As most know, I am a huge skeptic when it comes to looking too much into Ryan’s responses. It takes a lot to make me think he is voluntarily responding. Now, I’m still not one-hundred percent convinced with what I’m about to show you but this one might be hard to deny.
For the five minutes leading up to the point when I began shooting video, Ryan was consistent (albeit delayed) in responding to my request. It was more than enough for me to document it. For your benefit in seeing what I’m talking about, I trimmed what I captured to just a few minutes.
Then, something amazing happened later that evening. Ryan was in bed for the night and quite comfortable. He hadn’t made anything close to the response from earlier. I grabbed my smartphone and asked Sue to watch the video. Sue was standing next to Ryan as she did this with the volume at maximum.
Amazingly, Ryan seemed to follow the commands again — with the same delayed response time and facial reaction — as the video played! I could hardly believe it. Sue cried in joy.
Then, if that’s not enough, it happened about an hour later as Kari was video chatting with us. I showed her the video and Ryan was again listening and responding! Again, I say! I told Kari this and she wanted to see it for herself. I turned the lens on Ryan so Kari could see him. Kari asked him to close his mouth. He did! She asked again. He did again.
It’s hard to deny this seems real. It happened three times spread out over many hours. We where beyond excitement. Kari didn’t want to end the call, despite having a ton of homework. I couldn’t get her focused back on her schoolwork until I thought of something Ryan would (and did) say to her to get her moving. I was wondering if Kari would remember it too, so I asked her what her brother would say about her not tending to her work. It’s tough brotherly love. Without a second thought, she nailed it.
Have fun with being a failure while I’m successful.
I tell you often just how much I appreciate everything you do and provide for my son. Today, like every day, is no different. Ryan would never be where he is without you. Getting him to this point, that I call possibly possible, has everything to do with your unending help. You believed in him even when I doubted. You give the resources and support for me to work with him in creative ways. You got him to this point, trusting me all along with your generosity. This is a point that was unimaginable not so long ago. Without you, well, I can’t even think of what his condition might be.
I asking you to share today’s post in Facebook and other social media. I want people to see this. I want people to know just how much you touched lives.
Team Diviney, thank you so much. You really are the best!