He was eating pudding tonight. He was cleared to start eating things with the consistency of honey or liquids thickened to that consistency, so tonight he got pudding. There's a delay before he swallows, but we've been told that the delay is to be expected. It's fairly typical for someone in his condition. Improvement for him will include a quicker response time in his swallowing, but he's improved to this point already where he's actually swallowing. He wasn't even doing that before.
Someone asked about his "rating" on the coma scale. Just to be clear, he is still in a coma. The scales are used just for discussion and provide a framework for treatment, but giving him another rating on the scale isn't like graduating him from first grade to second grade. There just isn't a clear break like that, and it's a matter of opinion as to where he falls on the scale. And, at this point, we're less concerned about his place on the scale and more concerned with evidence of progress. That's why we talk less now about his place on the scale.
Thank you for praying for Ian.