September 30th, 2018 – Resting Up

From My Facebook Post:

Taylor Update: Resting Up

Taylor slept in a bit today… to almost 10:00!! YES!!!! A good night’s rest is so important to healing, and I love when he gets a little extra sleep 🙂 Jennifer and I LOVE when he sleeps in!

Fall Sunday’s have always been filled with lounging and watching football. Today was no different 🙂 It’s great to start feeling a bit ‘normal’ again.

T is ready for his hard week ahead. No challenge is too big. He doesn’t even seemed bothered by the challenges he has… he just works on improving them.

We are so excited about the upcoming week! His momentum has been in full swing and I feel like this week will be an exciting week of pennies!!

Last week we found out that there is nothing wrong with his eyes… this is HUGE! That means that his vision issues are ONLY related to his brain injury and as his brain ‘heals’, there will be no barrier. There is no guarantee that his brain will rework the pathways for his vision, but WE BELIEVE IT WILL!!

I’ve said it for weeks… I’ll say it again. I truly believe his brain is healing (rewiring itself)… and I am SO excited to see what happens next!

Up until recently, he could only pick up movements out about 3 feet… recently we have seen it reach over 10 feet, even close to 15! PENNY!!! PENNY!!! PENNY!!!

Rest. Check! Determination… CHECK CHECK!!! Support… CHECK CHECK CHECK!!!❤️

Here’s to a great week! Fight for it!!

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

#PenniesForTaylor

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September 26th, 2018 – 12 Weeks

From My Facebook Post:

Taylor Update: 12 Weeks

It is amazing to me what can happen in just a short amount of time. It’s been 12 weeks since Taylor drowned. His recovery, even as we measured it ~2 months ago, is a blessing. Every tiny piece… they mean so much to us!

Here we are at 12 weeks. All those tiny things have built into something so incredible! Taylor is doing so well and he still tries hard every single day! His brain injury comes with many challenges, but one thing we are very grateful for is that he is himself. ❤️

His attitude, his work ethic, his big heart… it’s all him. Thank you God!

Way back at the beginning, when this first happened… as dark as it was… he was alive. Nothing more than that, but he was alive. I remember telling all of his friends and our family… “as hard as it is to see him like that, we would have given everything we have, and everything we will ever have… just to have him like he is now.”

Today, we worry about his vision. Very much. As far down the road that we have traveled… I feel the same way about his vision. As hard as it is to see him like that, we would have given everything we have, and everything we will ever have… just to have him like his now.

But just like before, that does not mean we rest and settle. No way. We are committed to work hard for everything possible… including his vision.

We meet with a new Doctor tomorrow to talk about T’s vision… what he can do, what he might be able to do… and how to get there. We don’t know 100% what will happen during our first appointment, but Jennifer and I know it’s the best next step to figuring out how to increase Taylor’s chances to regain his sight.

Please PLEASE continue to fight with us! We really need all the positive thoughts, love and prayers we can get! The next steps are going to be hard… and hopefully we can dodge bad news.

It may be 12 weeks today… but we are no where near the end. Our tank is full… and we are determined more than ever! We will continue to give everything we have, and everything we will ever have, in order to make sure he has the best life possible!

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

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September 20th, 2018 – Run Forrest

From My Facebook Post:

Taylor Update: Run Forrest

Taylor had a full day today… and a LOT of PT!

They worked on core strength and balance techniques – this is great and will help him be more comfortable walking!

Tomorrow he gets to meet with another drowning survivor. She is a little older than him but had a very similar experience, unfortunately her recovery has not been as fast, but still, very encouraging for her that even after a year, she still sees improvements from therapy sessions.

I may have talked about her before – he did meet with her once before. It has become sort of an immediate bond that they have… remarkable individuals… both humble and kind… both determined. I really look forward to hearing his recap of their conversation! ❤️

After a lot of good hard work today, T was pretty fatigue but did NOT pass up an opportunity to spend time in the pool!

I’m not going to lie… the entire time is so stressful. He went under water this time… not for long, but it still took our breathe away. Despite our anxiety and precautions, he didn’t seem bothered at all. He has always enjoyed the water… I’m very happy for him that he is doing so well and isn’t held back by any fears. I honestly am… but it is VERY hard for us. It will take a while… for sure.

During the time in the pool, we bickered back and forth about what he could and couldn’t do 🙂 … but we also enjoyed watching him smile and swim – I loved how he was keeping Jennifer in good spirits by goofing around. We love you Taylor. I know this is hard for you and we will never fully understand how you are affected by all the aftermath of your accident… but please try to remember that we also have ‘aftermath’ from your accident. They are different, but both important. Please be patient with us as we learn to adjust.❤️

The weekend is right around the corner!! FOOTBALL!!!

We are looking forward to a restful weekend and enjoying some time time cheering on our favorite teams! We will be following along to the Gilbert Indians Football and tuned into watch our South Carolina Gamecocks!

We hope your weekend is awesome!!! Make sure you rest and prepare for the hard week ahead, and don’t forget to celebrate all the great things in your lives!!!

Taylor Update: Run Forrest

Taylor had a full day today… and a LOT of PT!

They worked on core strength and balance techniques – this is great and will help him be more comfortable walking!

Tomorrow he gets to meet with another drowning survivor. She is a little older than him but had a very similar experience, unfortunately her recovery has not been as fast, but still, very encouraging for her that even after a year, she still sees improvements from therapy sessions.

I may have talked about her before – he did meet with her once before. It has become sort of an immediate bond that they have… remarkable individuals… both humble and kind… both determined. I really look forward to hearing his recap of their conversation! ❤️

After a lot of good hard work today, T was pretty fatigue but did NOT pass up an opportunity to spend time in the pool!

I’m not going to lie… the entire time is so stressful. He went under water this time… not for long, but it still took our breathe away. Despite our anxiety and precautions, he didn’t seem bothered at all. He has always enjoyed the water… I’m very happy for him that he is doing so well and isn’t held back by any fears. I honestly am… but it is VERY hard for us. It will take a while… for sure.

During the time in the pool, we bickered back and forth about what he could and couldn’t do 🙂 … but we also enjoyed watching him smile and swim – I loved how he was keeping Jennifer in good spirits by goofing around. We love you Taylor. I know this is hard for you and we will never fully understand how you are affected by all the aftermath of your accident… but please try to remember that we also have ‘aftermath’ from your accident. They are different, but both important. Please be patient with us as we learn to adjust.❤️

The weekend is right around the corner!! FOOTBALL!!!

We are looking forward to a restful weekend and enjoying some time time cheering on our favorite teams! We will be following along to the Gilbert Indians Football and tuned into watch our South Carolina Gamecocks!

We hope your weekend is awesome!!! Make sure you rest and prepare for the hard week ahead, and don’t forget to celebrate all the great things in your lives!!!

 

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

#PenniesForTaylor

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September 19th, 2018 – Inconvenient

From My Facebook Post:

Taylor Update: Inconvenient

First thing this morning we were woken up by the building fire alarm… no panic… just quick movements to get outside for a few minutes waiting for the all clear. Thankfully it was not a fire, but there was an emergency… someone fell in the stair well! We hope they are OK… at a place filled with people who have had all sorts of injuries and endure all sorts of therapies…deep sigh… I just hope in my heart that they were OK. It’s amazing how at first it seemed inconvenient, but then it felt very real. I’ve been thinking about it a lot.

Jennifer and I just don’t want to ever feel inconvenienced by something that may have changed someones life forever. We don’t want to ever overlook how much July 4th impacted our lives forever.

Stopping and reevaluating the real meaning or impact of something shouldn’t be that hard… but it is. Not intentionally, it just is. I’m guilty of it, we are all guilty of it! We often only see things in a very narrow way… how it effects ‘me’.

A famous saying we all know “Never take things for granted” – I don’t know anyone who would disagree with this saying… but the reality is, we DO take things for granted, and we only pay attention to that “saying” when something happens to forcefully remind us! Those things in life that force fear into the foreground… pain that hurts so much you can see it in someone’s eyes even when they are smiling.

We don’t really live by that saying… we believe it, but we don’t live it. Living it, well, it is inconvenient.

I will have time for that later, or I need to do this now… constantly putting things off that REALLY should not be put off… for the sake of something that seems important… but in the grant scheme of things… isn’t all that important!

Why do we only accept focusing on the important things in life when they are nearly taken from us… or even worse, when they are literally taken from us?

Taylor did GREAT today!!! I don’t want to take away anything from his hard work and dedication… HE ROCKED IT!!! Exercising, singing, laughing… working hard on everything that he DOESN’T have right now, and celebrating everything he DOES have. He is such an inspiration to me and so many people!!! ❤️

It’s been 11 weeks today… 11 weeks of all sorts of things….some things horrible, some things beautiful… none of this came at a convenient time, but somehow they are the most valuable things we have ever experienced… and they all started with a single penny.

Don’t take your pennies for granted… celebrate them, find them, pick them up… Even when it’s not convenient.

As you watch tonight’s video, please think about things in your life that you may have overlooked… things that you may have taken for granted… and find a way to make a change, even if it’s inconvenient.

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

#PenniesForTaylor

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September 18th, 2018 – Homework

From My Facebook Post:

Taylor Update: Homework

What a day! Taylor had such a great day!

He had music today, again! LOVE IT!!! This is by far my favorite therapy for him!! He did great – the therapist even gave us a sheet of articulation exercises for him to continue with in the evenings – in fact, as I type this, I can hear him doing them in the shower 😊 He wants to get better, and it shows every day… all day!

With so much to cram into 5.5 hours, it’s hard to keep up with everything some days… for us… but not for him. Taylor just bounces from station to station, waiting for the next challenge of the day! Jennifer and I are so proud of him!

PT was a little different… today he was trained on exercises to do in the evenings. They really feel he can get better faster with a few extra, but important, exercises! More homework, and he welcomed it! We will start those tomorrow!

He did some more vision exercises today too! When he was talking to Joshua on the phone this evening, Josh asked how his vision is doing – T said “I feel like it’s getting a little better” PENNY! He has not been a fan of recognizing the slight improvements, but I think he really is ‘seeing’ them a little at a time 😊

We would have started PT tonight, but we got a little distracted… the mail came today and he had FORTY cards to read! HE WAS SO EXCITED!! Thank you to everyone who has sent cards, he really loves them SO MUCH!! We read him each one – he tries to see the colors too… and he really appreciates all the encouraging words!

We also read him the update from Facebook every night! I love that he looks forward to the update… he especially likes the comments and encouragement from everyone! THEY MEAN SO MUCH TO US ALL!! ❤️

We have a lot to do tomorrow… so a good night’s rest is in order! I hope you all have a great night and ROCK IT tomorrow!! I CAN’T WAIT!

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

#PenniesForTaylor

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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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September 16th, 2018 – Flowers

From My Facebook Post:

Taylor Update: Flowers

We had a ROUGH night sleep… T was fine but Shyla was sick overnight… yikes! Taylor slept through most of it… luckily, he slept in a bit so we were able to catch up a little 😉 (BTW, Shyla is better, fortunately).

We enjoyed a relaxing day watching football and keeping up with our Fantasy Football Scores. My mom has been enjoying watching football too!

Taylor is VERY READY for therapy to kick back up tomorrow… he’s ready to work! In the meantime, we did some walking and exploring with Samm before she headed back to college. They spent some time outside enjoying the cooler weather and the nice flowers that are outside the family center.

It was sad to see her go but we enjoyed her visit and Jennifer and I know she will kick butt back at school! ❤️

Taylor did so well walking today… he walked unassisted (only there if needed) from the elevator to our apartment! PENNY!!! He stumbled a little bit but recovered just great! PENNY! It’s hard to not help but it’s needed as he starts to gain more and more independence.

We are also VERY excited about how well he is picking up objects and his surroundings… if I had to guess, I would say that the past few days have provided some slight vision improvements… he says no, but we say yes 😉 PENNY!

With his vision, it is SO exciting to see ANY little advancement… it’s only been 10.5 weeks and basically 8 weeks since his recovery started. There is so much hope around him being able to see again because of seeing little advancements this early… they keep coming… and we will take each and every penny we can!!! PENNY!

Please PLEASE continue to send your love, thoughts and prayers to Taylor! It is WITHOUT a doubt helping, in many ways!! Plus he loves hearing from everyone and it helps motivate him!!!!

I hope you are excited about your day tomorrow… I know Taylor is, and I CAN’T WAIT!!!

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

#PenniesForTaylor

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September 15th, 2018 – Score

From My Facebook Post:

Taylor Update: Score!

We all slept in a bit today… YES!!! It doesn’t happen often but when we can, we will take full advantage of it 😊

We had such a good time last night at the baseball game! T really enjoyed the atmosphere and the Nationals bullpen was so cool to him! They gave him a ball and kept a watchful eye on him with us throughout the game. Even though they are our competitors (GO BRAVES!), we could tell they cared, and we appreciate that! T enjoyed the ballpark food… this boy can eat!!! His first of so many things last night, carried over into today.

The Gamecock game was cancelled so we had to fill in some activities… so we got a little creative…

I could lose my breathing just TYPING this… so you can imagine how nervous the thought of this made us feel… but BUT Taylor was totally up for it… so…. we went into the POOL for the first time today! He was very comfortable and enjoyed goofing around a little while exercising a little. PENNY PENNY PENNY!!!!

We spent some time in the gym doing some exercises… ya know, curls and stuff LOL He’s such a dork – check out the video to see what I mean 😊

Then… since we had about 30 minutes before the gym/rec center closed up for the weekend… we decided to take a spin at shooting the basketball. He did great at responding to the ball bouncing back to him – sound and some vision (catching motion/movement) helped him catch the ball most times… sometimes it was just a bad throw (me) and sometimes it was just a bad hop LOL

He tried shooting the basketball over and over… determined to make a basket… adjusting and adjusting… never seemed to get frustrated or impatient, just trusted the feedback and tried again. After trying so many times… he made his first basket!!! PENNY!!

We are closing the night up with some board games! Here’s hoping I win this time 😊

Jennifer and I hope your weekend is going well and that the storm hasn’t treated you too badly… we are thinking of everyone who is impacted by the wind, rain and rising waters… please be safe!!!

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

#PenniesForTaylor

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September 14th, 2018 – Baseball

From My Facebook Post:

Taylor Update: Baseball

Taylor rocked his day today at therapy! He was so upbeat and quick to tell everyone about our weekend plans!

We had music therapy again today. He REALLY enjoys this – so do we – same song today as he is working on it and it’s a great song for breathing and articulation – with mic in hand today, T got into a bit more and responds well to the therapists coaching. The best 45 minutes of the day!!

We were kind of bummed that there was not PT on the agenda today but there were so many other therapies that he took part in… things like learning how to study and prepare for getting back to school! PENNY!!! He will have this a few times and hopefully he will rejoin the classroom in the spring 😊

The vision exercises were a little different today, but they did prove that he was doing better than last week! PENNY!!!!

When we got back from therapy, a bit of a surprise… SAMM is here!!! OK, it was a BIG surprise and he hugged her for a long time! 😊 He misses Josh and Samm so much but is very proud of what they are doing! Samm is here as a precaution for the storm so we get to spend time with her for the weekend! PENNY!

Jennifer and I are thinking a lot of the storm situation and those affected by it, please PLEASE stay safe!! ❤️

We have some busy plans this weekend – tonight, we are going to a baseball game, a great birthday gift from a longtime friend of ours! Thank you!!! He is so excited! It’s his first baseball game since his accident… PENNY!!!

We hope you enjoy your weekend… even with the storm… there are pennies to be found and celebrate!!!

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

#PenniesForTaylor

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September 13th, 2018 – Basketball

From My Facebook Post:

 

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

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