Seeing Danny again

Posted by on April 17, 2011

I hadn’t seen Danny for well over a month, since the end of February when he was still in the Princess Royal ICU, so I wasn’t sure how he was doing. But I was pleasantly surprised.

Last time I saw Danny he was mouthing words and communicating with us via a giant spelling board; he’s now speaking! Slowly and deliberately and it can be quite hard to understand at times, but it’s a lot of progress and means Danny can communicate with us properly and quickly, and importantly with the nurses, doctors etc. So he’s able to let people know when he’s in pain or not comfortable, which has meant he’s generally in better spirits now.

As you can see, Danny is refusing to let anyone shave him at the moment; he wants to wait until he can shave himself. Even if he’s starting to look very scruffy!

Danny has physical therapy and occupational therapy every weekday, as he basically has to relearn using his muscles. But progress is good there too. Danny has quite a lot of movement in his right arm, and starting to get a bit of strength back in his hand. His left arm is still very weak, and he can’t move his legs at all, but he’s getting there. He’s even doing arm exercises on his own, outside of physio, to try and improve quicker; we all know how stubborn Danny can be!

On Tuesday Danny had his personalised wheelchair delivered, with a special inflatable bumpy cushion shaped for him to make it more comfortable. He’s been allowed in the wheelchair for an hour a day so far, which is about his limit anyway as he starts getting very uncomfortable after that. But yesterday we took him outside into the hospital grounds, the first time Danny’s been outside in pretty much exactly 4 months! So he was very happy to be out, see the grass, sky, sun etc. without being behind a window.

So now that Danny’s in his wheelchair he should be able to accelerate his recovery, with an optician appointment (his eyesight has been hit) and water physio in a swimming pool in the near future. We’re also hoping to have picnics in the grounds of the hospital once Danny can spend a bit longer in the wheelchair.

I’ve been impressed with the RHN so far, they have the specialist equipment, nurses, facilities and knowledge to help Danny recover much quicker and better than when he was in ICU. He’s progressing faster in the last couple of weeks (he’s been there 2 weeks tomorrow) than in the previous month or two at the Princess Royal.

4 Responses to Seeing Danny again

  1. Laura


    Putney will be brilliant! I used to work there in 1996 during my gap year and was on Evitt Ward. They’ll get you going again.

    Best wishes, Laura

  2. Mark Richardson

    Good luck with your recovery the RHN looks like the best place to be at the moment. Good to hear your physio is going well.
    Can`t wait to see you again, think you’re going to need more than a Bic razor for the beard though 🙂

  3. Paz

    Hey Danny,
    Hope you are doing well and your recovery continues to go well.
    Hope to see you back to work soon

    All my very Best Wishes

  4. Community Team Medical Team

    Community Paediatrics Medical Team (previously at the old nurse’s homes

    It was a surprise to us all when we heard that Danny is not well. One of our colleagues kept asking ‘ where is Danny-I haven’t seen him for while’ then we heard the news as to why. You may not remember who we are. But Danny you helped us tremulously when we first came to NMH- and we haven’t forgotten that.

    Although at times – we were driving you mad with requests and complaints 

    We (CPMT) wish you all the best, and from what we’ve read thing are looking better for you each day.

    Danny..You are a caring and supportive individual.

    Take care.

    Community Paediatrics Medical Team

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