My grandson’s name is Ryan. At about 1100 this morning, he decided that it was a good time to open his eyes. He even smiled when his mother made a fart joke to try and get him to laugh. His mother, his nurse, and myself were moved to tears.

His smile is crooked, indicating a possibility of some sort of neurological deficit. (If you will remember, the virus he was hit with frequently results in paralysis) He still hasn’t spoken a word in 8 days, but for the first time in 5 days his eyes are open and he is interacting with those around him.

Neuro will be evaluating him for function and deficits. The fact that he is again awake is a major improvement. We continue to wait and watch for any signs of what is to come.

I want to thank each and every one of you who has taken the time to comment, email, and wish or pray for his recovery. You are all too numerous to thank on an individual basis, but your support and care is of immeasurable benefit.

Categories: My Grandson


Guy · October 20, 2022 at 2:25 pm

Thank God, and thanks to those who helped him. I was once very cynical about the medical industry, and distrusted everyone in it. Although I still am wary and a little cynical my son’s problematic birth and the nurses and doctors who saved his life and my wife’s made me understand there are wonderful people who really are heroes working to save lives.

And thank you for being one of them

Big Ruckus D · October 20, 2022 at 2:45 pm

Thank God for that. That he is conscious and responsive to conversation – even if not yet able to speak himself – is a huge relief. He isn’t entirely in the clear obviously, but this is very good news indeed.

CJ · October 20, 2022 at 2:56 pm

That’s wonderful news. It’s so hard having a small child in the PICU. We’ll continue to pray for your grandson, it sounds like he’ll have a long road ahead. OT and PT can work wonders with young children.

Echo Hotel · October 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm

That’s great news DM! Come on Ryan, you can do it!

Chipmunk · October 20, 2022 at 3:17 pm

Praise God for this good news! Prayers continue.

-rightwingterrorist · October 20, 2022 at 4:11 pm

Excellent news!

Michael · October 20, 2022 at 5:14 pm

Still praying for Ryan. Until he’s home.

Winterborn · October 20, 2022 at 5:33 pm

GodSpeed young Ryan!

Very glad to read this. Thoughts and prayers continue

BobF · October 20, 2022 at 5:44 pm

One step at a time, just one step at a time. It’s called progress. You see it every day in your work. Enjoy the moment. Encouraging news.

Southernborne · October 20, 2022 at 5:58 pm

Great news. Continued prayers!

mike · October 20, 2022 at 7:19 pm

Great news. Sounds like the kid is a fighter.

Anonymous · October 20, 2022 at 9:02 pm

Lord, thank you for hearing our prayers for Ryan. Heartfelt thank you. Please, Lord, continue to aid his healing as we continue to lift Ryan up to you in prayer for recovery and healing. Let him laugh at a lifetime of fart jokes with his mom.

Mike M · October 20, 2022 at 9:46 pm

Amen! Keep getting stronger Ryan! Prayers not stopping…

steve · October 21, 2022 at 12:55 am

all glory to God on high
continued prayers for family and all the staff working with/for him

If I may offer a bit of unsolicited advice (forgive my presumptuousness),
my name is Steve. I began working in a Neuro ICU in 1981. patients above 16 only. very often, the “real endurance test” begins just prior to dismissal from ICU. based on your comments, and not knowing the future, I believe you would be wise to begin at least asking around about possible rehab facilities (ratings, pediatric oriented, extent and nature of expected/allowed family intersections/involvement.) Neuro rehab is sometimes a “rest of life” process.
I do not mean to sound alarming at all. I pray and believe for the best!
Children are amazingly resilient. I have seen dozens of cases of people being told they will never walk/talk/whatever, return to the hospital 2-3 years later and in one instance, play a guitar and sing as well as James Taylor. one last thing if I may-
often, the biggest factor in a “successful” outcome was, unfeigned expressions of love/care/optimism and undying perseverance.

May the Lord continue to richly bless you!


BraulerBob · October 21, 2022 at 4:23 am

Terrific news! Still praying for Ryan and your family!

J. Farmer · October 21, 2022 at 9:14 am

May the Lord of all Mercy be gentle with young Ryan, and with all his family–Peace to you, my friend.

AC47Spooky · October 21, 2022 at 9:41 am

Glad to hear of this improvement. Hope he recovers as best as possible.

Elrod · October 21, 2022 at 10:06 am

Thank goodness.

The first of many small steps to what we hope and pray will be a full recovery.

D · October 21, 2022 at 10:13 am

The tide has turned! Halleluyah!

Toirdhealbheach Beucail · October 21, 2022 at 10:51 am

Thank you for the name DM. I am so grateful and glad to hear there is some progress. Prayers up again.

Carlos The Jackal · October 21, 2022 at 11:00 am

Big TU Ryan!
Now get yourself well and out of the hospital!

Aesop · October 21, 2022 at 3:08 pm

Hope the trend continues!

Scott H · October 22, 2022 at 6:35 pm

Good to know Ryan is doing better. Please, keep us informed of his progress.

Anonymous · October 22, 2022 at 11:05 pm

I can think of nothing more terrible. Great people rise; your heart and soul will prevail, and overcome.
Bear in Indy

Tom762 · October 23, 2022 at 12:56 am

Wonderful news! Lets hope this is the return to good health for young Ryan!


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