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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.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Update-- Friday, January 20th, 11:00 p.m.

Yesterday a lady from California, who was at the hospital training the speech therapists how to use a new valve for the ventilator so people can talk, came into Joseph’s room and asked if they could use him as a guinea pig and show everyone how to put it in and how to use it. He said, “Sure.” They had him talk for a while, and then took it off. She came back in the afternoon and had another group of people she wanted to train, and he got to talk again for a bit. By the end of the day he had about 20 people owing him slurpees.

Joe had a really good night last night. The nurse was great and let him sleep. This morning his fever was back up to 103.6. The Rehab people came in and made him sit up in his bed. They told him they would like to have him there for a 1/2 hour, and he made it for an hour. They also put the valve in the ventilator so he could talk for a little while.

The doctor decided that they needed to see if the fluid they found around the surgery on his neck was causing the infection. The procedure was really hard on Joe. They had him laying on his side with out his neck brace on for about an hour. They did give him some pillows to help support his head, but it was really stressful and painful to be that way for so long. Initially they didn’t want to take any fluid out of his neck because it would be difficult and possibly cause more damage. They have been treating this “invisible infection” with antibiotics and Tylenol, but even when they increase the dosage his fever still rises. We will find out if it is the fluid that is causing the infection tomorrow.



Blogger Stephanie (Record) Davis said...

Thank you so much for keeping us updated! Joe I miss you and I hope everything works out the way it is sapost to! Keep your spirits up!
Stephanie Davis (Record)

Jan 21, 2006, 4:22:00 AM  
Blogger Gym Rat said...

How exciting about the talking device -- I'll bet he just loved being able to talk and be heard for a change. Hope the doctors will be able to pinpoint the cause of the fever soon--that's a lot of discomfort. Sorry he had to go through that.

Jan 21, 2006, 6:20:00 AM  
Blogger Schalane said...

It so neat to hear about your visit and blessing from Elder Scott. Sure hope this infection gets tired of you soon and desides to move on. As soon as I won't get in trouble for it I'll bring a Slurpee by myself.
Hugs and Prayers,
Schalane and the Gang

Jan 21, 2006, 7:24:00 PM  
Blogger Sassafras said...

Hey Joseph, your Lewis cousins love you and are keeping tabs on your recovery -- can't wait to come up for a visit (when you're ready).

You've always been a blessing to others, your experience now is no different. We love you and are praying daily for you.

If there's anything the family needs, a few of us are here in SLC and ready to help.

Slurpees and love,
Mark, Ray, Mollee, Jamie, Mitzi, Dow, Quincy, Darby, Riley (leaves for the MTC and then Stockholm 2/1/06), Steve & Judy

Jan 22, 2006, 7:34:00 AM  
Blogger Gil & Jean Naisbitt said...

Thank your for this website. We check it daily. Our prayers are with Joseph and your family.
Gil & Jean Naisbitt & Family

Jan 22, 2006, 9:53:00 AM  
Blogger Gil & Jean Naisbitt said...

Thank you for this website. We read it daily for updates. Our prayers are with Joseph and your family.
Gil & Jean Naisbitt & Family

Jan 22, 2006, 9:55:00 AM  
Blogger Jake Johnson said...

Thanks for the website. The University 47th Student Ward is grateful for the update. Many of the ward members have voiced their desire for the update and we thank you. Our prayers are with Joe and your family. Jake Johnson

Jan 22, 2006, 2:52:00 PM  
Blogger Luciana said...

Hi Joseph
We want you to know that we are here praying for you. We are sure that you will recover soon, for our celestial father's hands. We had faith in that because you teach us. You are very important in our lives, you are the best person that we already met. You will be good soon. A great kiss. We love you...
Cecília, Luciana and Mário - Campinas - Brazil

Jan 22, 2006, 3:28:00 PM  
Blogger Rebecca B. Thompson said...

Like everyone else it's good to see updates on how you are doing. It was shocking and hard to hear of this accident. I would really like to contribute to your Slurpee collection and come see you when you are up to it. Just keep going and know we are all behind you and love you.
-Becca Bevan (Thompson) and family

Jan 22, 2006, 4:30:00 PM  

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