Today started with the good / bad news that Ali’s situation hadn’t changed – while she hadn’t gotten any worse, she hadn’t gotten better. We left yesterday with a little bit of hope based on a positive pupillary response test – i.e. one of her pupils contracted when exposed to a bright light – one of the basic signs of brain function. She had been failing those tests consistently up to that point. When we saw her this morning, she had gone back to failing them.
However, about an hour ago we got news that while the neurologists were administering pin pricks to test reflex response she reached one arm over across her chest and swiped at it – a reflex that takes much more brain function than a simple flinch or withdrawal. The neurologist said it was “very positive.”
Of course none of this predicts that she will ever return to herself or, for that matter, even survive. We’re not celebrating. But it is encouraging and does allow us to have some hope which, at this point, is everything.