A Great Ongoing Recovery

Josh’s ongoing recovery continues to amaze. One of us will post when we know more about when he’ll be leaving the acute rehabilitation center.

Here’s an update of the Q&A/FAQ file, complete with visiting info.

Updated June 13, 2012


Josh was in a bike accident in Southeast Portland on May 18, on his daily commute. There were no other vehicles involved, no police report, witnesses we haven’t personally talked to yet. He was seen going over the handlebars. He was wearing a helmet. It’s in great shape.

In these remarkable three weeks, Josh has gone from being unconscious, with a breathing tube, IV, and expanding contusion in his brain to talking about media theory, reading Keith Richards’ autobiography, and tossing around a basketball with his son. He’s in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology therapies.

The best way to communicate with Josh is to send cards, photos, flowers, and such ’til June 21 at Providence. (After that, he might still be at Providence, might be somewhere else; we don’t know.)

Providence Portland Medical Center
Patient: Joshua Berger
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213

If you want to drop something by in person, leave it at the Information desk in the main lobby. After June 21, send or drop off things to:

c/o Tiffany, 1123 SE 36th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214.

Josh is getting better fast and that means more visitors are welcome. Please contact Tiffany first, magdalen23 at gmail, to arrange a visit. His schedule of therapies is pretty packed during the week and there’s usually free time on weekends and early evenings.

Family friend Jeremy has started a fund to help the Berger-Brown household with expenses related to adapting the home for Josh’s eventual return, childcare, a special nutritional plan for Josh’s recovery, and the like. It’s at tinyurl.com/joshfundraiser or this really long link.

To help with household, transportation, childcare, or other needs, please go to the CareCalendar site, and enter security code: 9631. If you have any questions on volunteering, please contact Anna.

Amazing family, friends, community, and colleagues who have reached out with so much warmth, kindness, and passion. Josh knows he is loved. Keep the good vibes, wishes, and prayers coming. They seem to be working!

And thanks Shannon, Jeremy, and Anna for making this web effort happen.