Since Bryan returned to rehab we have seen improvements. His memory, while often times off, is incredible for his type of injury. His answers are sometimes wrong, but the fact that they are right most of the time is amazing. Sometimes, we see a difference in his personality but other times, his old self shines through. While physical therapy and occupational therapy are very difficult for him and exhausts him, his determination is great to see. He can only do about 3 hours of PT and OT a day, spread out, but he goes through the motions and his therapists all report there’s definitely a change in his stiffness and his ability to move. He complains about a lot of pain, sometimes being 10 out of 10. Doctors say it’s probably due to his extra bone growth so they work around that pain cautiously. He’s also able to stay in his wheelchair longer now without getting tired so that means more trips outside, although, gasp…he seems to like the shade!!!
In speech therapy they have been working on reading (he reads great for the most part!) and basic math skills. 7 x 3? Yeah…he knew the answer!
Before, when we said his old personality comes through, we thought we would share some examples. One day, when his speech therapist was working with him, the TV was on and she noticed Bry wasn’t paying too much attention. So, she asked what he was watching. On the TV was a female news reporter and Bryan said, “Ohhh, she’s hot.” Yep. That’s our Bryan. We made a CD of the music from this site to play for him. The other day Home Sweet Home came on and he mouthed the words while moving his head to the beat. One day one of his nurses came in and said, “Heeeeyyy Bryan!!” Bry said, “Heeeeyyy, what’s goin’ on?” He then got the biggest smile we’ve seen to date (even the biggest smile is about a half smile, but still). The other night when Bonnie was there she was saying she was leaving and he said ok. He closed his eyes and about two seconds later opened them and said, “Why are you still there?” She said, “Because it’s only been a couple of seconds, geez,” and he said, “Oh.” Bonnie also asked if he wanted her to shave his head or if he wanted hair and he said, “Uuhhh, I want hair.”
We try and keep updates positive with all the good things going on with Bryan, however we don’t want to give a skewed impression of his recovery. Getting to even this point has been a very long process and “this point” still weighs heavy on our hearts as we see him have difficulty with even the easiest movements such as moving his arm. The doctors are very happy with how far his brain has come, but his body has yet to catch up. He now has kidney stones, extra bone growths, blood clots and is still very stiff. Bryan has made it this far by determination, power of prayers, amazing doctors and support from you all. We’ve made it this far with the love of each other, our family and friends, and of course, all of you. We have a great support system to lean on and couldn’t have made it these past 7 months without it. There’s a group, the Bryan Brigade. This video was made by a member to support Bryan and we just had to share it. With all of this support from everyone…how do we even say thank you?