Months earlier, I had been given the name of a world-class neurosurgeon at Rush University Hospital: Dr. Vincent Traynelis. I actually had his photo and contact information on my desktop for months before my desperation over-took me and prompted my call to his Chicago practice.
The incredible Haley M. answered my call-----in more ways than one. I sobbed on the telephone with her while she waited patiently for me to overwhelm her with information about Taylor and his long medical history. Oh what an angel she has turned out to be for our family! Within a few days, Dr. Vincent Traynelis called me at home---way after a long day of surgery for him---and he talked, questioned and listened for more than an hour. So ....our journey to Chicago and Rush Medical Center...and to Dr. Traynelis began. It was a long, circuitous, emotionally-ladened journey, but as you all know, Taylor had his full fusion in May. We were in Chicago for 48 days. It was a time of ups and downs, intense fright and of tremendously deep joy.
Dr. Vincent Traynelis is our hero this Christmas. As Taylor heals more and more, as he participates in his regular activities---as he is returning to the Taylor he used to be....We give thanks to Dr. Traynelis.
Thank you, Haley, for hearing the pleas of a mama. Thank you, Dr. Traynelis for being so gifted, skilled, brilliant...and kind.
Merry Christmas from Taylor! We love you!