Juli here – Danielle left this morning at 4:00 a.m.; I came to building 62 at 8:00 a.m. to get Taylor ready for the day – and wonders . . . he was up an adam and just about ready.
So all the work he and Danielle had done paid off. All he needed was a PB&J – and I’ve had lots of practice with those.
The Day: And . . . . he was off – to a 9:00 after blast study (as a volunteer); then on to wound care where they said the wound on his right leg measured that it was improving. So that’s good news! Then on to PT where he walked 3 laps today! And - 1 and 1/2 were “unleashed”. His prostetics felt good and he feels like he’s getting a little more feeling back in the ends of his nubs. For the past 2 days he’s worked on situps and step up / step down. Today it was the side step and PT-Brad also had him “sort” of fall into a chair – and push himself back up. This is so that he will start to learn the feeling of getting back up if he ever falls. His balance and confidence is getting better and better.
After showing Taylor his walking video last night – he didn’t like his gate. He found out that until he gets his knees - he will have to use his body to thrust his body to move his legs – so it will look a little like a waddle for now. But I gotta tell ya most people that see him say he’s a natch! His posture is good – his legs look straight and he’s on the move.
He also walked toward a mirror – he almost stumbled at the distraction, but was able to recover. The look on Dan’s face when he saw Taylor walk was priceless!
Then lunch, OT – where he worked on more fine-motor skills – building a PVC tree this time - then back to 62 for a an interview with a CBS affliate. Then it was 5:00 and as he explained to a friend – his job right now is Rehab and Recovery skills – all day long.
What’s in store for the weekend? Taylor’s EOD Buddies in Virginia Beach are having a fundraiser for him this weekend – they asked if he could come down for it. So this will be his first weekend away. Sister Molly and her boyfriend Ryan are flying in for the week – so they will be joining us. With the assistance of Semperfi / Rite-away we were able get a wheelchair accessible van. And we’ll immerse ourselves in the experience of that kind of travel.