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.
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.
Sitting is quite a challenging task. Jan has been doing this for a few weeks already for 1,5 to 2 hours every day. Continue reading Training To Become More Mobile
After three months lying in bed, today Jan sat in a seat for more than an hour. Since Jan was brought to this hospital, I always thought about the day when we could simply get out and enjoy the sun. At that time I thought that this sunny day would be in October. And I was right. Continue reading The New Perspective
I have taken the final step to begin breathing on my own. My logopedist closed the remaining hole in my throat with tape. The skin has grown together and the only thing left is a dark little spot on my throat. Continue reading On My Own
The two hardest months in Jan’s life and mine have just passed and it was the shortest summer we’ve ever had. So many things have happened and many of them I have tucked away to digest later. It is simply not possible to handle everything at once. Continue reading Two Months Later
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. Continue reading New Life Improvements
Jan moved to a new station. Welcome to the second level. It’s on the second floor of the hospital with a better view and after five weeks in intensive care, we are moving on to the next stage of recovery. Continue reading A New Room with a Nice View
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