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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.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

A Day of Rest -- Superbowl Sunday 2/5/06

Saturday was busy in Rehab, Joseph had some good workouts. Gretchen and Adam strapped him on a table and stood him up (see photo) Notice his grimace as he works out his left arm. He is really working to develop the muscles he has and is really making progress. He was on the speaking valve for eight hours on Saturday and all day today. They are talking about the steps to move him toward getting off the respirator. He is spending most of the days now with little support, just pressure to keep his lungs well inflated. He is building his respiratory muscles each day. Today for the first time they let him go without the respirator for an hour. Elizabeth the respiratory nurse said "I see most patients take three weeks to get to where you have come in just a few days".

He has really enjoyed the visitors, it's been great to see family and friends. The second photo is his 'big sister' from England, Sarah and her new husband. Everyone comes to see if they can lift his spirits and go away with their day brightened. He is so great to be around (the nurses are arm wrestling over who gets to be assigned). He is able to eat very nicely and isn't minding at all, the challenge of getting his full calorie count orally. (That carrot cake isn't bad) He is taking his medications orally as well. He hopes to have the tube out of his nose sometime next week.

Today was a lighter schedule with no physical therapy, he enjoyed the rest. After a shower (a bizarre affair in the "blue boat") and several visitors from the Church Hospital Branch, he got to relax and watch the Superbowl with his friend Matt Smith. The Smiths are his second family and such great friends.

Back in the Thursday Jan. 19th Update, we mentioned the topic of Tim's talk on the Atonement “The Solution to All of Your Problems”. Here is a link to the four resource documents if you are interested.

(Thanks to Joseph's cousin Cort Schaefer for hosting the link.)


Blogger Gym Rat said...

Don't know who you were rooting for so:

Go Squeelers!

Go Chicken Hawks!

Whatever. *grin*

Hey, you look so healthy and well, and it doesn't look like you're exactly wasting away yet ... must be all those burgers and shakes.

Kidding aside -- you look really good in these photos. I'm proud of you for working so hard and keeping your spirits up. You are an inspiration to a lot of people!

Love & Hugs!

Feb 5, 2006, 8:44:00 PM  
Blogger Katika77 said...

I hope you were a Steeler's fan...just for the record--I was NOT!!! :) Haha!

I'm so glad Sarah and Tom got to stop by and see you! I'm hoping to come down sometime this week!

I was talking about you in my Sunday School class today. I was even quoting your Dad's talk about "The Lord's Hook". Thank you for allowing so many of us to be a part of this. It is helping in more ways than you will ever know!

Keep on keeping on!

Love ya! Kate

Feb 5, 2006, 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger tanya said...

I am really happy to see that you are doing so great. I will see you next week, as my father-in-law is getting buried this week.

It will really be good to see you again, after so long

Tanya BT

Feb 6, 2006, 10:18:00 AM  
Blogger Diane & Dean said...

We're so grateful to be able to keep up with your progress on this blog. You are incredible! What an inspiration to everyone! We are on our way to Utah on Wednesday, along with Justin & Johnna & family and Ryan and his 2-year-old, Taleah. I hope we can see you. It will be a quick trip for Sarah's wedding on Friday and then back to Bend on Saturday, with visiting time with Grandma & Grandpa squeezed in. Love to you and your family. D & D

Feb 6, 2006, 10:49:00 AM  

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