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Aug
22
Hi everyone,

We all know that saying, 2 steps forward, one step back…the last 2 weeks Bryan had, according to Dr. Manley, 3 steps forward, but this past weekend was two steps back. After him being very sleepy, unresponsive and having a slightly elevated fever his doctors ran some tests. His CT scans came back looking ok, his ventricles were only a little larger with the lumbar drain being clamped but it was obvious that he would probably need a shunt.
A spinal fluid test came back positive for an infection, he has a Urinary Tract Infection and staph. Over the weekend his temperature got to an all time high of 39.9, which in Fahrenheit is about 104. They quickly started him on antibiotics and put an ice vest on him to cool him down. His temperature fluctuated all weekend and as of today his temp was 38.4, which is still about 101. They can’t put the shunt in until the infections are gone. Tyler and Tabitha visited today. He gave them kisses, and when asked if he remembers them, he deliberately closed his eyes. We know Bryan is strong, so we hope this passes soon.

In light of the fan violence that occurred at Candlestick park for a pre-season 49’er/Raider game, we felt the need to address it. We have felt, since March 31st, that this tragedy did not happen to Bryan for nothing. We had hoped it would teach people that violence, specifically at sporting events, is unnecessary and wrong. Nobody should feel afraid to root for their team, or bring their families to games. When someone is injured, they are not the only victims. Their families, loved ones and worst of all, their children are victims as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Saturday night’s game and their families.

Where is The Love is a song about all the violence we face in the world today. We felt it was perfect for this update.

Comments

# Cheryl
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:13 AM
Praying for many steps forward!! Love to all of you! xoxo
# heather hovis
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:56 AM
Dear Bryans'family,
We all have watched you go through the wringer....
I wish I had a magic wand...
As spectators and well wishers we feel and hope, pray but then we can mentally walk away...
I soo wish for Bryan's sudden climb out of his sleepy place and pray for your new crazy out of nowhere strength. Wake up Bryan..you're loved and needed here.
Love again and again,
The Hovis family



# Paulio
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 2:04 AM
Hi Stow family, thanks as always for the update. Infections during hospitalization are always a challenge to manage, and obviously some 'bugs' are trying to take a few shots at Bryan while he's down, but you know better than anyone just how strong he is. This will be just temporary, another little test of faith and patience for all of you. Just keep doing your best! Bryan, man, I'm super sorry to hear you've had to be sick with a raging fever on top of everything else you've been dealing with. Wish I could say something to lift your spirits. Just hang in there!

The violence at Candlestick Park was reprehensible. Back when Bryan was attacked on Opening Day, it was easy to look askance at L.A. and Dodger Stadium as cultivating an environment conducive to violence, but the events of the other night provide a vivid reminder that people can do terrible things to each other right here in the Bay Area. You folks, the Stow family, are really in a special position right now to be able to speak out against violence at sporting events. I tip my hat to you for doing so on this blog. Best wishes.
# Della
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3:40 AM
Dear Bryan & Family,
I just returned home from the series against the Braves in Atlanta. Many Giants fans were there openly cheering and chanting our "Lets go Giants." The Braves fans were gracious. It felt safe. The weather was beautiful and I thought of you often. This is how it should be. You & your family are in my prayers.
xo,
Della
# Angie
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:40 AM
Dear Bryan & Family,
Wow what an emotional roller coaster you, and because of your love and sharing, all of us are on!! I thank you for sharing the highs and lows and continue to pray for more and more of the highs and for no more lows. Your and Bryan's strength is AMAZING. As I type this am a saying a simple prayer that God blesses you all and lets Bryan's temp return to normal so that he can get the shunt and that he takes more and more steps forward until he comes back to you all and us too!!

Much love and prayers to you all,
Angie
Raleigh
# Tina Dahl
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 10:15 AM
Hang in there Stow family. What a difficult few days it sounds like it has been. Please know we are all still here for you all....praying, hoping and knowing that things will continue to progress in a positive direction. NEVER GIVE UP and keep fighting Great Hodge! Love from Forest Ranch, CA
# Patti
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 10:42 AM
Sending prayers and positive thoughts as always ! Sorry about the 2 steps back, but he is still ahead of the game !! Wish they could all be forward steps !!

What an appropriate song choice ! For days I have been thinking " hello people, have we not learned anything ?" It is a game, what happen to Bryan should have never ever happened. For this kind of violence to break out again, and another sporting event, it is just unthinkable !!

Still out here, thinking and praying for you all every day !! Keep those kisses going, lips never wear out !!!

Big Love & Hugs to you all !!!
XOXO
Patti
# laura dominguez
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 11:02 AM
Sending prayers to Bryan and his family.

Laura
# Cheryl N.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 11:43 AM
Ah, staph and UTIs... unfortunately both are pretty common for people in this condition. I hope the meds kick both quickly so Bryan can get back to recovering.
# Mona
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 12:29 PM
I hope the steps keep moving forward. I'm sorry to hear of Bryan's difficult weekend. All of you have been through way too much. Love really is all this world of ours needs and it is sickening when some forget that. Just all of you never forget, Bryan, you ehar me?, how much we have all come to care. Bryan, you will triumph fullly. Love and hugs from LA.
# Elaine Chavarria
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:11 PM
Never give up - he really has come so far and GOD works in mysterious ways! Still HOPING, still PRAYING and still BELIEVING in Bryan's miracle will happen one day soon! Stay strong Stow family!

@TootsieChava
La Mirada, CA
# Where is The Love
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:21 PM
Hi Bryan's Family,

Bryan WILL pull through. He is doing great so far. This weekend was just a minor set back, but in reality, it's insignificant compared to what he has already been through. My thoughts are with all of you, especially Bryan. I love reading the updates, they brughten up my day when there's good news to report. Stay Strong.

-Lots of Love, Dodgers fan from Orange County, CA
# Kathleen
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 2:37 PM
So Bryan has taken a few step backwards, yet he is still going forward too. This is just a small set back and Bryan will continue to amaze his children, his family & friends at his strength; inside and out. Continue to believe in him, know that he is fighting everyday and will continue to do until his recovery is complete. I know that the infectections are a concerned and the high tempatures are not good, however we must continue to stay strong, believe and know that Bryan will recover from this.
# Admin
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3:42 PM
Sending LOVE your way...
Thanks you for the update I know you have a lot on your mind. It's very kind that you keep us in the loop of what is going on. I will be praying that the med's will work and that Bry infection will be out of his body soon. He is a strong man and he will come out of this. He just need more time. His body has been working overtime to come back and every now and then it's going to have to 'rest' that when you will see a step back. But don't you worry he will take 2 or more steps forward very soon. We are here for you and we love Bry and his family. We feel the pain you feel. We get very excited when the news is good. We have become part of your family.
Dear kids,
Your dad loves you very much. He is working ever so hard to come back to be the dad you knew. He is going to need a little more time but he will come back. You are his inspiration. Keep being the strong and wonderful kids that you are. He love you don't ever forget that.


**side note**
I recently taken a gig with Landmark Event Staffing (Raiders) In the overview of the non paid 'training' they stress keep the area safe. I can't tell you how many times my mind wander to the thoughts of Bryan. At the coliseum they usually have a lot of OPD and ACS on hand. Because they drink way to much and with the drinking comes the problems. Not to mention the gangs that show up and want to make a point. I want you to know I take this gig seriously, especially when at a sporting event. I like to think I can prevent what happen to Bryan to another person. Just maybe I can stop what could happen by having the police escort then unruly 'guest' out. Maybe another family will not have to go through what you are going through. I agree with you that Bryan tragedy happen for a reason. We all need to take what we can and put a stop to the sporting violence.

(another perfect song to match the update)

# becky tinlin
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3:50 PM
Ups and downs....that is why it is so important to stay focused and put all of our collective energies into praying for Bryan and his wonderful family. Bryan........you focus, too, on the love and support you have and what joy it will be when you can go home and be where you belong. In the meantime...all my prayers and blessings and good positive thoughts to all of you.
Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God". Amen
# Julie Quesada
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 4:07 PM
I'm amazed by your strength and I'm praying for all of you. Thank you for keeping us posted on your journey. Bryan sounds like a fun loving, caring fella and you all are incredible.

Much love and prayer,
Julie Q.
# Mary Camera
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 7:49 PM
Still praying daily in Santa Cruz.
# Shelly from Capitola
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:03 PM
Dear Brian and Family ,
Im Shelly Taylor from Capitola, living here in Los Angeles this past year studying for my CAADAC to be a drug and alcohol Counselor. Im a Giants Fan BTW, and a 49'er Fan. I watched your interview on TV this morning, it all brings tears to my eyes. I made a donation to The Stow Fund yesterday. I feel that people get really carried away drinking and getting high at these sporting events. I questioned God today, "Why God? Why did this happen to a hero, life saving, good guy Bryan? My boyfriend was beside me as I questioned God. And he said, "Bryan has God in his life Shelly, however those terrible people that did this DIDN'T have God in their lives. Obviously, God needs to interceed and bring peace to his creation. Stop the violence! And hurrah, and give credit to all the athletes for their awesome sportsmenship. Did you see our Grandparents beating each other up at games? NO, Get a grip people ! Be a hero like Bryan,
not a zero ! May every breath be like the strength of a wave breaking on the beach (As I blogged yesterday) Bryan will heal and walk along Santa Cruz shores with his family again, I just know it ! XOX
# Julie Magner
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:46 PM
Just wanted to send you love, prayers, good wishes. I think about you all every day and can hardly wait for the day that Bryan fully awakens to all the love surrounding him.

BIG HUGS TO YOU ALL!
# Jay
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:01 AM
Just taking a moment to send some love your way... Always thinking of you all!
# Dennis Nizzi
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 10:46 AM
As a lifelong SF Giants fan, I have followed your family's tragedy since March. Even now living in Seattle, I believe that many displaced SF fans are following Bryan's progress from afar. Know that our prayers and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery are with you all.
# Dennis Nizzi
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 10:47 AM
As a lifelong SF Giants fan, I have followed your family's tragedy since March. Even now living in Seattle, I believe that many displaced SF fans are following Bryan's progress from afar. Know that our prayers and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery are with you all.
# Whitney
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:54 PM
Thinking of you and wishing you all the best in Bryan's recovery.
Don't ever give up hope.
# Nancy S.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 7:16 PM
AAAAWWWWW!!!!Come on Bryan you can do it....Too many people are thinking and praying for you...Your kids and family need you so very much...You have got to get strong...We Believe that you will..Be strong cuz together we are GIANT...
# Trish
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11:11 PM
I love you guys!
# Trey
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11:22 PM
I'm often told God gives you what you need, not necessarily what you want; With that said, Bryan's family NEEDS and loves him very much so I pray every day for his speedy recovery....Stay strong!!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11:26 PM
We are still hear praying and rooting for you Bryan and family! I read every update on FB. Love from L.A.
# The Bonds Family
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11:31 PM
Stay strong
Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:44 AM
Hi Bryan and all Stow family members and friends. I am a long time Dodgers fan and I am embarrassed by the actions of these idiots who did this. These are not Dodgers fans. I pray for you and your family for the best and quickest recovery. May you be back soon rooting for your Giants against my Dodgers and we all have a good time enjoying the storied rivalry that we true baseball fans can peacefully can appreciate! Best regards, Herrera Family
# Maci
Thursday, August 25, 2011 4:51 PM
You guys are so amazing and strong.
# Deb
Thursday, August 25, 2011 6:51 PM
Thinking of all of you and praying that Bryan's fever and infection are gone or nearly so. Keeping you all close to my heart and in my prayers.
# laura
Thursday, August 25, 2011 6:52 PM
Dear Bry,
just want to let you know i am thinking of you. I am sure you are getting better. Infections can take a lot out of a person so make sure to get plenty of rest so when you are able to you will take many steps forward. We will always be here for you and your family.
Send much love...❤❤❤ your way and kiss too.
Thursday, August 25, 2011 7:04 PM
dear stow family, my husband and i are giant fans. we have been following up dates on bry. just wanted to let you know are thoughts and prayers are with you always. please get better bry, thank you all your duties of saving lives.
# laura ❤
Monday, August 29, 2011 12:05 AM
Thinking about u! Hope this weekend you were able to move forward in some way.
We are here for you! Just take it one day at a time! You will bounce back. You are so love by so many. You are going to be so surprise when you fully wake up and see your fan club :)
Sending lots of LVOE your way ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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