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Update on Bryan's Condition

 

May
11
Bryan is progressing in the way his doctors have been hoping. His EEG readouts have been looking good for the past couple of days, and he is stable enough for us to discuss transporting him as early as next week (fingers crossed)!! The  chief of neurosurgery and Dr. Zada here at LAC-USC has been in contact with the chief of neurosurgery at UCSF, Dr. Manley, so they are ready for Bryan.
 
Everything has been pointing us in the direction of UCSF. Bryan's surgeon graduated from there, Larry Baer from the Giants recommended Dr. Manley within the first week this happened, it is fairly close to home and it is one of the top trauma centers in northern California. We are very confident in the decision to move Bryan to UCSF. 
 
Bryan is down to 6 anti-seizure medications. He has been moving more, which tells us that the sedation is wearing off. He has a lot of eye movement under his eyelids and his mouth is moving more. Could be involuntary...but we'll take it. 
 
Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers!!

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May
08

On the front page of the LA Times today, I have an interview to tie into Mother's Day. Everyone was very pleased with the article although I did call the journalist this morning about one rather large error.

It stated that Bryan's chances of survival are slim. This is not true. Bryan's chances of waking up are slim but still there. Bill, the journalist, was very kind and felt horrible.

Other than that, the article was beautiful. You can read it here >>

I also want to thank everyone for their Mother's Day wishes. It means so much to me.

Love,

~Ann

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May
06

Today we were given good news by Dr. Zada! Bryan does not need the surgery to put a shunt in at this time.

They are continuing to lower one medication at a time very slowly. Aside from this, there is no change with Bryan.

On a side note:

Please refrain from phoning the hospital with questions regarding Bryan or his care & condition. We appreciate your support but the ICU nursing staff are getting inundated with calls which is taking them away from patient care. We do not want to trouble the wonderful staff here nor distract them from giving superb care to the other patients.

Thank you so much for your continued support. We love you!

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May
04

UPDATE 6:07 PM PST -

Bryan is scheduled for another surgery on Thursday or Friday. His brain is collecting fluide so a shunt needs to be put in the cranium at the center of the brain and it will be snaked down through his stomach to drain. The abdomen will hopefully absorb the fluid.


We met with the head neurologist this morning and Bryan's surgeon yesterday... both agree that Bryan is not responding to stimulation as much as he should be.

In a meeting today, it was decided to start lowering the 8 medications he is on. The main objective is to keep Bryan from experiencing major seizures.

He has been having seizure spikes but the doctors cannot keep "chasing" those and still expect to try to check his reactions.

So again we wait.. and pray.

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May
01

Still no brain seizures as the sedation is slowly coming out of Bryan's system. The doctors are hoping this coming week to really be able to examine him for voluntary responsiveness. Up until now all movements have been involuntary.

He still looks great and has even started to snore again! It's like music to our ears!

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Apr
28

Bryan's doctors slowly started to lower his sedation Tuesday afternoon. They are monitoring him closely for seizures, and so far there are have been none! As long as he continues with no seizures, the sedation will take four or five to be out of his system. Then the doctors can really examine him and check for any responsiveness.

He can do this!

Never Give Up

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Apr
25

Bryan has been heavily sedated since Friday due to the seizures. His neurologists want to keep him sedated until at least Tuesday evening in order to really keep his brain quiet and calm for a longer period of time. His nurse gave him a shave yesterday and he looks so handsome and has somehow managed to keep his perfect tan.

~Keep the prayers coming!

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Apr
22

Today Bryan's neurologists have increased his seizure medications back to 6 (up from 4). His damaged right and left lobes are seizing at different times which means there are two irritated areas in his brain. He will probably be heavily sedated again while the doctors try to find the perfect drug cocktail to stop the seizures.

Thank you for your continued support and love.

~Keep the prayers coming!

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Apr
20

Hello all...

Bryan had a CT scan this morning. The results came back with no changes in terms of his brain (a good thing) however a blood clot was found in his leg, so he is now on a blood thinner. In talking with his nurse, this is not uncommon for someone who's been bedridden. They just need to make sure it doesn't travel, specifically to his lungs. He's down to 4 (from 6) seizure medicines, another good thing. This means the seizing has stopped. They have taken him off the Versed, a sedation, completely and will hopefully start to lower the heavy sedation within the next couple of days. Since it's such a heavy barbiturate, it could take days to be out of his system completely. 

Until next time....

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Apr
18

We talked to the head neurologist this morning. Bryan was experiencing small seizures so they are taking him off the 2 sedations he was on and putting him on a high dose of a heavy sedation. He will be sedated for a few days to let his brain rest. The good news is there is brain activity. Once the seizing stops and the brain is calm, they will slowly try to remove him from the sedation. Because it's so heavy, it could take a few days for it to clear his system. 

Thank you again for the thoughts, prayers and tons of cards we're receiving!
 
~The Stows

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