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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, November 11, 2007

B, Y, and Lu November 11, 2007

This week Joseph and his dad had a real treat on Thursday as they were invited to the BYU vs TCU football game in Provo. Warren Brunson, a neighbor and great friend of the family, has been doing the stats for BYU sports for many years, he made arrangements for the experience.

When Joseph and Tim arrived, Warren and his son Mike (who also helps on staff) met them and escorted them to the area on the field where the team enters the stadium. Jim Hamblin, the BYU Academic Coach, met them and gave Joseph a team hat and shirt. Then down on the field they went to join the pre-game festivities (the photo on the right is of Warren and Coach Hamblin).

It was a great game and BYU won 27 -22. They gave every one a cool BYU beanie. . . it proved handy as it got colder as the night wore on. It was a great time and a good memory. Joseph is attending the UofU, Tim graduated with both BA and Masters from USU and both have been BYU football fans for decades.
When Joseph goes for stem cell treatment in China, they do intensive physical therapy as well as acupuncture. As a part of the research in separating out what benefits come from the Stem cell treatment itself, we decided to do intensive physical therapy in December and begin acupuncture treatments. When Dale Hull, founder of Neuroworx, [See Blog entry for Sunday March 12, 2006 (] began his recovery from his C4/C5 SCI he had intensive acupuncture treatments as well. It will be interesting to observe any impact in Joseph's case.

Joseph is receiving acupuncture treatment from Cheng Tsang Lu:
"Master Cheng Tsang Lu has been teaching the Chinese martial arts for over 30 years, has trained hundreds of students, and was the first acupuncturist licensed in the State of Utah. Master Lu was born and received his training in Taiwan, where he was twice National Kung Fu champion. During his 8 years of study as apprentice to Grand Master Chian Ho Yin, he learned the ancient Chinese arts of Acupuncture, Tai Chi and Kung Fu. After a successful career teaching Tai Chi and Kung Fu in Taiwan, Master Lu immigrated to the United States in 1974. He was the first acupuncturist licensed in the State of Utah in 1983, and has taught extensive classes at locations throughout the Salt Lake area, including the University of Utah, and at his own studio. Master Lu's Health Center." Master Lu is a member of the LDS Church and has successfully treated Taggart family friends who had sports injuries. His wife is a physical therapist with exptensive professional experience as well.

It has been a fascinating experience to begin acupuncture treatment. The reflexive responses from Joseph's body are surprising to us. The regular home excercises Master Lu perscribed, massaging Joseph's fingertips and toes and stimulating them with a toothpick is most interesting, as is the bodily response. This is quite an experience we are embarked on. . . stay tuned.


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