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November
22
2018

VISITS

Dennis has been looking forward to seeing family and friends.  Watch for a text or email from Donna to let you know when a good time to visit would be.  Trying to keep him from getting to worn out.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Thank you all for your support over the past month.  The thoughts, prayers, help have all be appreciated.  

Donna

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November
22
2018

11/21 FINAL UPDATE

It is with much excitement and enthusiasm that I get to share with you all that Dennis was FINALLY able to discharge the hospital today and come HOME! Wow, what a ride this has been. How especially grateful we all feel that we are able to celebrate this thanksgiving especially giving great thanks for the blessing of still having Dennis around. Friends, family, hug your loved ones and spend this holiday together. Your words of encouragement, love, and support have meant the world. Dennis has an army of supporters and we would like to thank you for your many prayers throughout his entire journey back home. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 

November
18
2018

11/17 UPDATE

Hello friends and family of Dennis! Just got done with a nice visit with Dennis. He is tolerating his trach being capped and is talking for us! His cold symptoms have lessened and he is feeling good! Dennis took us all for a tour around the rehab facility, wow what a nice place. Apparently it is only 2 years old, so everything is spacious and new. Quite the change from his cramped ICU and MCU room and one step closer to HOME! WHICH WILL BE WEDNESDAY!!!! Dennis played the longest uno game of his life today again Tim and I, the important thing is he smoked us. Which is pretty much the usual...lol. We are all very happy with his progress and looking forward to his return home. If you could say a special prayer his facial appointment for his jaw, which should be Friday, it would be appreciated. He is very much looking forward to his bands being loosened to hopefully be able to talk better and eat more food. Thanks!

November
16
2018

11/16 UPDATE

Hello all! Happy to share a quick update for you this fine November day. Dennis is doing well in rehab. So well that, if everything goes on track he could be home WEDNESDAY! He is transferring from bed to his chair with little assistance and Donna has the authority to supervise him without staff during these transfers! Dennis still has a trach and this will remain, unfortunately he seems to be coming down with a possible cold so he had to be placed back on a trach mask just for comfort purposes. He is doing so well with therapy and is ready for his next step, HOME! His sister and brother in law Deb And Jack are coming down from MN this weekend to spend some time. If you could please pray for safe travels and for Dennis to recover from his cold symptoms quickly that would be appreciated! 

Thanks for checking in :) 

November
14
2018

11/14 UPDATE

Hi all,
just got a quick update to share for you from Donna. As you are aware, Dennis transferred to the rehab hospital yesterday afternoon. It took a bit to get him settled and adjusted but overall he is liking his new environment. Today was his first real day of therapy, he worked with physical, occupational, and speech therapy all for an hour at a time. Dennis was able to walk 70ft today! He has a special walker that helps with supporting himself (he is only supposed to be toe touch weight bearing through his right leg so this is needed). He was also able to get up and take a shower! His first shower in 24 days! I would Imagine it felt amazing 😊. He took another step forward today by getting a cuffless trach placed. This is pertinent in his recovery because it is one step closer to downsizing him and eventually decannulating him. I believe they will be keeping his trach indefinitely until he gets his jaw unwired, so at least he will be ready to go when this happens. A cuffless trach means he will be able to talk without the assistance of a passy-Meur valve. Dennis is being titrated down on his tube feeding requirements because he is eating more too! All great news! Thank you for all of your support and prayers they are greatly appreciated!

November
13
2018

11/13 UPDATE

GREAT NEWS! Dennis was able to stay off CPAP lastnight so around 12:30 today he transferred to inpatient rehab program. I will Update when I have More details, but from what I underatand He will be there for 7-10 days. Please continue to pray Dennis is able to tolerate 3 hours of therapy a day without much pain, and that he can continue to make great progress so that he can go home! I have No doubt he will do great things and continue to be in awe of his daily progress. Thanks for checking in!

November
12
2018

11/12 UPDATE

Alright friends and family, I need You to stop what you’re doing and say a prayer for Dennis. He was supposed to get out of the hospital today or tomorrow to go to inpatient rehab, however they are not able to accommodate his current respiratory needs for night time at in patient rehab. Right now he is receiving CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) through his trach at night time. This sometimes is needed when you have sleep apnea. A condition in which you basically stop breathing in your sleep and oxygen levels drop. This is quite common in the general public and is fixed with wearing CPAP at night. The positive pressure “forces” oxygen down into the lungs, and keeps the airway open so your levels don’t drop.  Dennis is understandably upset that he won’t be leaving today. But what I’m asking you to do is please pray he can get off of the CPAP at night. Pray his oxygen saturation stays stable, and that he can stay off CPAP to be able to transfer.

Dennis has conquered SO many hurdles during his 22 day stay at UW, This certainly is not his biggest feat. But, 22 days is a long time to be in a hospital and he is just as anxious as we are to see him get out. I KNOW HE CAN DO THIS! so please, wherever you are please pray for Dennis to not need CAPAP, for his spirit to be renewed, and for his nausea to completely disappear. Please also say some prayers for Donna, she is a trooper and is there every single day and sometimes through the night to be at his side. True dedication, and true testament to the love they share. THANK YOU ALL! 

November
11
2018

11/10 UPDATE

Just sharing a short update on Dennis today. Tim, Oma, and I took a trip to the hospital today to visit Dennis and Donna. Dennis Got transferred to a different room lastnight in preparation for his discharge to inpatient rehab early this coming week. He is doing exceptionally well. He sat up in his recliner and wrote stuff to us on the white board the whole time. He is ready to conquer this next hurdle! Motivated and anxious to finally get out of the hospital as well!

Everytime we see him, I am Reminded of how far he has come. So many things could’ve been so much worse, and the bad injuries he did have miraculously have gotten better. As a nurse, I have seen the worst of the worst. I know what kind of complications can occur secondary to injuries sustained in crashes like these and cannot help but be in awe of his continued progress.  Dennis is SO BLESSED. Blessed to have caring family, friends, and supporters saying prayers daily near and far. We are just so very thankful for be able to have  him around, fighting everyday to return home. 

Thanks for checking in ❤️