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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.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Standing Tall

Physical Therapy
Monday in Qingdao. We began our day with the new schedule of regular physical therapy. The session was a good one. Dr. Jason (Chinese Name: Sun Wei) is the therapist who will work with Joseph each day. He is short in stature, extremely competant and has a fun personality. When we got Joseph up in the standing frame, Jason stood by his side. What a contrast.

Settling In
Joseph is set up with his computer so he can respond to email and write a journal etc. We are getting adjusted to the issues of eating, treatment schedules and etc. It has been very interesting getting aquainted with everyone. Joseph and Matt both enjoy making new friends and have a following (they call Matt "Sunshine Boy").

Jason is also the one in charge of acupuncture for Joseph. There is no separation in China between physical therapy and acupunture treatment-- they go together like rice and chopsticks. It is very interesting, the needles are inserted fairly deeply, after a period they attach electrical charges and turn the acupuncture into e-stim (electrical stimulation). After a period this was followed by electronic massage pads on quad and calf. The session lasts about 2 hours. Joseph occasionally describes the feeling as being "lit up".

Jim and Andy
Jim Ely, our man in Qingdao, returned from his trip to Inner Mongolia and came to see us. He brought our new friend Andy. Andy is one of Jim's students and wants to help us out as much as he can. He is an exceptionally bright young man and an instant friend.

RT Mart
We finsished our day with the 1 mile round trip journey to the RT Mart. Our photos are too awesome for this blog. We'll do a special edition later in the week.

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Blogger Chrissie said...

I am really finding your experiences in China so interesting. What an amazing country. Thanks for putting so much detail into the blog :D

May 6, 2008, 9:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Maxwell Moura said...

Vida boa vida boa.... fica logo curado para podermos brigar mais um apouco tô com saudades... afff ô época boa...

só trabalhavamos melhor quando discutiamos...

Maxwell Moura

May 22, 2008, 8:08:00 AM  

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