Beelitz Heilstätten

More than 100 years ago there were no antibiotics to treat tuberculosis. This is why the hospital city of Beelitz Heilstätten was founded in 1898, in the middle of nowhere with 60 buildings in Brandenburg. The deep forest setting is probably the best environment to offer conservative air, water and light therapies.

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Tetraplegia Sub C3 Complete

Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso. Paraplegia is similar but does not affect the arms.

Sub C3 describes my level of the spinal cord injury. It means the last vertebrae that works is C3 and that the damage is immediately below. C4 and C5 are broken, as is the corresponding spinal cord.

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Sunday is For Relaxing / Sonntag ist heilig


Vor einem Monat bekam ich die Nachricht, dass mein Bruder einen Unfall in Kap Verde hatte. Ein bisschen später besuchten wir in Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), wo er seine erste Operation hatte (Nackenstabilisierung). Er konnte nicht selbständig atmen oder sprechen. Viel Schlaf aufgrund der Medikamente. Wir waren unsicher, ob er transportfähig ist. Ziel Charité.

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The New Front Page Of Jan’s Diary

Laura and I (Tom) only learned of the accident a few days back. We were heavily shocked and really didn’t know what to expect when seeing Jan for the first time. I have known Jan since we were kindergarteners and seen many ups and downs along the way, but nothing even remotely like this accident. Continue reading The New Front Page Of Jan’s Diary