Le Scaphandre in part relates the 44-year-old's days at the hospital at Berck-sur-Mer on the Côte d'Opale, Pas-de-Calais (62). It is a succession of visits: doctors, psychologists, nurses, a kinesthesiologist, his children, etc. Most of all it's a series of dreams, fantasies, and memories of his past life told not with self-pity but with great perception and, surprisingly, not a little comic skill.
Bauby died of pneumonia on 9 March 1997, two days after the publication of this book. Due to his efforts, ALIS, the Association du Locked-In Syndrome, was formed the same month.
My post on Jean-Dominique Bauby's grave:
Jean-Dominique Bauby: Cimetière du Père-Lachaise