Krystina and I have been celebrating the little things and all of Derek's firsts since he was injured. His first words, his first food, the first time he sat up on his own, etc. He has not yet had his first steps, but he will, and we will be there to cheer him on when he does!
The notable firsts are as follows, and not all are something to celebrate:
First day without legs - 7/23/11 (Derek laughed at this one.)
First smile - 7/30/11 (Day after admission to Bethesda when Krystina told him her mother was going to kick his ass.)
First day off ventilator - 8/4/11 (Only lasted four hours.)
First day off dialysis - 8/18/11 (25 days after injury) (Derek was in acute renal failure after his injury.)
First phantom pain started - 8/20/11 (27 days after injury) (This is actually a good thing because it means the nerves woke up.)
First day in wheelchair - 9/8/11 (47 days after injury) (41 days after admission to WR)
First successful break from ventilator - 9/9/11 (48 days after injury)
First words - 8/4/11 - "I'm sorry this happened" and "Chocolate milkshake."
9/9/11 - "Krystina" and "Siobhan"
First food - 9/13/11 (52 days after injury) (Jello during swallow study.)
First trip back to ICU - 9/26/11
First time off trach (decanulated) - 10/26/11 (95 days after injury)
First time off antibiotics - 10/29/11 (98 days after injury)
First time off oxygen - 10/29/11 (98 days after injury)
First night alone - 11/1/11 (101 days after injury) (one-to-one discontinued.)
First shower - 11/4/11 (104 days after injury)
First day in Matc - 11/21/11 (121 days after injury)
First pass - 11/24/11 (124 days after injury)
First pee the normal way - 11/29/11 (127 days after injury)
First time sat up by himself - 12/14/11 (150 days after injury)
First time picked up something with his injured hand - 12/28/11 (164 days after injury)
First time rolled over on his own - 12/30/11 (166 days after injury)
So, like a child again, we are back to celebrating firsts. There will be plenty of other firsts to celebrate, and like a child, we have traded in the diaper bag for medical supplies. The last couple of years, we used to simply grab our pocketbooks and run out the door, but now Krystina and I have to make sure the protector is on the PICC, the extra colostomy bags and supplies and urinal are in the backpack, along with a change of clothing, and if we are going on pass, that we have his medication. Krystina and I make a good team. We have split up the work between us and it all gets done.
Today, Derek didn't want to get his ass out of bed and go to the Matc. I had to be a general and get his nurse and a corpsman to just pick him up and put him in his wheelchair. I did the same thing yesterday with a shower. He is moping because Krystina is not here, but it is worse because he is also nervous about surgery on Friday. It's a double whammy this week, so I have to step it up and kick his ass double time. Once he got to the Matc, he had an awesome workout and his PT raved about him in her note in the computer. He picked up a whole bunch of blocks with his injured hand, rolled all over on his own, sat up on his own, transferred in no time flat, and pushed himself up! It was a great session.
Afterwards, we had a very special visitor!
Bobbie is a beauty!
So, Matc tomorrow and Thursday and then surgery Friday. Should be a relatively quiet week besides that.
Good night and God bless. Climb to glory. Don't stop until you reach the top. The view is gorgeous from up there!