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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.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Moving Forward-- 2-9-02

Tuesday was a busy day with Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Recreational Therapy and Respirational Therapy all arm wresting for time to work Joseph over and out. He was on the speaking valve all day, and off the ventilator for three hours. Today Kasey the Occupational Therapist helped Joseph practice brushing his own teeth for the first time. Joseph had them laughing so hard neither could breathe.

Tuesday night was a rough night for Joseph's roommate so neither of them got much sleep. Joseph was about dead Wednesday. The staff made him rest most of the day. They said "we have lot's of people who complain that they are tired and want to rest or quit. You work so hard and never complain. . . when you are tired we have to make you quit." Joseph and Mike Blanchard are really great examples for everyone in rehab. The staff come in to say hi to Joseph even when they are working in other areas. Some have even brought their family in to meet him.

PHOTOS:
1) Andrea (Occupational Therapy intern), Misty, (Physical Therapy) and Kasey (Occupational Therapy) work Joseph in a wheelchair.
2) Kris (Recreational Therapist) brought Joseph his first Pina Colada Slurpee. He's been wishing for one since Guatemala.
3) Nurse Gretchen and Barb (Respiratory Therapy), the dynamic duo.
4) Mom and the grandkids.
5) Elizabeth, Joseph's sister, brought Cheyenne and Ethan to visit Uncle Joe. She has been such an unbelievable help.






































3 Comments:

Blogger Gym Rat said...

LOL!!! Man, that's the first rule I learned about blogging... back it up BEFORE you hit the "save" button. Hit Ctrl-A (to select the whole entry), then Ctrl-C to copy it, then hit Save. If it doesn't "take" you can always paste your entry into a word processor and re-post it later. I hate when I lose a whole entry. Glad you get to sleep in your bed. Nighty-night! :-)

Feb 10, 2006, 5:09:00 AM  
Blogger Marco Cubiaco said...

Friend Taggart,

First in english....
We are praying for you..... We love you and we never forgot when you was a missionary here in Brazil. We know that you will win against that adversity, you are a winner. Your brightness brought new life for the people that you met and teach. They are praying to you too. We Know the Lord Will Bless you as always he did, because, you are a brave son of God.

Agora em Português...

Meu Amigo... Você estará sempre em nossas orações, temos um carinho imenso por você e sabemos que você vai superar tudo isso. Sabemos que para nosso Pai Celestial e para um portador do Sacerdócio do Altíssimo, nada é impossível, os miagres exitem, basta execeremos nossa fé, pois a Igreja do Salvador é uma Igreja de milagres.
Fique bem, estaremos sempre orando por você.

Um forte abraço..
Família CUBIACO

P.S. O Bruno já tem um ano de missão.

Feb 10, 2006, 2:06:00 PM  
Blogger Chrissie said...

I'm with gym rat there...I do the same thing. Copy and paste it into a word document before I press save.

Don't you just love these supercilious people who give all this good advice AFTER the event?! LOL!!

Feb 10, 2006, 2:46:00 PM  

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