July 25, 2010
Just wanted to let you know he’s improving daily. He’s now on an unrestricted diet. The only problem is he has no appetite. But that should pass soon, especially when he starts rehab. For the first time in two weeks he’s raised higher than 30 degrees. His bed turns into a large chair–it’s remarkable. Because Jim hasn’t had to fight gravity for five weeks, it turns out sitting is difficult to sit. It’s tiring to hold your head up (I never realized that). Also, he feels the wound in his back a lot more.
On Monday the rehab people will start evaluations. Depending on what they decide, Jim could leave the ICU and go to the ICU step down unit. (It’s the same floor, just the opposite side.) That could happen as early as Tuesday or up to a week or so. We’ll know more Monday.
Just wanted to let you know the good news. I’ll write again when he changes rooms.
Have a great one.