At 11.45am dad's room was full of people. The meeting had been arranged for 11am, but life on Critical Care is always a best guess rather than an absolute. Things got underway with talk of physiotherapy for the body and for speech and swallowing. The dietician addressed issues concerning the NG tube and the PEG insertion surgery which is scheduled for Monday. The pharmacist spoke about neuropathic drugs, new drug plans and changes to certain medications. Then the consultant spoke very clearly and concisely about the next phase. Or, indeed, the lack thereof. He told dad that in cases like his they expect to see some signs of recovery around the thirty day mark. In his opinion, dad hasn't made any. Essentially, he believes that dad won't get any better than he currently is.