Some hope

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.


13 thoughts on “Some hope

  1. Buddy – I’m glad that the news is getting better. So awful that this happened, but it sounds like she’s making progress. Please know that we’re all thinking of Ali, you and your family and sending our good wishes. And thanks for doing the blog –

  2. Eric, Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your sister. Anything I can do to help I am here for you.
    xo, Lisa

  3. Eric, we’re thinking of you and your family constantly. Sending you all our positive energy for your east coast pals. Love you loads. Heather, Andrew, Daphne & Ellis

  4. We have been thinking of you and your family nonstop. I realize that the prognosis is nowhere near bright but at least she’s hanging in there. Love to everyone.

  5. Eric – We are all thinking about you and your family. Thank you for posting the beautiful picture with Max. Sending love and prayers. -Schieffs

  6. Thinking of you constantly and sending so much love your way. Will continue to pray and send lots and lots and lots of good thoughts. We love you! M, J, M and M

  7. Thinking of you and your family and praying for more positive developments. I believe in miracles and pray for Ali’s recovery. Love you and so terribly sorry for what you and your family are going through right now. xo Laura

  8. Thinking of you every minute and pulling for Ali. So glad there seems to be some glimmer of hope. I am holding you and your family in my heart.

  9. Eric – We are you keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Hopefully, with all that love around her, Ali will continue to fight and improve. Much love, Cindy and Rob

  10. Eric, just read this news about your sister. I am heartsick for you and your family. Just wanted you to know that I’m thinking of you all and praying for Ali’s continued progress.
    All my best,
    Deb Ringold (Steve Kane’s old friend from cherry hill)

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