Friday, December 19, 2008

Set Back

Last night, Brian pulled out the chest tube draining his left lung. Though it appears he thankfully didn't do any additional internal damage, when visiting hours ended last night, the fluid was being tested for infection, including pneumonia.

Due to this serious set back, his wonderfully supportive trauma-icu health care team have requested that the amount of stimulation & visitors he receive be limited so that he can get some much needed rest.

I know many of you have been making the long drive to see him & unable to spend more than a moment with him, if any at all. I am sorry that it hasn’t been aligning any better & it looks like this may be the case for the little while. Please know that your support in prayers & posts still means a great deal to him & the family.

We know that this situation is much like a marathon & Brian's ultimate prognosis will be impacted by support he will receive from family & friends. We are hopeful that this current setback, in terms of limited visitation & contact, will not hinder you all from continuing to play the vital role you will all play in his recovery process for the long haul.

Unfortunately, this also resulted in the ventilator being turned back on & will prolong his stay in icu. Please continue to pray for his strength & recovery. We our faithful & trust that God will continue to provide for Brian's needs.

We will let you know how things go with regard to the immediate situation as soon as possible.


  1. I'll be there in spirit this weekend, buddy. Keep fighting!

  2. I am with you regardless Brian... no matter what. As Meador says... KEEP FIGHTING!

  3. Keeeeeeeeeeeeter, I don't think any of us have been able to stop thinking about you, but that's what friends are for and you are lucky to have so many! I haven't yet met your family, but I can tell how loving and supportive they are and you are extremely lucky to have them as well. I'm amazed by Kara's positive and inspirational outlook and her strength to share it with us. I know you will keep fighting until you are back to your old self...



  5. Kara-You don't know me, but I wanted to thank you for this blog, It's really helping people like myself that can't get to NC to see Keeter and I wish your family the best.
    Also, Please let Brian know that "Jello" sends his best wishes and is looking forward to hanging out on his next trip to NC.

  6. hey keet, you may be the quiet type but you're one of the strongest individuals i've met. keep taking it one step at a time and you'll come out on top as usual. the denver air force community will be praying for you this sunday at mass and i'll be doing it everyday. best wishes,

  7. Setbacks only opens doors for comebacks

    53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

    53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

    The Lord's hand is upon Brian's life. Many will come to Jesus, through the Gift given to Brian My Big Brother.

    Can't wait to see you face to face, and maybe shoot some hoops at the rec or something.

  8. Brian,

    Wow, what a great strong family you have. Your sister Kara is awesome, listen to her, she knows the direction to take you. Your mom and dad are so strong, I am in awe of them. With all that strength, you have the DNA to overcome anything. Keep fighting, you are never out of my prayers and thoughts.

  9. Like every one else is saying keep fighting!! We need you back on your feet ... We are all a little lost without you SON!! You are always in my prayers man ... Keep your head up were going to get through this

  10. I love you Brian! You made my day today when you opened those famous Keeter eyes for me! I want more when I come back. You have no idea how many people are out there praying for you...and it's definitely working it's magic. I'll be back soon and can't wait to have a conversation with you.

    You and your wonderful family will be in my thoughts over the holiday. With a strong family like you have, I know you can overcome any obstacle.

  11. Brian and Family,
    Thanks for keeping us posted. We are praying for you and are sending our love,

    Kenny and Christine