– RyAnne Noss, wife and caretaker of SFC (Ret.) Scot Noss.
Scot comes from a family with a rich military background. His dad served in Vietnam and later retired as a first sergeant for a National Guard unit. Both Scot’s grandfathers served in WWII. He grew up in camouflage and his dad’s combat boots. He truly had a calling.Scot always pushed himself physically and mentally to the limits. He knew Rangers were the elite soldiers of the military and he wouldn’t have it any other way. However, on February 17,2007 during his 8th deployment, life for us changed forever when Scot was severely injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Scot suffered from a severe traumatic brain injury that left him, still 9 years later, minimally conscious or semi-comatose and 100% dependent on daily living activities.
My role is to make sure Scot has the best medical care that he deserves. I take him out in the communities for activities like the movies, bowling, state parks, football games, shopping ( he doesn’t like that very much but never did !) and even took him to FL to see the Gulf of Mexico. His nurses never leave his side however sometimes nurses don’t show up for their shift so I am responsible for Scot.
I was trained well at the Tampa VA and I am self-sufficient in taking care of Scot. He has a very regimented schedule and if it is deviated from he gets cranky. Scot hardly ever lays in his bed during the day. We exercise him every day either on his PT Mat or his bicycle. Thanks to Lead The Way Fund’s generous donation, we were able to finish out a PT room for Scot that could be utilized all year long. Because of the heated/cooled capability as well as a humidity control unit for the basement, we were able to create a very healthy PT environment for Scot. We are able to bring him down every day to enjoy either PT Table time and/or his motorized bicycle. This physical activity is essential to maintain Scot’s health. Also, we live in Tornado Alley, so the PT room provides a safe place for us to take Scot during inclement weather.
We have a lake across from our house and the neighborhood was so kind to build a ramp for the small bridge, so we get Scot out for fresh air daily (if weather permits). We try to keep as normal of a routine for him as possible.
Scot continues to make small strides and as a true Ranger, he NEVER gives up!