Friend of Skepchick and all-around fantastic dude Robert Lancaster is making small steps of progress in the days following his stroke. His lovely wife Susan has posted updates on the JREF forum, most recently this:
Before I left, I spent several minutes (maybe 20) alone with Robert. His right eye was about half open and his left was open just a slit the whole time. He was looking around, appearing to assess everything around him, including me. He still has the ventilator, so he can’t even try to talk. But he held my hand and squeezed it many times. He squeezed Jim’s hand as well, which pleased Jim. He also held hands with his best buddy, John, today – which made John a little uncomfortable. They don’t hold hands, you see. But it’s the only way Robert can express his gratitude to people.
So, a little more alert for a longer period. Waking up is a tough job! He seems to be having a little difficulty swallowing. Luckily he is on a continuous feed directly into his tummy. But saliva is difficult for him to manage, so they suction still. And he doesn’t like that at all.
Slightly better than yesterday. I’ll take slightly better. That’s fine with me.
A number of you asked in the previous thread how you could help — well, some fellow skeptical friends have kindly set up a PayPal drive for Robert and his family, to help with medical costs. I encourage you all to chip in and show the Lancasters some love!