E-mail from Rachel, 8.21 pm:
Good evening everyone,
A very big day today as Matthew left ICU and moved in to the rehabiliation unit. A small farewell party was held at the ICU unit, filled with emotion as the nurses and doctors discharged Matthew and released him on to his next journey.
A new environment will be daunting and new demands on Matthew and his body will commence. He gets extremely tired still, and has to remind himself to be a little patient with his physical developments! The family are thrilled that he is now in a place where they can have some greater privacy and start to focus on independence for Matthew and a little privacy and quiet time together as a family without a band of nurses behind curtains.
I broke yet another rule ICU today and had arranged for Shane Webke to come and say hello….especially on a day of such change and challenge. They had a good chat for about an hour and a nice way to remind Matthew what an extraordinary man he is!
Matthew’s schedule of work will be full – he has a pretty full gym, OT and physio program I am told. He needs this now and will be awesome for him to feel able to move more freely as the weeks progress.
As before, rehab will remain closed off for a while – we will let you all know as soon as we believe Matt is up for a few other friendly faces. In the meantime, stick to the blog and stay tuned for some progress photos.
Note from Kate: I got to actually talk to Matt tonight for the first time by phone. He was funny: “There’s a phone here, and you can call direct, which is great. Although, I can’t pick the phone up.” And then he laughed. We’re trying to rig up a voice activated system so he can talk to people, but that may take a while. In the meantime, it was really nice to hear how much stronger he sounds, and how his voice is improving. He says the room is like a four star hotel, and he’s also working on his six pack, which apparently he’s been assured he’ll get.
Here’s a picture of Shane and Matthew this morning. Pretty cool, huh?