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.
Cass Jordan says
Still here, Ryan. Still praying. Gracie prays for complete and total healing every night. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your miracle. Love and hugs, Miss Cass
Ginger Henry via Facebook says
Such great news…..
Jo Hobbs via Facebook says
Thank God for Ryan’s continual healing.
This is good news! I hope that others will profit from the research and testing by the IBRF with Ryan specifically, but others as well. Such a good reason to donate to Ryan so that he may continue his evaluations by this foundation.
Thank you for all you share with us. Always here with faith, hope, love and prayers.
They said Ryan is healing and called it substancial. How awesome is that? You continue to amaze me every day that I visit this site Through all of your pain, you take the time to acknowledge your support team. We’re here for Ryan and your family because you and Sue share Ryan with us and it’s a privilege to be part of this process. Thank you for letting us into your home and your lives and for keeping us informed about Ryan. Good night and sweet dreams to Ryan.
Gail Doyle says
Ken, Just read your post and am so proud of Ryan, You ,Sue and Kari. You have all done such amazing things to help Ryan get better,
We just try to help in little ways and will continue, as you all do,
until Ryan IS better.Love and blessings to you all and thanks so much for update .
Jane Martellino says
Thanks for sharing Ryan’s progress report. Healing continues!
On board already for monthly payments through your site via the credit card.
Everyone join in, as my husband says, “Watch your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.”
Turn this on Ryan and it would be, ” Every little bit helps, $3, $5, $8, $10, $25 or more, they all add up to take care of Ryan.
Jane H says
Love hearing this! Thanks for sharing their report, Ken. I’ve aways been excited about Ryan’s progress and how his results (good and bad) go on to help many others in a similar situation. So happy to hear his brain continues to heal.
Still healing! That’s great news. Prayers and thoughts continue to be with you.
Ryan is made of the right stuff. I’m happy that he is able to hear and I bet he hears your voice and that’s what encourages him. Keep up the hard work Ryan (&Ken).
Hi Ken, this is wonderful news!! Thank you so much for sharing the details with us. I’m so happy the IBRF is able to measure Ryan’s continued healing and progress — he is such a strong, determined, courageous young man – and he demonstrates these qualities every day. Again, my hat is off to you, Sue and Kari for your unending devotion to Ryan. He feels the love, he knows you’re there, and all the things you have been doing to help Ryan heal are paying off!!
I have no doubt there will be many who will benefit from the knowledge you have developed and gained throughout Ryan’s treatment. You’ve been rewriting the book on brain injury treatment — all your sacrifices and the blood, sweat and tears you’ve shed are making a meaningful difference in how brain injury is looked at. I pray that someday new processes and procedures will be inmplemented as a result of your tireless efforts.
Lots of rejoicing and thanksgiving today for this good news. Hugs, love and fresh hope, which comes new every morning.
Still here, still praying.
I am ecstatic to hear that scientific data confirms what we already believed: Ryan is hearing your voices and healing! We will never stop supporting you all, praying for Ryan and believing in his recovery. God is in this process with you, and He is good.
Mary Condy Mitchell via Facebook says
Way to go Ryan!
Ann H Tearle says
God bless you dear family–rooting for you all, all the way. SHSP NGA
This is absolutely the greatest news. Love to you all, Annie
Sue Haviland via Facebook says
Thinking of Ryan each and every day
Carla Liberty says
Last night we prayed for good news with regard to the IBRF report. Coincidence? I don’t think so!!!! This is fantastic, Ken. You’re right, Ryan is made of the right stuff. Then again, the entire Diviney family is.
carla & family
Vj Paul Fewell via Facebook says
I just signed up for recurring monthly payments, please consider donating!
Andrew Polzin via Facebook says
yea!!! still here! still cheering y’all on!
Lorraine Lundqvist via Facebook says
Really good info!