Something different happened with Ryan on Saturday night.
As you probably know, his eyelids are mostly sutured shut (called a tarsorrhaphy). Each has a small opening on the nasal side… just enough to see out. He had to have this done to protect his eyes from drying out, which was causing infections. He ran the real risk that his eyes would “melt” and they would need removed without this remedy.
It is not uncommon for Ryan to bring his right eye down enough so that his pupil is visible. As for the left one, well, no one has seen it in the years since the tarsorrhaphy procedure was performed. Prior to that surgery his left eye never centered, let alone go completely down. Even when his right eye would, the left would never achieve symmetry.
I didn’t see it happen (dammit!), but my wife and the nurse sure did. Ryan brought his left eye down.
They could clearly see the pupil!
Now, I’m not sure what this means. Who knows if it has any significance at all? Still, this has never happened. EVER. It’s difficult not to interpret this as encouraging, but the hope is that it will happen again with frequency.
Then I’ll be convinced that it’s a sign of continued recovery.