We met with Ian's therapy team today at The Children's Institute, and despite his condition (still "a solid 3" out of a possible 8 on the coma scale) they set a goal for discharge of 8-10 weeks from today (1-26-7) assuming no unexpected setbacks in that time. Since all of his medical issues are slowly being addressed, they believe that the familiar surroundings of home and family would be a better context than isolation in an infectious disease room at the hospital. Their concern is that he could have a kind of "ICU psychosis," an inexact term they used to describe a tendency they've noticed in patients like Ian isolated in an infectious disease room away from roommates and other stimuli that would be common in everyday life. They believe he might make more progress neurologically (i.e. waking up) at home.
Ian can't go into his old room upstairs because of his injuries. To accomodate him, we believe at this point that the best choice would be to build an addition onto the back of our house with a design some have called a mother-in-law suite (a big bedroom and a big bathroom with an exterior entrance). We would then fill the room with all the familiar furnishings from his old room.
Pray for Ian.