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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, May 25, 2006

Emptying the Box, Fixing the Locks, & the AC Docks -- 5/26/06

Tonight was a regular beehive of activity at the Taggart household. Ed Ayers was over installing the new handles and locks for the doors. His work is maticulous, it's great to have neighbors with talent.
Joseph and Elizabeth talked Mom into letting them have some friends/neighbors come over to simply move the large-screeen TV out of the POD so we could get it hooked up at the same time we hook up Joseph's AV gear. It was a conspiracy. As soon as the TV was out of the Pod, out came the couch into the house. Before long, in came the piano and the chairs. The Pod is getting empty and the house is starting to look like a home again. We're all pretty happy about it.
Doug Miles and Curtis Churchtown (DC Air- Heating and Cooling) brought the AC unit that docks into the frame under Joseph's bedroom window. This provides independant control of room temperature in his room. It's been warm enough to need it. It will be very helpful. The hardware for the shower was delivered yesterday and the new toilet will be delivered tomorrow. We are getting closer to completion every day.
The van will be ready in another week and a half. They are doing a great job (as the photo's indicate) Joseph is already planning his next road trip! He has been on the speakerphone a lot this week and is getting pretty good with his brace holding a pencil with erasers on both ends. He can run the remote control to the TV as well as answer and dial the phone. He talked with a Social Security disability worker on Wednesday. At the end of the phone conversation (about two hours long) the worker said, "Can I just tell you something? You have such a great attitude! It gives me faith in mankind."
And for us, Faith in the Lord too.


Blogger Gym Rat said...

You really are an inspiration. I am amazed at the progress that has taken place and the uplifting faith and optimism your whole family has. Your spirit is felt by people all over the world.

May 26, 2006, 6:19:00 AM  
Blogger KissMeKate77 said...

Hello to my other family!!!

I miss you all! I am so happy that the "conspiracy" happened! Way to go Joe and Liz!
Spending a little bit of time with you last week was great!
Joe--love you to pieces! Sorry I bailed the state and messed up our plans to hang out! You and your friends always seem like you are having so much fun!

Love you all!
Kate Lyon

May 28, 2006, 9:57:00 PM  
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Jul 21, 2006, 9:58:00 AM  

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