"He's doing better than I expected he would be doing at this point," Fessler said at a news conference at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. "He is completely oriented and he follows commands very briskly."
"He asked for his BlackBerry yesterday," Fessler said.
Fessler stressed, however, that the senator still faces a long recovery.
He is moving his left side "very little" and has slight left-sided facial paralysis that has caused his speech to be slurred, Fessler said.
Kirk is expected to stay in intensive care for about a week so doctors can monitor his brain swelling. As that goes down, Fessler said, doctors expect to be able to reattach the section of his skull in about two weeks or possibly longer.