Winter problems for Taylor

Posted: 25th November 2014 by Danielle in Journal
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So winter is here in full swing, which opens up another door of obstacles for Taylor and getting  to and from places.

1.   Snow and ice on any type of incline introduces an extremely slippery path.

2. Once Taylor goes inside, after walking around outside in the snow, his snows are still wet and slippery.  He never takes off his shoes (that would be a nightmare of a chore to do without hands) So his wet shoes get the floors wet and provides another slipping hazard.

3.  Taylor hates wearing coats (or long sleeves for that matter) because it is another layer to put on over his prosthetics.  Plus, he is always hot, so instantly when we get inside he wants to take off the cumbersome jacket.  He has to get the sleeve on his left side modified so it isn’t hanging low and he needs the end of his left nub exposed because that is his only limb that isn’t covered with carbon fiber.  He used his left nub to use his phone and to work all touch screens.


These are just a few issues that come up every winter.  I ask anyone and everyone who reads this if they have any advice for:

1.  How to keep traction

2.  How to dry off shoes when coming inside (besides stomping around or standing on a rug until they dry)

3.  Any ideas on coats, long sleeves… any modifications you think would work particularly well?  Or material that will slide over his right hand prosthetic without getting caught up or tangled?


Again, Any and All help is greatly appreciated!!





Vacation Time

Posted: 24th November 2014 by Danielle in Journal
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This semester Taylor has been a full-time student at the University of Northern Iowa.  Yes, he has been taking a class here or there throughout his military career but this is the first time since High School that he has been a full-time student.  This week he is on Thanksgiving break.  I think he almost forgot how nice it is to have a break from reading, writing papers, doing home, attending class all day, everyday…

Anyways he was really excited for this vacation.  He even put in his phone’s calendar, to remind him that vacation started today (as if he needed a reminder…) This feeling of freedom from such a strict academic schedule made us reminisce back to high school and what his vacations looked like then.
Here is a few pictures from various vacation during Taylor’s High School career.


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Murder Mystery

Posted: 23rd November 2014 by Danielle in Journal
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This weekend we went to a Murder Mystery Party for our friends birthday.   Meet Southside Sal (Taylor) and Natalie (Danielle). We weren’t supposed to be together because my brother and Sal were rival gangs. Sal was too irresistible , so we had a hidden relationship! Lots of fun,trying to keep her secret from everyone at the party, with only small winks across the room at each other!

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