Today Derek was finally molded for his prosthetics! About time! His shorts arrived and they seemed way too small, but the prosthesist (sp?) was able to get them on him. He said that as Derek wears them and is more active, he will shrink, so the shorts should be okay. The right leg should be ready on Friday and the left leg next week. Because of the hip disartic on the left, that prosthetic is a bucket.
At first, the guys get "shorties." This allows them to practice standing and walking before they get to their real height. Of course, if the guy is only a single amp, he wouldn't get shorties.
On Friday, Derek will stand in the tilt table on his right prosthetic. We are so excited! This will be the first time Derek stands in over six months! And maybe next week he will be ready for his first steps.
A typical day starts at 7 or 8 when Krystina and I get up and get showered/dressed/ready to go. Derek wakes around 8 and has breakfast. If we are not there by 8, the nurses will order for him.
Occupational therapy is every day at 10:00 and physical therapy is every day at 11:00. Derek doesn't always make it because his stamina is not yet at that point, but he is getting there!
At 12:00 we head back up to his room and then the revolving door starts. We usually have visitors all day! Between visits, the afternoon is spent resting.
Derek has been at WRNMMC for so long that he is part of the family. The facility pups come and hang out with us during the day. They are the most important visitors! Today Archie came and hung out for an hour.
Derek's room is personalized to give him motivation and encouragement.
To the left of the TV, Derek's Army flag hangs. It has been signed by the Army brothers who have come to visit while on R&R, or other Army personnel who have stopped by. By his flag is the Team Derek wreath made by Meggan Keith.
So, that is a little peek into the room and our daily routine. We have been here six months, and Derek is finally getting stronger and more assertive with himself. Before long, we will be in Building 62 and ready to take those important first steps on the road to the new normal.
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The plans for the rest of the week include a special visitor tomorrow, working out at the Matc, finally standing up, and attending the Aleethia Dinner on Friday nght. We were told today about a special event on Monday, but I am not going to say anything until afterwards.
Keep climbing to glory! If you are having a hard time, just tough it out and get through it. Eventually, it will end. Be positive, be happy and be blessed.