Mike Glicksohn delighted Joe Haldeman by visiting him at the rehab center on October 17, Gay Haldeman wrote on SFF.net. During the day the nurses thought Joe and both his visitors, Mike and Rusty (Hevelin), must be related, their beards creating a kind of family resemblance.
Joe’s therapy that day included putting on his own pants — he succeeded. Later, the pulmonary doc started him on the protocol to get off the trach tube. Joe did fine with it capped for four hours, with 8 hours planned for Saturday and 12 for Sunday. If all goes well, the trach tube will be pulled during the week.
Gay added on October 18, “He’s clearly stronger, though he’s frustrated to be so weak. Looks like he’s lost 30 pounds on the famous ICU (lack of) diet.”