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November
13
2020

November 12, 2020

Good Evening Everyone,

 

Taola is just rocking therapy. She has been a little down and out with having to be quarantined for the 14 days upon admission to her new therapy center but the 14 days is half way over.  So hopefully the last half goes even faster for her. 
Tami had a few really good days visiting Taola through the window this last week.  Taola is getting stronger every day and it is very apparent every time you talk to her. Her care team is placing her back on puréed food and are setting up an appointment with the Ear Nose and Throat doctor to assess at her tongue as she bit it hard during the accident and also bit it while at Regions, in her initial days after the accident. 
Traci, Tori and Bruce went with Tami this week as it was Traci’s birthday.  They brought cupcakes along and had a little party. Taola even sang happy birthday to Traci, that was cute!

Taola has been in a wheel chair in her room and not in restraints for safety as she had been assessed to be safe without them. In true Taola fashion, the other day she just got herself right up out of the chair and wiped out on her butt. No injuries were sustained but was determined to be independent and do what she wanted to do. :) Tami had to read her the riot act and talk to the nursing staff to keep her strapped in.  

Today Charlotte and Taola had a great talk via FaceTime.  They were literally having a fully engaged conversation. This was a beautiful amazing change from even last week. Taola was very engaged and asking questions and responding to Charlotte (hard to do with a 4.5 year olds train of thought). So that says a lot.  :) 

Taola is literally moving mountains every day and it is a blessing that we get to report these updates to you all. However, her therapy needs and rehabilitation is very far from over.

If you are wishing to have anything sent to Taola it is required by the facility to be quarantined for 24 hours. Please do not send anything financial straight to Taola at her new location but use the GoFundMe me link below or mail it to the address below or if you want to drop it off in her name at an RCU bank you can also do that.

Here is her address:

Cedarburg Health Services                 Att: TBI Unit , Taola Swenson N27W5707 Lincoln Blvd.      Cedarburg WI 53012.

If you are wanting to support Taola And Tami in her journey towards recovery there are going to be a lot of “next steps”. Here is the link to her go fund me page, the family’s direct mailing address for cards, and you can also direct deposit straight into her account at RCU under Taola Swenson etc.

gofundme:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/taola-swenson?sharetype=teams&member=4713750&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=082b0c46a04045749ec875c075fbb249

Address:
Tami and Taola Swenson
14454 County Line Rd
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Thank you everyone.

Love,

Taola and family

 

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November
5
2020

November 5, 2020

Good Morning Everyone,

Fabulous news!!! Her trach was removed on Friday last week. She is talking up a storm now. And................ yesterday afternoon she moved to her new location!!!!!

Her new digs are located at: 

Cedarburg Health Services                 Att: TBI Unit , Taola Swenson N27W5707 Lincoln Blvd.      Cedarburg WI 53012.

Tanja and Tanae went with Tami to be a part of the transfer. . When they arrived to Taola’s initial rehab facility, Lakeview, they were able to get hugs. They also got to meet with therapists and case worker who also gave them hugs.  Everyone was wishing Taola luck and telling her to come back and visit when she gets out of Cedarburg. All her care team agreed that Taola will rock these next steps. Then they loaded her in the van and she said “mom you coming with?”  I looked at the driver with raised eyebrows and he said “get in there.”

The first question Taola asked Tami was “are we going home?” 😢

It was a great ride as theytalked about things and held hands the whole ride. They called and FaceTimed Charlotte and Daina, Meghan, Brooke , Nicole and Shaw.

They arrived at the new place and met the director and a few staff.  All the ladies had a good vibe from the place and staff. They were able to give Taola multiple hugs before parting ways. The facility requires new admits to quarantine in their room for 14 days to reduce risk of Covid exposure. Conveniently, she is on the first floor so Tami, Tanae, and Tanja were able to watch the therapy staff do some admission assessments on Taola outside her window. So for now, it is going to be window visits. 

If you are wishing to have anything sent to Taola it is required by the facility to be quarantined for 24 hours. Please do not send anything financial straight to Taola at her new location but use the GoFundMe me link below or mail it to the address below or if you want to drop it off in her name at an RCU bank you can also do that.

Here is her address:

Cedarburg Health Services                 Att: TBI Unit , Taola Swenson N27W5707 Lincoln Blvd.      Cedarburg WI 53012.

If you are wanting to support Taola And Tami in her journey towards recovery there are going to be a lot of “next steps”. Here is the link to her go fund me page, the family’s direct mailing address for cards, and you can also direct deposit straight into her account at RCU under Taola Swenson etc.


gofundme:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/taola-swenson?sharetype=teams&member=4713750&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=082b0c46a04045749ec875c075fbb249

Address:
Tami and Taola Swenson
14454 County Line Rd
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Thank you everyone.

Love,

Taola and family

October
28
2020

October 28, 2020

Good Evening Everyone,

 

You are going to jump for joy when you hear today’s update!!!!

Tami got to talk to her twice yesterday. First phone call of the day, her therapy team had Taola walking to Tami almost totally on her own and standing by herself. The pulmonologist gave the ok and the team capped her trach as well. She will be able to have this removed this week!!! :) She is having some double vision issues and still has short term memory loss but she is exceeding every single person’s expectations in her advancement and therapies. She will be moving Monday to Cedarburg WI to a new TBI rehab center. It is slightly closer than her current facility. This is great news!

If you are wishing to have anything sent to Taola it is required by the facility to be quarantined for 24 hours. Please do not send anything financial straight to Taola at her new location but use the GoFundMe me link below or mail it to the address below or if you want to drop it off in her name at an RCU bank you can also do that.

Here is her address:

Lakeview Speciality Hospital            Taola Swenson room 2.061 south wing                                                               1701 Sharp Rd Waterford WI 53185

If you are wanting to support Taola And Tami in her journey towards recovery there are going to be a lot of “next steps”. Here is the link to her go fund me page, the family’s direct mailing address for cards, and you can also direct deposit straight into her account at RCU under Taola Swenson etc.


gofundme:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/taola-swenson?sharetype=teams&member=4713750&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=082b0c46a04045749ec875c075fbb249

Address:
Tami and Taola Swenson
14454 County Line Rd
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Thank you everyone.

Love,

Taola and family

October
24
2020

October 23, 2020

Good Evening Everyone,

The greatest news this week! Tuesday they removed Taola’s neck collar that was mobilizing her broken neck permanently. Yay, this means that her neck is healing and is now safe and strong enough to support her head on its own. Now she only has to wear the back brace, if needed. Wednesday was a huge day for her as well. Her pulmonology team switched her trach and Tami heard her voice!!!!! Taola said “I love you and I miss you!!” Taola then called Tami on the phone herself and was saying all kinds of things to her momma!! Taola also walked without a walker on Wednesday for about 15 ft. She accomplished this with just a two point assist which is where the therapists only support about 25% of the patients body, the other 75% of it was her own strength grit and determination. Today she put her right hand on her head, this was not able to be done before today. 
Our Taola is fighting so hard to come back to us and regain her life and freedom. These strides are absolutely amazing!!! Please continue to lift her up to the good lord and petition for her continued progress. 

A VERY huge thank you is being included In this message from Taola and Tami. The benefit this last Saturday was absolutely amazing. It left many speechless and overwhelmed with emotion. From the volunteers, to the donations towards the event in every single capacity, to all those who attended (in person/spirit/online), to the many people coordinating the event. Thank you is not a strong enough expression or emotion to express to every single person who made the day what it was. The results were truly humbling and god given. The assistance this benefit will provide to help Taola’s continued therapy needs is absolutely priceless and truly magnificent. Thank you thank you thank you for continuing to shower these two with your blessings. 

with love, gratitude, humbleness, and thanks,

Taola and Tami

October
17
2020

October 16, 2020

Just in case anyone forgot...

 

The huge benefit for Taola is being held tomorrow(Saturday October 17th!) 

 

where: Cushing Community Center in Cushing WI

when: 10am-bags tournament commences. Or 12:30pm dinner/auctions commence

the auctions all start around 2pm! Band starts at 5pm. So many wonderful items have been donated. Please come help us support this family.❤️

October
14
2020

October 14, 2020

Taola’s Benefit this Saturday at Cushing Community Center:

 

Bags Tournament- be there by 10am

Silent Auction/Dinner: commences at 12:30pm and will run until we run out. 

Raffle items: Will be raffled off in the afternoon. One must not be present to win but does need to provide name and contact info on their ticket. 

It is going to be chilly so dress appropriately for anytime you wish to spend outdoors. There will be plenty of room indoors for those who wish to avoid the cold weather. ❤️

we will post any further updates in here for the event as well as on the Facebook event page. We can’t wait to see you all and come together as a community to support an incredibly wonderful young woman and her courageous journey back to health. ❤️

October
13
2020

October 13, 2020

Good Morning Everyone,

Tami, Tanja, Tanae and Audrey all had an amazing visit with Taola yesterday. Taola’s therapists are working hard at teaching her to use her language skill and  mouth words in response to people as much as possible. She also has made huge leaps forward with swallow therapy and has graduated into eating food instead of only receiving a tube feeding. Yesterday Taola had lunch in front of her guests and ate puréed spaghetti, meatballs, broccoli, apple sauce and apple juice. Taola ate 25% of her food, which they said was the most she has eaten so far. Her right side is getting stronger Everyday. Now instead of needing 3 therapists to stand and walk she is progressing  down to 2 therapists assisting her. They also have heard her voice a few times as she works hard in therapy. So she is getting stronger and therapy is working. She is progressing from being non verbal to now saying a few words and mouthing words all the time. These are the most amazing strides forward. What a fierce and determined warrior she is. ❤️ You have got this sweet one! 

REMEMBER: this Saturday the 17th we are hosting her benefit at the Cushing Community Center from 10:30 until ???. We have fun and bow raffles as well as silent auctions for  some pretty amazing items. All proceeds go to Taola’s medical expenses and rehab needs. Please consider coming out to participate and show Tami and Taola all the love and support we can  give them. If you are worried about Covid or just being around too many people a donation could be given through one of the formats that are listed below. :) 

If you are wishing to have anything sent to Taola it is required by the facility to be quarantined for 24 hours. Please do not send anything financial straight to Taola at her new location but use the GoFundMe me link below or mail it to the address below or if you want to drop it off in her name at an RCU bank you can also do that.

Here is her address:

Lakeview Speciality Hospital            Taola Swenson room 2.061 south wing                                                               1701 Sharp Rd Waterford WI 53185

If you are wanting to support Taola And Tami in her journey towards recovery there are going to be a lot of “next steps”. Here is the link to her go fund me page, the family’s direct mailing address for cards, and you can also direct deposit straight into her account at RCU under Taola Swenson etc.


gofundme:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/taola-swenson?sharetype=teams&member=4713750&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=082b0c46a04045749ec875c075fbb249

Address:
Tami and Taola Swenson
14454 County Line Rd
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Thank you everyone.

Love,

Taola and family



October
6
2020

October 5, 2020

Good Evening Everyone,

Tami, John, Meghan, and Todi had a good visit today. Taola continues to push forward and persevere. Today she  mouthed words to everyone. Her care team did notice that although she is progressing, she is having some short term memory loss. This will continue to be monitored and assessed. On Thursday last week she had scans of her neck (Where it was broken) completed to assess the healing process we will get results this week. The great news is that if it looks good  the collar holding her neck in safe place will be able to be safely removed. Then they can really focus their energy on strengthening her neck muscles and returning her range of motion in her neck. At this point also, her care team could then begin the hard therapy towards trach removal. These are all amazing steps forward.
We ask and hope for Taola to continue to be in everyone’s prayers. She is doing an amazing job and is a serious fighter but she can only fight so hard. Help us lift her up and surround her with an army of prayer warriors to continue to heal her vibrant self and restore the light and happiness in this brave warrior. 

Don’t forget we are hosting a meat raffle at Wards Bar in dresser, WI on Friday October 9th at 6:30pm. Get there and remember the bar accepts cash or check only. :) 

 

Then for the big Tada!!!! 

Saturday October 17th the BIG benefit for Taola will be at Cushing community center. We made a post for it a few weeks ago. I am also attaching an image of the flyer to this post. :) Be there or be square. So many fun things are being auctioned off at this silent auction. Gun raffle, wine and cheese baskets, meat packs, brewery gift cards, signed packets football, 1 overnight stay and 4 passes to the holiday INN elk river water park,  huge smart TVs, cut and stacked cords of wood, many many many amazing items are being auctioned off.  Bags tournament- get with Brooke Morgan, Meghan Pearl , to myself to be added to the bags tournament, we also have a great band - Straight Shot will be playing , and so many more. Dalles House is serving up some delicious food along with so many amazing families that have stepped forward to donate their time, cooking talents, and presence to this benefit. I know I have not even touched the surface of what we will have going on that day. 

here is the Facebook event link:

https://fb.me/e/2V2XIX73u

If you are wishing to have anything sent to Taola it is required by the facility to be quarantined for 24 hours. Please do not send anything financial straight to Taola at her new location but use the GoFundMe me link below or mail it to the address below or if you want to drop it off in her name at an RCU bank you can also do that.

Here is her address:

Lakeview Speciality Hospital            Taola Swenson room 2.061 south wing                                                               1701 Sharp Rd Waterford WI 53185

If you are wanting to support Taola And Tami in her journey towards recovery there are going to be a lot of “next steps”. Here is the link to her go fund me page, the family’s direct mailing address for cards, and you can also direct deposit straight into her account at RCU under Taola Swenson etc.


gofundme:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/taola-swenson?sharetype=teams&member=4713750&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=082b0c46a04045749ec875c075fbb249

Address:
Tami and Taola Swenson
14454 County Line Rd
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Thank you everyone.

Love,

Taola and family