Lan Remme was on a Saturday morning ride to Mercer Island with friends when the unexpected happened. While crossing the Montlake Bridge on the sidewalk April 2, as he has done many times before, Lan flipped over his handle bars and landed on his neck.
He was rushed to Harborview, where he spent several days in the ICU. He recently moved to the rehabilitation floor to begin recovery. The official diagnosis from doctors is “incomplete quadriplegic.” He can move his arms, but not his fingers. He has no feeling below his upper chest.
“To go from being so active to this is hard,” said Rebecca Davis, Lan’s step-daughter. Lan, who is 60 and works as a parole officer for the city, is a member of the Super Squadra racing team (you may see them riding around town wearing Cucina Fresca sponsored jerseys). Now that he is out of the ICU, he can start physical therapy and begin to get better. The other morning, he told Rebecca, “I just want to get up and make my own coffee in my own kitchen,” she said.
“It will make him feel a lot better once he sees changes,” said Rebecca. “He’s a really hard and dedicated worker, and I know he’s going to get better.” Plus, there is a lot they can do with spinal rehab these days, she said.
Rebecca has taken on responsibilities for handling logistical and behind-the-scenes work while her mother, Laura, and Lan concentrate on his healing (and Rebecca is doing an exceptional, loving job taking care of them).
She also has a lot of help from neighbors and friends who have offered to help the family out. One neighbor who is an architect is creating plans to rehab their home in the Roosevelt neighborhood to be ADA accessible. A lumber yard has offered to donate some supplies to complete the rehab project. Friends and coworkers have organized meal drop-offs for the family.
If you have some experience with construction or home rehab, email Rebecca to volunteer your help. The family does not currently have an account set up for financial donations, but we will update if that changes.
Rebecca has set up a CaringBridge site if you would like to get updates on Lan’s condition as he recovers.