It was just this past Saturday that I wrote about how sometimes Ryan “vocalizes” in response to our prompting. As it turns out, no sooner did I put that post out then I come upon Sue working with Ryan out on the patio. I grabbed my video camera and captured this short clip (although it went on much longer).
Sometimes it’s hard to hear him because it is so faint, but a couple of times when there’s no mistaking it.
I’ve been dying to see how much closer you are to getting a Spa Lift!! Any update??
Ryan's Rally LLC says
You bet. I update it daily and display it in the website’s sidebar (the thermometer on the right).
Came across the website, good luck with your sons recovery, very sad what happened to him.
These movie updates remind us the reason for this website…RYAN!
Your day to day blogs are great, but moving images of Ryan really hit home and heart. I see the pain and heartbreak in Sue when she said “I love you” to Ryan and feel her desperation for him to answer her back. As a mother that’s what we all want from our children those simple words. I know that is what he was saying to you Sue.
I also am glad to be reminded that his eyes are still sutured closed. I have to think back now as to why.
On another note, how is the van going? What a great gesture of Koons! We need some movies of Ryan in the van trolling the town!
Ryan's Rally LLC says
Anna, the eyes were partially stitched shut because Ryan doesn’t close his eyes. It was causing chronic eye infections, resulting from the dryness. We had to apply eye drops every 2 hours (now every 4) and it just wasn’t enough. The cornea was scarring and he faced serious risk of losing his eyes.
Rhonda Morin says
🙂 I had “watched” the video but not listened until just now. He is definitely responding to you. You ask him to do something and he did it, exactly like Sue asked. In the movie I think Mare Winningham (http://www.biography.com/people/mare-winningham-20824993) should play Sue. They remind me of each other. Beautiful ladies!
Thank you for sharing his 🙂 love you both ! Tell Ryan hi and tell him we all heard him!!!
Christine Vanderbur says
Wow! What a wonderful thing to see and hear! Thanks for sharing and our prayers continue for Ryan!!!
Excellent news and signs of continued progress. We are keeping up with our prayers and this is motivation to continue asking God top help Ryan and his family. Thank you for posting the video. Great!
Carla Liberty says
Wow!!!! This made my day!!! WTG Ry! I’m doing my happy dance 🙂 Keep working hard honey! So, so, so proud of you!
WOW. I’m as teary as some of the others who’ve commented. I know Sue was trying to get Ryan to say, “Ahh” but to me it sounded like he was saying, “Ma” or “Mom.” This is awesome!
My daughter (6) wanted to know if Ryan has eyes. I said yes, of course. I’m assuming that his eyes are still sewn shut? Can you give us an update on his eyes? Will the stitches come out at some point? Can the health of his eyes be tested/looked at with them closed?
Ryan's Rally LLC says
Meg, yes, his eyes are still shown partially shut. They will likely stay like this… At least until he either begins closing them or blinking more frequently. His eyes are checked weekly by Dr. Hinkle (a.k.a. Nicest Man in the World), but a full examination is not possible.
Hi Ken, thank you for sharing this video with us!! It is so encouraging to hear Ryan deliberately responding to you and Sue when you talk to him. How exciting!! I imagine the next step might be figuring out the best assistive communication devices to help Ryan express himself. I think I saw him moving his eyebrows in the video. It’s clear Ryan’s brain continues to heal and our hope in his continued recovery remains as strong as ever!! Go Ryan!!!
Sending you love, prayers and always faith and hope…hugs, Paula
Ann H Tearle says
Oh, WOW! Words fail me. Shivers down my spine! YAY, Ryan! SHSP NGA Ever, God bless you Team Diviney–keep up the great work you all are doing.
Paula Dundas Hamrick says
Ryan did beautifully. Where there’s life, there is hope. Keep working with him, and you just never know what God will do for you. I believe in the power of prayer and you have a lot of people praying for you Ryan, as well as your amazing family. God bless.
I love how clearly Ryan is listening and responding to you! I love to hear his voice and see Sue’s smile 🙂 Thank you for sharing such a beautiful family moment with us, with many more to come!
David J. Matthews says
Tune up Ken Diviney and the Family Band! Check em out Ryyyyy!
Gail Doyle says
That was awesome and love Sue’s smile Good thoughts to you all
and keep getting louder and louder Ryan
Wil Nier says
God Bless him. My prayers continue.
Nothing quite like Sue’s smile when Ryan responded ❤.
Wow, that is SO awesome!
Crissie Boggs says
Thank you for sharing this moment with Ryan!!! He is making such great progress!!! Your family and the love for Ryan are a great example for everyone to learn from in today’s world!!