July 9th marks 10 months since Brett’s injury. When Brett collapsed on September 9th, no one knew what to expect – for his health, recovery time…for anything. The doctors tried to set up a few scenarios, only sharing indefinite and vague potential outcomes for Brett’s prognosis.
Ten months later, and to no one’s surprise, Brett is amazing the doctors and therapists, and surpassing everything they throw at him. Brett has done more work in these last ten months than anyone can possibly imagine – and doing it all with the grace and determination that he has always shown on and off the field.
While his schedule varies from day-to-day, Mondays thru Fridays are filled with therapy sessions and rehab to help Brett in every way possible. He is busy with physical therapy – primarily focusing on balance and strength, and always working hard to improve his walking.
The Occupational Therapists assist Brett in everyday activities, and lately focusing especially on his vision – which has come back stronger and more consistent every day! In speech therapy, Brett works on memory and word association – quizzing him to remember series of words and numbers, adding and subtracting randomly throughout a sequence. And with an ever so slight bit of sarcasm, Brett goes at such a rapid rate it causes the therapists to have to stop and double check their own math.
The weekends consist of hanging out with family and of course Steele Magnolia – who he loves immensely. Napping, eating and cruising around in the car are usually the big events for the weekend, as rest is critically important to Brett’s recovery.
While people have suffered brain injuries forever, our knowledge and understanding is constantly evolving.
We know that our brains are all different and that no two people respond in the same way – making an exact diagnosis or prognosis nearly impossible.
There is no exact science to Brett’s recovery, no timeline and mostly unknowns for the future – but one thing we do know is to never count Brett out. He has come further in the last ten months than they ever thought he would, and there is nothing but pure excitement and encouragement for how much more he can continue to improve.
We thank everyone for the support and prayers. Brett is strong, but could not have come this far without the love and support from everyone. We also want to thank you all for respecting Brett and his privacy, and our wish is to continue to allow Brett time to recover at his own pace. When he is ready, he will reach out and speak about his journey – but at this time he is focused on furthering his recovery.