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The past week or so, Bryan has been very sleepy, with minimal responses. It seems the infections had worn him out. The doctors will be doing a culture to test for infections within the next couple of days. If they come back negative, he will probably get the shunt this week or next. So far, the bone flap is still doing good and is helping Bryan absorb the fluids. Despite his sleepiness, we continue to talk to him, play music, do the range of motion to keep him from getting stiff, put the Giants games on and we are keeping up with his mani/pedis. One of his nurses said he has the best feet in ICU. Bry would be so glad to hear that!
 Last night the Giants organization, along with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department hosted Strike Out Violence day at AT&T park. We were honored to be on the field with other victims of violence and to be a part of bringing awareness to a preventable situation. Dave was then given the ball and he threw in the first pitch. He did great, the ball made it to Eli and would have been a strike if it hadn’t dropped right on the plate. 
 We had the amazing opportunity to sit next to Barry Bonds. Barry has been active in visiting Bryan and has initiated a college fund for Tyler and Tabitha. You may notice that we have added the link to our website.
 The Giants have all been so supportive and caring. Barry and Jeremy’s visits were very heartfelt and personal, Timmy‘s donation and Pablo hosting a fundraiser in Walnut Creek were amazing. We want to thank the ENTIRE Giants Organization for their continued support for Bryan!!
 
We picked this song not only because it's about San Francisco, but Train also performed it at the Giants game dedicated to Bryan April.

Comments

# Paulio
Sunday, September 04, 2011 8:12 PM
Hey Stow family. I just checked your site and caught your latest update. Whenever updates are slow I assume progress for Bryan has been correspondingly slow. But of course, I suppose you know better than anyone that this has to be done at Bryan's pace. You guys have the tough emotions to bear, but Bryan has the heavy lifting to do. Poor guy, this just ain't ever easy. Keep going, Bryan, we're all behind you all the way, sir. We'll keep you and your family in our thoughts on this Labor Day weekend.

As to the Giants -- what a classy organization. I saw a photo of Barry Bonds visiting Bryan's room over the summer, and that was nice to see. Now that he's not actively involved in baseball, this is a great way to use his star power. A tip of the cap to you, Mr. Bonds, as well as to Jeremy Affeldt, who I know has visited Bryan more than once, and prayed with him. Good guys on that team - Lincecum and Sandoval too - as well as in the organization itself.
# Kristin B.
Sunday, September 04, 2011 10:47 PM
I can only imagine these "pauses" in Byran's recovery must cause you caution. I pray for God to continue to work in Bryan's recovery and for continued strength for family. I pray that God continues to work through the hands of assistants, therapists, Doctors, Surgeons and Nurses that continue to care for Bryan. I pray that someday there will be discovery made that will help cerebral/spine cord injury sufferers. I pray for peace of mind for all you. In the name of Jesus...I pray.

FIGHT BABY FIGHT...KEEP FIGHTING BRYAN!!! SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE YOU.
# Patti
Sunday, September 04, 2011 10:50 PM
Such amazing people, coming together for such an amazing man and his family !! Can't wait until the day Bryan realizes how many people he has touched, how many eyes he has opened to the huge need to Stop the Violence, how many prayers he is in, each and everyday, and how much love has been sent to him from people who had never heard of him before that tragic day !! Bryan you are going to be amazed, simply astonished my friend !!! Sorry I didn't get to see Dave throw out that pitch !! Good for you Mr Stow !!!!
With continued prayers and positive thought, Bryan you are close to my heart each and every day !!
Love & Hugz to All !!
Patti
# sara
Sunday, September 04, 2011 11:46 PM
I have only recently started reading this blog , after catching parts of an update on ESPN. I am completely amazed at the tender love and care that yall are doing ... i have been a nurse for fifteen years , and i completely believe that this type of love and support helps the body heal. I also believe in the power of prayer...and it is so awesome how many prayer warriors that he has! God is working on him...we live in anticipation of what God is going to do....and we all kniw what an awesome God we serve! Brian..sending you a prayer all the way from Alabama....stay strong and never give up...."There is nothing God loves like He loves you." Amen..... Sara
# Mona
Sunday, September 04, 2011 11:56 PM
I have become a Giants fan be default of their class to all of you, a first-rate family. If October is "orange and black" I definitely will be rooting for SF. I will continue to always root for Bryan. Peace and love to all of you.
# Dave
Monday, September 05, 2011 1:17 AM
Is Bryan accepting visitors? If so, I'd love the opportunity to spend whatever time the family allows to visit Bryan and maybe meet some of you.

Thanks for considering my request.
Monday, September 05, 2011 5:47 AM
Dear Stows,
As you spend this Labor Day weekend with Bryan, please know that there are so many of us out here that are also with you and Bryan in spirit! We have been following Bryan's progress from day one, and will continue to do so with our wonderful group of Angels, that we call " The Bryan Brugade". Each and everyday there are more positive thoughts coming your way; more blessings, more prayers and more love!! We BELIEVE! We believe that prayer can bring healing, and miracles into Bryan's life! One of these days we would all like to line up at Bryan's bedside, just to give him a BIG kiss!! We know the time isn't right now; but we do believe that it will come! Meanwhile, if you run out of chapstick, please let us know. Love and hugs, Dee Callahan and the Bryan Brigade always in your corner~ Always lighting candles for Bryan~
# Paul Marshall
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 1:34 AM
Dear Bryan Stow and family,

The members of the San Jose State University Police would like to extend our well wishes for a speedy recovery. We would also like to extend our gratitude for the work Bryan has done with us on a professional level. I have personally seen Bryan care for patients with dignity and poise. Every time I see an ambulance driving around, I think that the EMT's and Paramedics on board take a piece of Bryan on every call. They might even ask themselves,"How would Bryan handle this?" The answer would be like a champ! He is so lucky to have a loving family and all the emergency personnel that wish him well Bryan is a strong man and will fight every minute. We are right here behind him!
# Angie
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 11:01 AM
I got chills and tears reading this update... I am hoping and praying that there are on more infections and that Bryan is able to recieve the shunt this week. I remember you all in my prayers daily! What an awe inspiring day you must have had at the game and great job Mr. Stow with the first pitch!! Keep on believing!!!

Hugs and love,
Angie
Raleigh, NC
# Angie
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 11:03 AM
Shoot. I meant hope and pray that ther are NO more infections....stay strong Bryan and family!!

Angie
Raleigh, NC
# Claussen's Corner
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 11:16 AM
We are all pulling for Bryan and are full of hope that the infections will go away and the cultures will all be negative. All of us here are thinking of all of you there! Nice throwing arm, Dave!!
With love,
Claussen's Corner
Angels Camp
# Joe Johnston
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 11:49 AM
Be assured that we will not rest until this crisis has passed. While Bryan is fighting to come back, some of us Arizona Diamondbacks fans are fighting hatred for the perpetrator(s) of this horrible deed. While we love the game of baseball, be it ever known that people are FAR more important than balls, strikes, and home runs. Go Bryan!
# Joaquin
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 12:27 PM
I started to cry while reading the last update. I am praying for a speedy recovery all the way from Cincinnati. I have been a life long Reds fan but have always kept my home town Giants near my heart which is where Bryan has been and always will be? Bryan has also inspired me to want to be a paramedic. In the future, every time I go on a call I will think to myself, how would Bryan do this?

KEEP FIGHTING, I know you can do this!!

"for every dark night, there's a brighter day" - Tupac Shakur

love,

Joaquin Wells
# Deb
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 1:53 PM
I still wear my bracelet and pray often for your recovery Bryan and for the continued strength for the Stow family.

The San Lorenzo Valley News Network on FB posted that Ann would be throwing out the first pitch - I watched the game but did not get the pleasure of seeing Dave throw the pitch! Bryan will get his turn too! The Giants are an amazing organization - what Barry, Jeremy and the others have done speaks volumes.

As I was leaving for work this morning and turning off the Today Show they were talking about a woman who had a miraculous recovery after being in a coma. Miracles do happen and I've read some amazing posts on this site as well. Here's the link: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44408465/ns/today-today_health/t/mom-defies-odds-after-devastating-accident/

# joshua
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 4:26 PM
Hello Stows....I just want you to know I still pray for Bryan a lot. I myself am going through a life changing illness which has frozen me in my tracks. Something I like to do is go out to my church and walk into the empty sanctuary and spill my heart to the Lord....Bryan is often included and always remembered in these visits. Hey I don't have much to give but I would like to make a small donation, one that I hope will be more impactful spiritually than financially. Having hard time with paypal can u tell me the paypal address I need to send to? God Bless and I ask for ur prayers as well, even ask Bryan to pray if you don't mind. God Bless u all! Joshua
# Jeannie Proulx
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 12:39 AM
My love & hope for strength not only for Bryan & his mind & body, but for the family. Hopefully the infections will see that they will not win!

I'm very proud of Barry Bonds...so good to hear that we have some athletes out there that take life seriously and take care of their true fans the way that he is. Says much more about a person than all the glitz & glamour of some of the hollywoood types.

Continued prayers - ALWAYS!

Jeannie



# Kathleen
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 1:14 PM
Hi Bryan and Family,

I am encouraged that Bryan has been able to fight off the infections and is doing better. Still no fevers, no other "issues" and Bryan is holding his own. Hopefully the Shunt procedure will be done soon and will be just the thing to help Bryan continue his recovery.

I am thrilled to hear about how the Giants players and organization continue to be so involved in Bryan's care, their support for his family and involved in reminding the fans and citizens everywhere that their is no place for violence. I have been a dodger fan for my entire life, however the way that the Giants organization, the players responded to this tragic event, have really taken care of Bryan and his family have opened my eyes to an organization that really has more then just a great team on the field. They have heart, they have soul and they have compassion. This is so great.....

Please keep up the great work Bryan, you are going to be so amazed at the support, the love and friends that have been surronding you, praying for you and really doing everything we can to help you, your family with all of this.
# Elizabeth
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 2:33 PM
When Bryan feels better please tell him we love him too! Mom please give him a kiss from the world who loves him so much and have been praying our hearts out for him.

I can't wait for the day when we read that Bryan get to go home..away from those nasty staph infections for one!

We will continue to be praying for Bryan until that very happy day.

Big hugs to Bryan, to his family and girlfriend.
# Jason
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 5:43 PM
Dear Stow family,
I am the same age as Bryan and grew up in Gilroy and am also a huge Giants fan. It seems like yesterday was opening day and that this nightmare happened. I remember listening to Gary R on knbr the next morning and one of his friends called in just to say what a great guy Bryan is and what a tragedy this was.
I check this site dailey for updates and if im having a bad day I just read the comments and some are tearjerkers but they all lift me up.
You have an incredible family !! Stay strong. Godbless.
# Mike and Melissa
Friday, September 09, 2011 1:44 AM
Bryan and Family,

We check your web site often and YOUR IN HEARTS AND PRAYERS each morning as well as each night. You guys I wish I could tell you we are big baseball fans but the last game we were at was our son's little league game , if you don't count our daughters softball games.

We just feel the hero's in this so very sad action against Bryan are each and every one of you HIS FAMILY , How very Lucky he is to have you............. Mom and Dad, Sisters, Son and Daughter as well as all his extended Family and freinds !!!!!!

So from Northern Minnestota we are sending Bryan and each and everyone of you HUGS, HOPE and PRAYERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

M&M
# laura
Friday, September 09, 2011 2:45 AM
Thinking of you Bry. Hope you are getting better little by little. Maybe you had that surgery for the shunt? The weekend is coming and I do hope it is good for you and your family.
Send lots of love and hugs
# Leslie Fakhoury
Friday, September 09, 2011 1:42 PM
Please let us know how Bryan is doing! We are all praying so hard for him and i check a few times a day to see if there's a new update, just as hundreds of others are doing im sure! God Bless you Stow family <3
# Shelly Taylor
Friday, September 09, 2011 9:22 PM
My continued prayers and strong ocean vibes go out to you and yours.
Meditation of the Day - In God's strength you conquer life. Your conquering power is the grace of God. There can be no complete failure with God. Do you want to make the best of life? Then live as near as possible to God, the Master and Giver of all life. Your reward for depending on Gods strength will be sure. Sometimes the reward will be renewed power to face life, sometimes wrong thinking overcome, sometimes people brought to a new way of living. Whatever success comes will not be all your own doing, but largely the working out the grace of God. I pray for you Brian, please God heal his infection, work your miracles. In the name of Jesus, Amen
Respectfully,
Shelly Taylor
Capitola local.
# N/A
Friday, September 09, 2011 10:59 PM
Need to get Bryan out of bed and start dancing with his favorite musics.......I know wishful thinking. Please keep him moving aroundso he would not get pressure sores on his hiney..heels, elbows tailbone, hips and back o his head. Please check for any open sores on his body.......... Very importan!!!!!!
Massaging would help with his blood flowing with good massage
lotion.
# Brian
Sunday, September 11, 2011 3:39 PM
We are at your park today! We will pay tribute to the victims of 9/11 and the victim of a beating by some Dodger fans. Bryan, you are always remembered. The orange and black band on my wrist reminds me to remind others about you.
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