Pure Chaos

Posted: 19th September 2012 by in Journal

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WOWZAS!! Where to start…it’s been a crazy few days. Out of nowhere our mailboxes started to fill up, we started to receive phone calls from everyone and their mothers, and one website after another seemed to be displaying pictures of Taylor and myself. It definitely caught us off guard. Although it has been hard we have been trying to find time here and there to soak everything in, enjoy the moment, and take it one step at a time. A majority of time that is easier said than done. A majority of the time it is plain overwhelming (in a good way).
Although there seems to be a million and one things to do outside of the hospital setting, rehab is still our number one focus.
Wound Care- The legs have been getting a beating lately with the amount of time Taylor has been in the legs. The wounds that popped up last weekend have been healing slowly but surely. The one wound on his right leg needs to be packed daily but it seems that we are packing it less and less each day. Hopefully in a week or so the legs will be all healed, making our days shorter with one less appointment (although we do love our wound care wizards).
OT- Taylor’s original occupational therapist is gone for the week so we have been working with the occupational therapist that specializes in adaptive sports. Taylor is really getting excited about all the possibilities when it comes to sports. He is either in the process of or has his mind set on… kayaking, swimming, rollerblading, snowboarding, basketball, hiking, rock climbing, biking… Basically anything and everything. Our OT this week has not only been working on adaptive sports but he has brought it back to the basics.
When Taylor was told to work on putting the pegs in the holes, he was informed this task would be extremely difficult with the prosthetic hand he uses. Let’s just say Taylor defined the odds again. He did awesome!

PT- Taylor’s main goal in PT is to continue to build time in the legs. You need to find a fine balance between challenging the legs but not pushing them too far they get sores. Lately when we are in the legs we try to walk outside versus around the track in the MATC. This way we can introduce the legs to various elements… incline, decline, grass, curbs. As we push the legs a little more each day it seems that there is a pattern. 3 or 4 days of working the legs hard then 1 or 2 days of pain and needing to rest. Taylor is good at knowing when to say when, he is smart when it comes to that!
It will just take time to reach the end goal. Wake up in the morning, pop on the legs, wear the legs throughout the days, enduring whatever tasks come our way, only to remove the legs at the end of the day right before bed.



  1. Melissa says:

    I am amazed by your story and love that you are getting through this together. Thank you both for your sacrafices. As a fellow Iowa girl I feel proud.

  2. Tabatha says:

    I was a little confused reading because you say “the legs” for the mechanical legs but it seems for also His legs? You mentioned healing and wound care on the legs…. but you mean his legs right?

    I have been so touched by your lives (so young yet!) and the heart you all exhibit. God is doing GREAT things in your life. I hope you get chances to talk to him regularly. 🙂

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