This Saturday, Sept. 13, Taylor and her family and friends will be participating in the 7th Annual Walk for Brain Injury Association of California (BIACAL) at Santa Anita Park. Founded in 2005, BIACAL is a chartered state affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. With a joint mission to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education, BIACAL strives to improve the quality of life for all Californians affected by brain injury.
Taylor has her own donation page to raise money for this worthwhile non-profit organization. If you are interested in donating, please visit her page at: http://biacal.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=15325
Taylor’s need for sedation to keep her comfortable has decreased. Although she remains on the respirator, the machine settings have been turned down so that Taylor can partially initiate her own breaths. This is the first step in getting her off of the respirator. She has been taken off all medications to help her keep her blood pressure up.
Today (2/27/2014) we got the MRI results. These results were conclusive and clearly laid out the road ahead. Taylor needs to build a new life and we will build it with her. It’s like the first day she was born. She is fragile and beautiful in a whole new way. As we prepare to care for her, possibly for the rest of her life, we look forward to the new ways we will form to love her and get love back from her.
Taylor had a great day today. After her neurology exam, she stayed off the breathing machine for 2 1/2 hours. Towards the end of that time, she briefly opened her eyes. She blinked once and opened her eyes for a few moments more. This happened during her second ‘waking event’ where she seemed to suddenly become aware of her surroundings. At the end of the night she was being taken away for her MRI exam.
Taylor came off the breathing machine for about an hour when she had her first ‘waking event’ where she seemed to become aware of her surroundings. She coughed a bit then shed a tear, which is a good sign. Then, when her heart rate went up, she brought it back down slowly after her dad was asked her to calm down. She then stayed off the breathing machine for another hour.
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This Website is for describing Taylor’s day to day positive news regarding her recovery from her fainting incident on February 22, 2014. Since that day Taylor has received the best possible care in the world and has continually been surrounded by friends, family and the super caring staff at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has received a lot of love from everyone.
In addition, she has the positive thoughts and love of her extended friends and family at MIT and across the country. Let’s keep these positive thoughts going with this website. Feel free to post your thoughts to the page.