The above is the actual first step!
When we went to the Matc today, we expected for Derek to have the prosthetic for the left hip. It is a bucket that straps around his waist. See picture below:
We expected Mike to strap on the two prosthetics and have Derek stand in the tilt table again, but he offered to allow him to attempt walking between the parallel bars. Derek was a little hesitant because his regular PT is on vacation this week, but because my Dad is visiting, he decided to try it.
He stood for a few minutes to get his balance and then tentatively took his first step. The facility pups were there to lend support and a "barking" section.
We didn't expect it to be today, and we didn't have the iPad to record it. Krystina and I used our phone and camera, and we are trying to upload it. Facebook is the first stop on the uploading train.
In addition to this awesome news, we are waiting for Dr. Kim to come and discuss medication changes so we can get Derek on the road to better pain management and outpatient! 3-5 weeks away, Dr. Kim guesses. She came yesterday while Derek was asleep, so Krystina and I aired our concerns with her. Before any changes can be made, she will discuss it with Derek and see if he is okay with it.
He continues on the low fat/low cholesterol diet to reduce the fatty liver. He hates it, but oh well. Suck it up, soldier. We want you with us for years to come, not dropping of a heart attack after coming so far.
This is a huge milestone in our climb to glory. Walking is a big step, excuse the pun. A lot farther to go, but we will make it! Climb to glory! All the way. To the top. I'll meet you there with balloons and streamers!!