The International Brain Research Foundation (IBRF) report was encouraging. Ryan’s brain continues to heal.
I purposely encouraged the IBRF team to keep it vague. All I wanted was a general assessment. Normally I’m a nightmare with my questions and suggestions, but not this time. With the upcoming civil suit, it is in my best interest to not know too much. What I do know is absent a high degree of clarity. Effectively, I temporarily stepped aside from being the “expert” and will return to this status soon enough. It’s just a matter of timing. The details can wait for now.
First, the Bad…
Ryan does have some major issues:
- The two hemispheres of his brain are not cross-communicating well. Think of it this way; one side might be “awake” while the other side is “asleep”. I think it’s important to make a distinction here. “Awake” does not mean “aware”.
- Certain brain wave frequencies are either hyper- or hypo-active. In effect, they’re not normal. There’s too much or too little.
Now, the Good…
He’s healing! It hasn’t stopped. Ryan’s brain continues to reorganize itself with what is available.
The IBRF team actually called it “substantial”.
I was excited to learn that Ryan can “hear” (and I use that word loosely). The qEEG test showed brain activity in his right temporal lobe during an audio test.This means sound is not only getting to the cortex (which we already knew), but is reaching one of his auditory processing lobe of the brain.
What does this mean? I have no idea other than we know a viable circuit exists. Maybe he understands everything… or nothing. Maybe, it might not make any more sense to him that hearing a foreign langauge. It doesn’t change anything, we will continue to speak to him as though he is fully understanding.
I now know I have a pathway to his mind.
Finally, the Great…
It’s amazing that we are now three years out from the attack and Ryan is not done yet. He is made of the right stuff, yes… but I believe it has as much to do with all we do for him. Absent either one and we’re screwed. Which leads me to you…
Because of you we have the resources and support to work toward his recovery. You should feel wonderful that you are involved in cutting-edge brain injury treatment. Thank you for allowing me to do this. I never miss an opportunity to be thankful for what was given. This couldn’t be done without you.
You know that, right?
Sure, it’s all directed at my son, but it reverberates throughout the brain injured community. No one can deny that it’s making a difference. The results speak for themselves. The medical community would be foolish (and practically negligent) not to model their recovery plans after what is happening here. I honestly expect the military will reach out to me at some point asking for advice in treating brain injured soldiers.
People need to pay attention to what we’re doing. It’s ground-breaking stuff.