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!
Ryan transitioned back to Country Life Care Center on Sept 20th to a very happy staff… It was a difficult time for Megan and I so close to the anniversary of his accident. We also worried that he was going back too soon. This was soon debunked!!!
Ryan is still non verbal, however, seems to "touch" people that work with him in a very deep way. Everyone was so welcoming stating how they had thought of him often and how happy they were to see him again. He also had settled in to a better sleep routine at Promise Hospital that we encouraged the nursing staff to continue.
Ryan seemed to progress quickly with better sleep and all worries of his lung illness were abated. His continuation of the cPAP machine at night seemed to help too! 2 weeks ago the therapy staff excitedly showed me videos of his progress with both the hand bike and foot pedaling. A few days later I was told that he was sitting by himself for 13, 15, and 16 seconds at a time on the edge of the mat. I know this seems small to anyone who can sit for hours but this was huge for us!
Last week we visited a doctor at the University of Utah to assess the one last medication he is on (anti seizure). A HUGE gratitude to the owner of Country LIfe Care Center who arranged and accompanying Ryan in to see Dr Hong who heads the Rehab Unit at the University for the TBI group. He indicated to us that it is time to move to Rehab believes he can really help Ryan.
Our next step is to see Dr Hong again this Wednesday for the final decision. Please keep Ryan in your thoughts and prayers and we move to this next step in his care.