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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Move to Rehab and Out Again-- Monday 1/23/06 11:50 PM

This was a interesting 24 hours. It began with sleep deprivation therapy (at least that's how it felt), the night was disturbed every few minutes. Then this morning we started the preparation to move to Rehab. Joseph was very excited to get going. A little after noon we actually began the migration with all the stuff to the 4th floor, North section of LDS Hospital to the Neuro Speciality Rehabilitation Unit. Gloria and Tim had the grand tour and were given their reading assignments etc. to begin the rehab process. Later in the afternoon we had a wonderful visit from Elder Hilbig of the Seventy (the Executive Director of the Audiovisual Department). The warm and kindness of his visit was so helpful.
A little later Joseph was having trouble breathing when they rolled him to his left side (for some reason, in the random rolling to one side then the other, to avoid bed sores, he has never been rolled to his left before, we hadn't realized it until Joseph mentioned it). A pulmonary specialist came and they prepared to do some another CT scan to see if it might be from a blood clot or something else. The results were negative for the blood clot but it was clear the pneumonia was worse. The doctors made the decision to move him to the Respitory ICU for a couple of days to get the pneumonia under control. Joseph went "willingly because he had to". His attitude has been so humble, willing, and wonderful that Heavenly Father cannot help but bless him. This is a disapointment but only a bump on the road to recovery. The room (C503) is very spacious and comfortable, and the staff in all the areas have been very helpful. But he does look forward to getting into rehab and starting the work back. He has lost about 15 lbs so far. . . lean, but not very mean.


Blogger Gym Rat said...

Well, darn it! So close, and yet so far. But, as you say, another bump in the road to get around. As for the weight, think of it as 15 less pounds to haul around once you start rehab. Hugs and prayers,

Jan 24, 2006, 5:36:00 AM  
Blogger Luciana said...


We are praying for you all the time.. We know that you'll get better soon !
We love you..
CecĂ­lia e Luciana - Campinas - Brasil

Jan 24, 2006, 3:26:00 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Just keep on working on things one at a time, hopefully your fever will leave soon. Lean but of course not mean, you don't have it in you to be mean, that's why you are loved by so many!

Jan 24, 2006, 5:36:00 PM  
Blogger Katika77 said...


You are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. Reading about your progress here on the blog helps since I can't be there to tell my "little brother" what to do! Just kidding! Everyone that knows about you and what happened asks of you and how you are doing. I tell them you are probably giving the nursing staff a run for their money! I sure miss you! We all love ya! -Kate Lyon

Jan 25, 2006, 9:29:00 AM  
Blogger Rocky said...

Well at least you know that rehab is just around the corner. It is great to be able to read about not only your progress but your spirit. We all miss you greatly at the airport.
Rocky J.

Jan 25, 2006, 11:25:00 AM  
Blogger Shiree said...

Joe, we love you and pray for you, so glad to be able to know what's going on. Andria, Mickaela, Kristi, Heather and I all send our love and prayers

Jan 25, 2006, 5:32:00 PM  
Blogger Andy C. said...

Howdy Joe. I hope the best for you. Make sure you watch our for those Wisconsin Jumping spiders!

Andy C.

Jan 25, 2006, 7:14:00 PM  

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