September 17th, 2018 – You Forgot Something

From My Facebook Post:

Taylor Update: You Forgot Something

We all slept MUCH better last night… We all got up with a purpose and hit the ground running. Don’t get me wrong… the effects of ‘Monday’ are real… a little more tired than usual – 5 more minutes please!!! 😊 Nonetheless, it was a new day, and Taylor was going to make the most of it!

T was very engaged in exercising today! So much so that he asked me to take him up to the second floor… using the stairs, rather than the elevator! Now… let me just say, I probably should take the stairs more often… so I’m out of practice, but I was VERY motivated by his request! 🙂 We were a few minutes late to his session but darn it, he did it!!! PENNY!!!!!

He had some vision benchmark tests today… T was VERY proud to tell me that he beat his score of 3. 3 is what he scored when he first arrived at outpatient… he told me that today, he got an 8 over and over again… very consistent and a big improvement! I congratulated him, but before I finished, he cut me off to tell me that he told his therapist that he wanted to try one more time, and that he knew he could beat the 8! HE DID!! WITH AN ELEVEN!!! PENNY!!! (Taylor, Jennifer (Momma) and I are very proud of you for not settling for ‘good enough’!!!!)

Remember when T could barely see the color of Uno cards? Me too!! Today he took that a step further… held the cards and played along by suit!! PENNY!!! I LOVE THIS!!

OH! I almost forgot to share something VERY cool about today! At outpatient, T had some extra time after his lunch, so he wanted to walk outside… As soon as we got outside, he was greeted with ‘Hey’s’ and ‘Hello’s’… everyone is so kind to him! Before long, a friend of his said… “Hey Taylor!! You forgot something!” Taylor looked a little confused and a little worried… but his friend continued… “No walker, no wheelchair… what did you do, forget everything at home today?” 😊 😊 😊

That’s right… Taylor spent his entire day today at therapy walking on his own (with assistance for safety of course) – no chair, no walker… just him. Once we got in the building… we parked his wheelchair and didn’t see it for over 5 hours!!! PENNY PENNY PENNY!!!

After he realized what his friend meant… pushed his South Carolina Gamecocks chest out with pride and then chuckled… and said “Yeah, I guess I did” – they exchanged a laugh, and a few college football jabs, and went about the rest of their day.

This got me thinking… the best way to get past pain and struggle… is just to forget about it! Maybe I’m connecting too many dots… I don’t know… but the more I think about it, the more sense it makes. If we focus on the bad… it tends to hang around…

If you are going to forget something, I guess the best thing to forget is what’s holding you back…

I hope your week started off great! As for tomorrow… let’s all just remember the good about today… and forget our wheelchair even exists!

Until tomorrow… Miracles Happen!  WE LOVE YA’LL!!!

#PenniesForTaylor

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