Stimuli

Monday, June 5, 2006 at 11:06 pm 27 comments

Hi folks,

There were a couple definite good points coming out of today. The big one for me is that Doug's cranial pressure is down to normal levels for the first time since the accident. A few days ago they were talking spikes to around 30 on a scale of 60, basically just slightly below the crisis level, and hovering not real far under that. However, today it's been hovering around 5 or 6, normal pressure. His blood pressure and oxygen levels are both good, and his heartrate's a steady 43. The doctors would be worried about that being low, but have decided Doug's just in good shape.

Late today Dan and Jen met with the neurosurgery team to talk about what's going to happen the next couple days. Tomorrow they're going to start weening Doug off the heavy sedative he's been on to decrease brain activity & reduce the swelling and bleeding. That process will take 3 or 4 days. After that, we'll just have to see. To be honest, no one's really sure when he'll regain consciousness after that. It's basically up to him at that point, but he's definitely a scrapper, so I think he'll fight back. The key thing right now is that the swelling is down, so he's making definite progress.

One of the things all that means is that there will probably still be no visitors until late this weekend or early next weekend. It's definitely been hard not seeing him at all, but reducing the stimuli in the room has contributed to enabling the damage to heal and the swelling to lessen. You can actually see the pressure rise on the monitors when people have been able to go in and see him briefly. It's been rough just hanging out in the waiting room because of that, but on the upside, I see a positive: That means our presence is felt.

In fact, once the induced coma has worn off, there will be visitors allowed in the hopes of providing (controlled) stimuli, to try and help Doug came back. What Jen and Dan would like to do next week if things go well is to have people take turns spending time talking to Doug, playing music, holding macaroni and cheese by his nose, whatever. Also really good would be if people can make posters and print blown up pictures to hang in Doug's room. I know all you robotics and cycling people have tons of good pictures and videos, so we need to get all those together so the whole room is just filled with things Doug loves. We'll also try to post recent pictures from Doug's life on here for people who haven't seen them.

So, that's the word for tonight. There's still a lot of waiting and patience required, but things are definitely looking good.

– joe

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  • 1. Jared Russell  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 12:09 am

    There are so many robots that we have yet to build and so many bicycles that you have yet to ride.

    Hop back on, Doug.

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  • 2. Jess Baxter  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 1:18 am

    Doug,
    we’ve pretty much known eachother since we were five and you were always this crazy,upbeat guy. You’re going to pull through and be back on your feet in no time.

    you are in my prayers.

    Jess

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  • 3. Julie Witzel  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 1:36 am

    Doug,
    Even though i do not know you I am still touched by what has happened. I do not want anyone to have to be in pain or for your friends and family to be hurting. You will be ok. You will pull through and you will be stronger than ever. You will be in my prayers.

    Your New Friend,
    Julie

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  • 4. caitlin  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 7:41 am

    i shoulda saved that green mac and cheese you left for me to clean up =)

    i’ve requested that you be put on my church’s ‘petition for the sick’ list… you’re in my prayers darlin’

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  • 5. Stu Schwartz  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 8:55 am

    I have a new bike and you’re not around to fix it??! Please get well soon. In terms of biking (and other things), you’re my idol!

    – Stu Schwartz
    Wissahickon High

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  • 6. Antonios Zavaliangos  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 9:17 am

    I just wanted to add the wishes of all the faculty, the staff and the students of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Drexel University for a speedy recovery for Doug. I am glad to see that he has so many friends that care about him so much. It definitely speaks volumes about Doug’s character and personality.

    For those of you, who have not seen it, our Department’s web page has been featuring Doug here: http://www.mse.drexel.edu/news/2005_summer/markgraf_bike.html

    Get well soon Doug,

    Antonios Zavaliangos
    Prof. of Materials Science and Engineering
    Drexel University

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  • 7. David Miller  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 9:18 am

    I keep thinking of the flying duck you made from a coke bottle in 7th grade art. You have always been “da man”!

    Get Well Dude!

    David Miller
    Wissahickon High

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  • 8. Jim Shoemaker  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 9:59 am

    Just a quick note to say that I am keeping the family in my thoughts.

    Jim Shoemaker
    Wissahickon High

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  • 9. Renee Levine  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 10:05 am

    I’ll see if I can bring you some beef jerky. I miss our one in the morning trips to 7-11.

    You’ve been heavily in my thoughts of course, but if anyone can make it through this it’s you.

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  • 10. Lorraine Smith  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 10:19 am

    Hey, Doug-
    We’re praying for you. We hear about your doings (antics?!) through your Phili neighbor, Jeff Kee, occasionally. Hope you can resume work on the mail shirt soon!

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  • 11. Steve Bronstein  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 10:40 am

    So Doug and I have had some amazing adventrues. One that comes to mind was when he and I decided it would be a good idea to see a concert the night before a race in boston, then drive up to boston after the show.
    So it was decided that we would see the John Butler Trio. Which I might add was an amazing show! So at 1am Doug and I Left Philly and headed out to Boston. we were making amazing time and having a blast just listing to music and bsing as we usually did on these long rides. By about 3am we had had 3 RedBulls a piece and were slowy and surely strating to go mad.We stopped at a gas station in Connecticut and bought more sugar and caffiene to make it to boston in time for the Team Time Trial… at 7am. Well doug and i made it to boston and still managed to get lost following about a dozen other team cars trying to find a place to park. It was just one of hundreds of amazing times i have had with doug and our cycling adventures. which as they come to me i will post more of. I am also sorry if there are horrible spelling errors, its never been my strong point.

    Anyway Doug we got a ton of traveling left to do, so you best get better quick man.

    Steve

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  • 12. Dan Moyer  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 10:58 am

    Doug is really scrappy, he’ll bounce back just like all those times he crashed the first year of his cycling career at Drexel. I can’t remember a weekend where he didn’t leave with some kind of scrape on his arm or knees. This is just proof that Doug’s a fighter, and gets right back on after he’s fallen. Doug is really just a tough guy and I’m glad he was on the team.

    Dan Moyer
    Cycling Club President

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  • 13. Shannon Kurtas  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 11:25 am

    I remember driving up with Doug to Penn State last year for my first bike race ever. I was pretty excited and nervous, so I was asking a lot of stupid questions just because I didn’t know what to expect. He definately calmed my nerves a bit because he is so positive, passionate, and just loves being on the bike. It also helped that we had the same clunker Trek MTB and he assured me I’d be fine — I got my ass kicked anyway that weekend, but it was loads of fun and was the start of what will surely be many racing seasons for me. It was a pleasure riding with him this year on the D-unit as Doug has always put 110% into races regardless of the conditions, and without complaining (well at least less than the rest of us D riders). I know Doug will bounce right back up and be riding in no time.

    Shannon

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  • 14. Jim and Cathy Landrith  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 12:42 pm

    Doug, we’re Caitlin’s aunt and uncle and we want you to know that while our hearts are sad for you and your family, we know that our prayers and the prayers of your friends will bring you back as good as new. God bless.

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  • 15. Stefan Grecu  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 12:49 pm

    Remember when we stopped at a rest-stop (coming from boston, i think) and we were all goofing around and doug hit me with a humungous stick! and i proceeded to chase him but our legs were so tired it was more of a jog that ended quickly. That was so funny, i laugh everytime i think about it. Doug will bounce back quickly, he’s a strong guy, i know because hit has enough strength and courage to hit me with a extremely large stick (more like a branch)! haha.

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  • 16. Liz, Dennis, Jenna, Kenny and Grandma Ann,  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    Doug,
    The entire Bjellquist menagerie sends their wishes and prayers to you and your family.
    We are positive you will have a full recovery at “Doug-Speed”.
    We’re looking forward to spending more time with you and promise to not make you put up any more tents!
    You are in our thoughts,hearts and prayers.

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  • 17. Dan Simmons  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you for all the updates; we in Athletics are thinking of Doug & his family and he is so fortunate to have such caring friends & teammates! It is inspiring to see you thinking of him & I am sure he will make it out of this and have a full recovery!

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  • 18. Heidi Butt  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    Doug!

    You and your family are in my prayers. You are surrounded by love and support and you have enough strength in your PINKY to pull you through this – you’re that kind of guy. Everyone back here at Wissahickon and St. Anne’s is pulling for you.

    Talk to you SOON!

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  • 19. Melissa Slobodzian and Greg Walter  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 3:00 pm

    Doug,
    Both our families cannot wait to have you back in action, banging on your drum at the Robotic’s competitions. You’re strong and we know that you will be able to pull through with all that you’ve got. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Melissa and Greg

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  • 20. David A. Ruth, Ph.D., Dean of Students  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    The Student Life staff will keep Doug and his family in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to his continued progress!

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  • 21. Haroon Ahmad  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 4:30 pm

    yo Doug,
    everyone misses you . all of Drexel and Wissahickon is praying for you. we cant wait till your back out there racing or playing your djembe at robotics competitions. we’re all rooting for you Doug!

    –Haroon

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  • 22. Caitlin Thompson  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 4:58 pm

    I’m so glad I met you this season. It’s been awesome getting to know you and your teammates. Every time I’ve been on my bike this week I’ve thought of you. I wish you a speedy recovery and I look forward to seeing you the next time I’m in Philly or at a bike race.

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  • 23. Kevin Maguire  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    Hey Doug. I heard about your accident and I’m really hoping you get better soon. A lot of people are behind you on this one, myself included. You were one of the coolest people I knew in high school, and I know you will come through in the end.

    Kevin

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  • 24. Sarah Exley  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    dougie!

    i’ll never forget the time we biked to manayunk for some amazing water ice back in the early years of high school. we watched the duck race in the river, and headed back to ambler. on the way back, i fell off my bike onto the street and you helped me back up. i had little scrapes here and there but nothing compared to what you’re going through right now. i miss you doug and here i am, helping you back up on your bike, because i know that’s what you truly love and you’ll probably be back on your bike in no time. i wish you great health and good thoughts and my whole family is pulling for you!

    love, sarah

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  • 25. Connie Fiorentino  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    Markgrafs,
    Having known Doug since his first day at Mattison Ave with Trevor I know you know we are all thinking of you at this difficult time. Please let us know if you need anything. Zach, give me or Kiri a call if you need to talk. Doug has all these amazing friends pulling for him! That doesn’t surprise me one bit knowing him. Dan, Jan, and boys, we are all thinking of you and you are in our prayers.
    Connie Fiorentino and Family

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  • 26. christi walsh  |  Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 6:27 am

    Doug, We are praying for your quick recovery and for strentgh for your family. The man has a plan for you…this is just a short interruption, a time to rest for your long journey ahead.
    Miss Dasiy Rules. See ya soon.
    Mrs. Walsh

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  • 27. Kenneth Dixon  |  Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 8:22 am

    Yo! Doug,

    Prayers and faith are things unseen, yet we know prayer works. We do pray for you and your family because prayer changes all things. Doug your work is just beginning and there still great things to do. Get well, we are all ready to get started. “Let’s go!” The next Miss Daisy is waiting.
    Coach: Ken Dixon

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