She did two other amazing things. The first was that her mouth, (once slack jawed and drooling) has been regaining it's grace but at first was slightly open. I pushed it closed. She then responded by chewing three or four times! I almost jumped. Diane (mom) didn't see it, so I went to try it again. All of her reactions have been so sporadic we didn't expect any miraculous repeat performance, but she did it every time. She is responding, she is relearning how to swallow and chew and blink and... Now for the second big one... I obviously have been holding fast to her hand throughout and in the beginning when she was fighting for her life she was squeezing my hand so hard that I had to clip her nails cause I thought she was going to draw blood. They have since gone limp. But it is amazing to me how well the human hand fits in another hand whether it's gripping or not. Like we were meant to... well you get it. Today I grabbed hold and was shocked almost electrically to feel something clasping back. It was ever so slight but it wasn't like it flinched and it happened twice. She gripped... let go... and then gripped again and then slowly let go again. Nothing strong but it was there. Amazing.
So tomorrow the two doctors who will potentially be accompanying her back home are supposed to have a meeting to talk to the Visa people but it looks like that may not happen because they are only allowed to pay with 'a money order from HDFC' and that's it. HDFC closed at 3 instead of 5 today and they were in the emergency room. Her head doctor put in a call to his good friend who is the head of an HDFC bank but he said there was nothing he could do. Only that there is an Islamic holiday tomorrow and so tomorrow also, all the banks are closed. Bureaucratic bull at every turn with paper work in India but maybe the consulate will get it together.
She is getting transferred to her new room tonight with a cot, a chair, a TV, a marble bathroom and a microwave (the first I've seen in India, everything else is mostly cooked over hot coals or on dried cow patties). I can finally play songs for her on the guitar and we can spend as much time with her as we want. We also debuted some new big ol headphones that go around her ears and block out other sound so she can focus on the music. Hollis is listening to a lot of Dark Dark Dark of course, Jolie Holland, Bon Iver (sent in to firstname.lastname@example.org), Otis Redding, A Silver Mount Zion and a recording Josh sent in of some little kid and his dad singing an awesome song in the street in Tibet. She (her beautiful brown eyes) like Dark Dark Dark the best. I think they might have magic powers.