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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.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

MOBILITY! -- 2/11/06

Please note the updated entry for Thursday (with Photos).
Joseph is doing physical therapy and working hard (note photo 1 with Andrea the Occupational Therapy intern helping work out his left arm and wrist).

Joseph's sister, cousin, and friend gave him a "heart attack" for Valentine's Day. The hearts all over the room are really cool. They also attacked Weston's room (the missionary with the cancer surgery see Friday 2/3/06 update). He was really thrilled.


But Friday and Saturday were awesome days because of test driving the new power wheelchair.

Joseph felt so EMPOWERED. He has enough movement in his left arm and wrist to completely control the wheelchair. On Friday he tooled all over the hospital, including OUTSIDE. Everyone was ASTOUNDED. This is so unusual to be able to do this at this point (and normally not even possible for a C-4 spinal cord injury). He is able to go without his respirator for hours at a time (thus no following contraption in the photos). He has a small portable device that humidifies the air and he has a small mask over his trach (He also has his speaking valve on, so he can holler at people to get out of the way).
He was in his chair for about 3 hours on Friday and a couple of hours on Saturday. It really takes a lot of energy, but he is eating, drinking and sleeping to build it up.



There he goes. . . . Hey Joe, wait up!

8 Comments:

Blogger James Bullough said...

Looking good Joe!! I am glad to see you zooming around so soon.

Feb 11, 2006, 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger Katika77 said...

AWESOME!!! You are such a bright spot to me. Love ya bud!!! Kate L.

PS---I met one of your rehab nurses or therapists last night at a party! (I had a poster up about you explaining what happened.) He walked in and shouted "Who here knows Joe!!!?" He told everyone how cool you are! You are famous now! :)

Feb 12, 2006, 3:36:00 AM  
Blogger Stephanie (Record) Davis said...

Joe you are such an amazing person!I don't think I could deal with what you are going through, but look at you, keeping your spirits up, staying positive, ans laughing the whole way! Good for you! You inspire me everyday!
We all love you and are praying for you. My mom and Jim say hi and that you are always in their prayers!

Stephanie Davis(Record) and the LeClaires

Feb 12, 2006, 4:23:00 AM  
Blogger tanya said...

Wow Joe, what progress you are making, I bet everyone loves you so much that when you leave they will want to visit you at home.

Already zooming around and have movement, that is incredible, but I always knew that you were more special than everyone else, and you also work harder.

Hope to see you soon

Tanya BT

Feb 12, 2006, 8:37:00 AM  
Blogger Renan-BR said...

Man, you're not human are you? This way you're gonna be depriving the nurses of your presence sooner than expected. I don't think, from what I read here, that they will ever be the same.

It's incredible to read how you're improving so fast. Eating chicken, driving around and shouting to people to get away from your path...

Melhoras.

Feb 12, 2006, 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Gym Rat said...

Zowie! I go out of town for a couple of days and you're moto-crossing the hospital in a race car. What next! You look great and how wonderful to have enough mobility that you can control it with your hand. Must have felt grand to get out and see the sky and breathe some fresh air.

Well, as fresh as it gets around HERE, anyway. ;-)

Feb 12, 2006, 6:10:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin & Sheri (Payne) Schmidt said...

Joe-
Way to go!! It's pretty hard to keep you down! Glad that you are making so much progress! A positive attitude goes a long way! I've learned a lot from watching you grow and progress! Keep up the hard work! p.s. Liz, you're kids are so cute!

Feb 13, 2006, 8:38:00 AM  
Blogger AbbyP said...

Joe! That is awesome! I'm totally stoked about your chair! We're gonna have to race! ha ha, I love you Joe! Keep up the good work!

Feb 13, 2006, 5:39:00 PM  

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