Ryan Concannon was riding his bicycle on Sept 21, 2012, when he fell and sustained a serious head injury. He was airlifted to the hospital, and after emergency brain surgery placed in the ICU. His family flew to his side to support him through his recovery and are with him every minute, sharing their love and energy with him as strongly as possible. They have decided to focus their energy on getting him well. 'Team Ryan' soon became their mantra.
Just prior to the accident Ryan had written a business plan to turn his passion of coffee roasting into a service for the Santa Cruz area. His dream included roasting truly fabulous coffee and delivering by bicycle. He graduated from U C Santa Cruz with Honors, and received his BS in Biology just one month after his 21st birthday. Since then he's been focusing on his first love, coffee!!! Please help us help Ryan heal.
All love, prayers, and positive energy for Ryan are greatly appreciated! Please hold the vision of Ryan recovering fully!
This past few months have seen lots of healing and development. On last update we talked about going back to see the specialist Dr Hong at the University of Utah. Ryan has been seeing him weekly and was prescribed a wake up medicine called Bromocritine.
Each week we evaluate Ryan's progress and each week the dose is increased. It is fun to see him improve! Every day Ryan seems to be doing more. The successes seem to breed more stamina and more drive. His attitude and smile say it all ~he is only happy when working very hard to recover! With that comes a shift that reminds me of how his brain worked as a small child - the staff reports that he has been quite a nuisance! Each day when I arrive I am greeted with reports of lots of activity! One morning the nurse called to tell me that when she arrived on her shift she found him on his knees beside the bed. This was the initiation we had hoped for! All measure of safety quickly installed while everyone congratulated him through out the day!
This week brought even more firsts! I wrote last update about him sitting un aided (by himself) for up to 16 seconds~ Today Ryan beat his record from last week of 1.5 minutes with a whooping 5 (Yes FIVE) minutes sitting by himself on the edge of the mat!!! But that is not all, he also went into the walking harness for the first time! This is something I have been telling him he would be able to do if he worked hard on his core muscles. Once he learned to work the sit down elliptical, the therapist said walking would be his next step! Unlike the standing frame, the harness offers some support but he is not tied in, all the effort has to come from him. I am told he did stellar today and that they are excited to get him in it again early next week!
So that should be a good day right? There is more!!! As we left the therapy room we saw his speech therapist who wanted to tell me how great he did in therapy. I thought she was talking about the standing harness or the sitting but I was wrong. She told me that he had the best speech session ever today, that he even slurped some food off a spoon!!!
I left a very tired man tonight in his room with a new Christmas Tree from his Aunt Kris and Uncle Jeff.
Please keep Ryan in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season!