Yesterday went off without a hitch. No high fevers. No quivering in pain. Just a calm day. I was so happy for Ryan.
Ryan’s eyes opened last July for the first time since the beating. This was an exciting development and possibly signified some advancement in recovery. Then, it became too much of a good thing when his eyes neither shut nor made complete blinks.
This resulted in his eyes becoming severely dry. To the point that he developed scarring on the cornea (it looks a lot like cataracts). Nothing we did would completely resolve this. Currently, Ryan wears goggles almost 24 hours and gets eye ointment every two hours. In fact, Ryan will be seeing a doctor this week about it. There is a high likelihood we’ll need to stitch his left eye (the worser of the two) partially shut to allow for healing.
Fast forward to last night. He had BOTH eyes completely shut for a short while. What was most encouraging is this happened shortly after we put him to bed for the night (around 10:00PM). Two things: one is this promotes healing, and the other is he might be experiencing true “sleep”. We hope to see more of this.
I am still trying to understand the results from IBRF. What I do feel comfortable saying is Ryan’s EEG showed moderate improvement since his last one in late-September 2010. His brain has not stopped healing, and this is as good of news as we can hope.