Today was a FUN day!!
We started our morning out like any typical day (well as typical as days get now-a-days)… morning routine, pills, legs on, arm on, and cursing over to the hospital with breakfast in hand. Since the Today show was coming later in the afternoon to capture what Taylor’s OT and PT looks like, we took advantage of having an open morning to get some other errands down around the hospital.
First and foremost, we had to stop by upper extremities prosthetics to pick up Taylor’s right arm. They kept it overnight to work on the myoelectric programing and redoing the outer socket. Then we had to go to the Warrior Clinic to check in with our primary physician and get refills on prescriptions. Next we strolled over to the mail room for both ingoing and outgoing mail. Then we hopped over to Navy Federal for some banking. PRODUCTIVITY! It seemed like we were getting one thing accomplished around another…only to look at the time and see our morning was gone. We quickly scooted back to the apartment made a peanut butter and jelly, took a wheat grass shot, and grabbed the arms/legs we needed for the afternoons appointments.
We had a noon appointment to test out Taylor’s new legs while biking. The Bartlett Tendon knee is a revolutionary new prosthetic innovation, which provides the opportunity to transform the sporting capabilities of a person who has lost the leg above the knee. The unique system enables the amputated leg to also provide power back to the bike. Before this knee this movement has not been possible at this level of amputation.
The Bartlett Tendon is not limited to cycling and can be applied to other activities, such as snow skiing, snowboarding and waterskiing (which I know Taylor is excited to try out all of the above!)
We ordered the Bartlett Tendon primary to get back on the bike. To say it mildly it was a success.
BARTLETT TENDONS PREMIER
TAKING IT TO THE HALLWAYS
LETS ADD THE ELEMENTS
It was awesome to see Taylor catch some speed in something other than his electric wheelchair. You could see the smile from ear to ear. He was joking about trying out stairs or going off curbs with the bike. As we were heading back into the hospital he looked at me (still smiling) and said, “I can’t wait for us to start biking again.” This past weekend I bought a new pair of roller blades and told Taylor I was excited for him to get the Bartlett Tendons so we could roller blade ( you have to give him something to shoot for, even if it is a little ambitious). He must have instantly remembered I had roller blades at the apartment because he snapped his head back in my directions and said, “LET’S GO TONIGHT! I could ride my bike while you could roller blade!”
WE WERE ABSOLUTELY BEAMING!
Not a second to rest… we rode the bike back into the hospital, snapped off the legs, assembled his X2s, collected his various arms from around the room, and headed back over to the apartment. The Today show crew was supposed to meet us in the room for a quick interview followed our daily routine in the apartment, walking down to the training center, OT, and PT. I was nervous beforehand. I typically don’t like to be on tape or the center of attention. So I was nervous about being interviewed. But I think everything went flawlessly!
I was surprised by my reaction when they asked me about when I first heard Taylor was injured. I had answered that question before but something got to me and my voice got super shaky. I don’t know if it is just because I don’t like thinking back to that Thursday morning. Or that every time I think back to the phone call, every emotion comes rushing back with nausea to follow. I was definitely surprised how bad it hit me, like a ton of bricks.
But like I said everything went flawlessly…besides that question anyways haha.
Tomorrow we are off to New York City by train. We’ve never traveled by train which we are pretty excited about so updates to come. Oh yeah and also excited about a weekend in the city!