Obama’s Visit

Posted: 29th June 2012 by in Journal

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When we were running around getting ready for the day, our nurse came in to administer our morning meds; this is when she told us she had heard the president might make an appearance on the wounded warrior floor today (this is the ward Taylor is in at the hospital).  This was the first word we heard of the president coming so we took it with a grain of salt because it sounded as if it was the rumor mills in works.

We went about our day…prosthetics, wound care, PT…Throughout these appointments there were a few different remarks gossiping about what they had heard in regards of the president’s visit.  It wasn’t until our physical therapist said that we would end our session right on time just in case we wanted to get up to our hospital room in time to meet the president.   So there we had it, the rumors were over, we were going to meet the president today.

We headed up to the room and made a little lunch.  Before we knew it the Secret Service and other personnel were swarming the floor.  They came around to every room to inspect for bombs and weapons.  Then they used a metal detector wand to search our bodies.  We were clean; passed with flying colors.  No threat here!  Another precaution was we had to keep our door closed and the blinds shut.

As we were waiting, Taylor took a little snoozer, he was tired from the morning workout.  I worked on emails while keeping a watchful eye on the door. I believe Obama visited everyone on the floor so it took a while for him to make it to our room.  He spent about 5 minutes chatting with us and snapped a few pictures.  We poked fun at him for being a White Sox fan but didn’t have a leg to stand on with the Cubs record this year.  I reassured him of the Cubs motto, “there’s always next year.”  Before the short visit ended we told him we were see him on the fourth at his place for dinner and fireworks (last week we were invited to attend dinner at the White House on the 4th and watch the fireworks on the lawn.)  He laughed and told us that Brad Paisley would also be there to provide entertainment and wholesome American fun!

Update on the wheat grass.  Tonight we planted the seeds. We poured about an inch of composed into the tray; making a comfy bed for the seeds to grow on.  We then placed the germinated seeds on top of the composed.  Finally we placed damp paper towels on top of the seeds.  One step closer to super health!



  1. God bless you for your service. Prayers going your way for a wonderful progress and for being such a brave person having to go through all the daily therapy's that are needed to be done. Keep up the good work and keep us posted on your daily progress.

  2. Sharon England Weinberg says:

    Have a fantastic Fourth at the White House! God bless you!

  3. Pam Lindstadt Saderup says:

    So proud of BOTH of you! I am in awe of your perseverance! God bless you! And I'm sure it was an honor for the President to spend time with a real hero!

  4. Marjorie Grover says:

    The Wheat grass is growing that is great. It seems like alot of work but will all be worth it in the end.Keep up the continued progress taylor and the prayers are on going for you , Travis and Helina all of you at Walter Reed. I am waiting for my teeshirt to arrive this next week. Have a great 4th of July.

  5. I LOVE that Taylor was able to take a nap when the President was about the arrive. And, I love that the wrap up of the post was about the wheat grass. You keep on keeping things in perspective! Love and prayers always coming your way. Checking for the daily journal entry has become the highlight of my day. Thank you for keeping everyone informed on your progress.

  6. Scott (Texas Chiver) says:


    I check in on this blog every few days, and if if I ever feel like things in my life are going south, I always come away feeling uplifted and ready to overcome!

    KCCO brother!


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