanistan”, which stands for Bagram Air Field.  So, Uriah was flown to BAF, not Bath, which doesn’t, in fact, exist in Afghanistan.  He was at the air field, not the city.  That was a mis-communication from the very beginning.  Consider this the official correction.  Thank you.  We now return you to your regularly schedule Uriah updates.

Some good news on Uriah

Alright everybody, I just got off the phone with both mom AND Uriah.  He is doing well!  He’s actually sitting up in bed and sipping on water.  They also removed the drainage tube from his nose, which he was happy about.  Later today he will be moved out of the Surgical section and to a more permanent recovery room there in the hospital.

There’s some new news media out there, too.  In today’s Journal, there is another nice follow-up article on Uriah.

Wounded soldier returns to U.S.

Our dad and I were contacted by the Herald today for a follow-up story.  I’d look for that in the next day or so.

Wounded Martinsburg soldier “on road to recovery”

Also, my buddy Hans at the radio station, 1340 WEPM, called me to express his condolences and get a little info on Uriah.  Listen in for some sound bites from that quick interview in the next day or so, too.  I want to thank all the media outlets we’ve dealt with so far for being pretty good with us and wanting to get the facts straight.

Now for something cool.  You guys wanna see one of the smaller pieces of shrapnel that the doctors took out of Uriah?  🙂

Also, when I mentioned I just got off the phone with Uriah, it’s because he was trying to holler out his door at Miss America, who is apparently making the rounds today in the ICU unit at Bethesda.  How cool is that?!  I told him to get a picture for me.  For the blog, of course…  🙂  EDITED: Scratch that, it was not Miss USA.  Apparently it was just another liaison for the hospital with an official escort.  I told Uriah that he needs to get her as HIS liaison.  LOL.

EDITED: More info since my lunch break.  So far Uriah has been able to have water, apple juice, and jello.  It seems to be sitting well on his stomach as he has had no nausea as of yet.  He said that it tasted “soooooo good!”  He has also now been moved out of ICU to a surgical recovery ward.

Journal articles from Sunday

Just another short update.  Here are links to the two very well written articles that the Martinsburg Journal did on Uriah and our family in the Sunday paper.

Duty Vital to Injured Area Soldier

Showing Support

Thank you go reporter/writer Jenni Vincent for doing a nice write-up for our hero.  We really appreciate it.

Video Interview with Local News about Uriah

Here’s the video news clip from the interview our family had yesterday.  It’s pretty good, except the my portion doesn’t make a whole lot of sense since they don’t mention that I was also injured while in the Army, but in a training exercise.  Oh well, my niece steals the show, anyway.  🙂

Local Soldier Wounded in Afghanistan

Also, as of me typing this blog post, Uriah should be in the air on his way back home to the States.  🙂