We know people tell us we shouldn’t apologize for the lack of consistent updates, but we can’t help ourselves. We know people are anxious to hear how Bryan is doing.
He seems to be having more issues with his memory and it understandably frustrates him. The other day we asked him if he remembered why he had memory problems he said “because I’m dumb”. It broke our hearts and we just had to remind him that is not true and it’s not his fault! So then we go through what happened to him and that he has suffered a TBI. He usually is pretty quiet after that, trying to process it all. All we can do is hug him and tell him he has us and we will never leave his side.
Physically Bryan has made some improvements, but it’s slow. He’s still not back to where he was before his set back while at CNS, but hopefully one day. He’s quick to point out that his left arm has very limited movement and that his left hand doesn’t open. It’s almost as if, at that moment, Bryan thinks that’s the extent of his injuries. When he’s unable to get in and out of bed, shower, get on the toilet or get dressed by himself he’s quickly reminded of his brain injury has affected everything else too.
Can we just say how amazing the San Francisco Giants organization has been to Bryan and our family? They invited him to the last game of the season yesterday and he had the best time. Even if he doesn’t remember it tomorrow or next week or next month, we took plenty of pictures to remind him.
Larry Baer, Kruk, Kuip, Flemming, Renel and Jeremy Affeldt came by to see him. Even though he had met most of them before, he never remembers and is so excited to “meet” them. He made us laugh when he shook Kuip’s hand and he gave his hand a kiss. We thanked Bry for giving us that moment because we won’t ever let him forget he did that. Another family joke to add to our list.
It was days like yesterday where he is so happy that helps get everyone through the times when he is depressed but can’t express why. Seeing him surprised and so happy on the jumbotron is something we will never forget.
The standing ovation he received reminded us once again of the love and support people still have for Bryan 2 ½ years later.