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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.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Laboring Day, Brain Cramps and High Tech Medicine - 9/3/06

Monday is Labor Day (United States) but we got the jump on the labor on Saturday. Dad worked on closing up the side of the ramp from Joseph's back door. With that, mowing the lawn and sundry other jobs he overdid it a bit and had a weird day recovering on Sunday (brain cramp?), anyway the hospital confirmed he had a brain.

Omar Canals, a co-worker with Tim and bishop of a nearby ward, came with a couple of his ward members to size up the back yard. The youth, and their leaders, have decided to take on the project of providing Joseph with something to look at, out his windows. The ward youth are going to design the landscaping and then put it in. Is that awesome or what?!!! Joseph is so pleased, as are his folks.

Also on Saturday, Cisco Soto (owner of Monarch Construction), a great friend of the family, came with some crew members and started patching up the basement bathroom (the window was closed off and the room torn up a bit to get plumbing to Joseph's sink, shower, and toilet). We really appreciate all the hard work and great skill.

Joseph is doing well, his spirits are good and he is feeling much better. They continue to treat him with intravenous antibiotics, and will for the next few weeks. The photo is of the high tech device that allows the gradual delivery of the IV medicine without cumbersome stands and bags. The ball is a balloon of sorts filled with the antibiotic, the dosage is timed by the stretch of the ball and the size of the tube. It takes about 90 minutes for the dose twice a day. Dr. Mom, with talents honed in the mission field, is the main caregiver and administering angel to us all. She wished she could be triplets this weekend. Elizabeth had minor surgery on Friday and is doing great. We're all grateful for her good husband and healthy kids.


Anonymous Heather Dahlquist White said...

I just want to pop in and thank Joseph and his entire family and network of friends for the incredible inspiration they are. I am a friend of Kate Lyon who first told me about Joseph's accident soon after it happened. It has been incredible to watch Joseph's journey since then and the support and love that surrounds him. THANK YOU! You are ALL an inspiration!

Sep 5, 2006, 1:26:00 PM  

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