Monday, December 19, 2011
On Wednesday my 58 yr. old brother Dan had a heart attack. On Friday Dan had a Quadruple by-pass surgery. On Friday night his son Donovan and his wife and kids came up from Oklahoma to stay with us and to be with Dan. We loved having Donovan and Linda and the kids with us.
During the surgery it is so hard to wait and wait and wonder how it is going. It took about 5 hours. But he came through it fine....and we are so thankful. Thanks to all who prayed for us and for Dan.
We went home to rest and enjoy time with the kids.
Donovan just moved to Oklahoma again. He is at Fort Sill. He was stationed in the Washington DC/VA. area...but now they are about 4 or 5 hours away.
What a difference a day makes! Dan looked so much better the next day...and he was so glad to see his son and daughter-in-law and the kids. Dan's girlfriend Doris has been there all the time with us...she has been sleeping in the chair in the Cardiac Intensive Care and helping him a lot.
He and his son both like to joke around. Donovan made him laugh a few times. Laughter is a good medicine. He tired out easily though. Both Donovan and his wife Linda served in Iraq. Dan is so proud of them! We all are.
Our daughter Lynnette and son-in-law Kyle came to visit Uncle Dan too. It was their 23rd Anniversary.
This was the first time Lynnette had met her cousin Donovan.
This was also the first time Dan met his baby granddaughter Madilyn. She is such a sweet baby girl! Great Auntie Linda enjoyed her so much.
Dan said we needed to get a picture of everybody...so we did. Then shortly after that everyone but me left so Dan could rest.
He has found out that he has Diabetes and high blood pressure and so that has complicated things a bit...but the doctors and nurses are taking good care of him. It is a long road to recovery, and yet each day there is some progress. Please pray for Dan, as I am sure he would appreciate it....and so would I. I will update again in a few days. We just called the hospital and they said they will transfer him to a regular room sometime today! Progress!!!!
Thanks so much for the prayers!