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August 10, 2005

Update on Your Host

This is the Mrs. I am pretty tired right now, so I'm just going to post what I e-mailed to friends and family a few minutes ago. I wish comments were working. I know that many of you would have nice things to say. I'll try to work on that some time.

I'm not one for real-life cliff-hangers, so I'll tell you up front that Dan is alive.

Now, here's the rest.

Here are the facts. Dan did not go for the x-ray Tuesday evening because he felt like he just couldn't get up and walk out of the house. As the evening progressed (between 8 pm and 10 pm), his breathing became worse and his blood pressure was very, very high, even after taking his blood pressure medication. At around 10:15, he asked me to call for an ambulance. He was taken to the ER where he was given lots of drugs, oxygen, etc. The machine he was placed on for oxygen forced air into his lungs. His pulmonologist came to review everything while he was in the ER. An x-ray showed that his pneumonia was worse in addition to the fluid around his left lung.
He said the pneumonia was very bad. He told me that he did not think Dan would make it through this episode. Dan was admitted to the Coronary Care Unit about 45 minutes later. Soon after arriving at his room, his vital signs were stable. After being on the oxygen machine (I can't remember the name of the machine), he requested to be intubated because it was becoming too difficult for him to breathe on his own. He was intubated successfully and his vital signs returned to normal. The "life-saving measures" he is currently on are the ventilator and a drug to keep his heart beating. The doctor said this morning that he was doing better than when he was in the ER last night. When I spoke to the nurse and doctors around 10:30 am today, they told me that they were in the process of weaning him off the heart drug and he was breathing, for the most part, on his own. When I asked the doctor what was actually threatening his life, he said it was the pneumonia. I'm not sure what's going on with the cancer because the oncologist has to get involved in that. However, the pulmonologist feels strongly that the cancer and fluid around the left lung are secondary to the pneumonia. He is on two antibiotics for this. Through the time I left at around 11:00 am, Dan was aware of everything going on, able to comprehend, and able to make decisions. Until this changes, he will be making decisions about his care.

Here are the things the doctors and nurses cannot tell us. It is not up to any of us whether or not Dan lives or dies. He knows that and I know that. I want him to live, but I have told him that if he feels like this is it, he needs to do what he thinks is right. He has always had a very good sense for these things, and I have no doubt that this will remain true. He has not given up, but all I can say is that what he has experienced with God transcends, I believe, what we haphazardly call "faith" and "trust" in God to know when he is being called to do something.

Please pray for Dan that his body will strengthen and the pneumonia will go away so that he can fight the horrible disease that has brought these problems on him.

Please pray for me that if a time comes to make decisions about supporting my husband's life, I will have the courage to do what I know he wants.

Please pray for those who are lovingly caring for my husband right now. They have all been wonderful. Even the housekeepers I used to work with who joined hands with my friends and I this morning to pray in the waiting room.

Please pray for my mother and Dan's mother who just landed at Cleveland-Hopkins Airport and are driving to my house.

Please pray for all of the people who love Dan as much as I do that they will be comforted that he is not in pain, is alert, and knows how to live and how to die.

I hope this doesn't sound like we have given up. We have not. But we have given in to God's grace and mercy because he has gifted us both with lots of love and happiness which we hope will continue for many, many years.

Thank you all for your prayers. You have all been sent this e-mail because you are special to Dan and to me and are a part of our lives and always will be.

Posted by Dan at August 10, 2005 12:33 PM

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Tracked on May 2, 2013 03:18 PM


Mrs. Popping Culture, Dan--

You guys are in my thoughts, and all the people around you. I hope to see Dan pull through this.

I'll just say that Dan's effected me in a variety of ways--all good, so far as I can tell. He's opened me to new points of view, called me on some of my bullshit, encouraged me and just generally been a good friend. I appreciate that, greatly.

Anyway, here's to Dan clearing up his lungs and getting back to kicking the crap out of cancer.

Posted by: Joel Caris [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 10, 2005 03:29 PM


I'd be lying if I didn't say you were freaking me out, man. But it's OK. Don't worry about it.

Get some rest.

Mrs. PC:

Your parachute will open in time. I know it.

Posted by: Ara Rubyan [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 10, 2005 05:24 PM

Holding all of you in my heart right now.

Posted by: red [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 10, 2005 05:34 PM

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