It has been 21 days since the accident and today Jan had his 20-minute breathing training — which went well! Jan was disconnected from the breathing machine today and he was able to breathe on his own. Me (his girlfriend) and his mother worked together with the nurse to support Jan throughout the training.
Looks like Jan is doing perfectly in the very first steps of this new life.
Another reason to celebrate is our new technique to communicate. Since Jan gets mechanical ventilation through a hole in his neck, he cannot currently speak. We are unsure how long he will need to continue to use this mechanical ventilator. Doctors have told us that it will all depend on Jan and his lungs’ improvement.
Despite this challenging condition, Jan has a clear head and a positive attitude. We are practising how to write words with assistance. How it works: we show Jan a phone screen with the alphabet. Then we agree in which row the letter is that Jan is thinking of. Then we name the letters in that row. After we mention the correct letter, Jan blinks his eyes. And that is how we wrote a message to his family. This is also how he wrote the name and first message for this blog 🙂
Message from Jan:
Heute zweiter Tag mit klarem Verstand. Nachts gekotzt und gut geschlafen.
(Today is the second day with a clear understanding. At night I was coughing but I slept well.)