Taylor is planning to go to University of Colorado Hospital tomorrow to have a device implanted in her chest to help her heart stay out of trouble. She will be recovering throughout the weekend then back at Craig on Monday to continue her therapy classes.
She continues to do well in her classes and we are also spending more time outside of therapy practicing basic life skills. This includes getting dressed, putting her feet on the floor to shift from her bed to her wheelchair (instead of using the lift,) brushing her teeth, washing her face and all the other daily tasks of life.
Everything is therapy and the limiting factor is time. For instance, if we only have one hour to eat lunch, she can only practice eating for so long before we run out of time. Do we have enough time to let her practice getting dressed or washing her face? If not, then we do more of these things for her. If there is time, then we let her go to town on each task. It makes for a full day, each day. To give her some free time, we ease off all this practice in the evenings so she can chat with visitors or just spend some time listening to books. Right not Taylor is enjoying listening to “Watership Down.”