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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 16, 2006

Update--Monday, Jan. 16, 1:00 p.m.

Joseph and Tim arrived through the snowstorm about 1:00 p.m. Sunday. They were glad to make it back. The Learjet had to circle the airport a couple of times and buck its way to the ground, but the touchdown was perfect! The ambulance was waiting at the Executive Airport for transport to L.D.S. Hospital. Just to let everyone know they were home, the sirens were wailing all the way!

The doctors and staff at the R.E. Thomason General Hospital in El Paso were excellent and took great care of Joseph. They did most of the tests, scans, x-rays, and exams that L.D.S. would have on the return to S.L.C. and provided it all on a CD for the doctors in SLC. They were surprised at how good the treatment was at the Hospital Herrera Llerandi Guatemala The doctors were waiting at L.D.S. Hospital and Joseph was quickly received in the Emergency entrance and admitted.

After briefings and examinations he was sent to the Intensive Care Unit Room 632. He was able to spend a peaceful night. He has some pneumonia and fever they are dealing with and so will have to leave the trach tube in for a while as they evaluate his ability to breathe without assistance and clear up the problems. They removed the line in his upper chest, put in during surgery, and put in a new pic line in his right arm this morning (the other could be causing infection and fever). He is in good spirits but is limited in his talking to whispering and mouthing words. That is a real frustration for him (you know Joseph). Tim has learned to read his lips in both Spanish and English. He says, "MAN, IT’S GOOD TO BE HOME!!"


Blogger Erin said...

It is good to have you home! We will continue to pray for you, let me know if there is anything that I can do for you. Miss you lots and can't wait to visit you when you feel up to it.

Jan 16, 2006, 2:49:00 PM  
Blogger Gym Rat said...

Hooray and welcome back! There's no place like home, there's no place like home! :-)

Jan 16, 2006, 6:23:00 PM  
Blogger Schalane said...

Joseph and Family,
Hey it's Katelyn you know Schalane's daughter, the one who got a gallon of water dumped on her instead of Matt when you guys played gotcha a few years ago and you stole my mom's van. Lol! Mom says hugs and prayers for you.
Love, Katelyn & Schalane

Jan 16, 2006, 9:08:00 PM  
Blogger Schalane said...

P.S. Get better soon! Your in our prayers!

Jan 16, 2006, 9:09:00 PM  
Blogger AbbyP said...

So glad to have you home. I pray that your progress continues and that you feel comforted. Much love.


Jan 16, 2006, 11:08:00 PM  
Blogger rcoachman said...

Thanks for the website and update. We are so grateful you are back home. You are mentioned by name in all our prayers.

Jan 17, 2006, 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger Neil said...

Joe, Grandpa and I want to let you know we are thinking of you and praying for you. I will come and see you when you are readdy for a vist. If you or Mom and Dad need me or any thing please let me know.
My the Lord blesess you.
Love Uncile Neil And Grandapa Shaffer

Jan 17, 2006, 2:19:00 PM  

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