Not one person could have told me back then what my son would be capable of. I apparently " won the lottery", so to speak, since his condition did not even have a name back then. I remember taking it day by day and NEVER told Trev that he could not do anything. We wanted him to find his way himself and learn what he could and could not do on his own. He has definitely surprised me by going after life and learning how to do things most of us take for granted.
|Half man-Half machine|
Trevor started the pace, damn he is faast. I will need to pick up the pace. He made it look so easy. He was running without any effort at all it seemed. He wasn't even breathing hard. After mile 1, I slowed down a bit and started to watch him from behind. I noticed he wasn't lifting his left leg as much as his right. I asked him if he was compensating his left side a little. He said Yes and how did I know that. After my explanation we talked about videoing his runs so he could get a better idea of what I was referring to. It would help him a lot to see his form and could him improve on it.
Mile 2 was hard for me. My legs were not used to running as fast as this, Trevor was about 15 seconds ahead by this point. As we were in the home stretch I watched him fall. HARD. I was not close enough to see what had caused it, but as I reached the spot, I saw a lot of cracked pavement. He was not hurt and just shook it off. Standing back while watching him fall brought back several bittersweet memories. When I was teaching him to walk on his first set of prosthetic's he fell a lot. I was told to stand back, with no emotion, and let him get back up by himself. Still brings tears to my eyes. I know it was the best thing to do now, but that doesn't change how it felt then.
We finished our run in less than 18 minutes. Both of us in one piece and no blood. I look forward to doing may more of these runs with him, or behind him, as the case may be. We are going to do this together in Oct. As together as we can!
*** If you read this, you can see what we are working on next. It's going to be a busy end to summer ***