Week 2

On Sunday night, Dimitri was moved from ICU to Neuro. We were told that 25% of folks in his condition die in ICU.

Dimitri did not sleep Sunday night as he shared a room with a gentleman who snored and wore a CPAP machine. He forgot I am not allowed to visit until 11 o’clock as there are new rules on this floor. He was placed in his wheelchair, in front of the window, for a couple of hours. He could not move any part of his body or call for help as his voice was too weak. Needless to say, when I arrived, he was very upset.

Testing improved, and he was moved up a level on the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Impairment Scale to D. Only 50% of folks in his condition do.

Dimitri was able to assist with some movements as I moved his limbs. We did most of his physiotherapy outside as all the lines into his body had been removed. He would get 30 minutes of hospital physio a day during weekdays, and I augmented that.