I’m going to make tonight short and sweet because Taylor and I have to get some sleep before surgery day tomorrow. Let me tell you 5:45am prep time comes bright and early.
Taylor had a great night sleep. It was his first night of sleep where he didn’t have any dreams of being in Afghanistan. He and I slept in until almost 9am! By the time we got done with our morning cares and breakfast, it was almost time for Lindsey and Nate Ghoens to come visit. They are our good friends from Virginia Beach, who made a day trip up to see us and bring us home cooked meals, treats, magazines, and other misc. things. It was so nice to see them and catch up. Although we had always hung out and done couple things together, we never thought we would be reunited under these circumstances. Oh how does life throw you curve balls. Non-the-less it was great to see a familiar face pop through the door versus various doctors and medical staff. On top of that, Taylor and I loved the home cooked meals. I know hospital food has its reputation for being nothing spectacular but wow it was nice to eat some comfort food. Right before they left Todd Nicely (a quad amputee, who is two years from his injury but is already living life completely independent) stopped in to visit. He told us about all the things he can now do in his day-to-day life, completely a 10k race, shaving, driving. He said you can do anything and everything you want, its just the difference of hard work and finding another way to go about life. Todd had been interviewed for 60 minutes, which was airing tonight. This was really eye opening for Taylor to see. I could see him examining the ways Todd went about different things. Todd and Taylor had almost identical injuries (two legs, one arm at the bicep, one hand at the wrist). I have a feeling they will keep in touch, they already have a unique bond and sense of community within each other.
After the Ghoens left, Taylor got a nap in while Juli sat by his side. Around dinner time Josh and Travis stopped up to visit for a few hours. They brought a few decorations for the room so it felt a little more homie and not so sterile. We hung an American Flag, Don’t Tread On Me flag, and a framed crap picture I had made for him a while back. We all watched the 60 minute footage of our new friend Todd Nicely. Then the boys just hung out telling Taylor their newest adventures and stories. They always know how to make him laugh, the perfect medicine for him right now. Overall I would say it was a good weekend with a mix of relaxation and visitors.