Taylor and I are very goal orientated. We like to set a plan to be able to follow, work hard on accomplishing the plan, and see the goal through to the end.
Today we sat down with our physical therapist to discuss where we are, where we want to be, when we want to be out of the hospital, and what we need to work on to accomplish to achieve our goal. We decided to make a schedule for the weeks PT appointments…Running twice a week, stairs twice a week, biking once a week, one day designated to agility and strength, and so on. Each day has more than enough to fill our allotted time.
Tuesday and Thursday’s are dedicated to stairs. This is a huge goal for us! Taylor wants to be able to use the stairs to escape the main level of his parents’ house when we go home for the holidays. He wants to go to restaurants where there are 3 small stairs separating us from the other diners. Stairs are EVERYWHERE…I mean EVERYWHERE!! We do not want stairs to determine where we can or cannot go. Stairs will not be our demon!!!
For this reason we nominated two days of the week to focus on stairs. There is a really long stair case on base with deep and wide stairs, great for practicing.
After Taylor finished walking down and returning up the long stair case, he said that being able to climb up and down the stairs motivated him. He realizes he can do it now, that it is a possible feat. He probably told me this 5 or 6 times as we were walking back to the hospital. You could tell he building his confidence each time he told me. I love hearing it each and every time but more than that I loved that it was reassuring himself that he can do stair WITH practice!
Since today is the first day of November, a month devoted to giving thanks, which Taylor and I have more than enough to be thankful for, we decided it was only appropriate to pick on thing we are thankful for each day. I told Taylor to brainstorm something to write for Day 1 while I was writing about the day’s occurrences. When I finished 30+ minutes later, I asked him what he was thankful for. He responded, “YOU!” I immediately assumed he had gotten sidetracked and was taking the easy way out but he explained that it was Day 1 and that I was the number one thing he was thankful for. Cheesey I know, but on that note, I will second him by saying I am thankful for Taylor. We are thankful to have each other through thick and thin. It is an astonishing feeling to know you have a best friend by your side to make you laugh, wipe your tears away, listen to your rambling, or just sit there and hold your hand through anything that comes your way. WE ARE MORE THAN THANKFUL FOR EACH OTHER!