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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 07, 2006

Keeping my Nose Clean -- Monday 2/6/06

Joseph has been able to eat and drink enough for the last three days to prove he doesn't need the feeding tube up his nose. Dr. Dodds came in this morning and said "I've never had a patient off of the feeding tube before they were off of the ventilator, this is amazing". They removed the tube from his nose and the tape etc. from his face . . . What a relief! While they were at it, they removed the PICC line from his right arm. (this is the semi-permanant direct access to the blood supply for meds etc). One more step forward.

Joseph got in a lot of physical therapy today and still had enough energy to be on the speaking valve all day and breath without the ventilator for 3 hours. He is doing amazingly well and he looks really great too!


Blogger Stephanie (Record) Davis said...

WOW!! I you are doing so great, but I wouldn't expect any less from you. You are such an inspiration to everyone! We all love you. Keep up all the hard work.
Stephanie Davis (Record)

Feb 7, 2006, 4:40:00 AM  
Blogger Gym Rat said...

You rock!

I'll bet it's worth all that hard work just to have some personal comfort---having tubes all over the place can't be fun.


Feb 7, 2006, 5:19:00 AM  
Blogger tanya said...

Wow Joe, you sure recovering fast. You are great, and keep up the good work.

Have fun doing physio

Tanya BT

Feb 7, 2006, 8:17:00 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

This is all so amazing! Keep on smiling, and making the nurses job's interesting. You and Matt are some very clever guys. Thanks to Tim and everyone else for keeping us updated.

Feb 7, 2006, 8:27:00 AM  
Blogger Schalane said...

It was so awesome to visit with you yesterday. You look great and the progress you have made is amazing. A possitive attitude goes a long way. I promise next visit I will bring a Pina Colada Slurpee now that I know how to get there I won't get lost. {HAHA} Our family continues to keep you in our prayers.
Schalane and the Gang

Feb 7, 2006, 2:34:00 PM  
Blogger Jake Johnson said...

This is so awesome that Joe is doing so well and improving so rapidly. We are so greatful to the family for the constant updates. We miss Joe and are praying continually for his quick recover. We are there for you if you need anything please let us know.

Feb 8, 2006, 12:49:00 AM  

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