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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 30, 2006

NOW the Work Starts -- Monday 1/30/06

Joseph moved back to Rehab this afternoon, Yea! He is excited to get to work. He begins with three one hour workouts a day. Not much by pre-accident standards but massive after lying down flat for three weeks, not even breathing with his own muscles. He's lost 32 pounds (2.3 stone for you British lot). He is in Room 483A at the LDS Hospital Neuro Specialty Rehabilitation Unit (8th Avenue and C Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84143). He will be there for at least 4-6 weeks. Saturdays and especially Sundays are good days to visit.

Below are some photos of Joseph in the emergency room of the Herrerra Llerandi Hospital in Guatemala getting fitted with headgear for his traction and the weights. They attached the metal frame to his skull and attached the weights to the end of a rope pulling on the frame over a pulley. He was in this for 5 days with increasing weights (a little over 40 lbs at the end, including three sandbags). Following those photos are the x-rays from before the surgery and after, with the titanium plate securing C-4 to C-5 with four titanium screws. CLICK ON IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW.


Blogger Tamera & Grant said...

Joseph, Grant and I are so proud of your courage and example to all who will need to know that relying on the Lord really does bring good results.

Gloria, We are concerned for you and want you to know that we want you to be healthy also, so take care of yourself and let us know when we ask what to do to help.

Tim, Our love and prayers are with you and your special family. We will check in after a few days to see how things are going for you. Tamera and Grant.

Jan 30, 2006, 9:56:00 PM  
Blogger Jen Hall said...

Hi Joe,
Just to say i'm really pleased with you for doing so well, keep up the good work.Great to see you sporting some nice fashion accessories also, the neckbrace works for you! Seriously though, you look well and i'm proud of you for all the hard work you must have put in up until now.
Have a nice day and keep smiling,
Jen Hall X :)

Jan 31, 2006, 5:18:00 AM  
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Jan 31, 2006, 5:19:00 AM  
Blogger Gym Rat said...

Thanks to whoever is posting these updates for the pictures and x-rays--very interesting and informative. Kind of scary having those weights attached to your skull--Ouch!

Had to smile at Jen's remart that the neck brace fashion accessory "works for you" -- great sense of humor. It's nice to know that you can receive visitors. I have a feeling your room will be like Grand Central Station for a while! I still have the remnants of this darn cold and I would hate like crazy to pass on any germs, so it might take me a while to come see you.

You are constantly in my prayers. Hugs!

Jan 31, 2006, 6:09:00 AM  
Blogger Willicombes said...

My friend, who is a Superintendent Radiographer, took a look at those x-rays and said they were really good ones! (apparently they get a kick out of really good x-rays... LOL)

FABULOUS that you're in rehab now Joe. Perhaps you could bring out your own fitness vid'...something to think about... LOL!

Chrissie, Danny & Celyn

Jan 31, 2006, 9:23:00 AM  
Blogger Renan-BR said...

Joe, Joe...
It's heart warming to read that you're being so brave...

It's also nice to see that so many of your friends (internationally speaking) still care about you.

And thanks for the ones keeping this blog updated.

Melhora logo rapaz.

Jan 31, 2006, 1:59:00 PM  
Blogger Luciana said...

What a great news !!!!!
Thank you for this wonderful example of perseverance....
Keep the faith boy !!!
Luciana - Campinas - Brasil

Feb 1, 2006, 9:54:00 AM  
Blogger line said...

Joseph fiquei muito triste quando soube o que realmente aconteceu com você. A principio, não entendi bem as fotos, mas seu pai me esclareceu. Sei que você é um rapaz forte e vai superar isso tudo. A galera aqui em Salvador, reza e torçe pela sua melhora.
Beijos grandes!!!

Feb 12, 2006, 10:32:00 AM  

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