Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day 825 - Sep 1, 2010

I can't believe it's September already...geez...where did the year go?

Today Kevin and I went to the mall. We had to get him an outfit for our court date as he can't wear jeans and a t-shirt. My mom is sending me one of my dresses so we are both good to go in the clothing department for the big day.

And I gotta say - that kid is worse than a teenage girl when it comes to buying clothes. His shoes have to always match his outfits and he is so darn particular about the fit and the color of everything. I can't remember if he was always like that?

And tonight...I let Kevin drive the car! There's a quarry on the way home from the mall and we pulled in there and I let Kev drive around the building over and over again. It was closed for the day so no one was around and luckily the road was very wide to accommodate all the big trucks that run back and forth there. I can't even begin to explain to you the look on Kevin's face. He was ecstatic!! He did very well too - I was quite proud of him. It took him about half a trip around before his foot got used to being on a gas pedal, but it was like riding a bike, I guess. I can say this - I do hope with all my heart that he gets to drive on the roads again someday, but he will definitely need the vehicle modified if he does. His right leg/foot can't be used because he has no real feeling in it so he will either need a left hand control or a left foot gas/brake. It is one of my fondest wishes for him to have the freedom to drive in the future...truly it would have to just stink to be 22 years old and never be able to just jump in the car and go somewhere.

So hopefully I haven't created a monster, lol. I don't know...I just want him to be as 'normal' as he can possibly be. I want him to live as close to the life he would have if he hadn't been wounded.

And who knows...maybe this will help him heal even faster. Every little new thing he does can make such a change in his life...


GrannieEv said...

What a gr8 idea that was, to let him drive!

Anonymous said...

Wow! It's so good to hear when you have something in your day that makes Kevin so happy! It sounds like he had fun driving and it would be such an acomplishment for him. I agree- having him exposed to normal day to day things that we take for granted probably helps him immensely! It's neat that he is particular about his clothing as it makes us know that he cares about what he wears. Also that he is very aware of things! :)
Have a great Thursday!
Kathy in IA

Anonymous said...

I can just imagine the huge grin as he slipped in behind the wheel. That is so darn cool. Again, are such a great mom, Leslie.

Way to go, Kevin! Woohoo!

Yeah, I know about the time.....where does it go? It'll be Christmas soon. Yikes.


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Long-time RN said...

Oh boy! =)

Leslie (the other one) said...

I'm so happy for all of you!!!!