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Entries for April 2012

Hi everyone!

We are so sorry we’ve been unable to post an update about Bryan as regularly as we have in the past. As you can imagine, most all of our energy is focused on making Bryan as comfortable as possible as he continues to adapt to his new surroundings.

However, we will try to do our best to let everyone know how Bryan and the family are doing. Bottom line and without sugarcoating anything, Bryan is far from the old Bryan and each day is a struggle.

While Bryan seems to be settling into his new “home”, he needs round-the-clock care. Luckily, the employees at the health care facility are amazing. They give Bryan the 24-hour care he needs, which includes assistance with everyday tasks: getting out of bed, getting dressed, brushing his teeth, eating, etc.

Everyone noticed that Bryan was sleepy during the day so they have checked to see if his Pituitary Gland was damaged. If it was, that would explain why he would fall asleep at the breakfast table even though he just got out of bed or during therapy. We are waiting for those results. One of his caregivers mentioned she noticed that at times during the night Bry would stop breathing, so he is also going to be tested for sleep apnea, which is a common issue with people with TBI.

We hope you all were able to see Bryan’s son Tyler throw the first pitch Opening Day at AT&T Park on Friday, April 13th. In a fitting tribute to his father, Tyler walked to the pitcher’s mound, alongside Jeremy Affeldt and followed by the Giants team.

Bryan and Ann appeared live on the JumboTron from the health care facility. Tyler then threw what we all would have called a strike :) It was a very emotional and endearing Opening Ceremony for us.

We will never give up hope that one day Bryan will be able to once again see his beloved Giants play in person. No matter how rough things get, we will never give up on that dream and we know you all won’t either.

Thank you again for your continued support and prayers.

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Stow Family Album

Tabitha, Bryan and Tyler