Quick recap on today…Taylor and I left the room at 9am, went straight to wound care (everything is looking open and pretty nasty but from wound care standard it is looking very good). Then straight to PT where Taylor enjoyed his favorite game thus far; balancing on a half rubber ball and using his numbs to bat back dodge balls that were thrown at him from all directions. Then we went to get the mail and send out a Father’s Day card (quick reminder for everyone out there; Father’s Day is this Sunday). Then we rushed back to the prosthetics to work on fitting the arms just right , so they don’t rub or cause blistering. Theeeen to OT. Finally we went back up to the room. By this time it was almost 4 so we had a late lunch, Taylor napped, and I went back to the hotel to run and shower up.
The exciting news of the day…Taylor left the hospital property!! We left the gates of the base! We went out to eat! It was gorgeous night out. Taylor opted out for a manual wheelchair because we were scared the battery would die on the electric one and we would be stranded in the middle of Bethesda. Juli, Taylor, and I walked to downtown Bethesda to find a patio where we could grab dinner. We met our friend from the SOCOMCC (Special Operations Command Care Coalition) at the restaurant. We all enjoyed the weather, watching all the people pass by (any stimulation besides nurses popping in/out of the hospital room), and getting down on some delicious food (also an awesome change from hospital food). Right as the sun was setting, we were finishing up so we headed back to the hospital. Such a good feeling to get Taylor out of the hospital!! Small victories; one step closer to reintegrating into society.