Thank You

Thank you to everyone in the cycling community, thanks to those in Lauren’s huge circle of friends, and thanks to Lauren’s amazing family who have reached out and offered help and prayers. We have received support and advice from individuals who have been injured or have had a friend or family member hit by traumatic brain injury (TBI). This is such a complicated area, but it’s comforting to hear rehabilitation success stories from people like Timmy Duggan. We believe everything that can be done is being done now. We are in a transition stage right now – going from the hospital to rehabilitation – rehabilitation is the start of a long road, but one that Lauren will excel at, just like everything else she decides to do.

Things will become more certain on type and location of the rehabilitation over the next couple days, we will update you. In the meantime, please continue to keep Lauren in your thoughts and prayers. And thank you for continuing to promote the medical fund, every little bit is needed and appreciated. https://www.gofundme.com/wolfpacklauren

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Wednesday, April 13th

Lauren moved out of ICU and into the patient tower. She had some close friends (in addition to her family) with her after Redlands. Heather and Tyson were able to stay a few days after the race and spend time with her.

Lauren walked for the first time since her accident today! The physical therapist walked with her, steadying her arm. Her physical injuries continue to heal well and fairly quickly. She is also eating regular food on her own now.

While her physical injuries continue to heal at a steady and swift pace, the reality of her Tramatic Brain Injury (TBI) is setting in. Lauren’s memory is still not reliable, she remembers things once she’s prompted. We’re all learning more about TBIs and that there is no set path or timeline for recovery, each injury is different. Lauren has a very impressive support system and is receiving exceptional care. We will continue to post updates as much as possible. Thank you all for your continued support, keep sending Lauren your good energy and prayers!

If you’re able, please visit and donate to Lauren’s medical fund, any small amount helps.

 

Sunday, April 10th

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Lauren has had her mom (Michelle), dad (Guy), and Grandpa (Edward) staying with her in the ICU. She has also had extended visits from Alex and Tyson, as well as Colorado friend Katie. She has had several great interactions with Katie, including listening to music and flipping through social media.

Friday night was the first night without breathing tube, so she slept very well, just waking during the regular evaluation visits. The nurses were also able to clean Lauren’s face and hair, which I can imagine felt quite good. Lauren is pictured above with her dad. Today, Sunday, Lauren had her first drink of water!

Most of Lauren’s physical injuries are healing very quickly. The head injury is a much more complicated story. We honestly believe, because of her interactions at this early date, that Lauren will have a full recovery. But this is going to be a long road; we are taking it one day at a time. Her communication this weekend, when she is awake, is good: she answers questions, and her memory, although still spotty, is getting better. Her speech is single words and simple phrases.  We are not going to push her too hard here, we have to be patient – she is trying and we know we have to let her heal at her own pace. Doctors believe she is showing a lot of good signs that lead to recovery.

We will continue to keep the blog up-to-date as we know more (hoping for some big improvements this week!) and we ask for your continued prayers, good thoughts, and support. You can visit Lauren’s GoFundMe page here, every small amount helps.

Friday, April 8th

Please visit and donate to Lauren’s GoFundMe page here.

4:15pm

The doctors removed the staples from Lauren’s hairline this afternoon and everything looks good. She has been awake quite a bit today and is talking! 

1:51pm

Lauren is still in the ICU today, but all of the tubes have been removed and she’s been the most awake we’ve see so far! She is much more comfortable now (without the tubes) and can speak softly. She continues to have good communication with eye contact and nodding as well. She even posted to her Facebook page via her mom’s Facebook page. They did a chest x-ray to make sure there is no sign of infection from the tubes and it’s all clear. Her vitals are all stable and at good levels. It’s hard to keep a strong pony down, her progress is steady.

8:39am

Lauren’s breathing pressure was good this morning and the medical staff were able to remove her breathing tube, so she is off the ventilator! This is great news. We’ll update as the day continues and she keeps crushing it.

Updated Friday List (italicized items added today)

Here’s a list of her injuries so far :

  • facial trauma – stitches look really good
  • CAT scan shows a little blood, but not increasing, so this is stable (good news)
  • Two broken bones on the top of her left hand (only broken bones we know of)
  • occiptal condyle fracture (should not impact range of motion)
  • T1 fracture on spinous process (does not affect spinal support, just uncomfortable)

Her progress so far :

  • Lauren is able to lock eyes, nod yes or no, and squeeze hands when she’s awake
  • She recognized which rapper was playing
  • She understood a joke about Snoop Dogg
  • She has been smiling when awake and friends/family talk to her
  • danced a little to Drake
  • rolled eyes at dad
  • Lauren was awake the longest so far today 
  • All the tubes have been removed, no signs of infection, much more comfortable
  • Lauren posted on her Facebook page today at 12:52pm via her Mom’s account
  • Lauren can speak softly now that the tubes are removed

Thursday, April 7th

Thursday, April 7th

 

11am:

Lauren is still in the ICU and is still on a ventilator with a breathing tube, but she’s getting closer to getting rid of it. The doctors verified the occipital condyle on Lauren’s skull is fractured. This should not impact her range of motion. Her T1 is fractured on the spinous process, this doesn’t affect spinal support, it’s just uncomfortable since it’s a point of muscle attachment. The orthopedic surgeon decided Lauren will not need surgery for her left hand fractures, she just gets to have a swanky brace.

She was awake and with it this morning. She danced a little to Drake (let’s remember, she claimed 2016 is the year of Drake) and she even rolled her eyes at her Dad 🙂

Updated Thursday lists (italicized items added today)

Here’s a comprehensive list of injuries so far :

  • facial trauma – stitches look really good
  • CAT scan shows a little blood, but not increasing, so this is stable (good news)
  • Two broken bones on the top of her left hand (only broken bones we know of)
  • occiptal condyle fracture (should not impact range of motion)
  • T1 fracture on spinous process (does not affect spinal support, just uncomfortable)

Her progress so far :

  • Lauren is able to lock eyes, nod yes or no, and squeeze hands when she’s awake
  • She recognized which rapper was playing
  • She understood a joke about Snoop Dogg
  • She has been smiling when awake and friends/family talk to her
  • danced a little to Drake
  • rolled eyes at dad

 

 

Wednesday April 6th

Wednesday April 6th

2pm: 

Here’s a comprehensive list of injuries so far :

  • facial trauma – stitches look really good
  • CAT scan shows a little blood, but not increasing, so this is stable (good news)
  • Two broken bones on the top of her left hand (only broken bones we know of)

Her progress so far :

  • Lauren is able to lock eyes, nod yes or no, and squeeze hands when she’s awake
  • She recognized which rapper was playing
  • She understood a joke about Snoop Dogg
  • She has been smiling when awake and friends/family talk to her

 

1pm:

Lauren’s family and boyfriend, Craig, have been with her all night. Heather (roommate/BF) and Tyson (long-time close friend and Lauren’s team mechanic) have been with her as well over the last few days. Her close friend, Katie Cartee, is also with her. She slept a lot last night , which is good. They performed another CAT scan this morning. It’s the same as yesterday, so it’s stable.  They are conducting breathing volume tests and will remove her breathing tubes when it’s high enough. It’s increasing, which is good progress. She has a cast on her left arm, it was replaced today with a new and improved cast that is more comfortable for Lauren. She has two broken bones on the top of her left hand and we think these are her only broken bones.

Lauren was awake for about half an hour just recently and, reportedly, was smiling and Craig could tell she wanted to laugh! Sounds like our girl. We’ll update as news comes in of her progress.