News & Updates

Entries for November 2011

Nov
24

It has been a long time since our whole family was together on Thanksgiving and we could not feel more thankful and blessed. Our friends Brian and Steve from Los Angeles who are now a part of this growing family, joined us and Bryan for an amazing Thanksgiving dinner. 


 

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Nov
19
Hi everyone!

This week Bryan has continued to show his incredible strength in therapy. Although it’s VERY hard and painful for him at times, when asked if he wants a break he often time says no. He has shown confusion, answering questions wrong or just not knowing the answers. But, in typical Bryan fashion there are goods with the not-so-goods. Along with his dedication in therapy he continues to prove that most of the time, he remembers the important things in his life; his children, his family, his friends, his favorite football and baseball teams. He asks if the Sharks won, and if the football game gets turned off while he’s sleeping, he wakes up. As we plan for Thanksgiving, we are well aware we have SO much to be thankful for.

Today we said goodbye to Dave’s brother John, who passed away November 3rd. He fought hard the past year after receiving a double lung transplant in October/2010. Bryan was very close to John, and John took it really hard when he found out what happened to Bryan. Bryan has not yet been told about his Uncle John or his friend Matt passing away and we hope to know when the time is right to tell him. It’s just not now. One thing we know for certain, is Bryan gained another guardian angel.
Our family has been there for us during the hardest times in our lives, and we are standing by them during theirs. Just like we all are standing by Bryan.

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Nov
11
It's update time. How do we top Bryan writing his name?? Well, for starters, he also wrote Tyler and Tabby's! This week Bryan has been working diligently with his therapists, even though it causes him pain at times. The therapists tell us that he works through the pain and has never said no. His range of motion is slowly but surely getting better but his left side is still a lot stronger then his right. He usually writes with his right hand, but he's now writing with his left because that arm is looser. His speech therapist is working on having him eat actual food, which he CAN do but he doesn't always seem to want to.

We've also been noticing more of a sense of humor coming through. The other night Bonnie was visiting and held the phone while Bryan talked with Erin. Erin was asking him questions and he would answer with, "Yeah." She said, "Are you just going to keep saying yeah?" He said, with a smile, "Yeah." We also heard from one of his therapists that she was asking him to bend his leg. He wasn't so she went bent down to do it and he said, "No, wait." She sat up, and bent down again and he said, "Wait." This happened about 5 times and she finally asked him what he was doing and he said, "Messing with you." Erin had asked Bry if he knew her name. He responded, "Miss Sweaty Pants." Bonnie made sure to thank him for the new nickname for Erin and Bryan smiled.

At this point, we are so happy to see him smile, joke, answer questions correctly, and interact with his children since we didn't know if we would see that again. It's those times that make the difficult times easier. Knowing the harder he tries, and fights through the pain, the stronger he will be. With all the ups, there are "downs" but we take them where we can. Though he smiles, it's not the same smile we know to be Bryan's. Though he jokes, the humor is different, though he interacts with his children, he isn't the dad they have known. We picked this song specifically for one sentence. "Part of where I'm going is knowing where I'm coming from." Nobody can say where he will be down the road, but one thing is for certain...he has come far, and we make sure to remind him of that every single day.

Happy Veteran's Day. To everyone who has served, or is serving, in our military: Thank you for all you do. God bless our troops.

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Nov
02

This picture speaks volumes and we are so proud of him!

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Stow Family Album

Bryan wearing his favorite pair of "Billy Bob" teeth