On Friday night, Frank Wilhelm and Tim and Donna McKelvy visited. They said he opened his eyes and followed them with his eyes. They said, “he started to open and close his hand and curled [his] fingers and put his thumb up.” That’s a very significant sign that he hears us!
On Saturday, he didn’t really “wake up” until late morning (he’s still in a coma, but he goes through cycles where he’s more or less active). When he was “awake”, once again, he smiled at Larissa, and he was moving his arms and squeezing their hands as he has been doing for the last week or so. Larissa’s sister, Lisa, was holding photos up to him, and he was following those pictures with his eyes.
On Saturday night, in addition to all the other things we’ve noticed him doing, he responded to a nurse’s request to open his mouth when she needed to clean his mouth. He smiled at Patty Wallwork when she and Meghan and Jan McKelvy visited him. They noticed that he smiled and his heart rate went way up when they put headphones in his ears while an Alexi Murdoch song was playing. The Alexi Murdoch CD is a new one he just bought the week before the wreck; he and Caleb bought it together. This may suggest something about the state of his short term memory.
More baby steps…please keep praying….