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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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Honest Abe, George, and Joe -- 2-21-06


This week end has been laid back as far as physical therapy etc. goes, with most of the regular staff off for the holiday weekend. Joseph had to pay the price for relaxing today, as his regular workout was pretty tough. . . but then so is he. He's enjoying a shower sitting up in a special shower chair at the moment (his second), an accomplishment by it's self. He has enjoyed the weekend so much because of the wonderful visits with friends, former EBM missionaries, ward members, work associates, professors from school, and family members of all of the above. Monday night the Jewkes family from the Bennion Hts 8th Ward did a family home evening with a great message on "angels all around us". Joseph said it was really spiritual and a great blessing.

He has been doing remarkably well with breathing. He has gone for a couple of nights breathing on his own, with the vent following along and providing limited pressure support. The days have been spent off oxygen, breathing room air for the most part, and on the speaking valve. The sensations in the right arm continue, there was some possible action in electrical stimulation tests today, his left wrist responded well too. The miracles are small, but with all of your prayers and faith, none of us expect a quick end to miracles.

The work on fixing the house is moving forward. We really appreciate so many helping out, it is humbling. It's an overwhelming task, but with so many "succoring the weak, lifting up the the hands that hang down and strengthening the feeble knees" we feel succored, lifted up and strengthened. God bless you all, for the love of the Lord that shines in your lives.


Blogger Gym Rat said...

I am constantly amazed at the progress you are making and love reading these updates. I continue to keep you in my prayers and hope that you get to come home soon.

Feb 22, 2006, 2:38:00 PM  
Blogger Moana said...

What a privilege it was to have made a visit to "Joe" last week Sunday, 02/19/06.
My husband, Samuel Gasu, is Joe's supervisor at Skywest Airlines so when he mentioned the terrible accident Joe was involved in, my first response to that, was, " OH MY GOSH!!" followed with, "You need to go and see him. You're his supervisor!"
We made that trip, that Sunday, as a family, with our three teenagers: Isaiah, Monet and Hunter. We introduced our children to Joe, after Samuel introduced me to him. It was such a surprise to see Joe sitting up, smiling, and talking as though he hadn't been in a horrible accident. Wow!
As we walked in, I stood next to Joe, observing him and his parents. Why? I tried to comprehend the knowlege of seeing your son in a physically different status as to what it was before an accident like this. I couldn't begin to comprehend. My heart was overcome with empathy, love and support for Joe and his parents, family, and friends who noticeably love him. Right there, I had made a silent wish that Heavenly Father would temporarily grant me the power to make Joe 'walk' again. This is something I've always done when I see someone physically disabled. Always. I knew it would never happen because it is not within the authority of the Priesthood. But my heart could not stop feeling the empathy I had in seeing Joe in his present condition. It wouldn't. I wanted to cry but I forced myself not. I didn't even know Joe until that very day in his hospital room and yet I was feeling a great deal of emotional support for him and his parents. I would be in the same mental and emotional state of mind, if it were my son or my daughter. Silent pleas of help for full recovery came flooding through as I stood and listened to Samuel and Joe talk about WHO and WHAT at Skywest. I couldn't get over the stamina, courage, and inner-strength that Joe was displaying. It amazed me. Literally. I thought it would be a terrible scene once we entered the room, but it was definitely not that at all.
Joe had displayed a great deal of courage and HOPE that I've ever seen in my life. Incredible! Absolutely incredible!

To Joe's parents: I can't tell you how much my heart pours out all the love and inner-strength it can towards your own faith, hope, love and strength for yourselves and your son, JOE! It was truly an honor to have met you. I know that I have a responsibility to take Joe's name to the Temple, each week that I go. It would be my honor.
I pray that the Lord will give you the strength and comfort you will need during this time. My prayers will always be with you and your son, Joe!
THANK YOU, for allowing us to come into Joe's room and visit with him!

Samuel & Moana Gasu
& Family

Feb 24, 2006, 8:02:00 PM  
Blogger irma cubiaco said...

oi elder taggart tudo bem? Se lembra de mim irma cubiaco Saiba que nos te amamos, estamos tristes pelo oque aconteceu mas estamos felizes por saber que voce esta lutando pra se recuperar, se eu tivesse condicoes iria te visitar,mas os 5 dolores que vc me deu nao da pra comprar uma passagem de aviao, Pai celestial te ama e estado teu lado, confie que seja feita a vontade dele, e tudo sera mais facil, amamamos voce!!! Tchau Mara Cubiaco BRASIL

Feb 27, 2006, 10:58:00 AM  

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