Balance between hospital life and real life

Posted: 26th September 2012 by in Journal

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Today Taylor had a little set back when he visited wound care. They told him that the one wound on this right leg had gotten significantly deeper, simulating a deep cave within his leg. The wound is on the end of his numb so they advised him to stay off his legs for the next few days. They compared it to trying to heal a wound that you are continually stomping on or constantly hitting it causing it irritation. Basically wounds down heal well under those circumstances.
This weekend we are signed up to run the Tunnels to Tower 5K in New York City. The race is to honor Stephen Siller and those who lost their lives on 9/11. On September 11th, firefighter Stephen Siller had just gotten off the late shift at Squad 1, Park Slope, Brooklyn. He was on his way to play golf with his brothers on that bright clear day when his scanner told of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers. When he heard the news, he called his wife Sally to tell her he would be late because he had to help those in need. He returned to Squad 1 to get his gear, and then took his final heroic steps to the World Trade Center. When Stephen drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, it was already closed to traffic . With sixty pounds of gear strapped to his back, he ran the rest of the way through the Tunnel, hoping to meet up with his own company, Squad 1. He ran through the tunnel to the towers. Once he got to the towers he sprinted up the stairs, climbing floor after floor, only to have the building collapse.
We have been looking forward to honoring Stephen and others while participating in this race for quite some time. In order to ensure we will be able to participate in this race we needed to take some time off the legs. Especially after all the time Taylor spent in the legs this weekend, weaving in and out of the busy streets of New York.
Walking through crowd is one of Taylor’s most dreaded tasks. The crowds are typically outside of the hospital walls, where people aren’t constantly being cautious of amputees on a new set of legs or other injured vets. People outside of the hospital are consumed by their lives. They are living life in the fast lanes which makes it hard to observe everything/everyone that is around you…texting while walking and not watching where they are going…eating a quick lunch while hurrying to their next destination…on the phone while checking out at a busy store… There is nothing wrong with living life like this. It is the real world. We can’t stay in the safety bubble the hospital creates with amputees being the new normal. It is important for Taylor has to submerge himself in real world situations. Taylor wouldn’t say that he is scared of busy restaurants, bars, or streets but he definitely would admit he doesn’t look forward to going into crowds. All it takes is someone to turn too quickly or accidently bump into Taylor for him to lose his balance and fall. It is safe to say walking through the busy streets of New York was a challenge. He took PT and OT to the streets, literally. He did great; it will just take practice to build his confidence and skill to navigate through the moving targets of a sea of people.
Wound care could tell he put his legs to the test this weekend so we will lay low these next few days and work on some core strength. There is always something to work on!



  1. Grace says:

    Praying for a quick recovery with no complications!!!

  2. Teresa Derr says:

    I just “met” you this morning after a friend posted your love pictures on FB. Thank you for your service and the sacrifices you are making for our country. I will lift you in prayer and place you before His Throne of mercy and grace often. You are making a difference in this world and inspire me to show just a little more courage as I face my challenges. You have True Grit, Brother!

  3. Regina Gutierrez says:

    I heard about your story this morning on KIDD KRADICK……..You guys are trully an inspiration, I wish you guys the best and I agree with Cindi on the previous comment…….I wish we could all live more mindfully …

    much love and prayers

  4. Cindi says:

    It’s no surprise to hear that Taylor took it on, even when the situation was less than optimal. The two of you are very much an inspiration…thank you. And thank you for your service, Taylor.

    When you mentioned the way that people are always in a rush to get somewhere, do something, it made me think. While it *is* the way people tend to live in our culture, I can’t help but think it would be nice if we could all live more mindfully, you know?

  5. Cathy McNerney says:

    Please take care of yourself. You and Danielle are in our thoughts and prayers everyday. I can’t think of any two people I admire more. Thank you for your Service and for sharing your story with the world.

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