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Bryan has been sleepy the past two days. They are starting to lower the Dilantin seizure medication, and will start lowering the Phenobarbital soon. He has a window room now, which is perfect. We all know how Bryan likes the outdoors.

We continue to read Bryan all the cards and letters that he receives AND the comments made here and on the Our Prayers page.

For now, we are just keeping an eye out for any progress, and we will keep everyone posted.


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Bryan is tracking with his eyes!

The doctors aren't sure if that is his brain reacting to voice and movement or if he does see us. We like to think he sees us, but if he doesn't its good to know that his brain has reactions. He should be off the fourth seizure medication today, then early next week they will start reducing another.

Yesterday was an emotional day. As we were in Bryan's room, we looked out the window to see 4 fire engines, rows of firefighters and police units. Sadly, San Francisco Fire lost one of their own, and another is in a room by Bryan in critical condition.

We ask that you all please say a prayer for the firefighters and their families... we will be praying right alongside you.

Please send your love to SFFD at: Prayers for San Francisco Fire Department on Facebook


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Hi everyone! Bryan was doing the same yesterday. Still pretty sleepy. Thankfully the blood clot in his leg isn't growing. They are still slowly lowering the 4th seizure medication and hoping it will be out of his system this week. The eeg and bandage was off of his head so he really looked like Bryan..except for the mullet that has become his hair. Anyone who knows Bryan knows how he feels about his hair. He's got to wake up soon and get some gel in there.

A close friend we made in Los Angeles that will be a part of our lives forever gave us each a cd of carefully chosen songs for Bryan and us. We listen to the cd driving to and from San Francisco every day. The first song on this cd was Let It Be by The Beatles. It really helps remind us on the days when life is uncertain.

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It's been an overwhelming week, but now back to the reason we established this site... Bryan.

Dr. Manley and the team are very slowly lowering the 4th seizure medicine (Topamac) Bryan is on. He should be off it sometime next week. They are still keeping an eye out for seizures... but so far, so good.

They are treating the blood clots that formed in his leg. He was sleepy today with not much activity. Hopefully more tomorrow.

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support!

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We would like to take the moment to clarify our position in regards to recent developments. We truly appreciate every penny that has been raised by the countless number of amazing supporters across the country and even beyond our borders. We cannot express how grateful we are to those who have put in countless hours and sacrificed time out of their lives to help Bryan and his children.
There is no contribution that is greater than the other. In our eyes, every moment spent and each donation made, be it monetary or a prayer, is a gift to Bryan that we will never be able to repay in any way.  
We hope you will understand that this will be a long process. We simply want to ensure that Bryan and his children are taken care of and that Bryan receives all the care he needs.

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We would like to start off by thanking everyone for their thoughts and prayers for Bryan's recovery. We would also like to thank LAPD for all their hard work on this case. We are overwhelmed with many emotions today, and will post further tomorrow regarding that.

That being said, there has been comments and postings regarding Bryan's past. Bryan was not perfect...nobody is. In the 20 years since, Bryan turned his life around; became a father and settled into a career of helping people. Regardless of his history, he in NO way deserved this. His children most certainly did not deserve it.

We ask for respect for Bryan, our family and especially Bryan's children who were put in this situation without just cause and ask that everyone refrain from posting any judgemental comments.

For Bryan's supporters, thank you and keep Bryan in you're thoughts and prayers.

Dave, Ann, Erin and Bonnie

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In honor of National EMS week, our family would like to give our love and thank all EMS for everything they do. It takes a different kind of person to do what you do...someone who is willing to put others needs in front of your own; it takes a type of compassion that not everyone has. Maybe people don't thank you enough...but from our family to you and yours....THANK YOU. And to our favorite paramedic...we love you.

Dave, Ann, Bonnie & Erin

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The doctors took Bryan off his fifth seizure medicine and he has been doing good. There have been no seizures and he still has been having involuntary eye opening, mouth movements and body movements.  Because it is such a slow process, we expect (and hope) this to be the case for the next few days or even week. He is starting to lose his tan, so he better wake up soon.
On a more personal note from our family, we are so fortunate to still have Bryan here and even though he is "sleeping", we get the chance to say "remember when? Well I am so sorry and I love you and we will always be here for you". People should never take their loved ones for granted and don't hold on to grudges, because you never know if your chances to say I'm sorry and I love you will be taken away.
Dave, Ann, Erin & Bonnie

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Bryan arrived yesterday in San Francisco surrounded by a great medical team who gave him excellent care.

We believe Bryan had the best medical care at LAC USC and will continue to have topnotch care at San Francisco General. This is only our second day here, but the staff could not be more welcoming. They are going to start slowly lowering his fifth seizure medication and hope to reassess on Monday to see how he is doing. This will be a slow process with hopefully no seizure activity along the way. Even though the doctors do not know what the eye opening means, he still does it occasionally.

This has been a long process and will continue to be. We want to thank everyone for your support of Bryan and us and promise we will continue to keep you posted on his condition.

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The day has finally come! Bryan is now stable enough to bring home up north. This time is so bittersweet...we are happy we get to bring Bryan home.
However, we have to leave all the wonderful people we have met on this journey. The employees at Marriott downtown, all our friends at the hospital, the nurses, his doctors and the people of LA who have been AMAZING....we are SO sad to be leaving you all. Please know that our family is forever in debt to your love, support and random acts of kindness that have pulled us through this. When Bryan wakes up, we will tell him about all our newfound friends for life.
To the people who have permanantly implanted yourselves in our lives, you know who you are....we love you. To all Bryan's supporters who have reached out on this website and have followed this story since day one....another HUGE thank you. We read the comments on the site daily, and they have truly been an inspiration. We promise to continue the updates, please continue to keep Bryan in your thoughts and prayers. 
Bryan has been responsive to stimulation, and while he doesn't do it on command, his eyes have been opening. He doesn't focus, but Dr. Zada said it was something. We had not been getting eye movement, except within the past few days, with them opening today. Again, not sure if its involuntary, but it's another "we'll take it" moment. 
We have attached what is Bryan's theme song for his trip home...not only does the title say so much, but the song is by one of Bryan's favorite 80's metal bands....


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