Today Taylor had a more physically demanding OT workout. His fill in occupational therapist put him through the ringer.
First he told Taylor to take off all of his prosthetics, get on the floor, then retrieve his wheelchair, only to climb up in it. The thought process behind this task was to emulate being without your chair or prosthetics and being able to get to your wheelchair for transportation in order to navigate around the room, assembling all your prosthetics.
Next Taylor worked on some core strength.
Lastly, Taylor worked on his overall body strength and mobility with resistance.
After we finished the rest of our day (PT, wound care, and prosthetics) we hurried back to the apartment grabbed a quick bite to eat as we were walking out the door to go to the United States Capitol. Taylor and I were meeting Taylor’s grandparents, as well as 30 or so Korean War Vets. They are vacationing in DC over the weekend to check out the monuments and museums. When you look at the group of vets you can see the history within the group. And you should have seen how they reacted to meeting Taylor. So much respect. Honor. Understanding. Empathy. Anger. Pride. All of those emotions wrapped up into a handshake or hug as they ushered by Taylor.
Tomorrow is a big day. Our friend Ben is coming out to visit! And the Today show cast is meeting us in the training room to get some footage of our typical day. Footage that they will use to compile a background story for the interview we have set up with them for Monday morning in New York City. Like I said tomorrow will be a big day!