News & Updates

May
19

The doctors took Bryan off his fifth seizure medicine and he has been doing good. There have been no seizures and he still has been having involuntary eye opening, mouth movements and body movements.  Because it is such a slow process, we expect (and hope) this to be the case for the next few days or even week. He is starting to lose his tan, so he better wake up soon.
 
On a more personal note from our family, we are so fortunate to still have Bryan here and even though he is "sleeping", we get the chance to say "remember when? Well I am so sorry and I love you and we will always be here for you". People should never take their loved ones for granted and don't hold on to grudges, because you never know if your chances to say I'm sorry and I love you will be taken away.
 
Love,
Dave, Ann, Erin & Bonnie
 

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May
19
May
17

Bryan arrived yesterday in San Francisco surrounded by a great medical team who gave him excellent care.

We believe Bryan had the best medical care at LAC USC and will continue to have topnotch care at San Francisco General. This is only our second day here, but the staff could not be more welcoming. They are going to start slowly lowering his fifth seizure medication and hope to reassess on Monday to see how he is doing. This will be a slow process with hopefully no seizure activity along the way. Even though the doctors do not know what the eye opening means, he still does it occasionally.

This has been a long process and will continue to be. We want to thank everyone for your support of Bryan and us and promise we will continue to keep you posted on his condition.

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May
13
The day has finally come! Bryan is now stable enough to bring home up north. This time is so bittersweet...we are happy we get to bring Bryan home.
 
However, we have to leave all the wonderful people we have met on this journey. The employees at Marriott downtown, all our friends at the hospital, the nurses, his doctors and the people of LA who have been AMAZING....we are SO sad to be leaving you all. Please know that our family is forever in debt to your love, support and random acts of kindness that have pulled us through this. When Bryan wakes up, we will tell him about all our newfound friends for life.
 
To the people who have permanantly implanted yourselves in our lives, you know who you are....we love you. To all Bryan's supporters who have reached out on this website and have followed this story since day one....another HUGE thank you. We read the comments on the site daily, and they have truly been an inspiration. We promise to continue the updates, please continue to keep Bryan in your thoughts and prayers. 
 
Bryan has been responsive to stimulation, and while he doesn't do it on command, his eyes have been opening. He doesn't focus, but Dr. Zada said it was something. We had not been getting eye movement, except within the past few days, with them opening today. Again, not sure if its involuntary, but it's another "we'll take it" moment. 
 
We have attached what is Bryan's theme song for his trip home...not only does the title say so much, but the song is by one of Bryan's favorite 80's metal bands....

 

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May
11
Bryan is progressing in the way his doctors have been hoping. His EEG readouts have been looking good for the past couple of days, and he is stable enough for us to discuss transporting him as early as next week (fingers crossed)!! The  chief of neurosurgery and Dr. Zada here at LAC-USC has been in contact with the chief of neurosurgery at UCSF, Dr. Manley, so they are ready for Bryan.
 
Everything has been pointing us in the direction of UCSF. Bryan's surgeon graduated from there, Larry Baer from the Giants recommended Dr. Manley within the first week this happened, it is fairly close to home and it is one of the top trauma centers in northern California. We are very confident in the decision to move Bryan to UCSF. 
 
Bryan is down to 6 anti-seizure medications. He has been moving more, which tells us that the sedation is wearing off. He has a lot of eye movement under his eyelids and his mouth is moving more. Could be involuntary...but we'll take it. 
 
Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers!!

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May
08

On the front page of the LA Times today, I have an interview to tie into Mother's Day. Everyone was very pleased with the article although I did call the journalist this morning about one rather large error.

It stated that Bryan's chances of survival are slim. This is not true. Bryan's chances of waking up are slim but still there. Bill, the journalist, was very kind and felt horrible.

Other than that, the article was beautiful. You can read it here >>

I also want to thank everyone for their Mother's Day wishes. It means so much to me.

Love,

~Ann

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May
06

Today we were given good news by Dr. Zada! Bryan does not need the surgery to put a shunt in at this time.

They are continuing to lower one medication at a time very slowly. Aside from this, there is no change with Bryan.

On a side note:

Please refrain from phoning the hospital with questions regarding Bryan or his care & condition. We appreciate your support but the ICU nursing staff are getting inundated with calls which is taking them away from patient care. We do not want to trouble the wonderful staff here nor distract them from giving superb care to the other patients.

Thank you so much for your continued support. We love you!

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May
04

UPDATE 6:07 PM PST -

Bryan is scheduled for another surgery on Thursday or Friday. His brain is collecting fluide so a shunt needs to be put in the cranium at the center of the brain and it will be snaked down through his stomach to drain. The abdomen will hopefully absorb the fluid.


We met with the head neurologist this morning and Bryan's surgeon yesterday... both agree that Bryan is not responding to stimulation as much as he should be.

In a meeting today, it was decided to start lowering the 8 medications he is on. The main objective is to keep Bryan from experiencing major seizures.

He has been having seizure spikes but the doctors cannot keep "chasing" those and still expect to try to check his reactions.

So again we wait.. and pray.

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May
01

Still no brain seizures as the sedation is slowly coming out of Bryan's system. The doctors are hoping this coming week to really be able to examine him for voluntary responsiveness. Up until now all movements have been involuntary.

He still looks great and has even started to snore again! It's like music to our ears!

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Apr
28

Bryan's doctors slowly started to lower his sedation Tuesday afternoon. They are monitoring him closely for seizures, and so far there are have been none! As long as he continues with no seizures, the sedation will take four or five to be out of his system. Then the doctors can really examine him and check for any responsiveness.

He can do this!

Never Give Up

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