Since we moved to a new room in a different department many things have changed. We are pleased to report positive changes in Jan’s lung condition. He has been breathing without any support for three days now, and it looks like he will no longer need lung cleanings.
He still has to do a coughing exercise with a special machine that pumps air. He must do this every day at least three times. This is important for training his muscles so he can cough better later on when he’s on his own.
Every day except Sunday, Jan does physiotherapy. There is a team with two energetic nurses helping Jan to move for at least 40 minutes daily. Jan is training slowly to get used to sitting. This is quite a complicated task for him because once he gets into a vertical position his blood pressure immediately drops and Jan loses control.
Some days he can sit for 20 minutes, other days he can’t really sit at all. It will take time. As the nurse has said, effort and patience is the key to recovery.
A wound on the end of his tailbone is also inhibiting Jan’s ability to sit for extended periods. He got this wound after long weeks lying on his back — especially after operations when he was not moved at all. The wound must heal before Jan will start sitting properly.
In Jan’s new room he has a voice-controlled calling system. From now on, he can call us whenever he wants. Today at 7.45 am he called me to say, “good morning” and that was such a great moment.
Jan’s body temperature swings all the time. One day he has a normal temperature and the next day he has a high fever. It’s a fever that hasn’t left him since the accident and it might be like this from now on.
Another nice improvement to report is the Alexa and new tv. Jan has incredible colleagues and great friends who continue to support and take care of him, so the technical improvements usually come from his colleagues.
Jan can use Alexa for listening to music, audiobooks, podcasts, listening to the news, making agendas and much more. On the very same day that we installed a new tv, we began watching movies together, however, there is one major problem when using such a device in a hospital: the hospital internet sometimes stops working.
And since Friday late evening it’s not working at all. There is also almost no mobile internet working in the hospital. Therefore we are looking into the best internet provider so we can get Jan connected to the world. I think a good internet connection is crucial these days and Germany has room to improve here.
The only negative change since moving rooms would be the less frequent attention from the nurses. They always in rush and are delayed when they should show up to turn Jan in bed. They all look like tired of their job and are in a rush to do their tasks as quickly as possible — and then run to have a cigarette on the balcony. This is only my impression. I will give them a chance to change my opinion over the coming days.