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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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Hearts, Roses, and Blessings -- 2-15-06

Happy Valentine's Day. The last few days have been very busy and productive. Joseph has been up in the chair progressing with exercise etc. He is spending more and more time off the ventilator. Yesterday, for example, he was off for over 8 hours including during Physical therapy. He also has the speaking valve in from first thing in the morning until he goes to sleep at night. so he can speak. This helps him develop his breathing muscles in preparation for eventually removing the trach and respirator altogether. He is doing so well this afternoon they removed his trach tube and installed a smaller size. This again allows for the trach opening to partially heal. It takes less effort to breath through the tube, and it is another step toward removing it.

Saturday evening Joseph developed a burning pain in his right bicep. (He has previously had no feeling at all there). On Sunday the pain moved down to his forearm as well. It hurts REALLY GOOD! At this stage we like feelings in new places. The sensation continues and we pray more will come as his nerves awaken.

Weston, his former roommate, is doing well. He and his family stopped in to say Hi to Joseph. He’s no longer seeing double and is walking really well. He had a bit of an episode with his feeding tube today, but is improving and we continue to pray for his complete recovery. Joseph has a new roomie, Raymond, mid 50’s from Kearns. He has had recent brain surgery.

This morning Taylorsville City approved the plans for adding a room off the back of the house for a bedroom and bathroom for Joseph. The plans call for a wheelchair lift, in order to get from the garage to the main level of the house. Then with the added room, we’ll have a place for him to come home to. Our daughter Elizabeth and family friends have set up a web site for those who want to help out: It's just starting out, but you'll get the idea.

We are so unbelievably grateful for so many who have taken upon themselves to do so much. Joseph knew he was loved, but he didn't know it was this much.


1&2) Valentine's Day, "Heart Attack" and get well decorations etc.

3) Misty (Physical Therapy) works him out (You should see how she can throw him around. . . verrrry impressive, Mom & Dad are taking notes).

4) Joseph and pals, Lisa and Katie (Nursing).

5) Joseph chases Mom in the powerchair.


Blogger Gym Rat said...

Oh, Wow!! Feeling in the other arm... that's so great! I am so thankful for your testimony and how you are helping us all grow. You are an inspiration!

Love & Hugs!

Feb 15, 2006, 8:53:00 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Amazing you are doing so well so fast! You have the personality for success, I wish you nothing but the very best! If you or your family need anything please don't hesitate to call! I don't mean that as a nice comment, I mean it sincerely. I'm sure Court wouldn't mind helping with the new bed and bath if you need any extra help, Although you guys only hung out a few times, you rubbed off on him and he is genuinely concerned and wishes you luck!

Stacy Chivers (Beaver)

Feb 15, 2006, 9:18:00 PM  
Blogger Cort said...

This is great news! I am so glad that you are keeping the positive attitude and putting in the effort. I can't wait to see you moving around with your new mode of transportation.


Feb 15, 2006, 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger Luciana said...

Hi Joseph...

It's so nice that you are getting better and better... so fast...
God is wonderful...
I know very soon you will be able to walk again..



Feb 16, 2006, 4:18:00 AM  
Blogger Schalane said...

Happpy Valentines Day Joe!
Love the new set of wheels. It's great to see you on the move. I'm so excited your still progressing so quickly. Keep up the hard work and possitive attitude. They will take you where you need to be.

Feb 17, 2006, 8:23:00 AM  
Blogger greenwood said...

Joseph Taggart--You are absolutely AMAZING!!! I have just recently been informed of your accident, and my prayers for your continued progress have been unceasing since then! I have worked with a number of people with spinal injuries here in Tucson at UMC, and your progress truly is phenomenal. I'm sure that is in no small part due to your own hard work, determination and prayers!! Keep it up, I don't want any excuses if you lose our next taco eating contest! :)

Adios, mate!

Feb 18, 2006, 11:00:00 AM  

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