Giffords' rehab continues in Texas ICUPosted: Updated:
Two weeks after getting shot in the head, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is settling into her new home in Houston.
While the transport from University Medical Center may have been a little rough, all signs since indicate improvement.
After the transport, comes the treatment.
"She's making progress each day," said Giffords' Communications Director C.J. Karamargin.
The spokesman for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords says she's doing fine after her first weekend in Houston.
"Today she underwent her second day of rehab, physical therapy, occupational therapy, I believe speech therapy as well," said Karamargin.
At first, doctors thought she would start her rehab at TIRR, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research.
But fluid inside her brain has kept her in Memorial Hermann's intensive care unit with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, by her side.
"The support network is so critical, doctors say, and the Congresswoman is getting that," said Karamargin.
While the Congresswoman continues her treatment, administrators at the medical center and federal authorities are keeping a close eye on her security.
"it's not unusual to have dignitaries come into the Texas Medical Center," said Texas Medical Center Police Chief Fernando Bertrand.
This is the command center overseeing the largest medical complex in the world.
While officials can't comment on specifics about Giffords' security detail, they say it takes a lot of coordination and cooperation.
But as for Giffords, "she's just progressing very well," said Karamargin.
Doctors must now decide when to remove a tube draining fluid from her brain.
"The feeling is one of Gabby Giffords the fighter," said Karamargin.
A fight that is just beginning.
Doctors say the congresswoman's condition is improving daily. Her rehabilitation will continue in the neuro ICU until her physicians think she's ready for transfer to TIRR from Memorial Hermann.