Mark is out of the ICU. Restraints are all off, drains are removed. The only gizmo he still has attached to him is the O2 for the trach. It’s a long tube that attaches to a tank on the wall and sends humidified air into him, protecting his graft. He rarely will admit to having any pain, and just as rarely will ask for help before trying to do things himself. I asked him why he took his hospital bracelet off. “Because it’s an inanimate object,” he said. So there you have it. I’m hopeful he’ll be discharged soon. Next stop: rehab hospital. His little bird legs need to get stronger before he’s safe to come home. One step at a time….