Monday, December 19, 2011

Update On My Brother Dan



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!

26 comments:

Adeline said...

Oh so good to see & know that he's doing better.Hope he recovers soon.

4 Blessings said...

So good to see that the surgery went well. Praying that he will have a speedy recovery. I know his spirit had to be so lifted when he saw all his family surrounding him with love.
Thanks for the update.
Blessings,
Amy

JillAileenJones said...

I am so glad that his surgery went well. I will continue to lift your family up in my prayers. God is good.
Hugs
Jill

Maryellen said...

So glad your brother is doing well and recovering. This will be an extra special Merry Christmas for you all for sure.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Wonderful news and wonderful pictures. I was praying for him over the weekend. Good to know that he is doing much better!

Verna said...

Will continue to pray for him, for a speedy recovery now.

Yes, laughter is good medicine. And so are visits from family members.

Karin said...

So glad your brother is recovering nicely! God is good! My dad had triple bypass at a fairly young age too. After the initial difficult time of adjustment to a new life style, he lived to be a ripe old age! Life - a beautiful blessing for Christmas! All the best to your whole family!

Too cool to meet one's cousin - even so late in life!

Grandma Becky said...

Praying for Dan's recovery. What a family get together and photo. Not always the good times but a time to look back on family togetherness in a health crisis and glad your military men could come as well. God bless you all this Christmas season! Celebrate Jesus' birth at Christmas....Merry Christmas!

Lauren said...

Praying for Dan & your family.

Deanna said...

Dear Linda, Will continue to pray for the whole family and lift everyone up in prayer.
God bless you all and may Dan continue to improve and get all better.
In Jesus name,
d

Caroline said...

Praying for everyone & keeping you all close to my heart.

{{{Hugs}}}

The Stanfields said...

Praying for a quick recovery for your brother and wisdom for everyone taking care of him! Blessings on your sweet family!

Jeanie said...

I'm sure all the family love is doing your brother as much good as any medicine he is getting. I hope his recovery continues to go very well.

Aurie{OurGoodLife} said...

What wonderful photos! Glad that he is feeling better, and lovely that family is able to gather :)

Stephanie said...

So glad the surgery went well and he is recovering well too. You've been in my prayers...and I thank you so for your prayers for my family too.

Kristin said...

Glad things are going well, Momma. The pics are great and I'm glad everyone was able to get together. I bet you were loving on that sweet baby! :)

BARBIE said...

I am thankful Dan is doing better, and will continue to pray for complete and quick healing! And peace and strength for you!

Veronica said...

Momma, it was so neat to read this post and see all the pics. Helps to put a face to all the names too!

I'm so glad prayers were answered and that surgery was successful for your brother. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers! Love you!

Megan said...

So glad your brother is doing well Linda! Looks like it was a nice little family reunion even though the circumstances weren't the best reason to gather. Prayers for continued healing for your brother!

HappyascanB said...

Praying for Dan and your family! Thankful you have been able to have some family time in the midst of all of this!

Becca said...

I am so glad he came out of that well! How awesome it must have been for him to see his family once he was awake and to meet a new granddaughter! I will definitely be keeping him in my thoughts!

Tami said...

I'm so slow making the rounds on blogs that the surgery was over before I even knew about it. So glad to hear he's doing well. My father-in-law had this same surgery about 15 years ago, so I understand a little of how hard it is on all involved.

God's blessings on Dan and a Merry Christmas to all of you.

Holly said...

Continuing to pray for him!

Janet Rose said...

Glad to hear that he's doing better!

His Doorkeeper said...

I'm sorry I'm late with my posting but so sorry to hear about your brother Dan's heart attack but sounds like they may have him on the road to recovery! My hubby is diabetic and it affects everything about their health. But at least now Dan knows, and he can take care of himself!

Praying for him!
Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!

Lisa said...

These are such fun pictures,even though they are during a hard time. I'm sure they will always be treasured!