With Hannah's severe brain trauma she is truly like a newborn baby right now and any little sign of advancement is cause for celebration and usually results in a big sigh of relief from me when I get good news.
After talking with Dave last night it sounds like Hannah had a good day yesterday. When I was there on Sat. she did open her eyes but it was very disheartening because it didn't look like it was voluntary or in response to our voices. However, after we left the hospital (of course) she opened her eyes for a longer period of time than she has over the last week. The nurse saw this and called for the doctor. He came in and said, "Hannah, can you open your eyes?" And she did! He came back Sun morning and said, "Hannah, can you move your fingers?" And she did that, too!
Her parents also said that she had opened her eyes for several minutes at a time most of the day yesterday and because of the neck brace prohibiting any movement of her head and neck she was following sounds with her eyes. She also swallowed on her own which she wasn't doing on Sat and which had Eve and I quite worried. The doctor was encouraged by what he saw and said that reflexes like swallowing usually follow shortly after brain trauma patients open their eyes. So that put a smile on our faces yesterday. Go Hannah! Keep fighting!