Dan’s Nap

It is 9pm and he is still really really out of it but definitely responsive. The ventilator is still in but he can breathe on his own when they turn it off. They will take it out when he is more awake and alert but right now he seems to be really content resting with it in and it doesn’t seem to bother him at all. The ventilator was one of his biggest fears about post-surgery so it’s good to see that it doesn’t seem to be bothering him and he is not fighting it. He is very peaceful, keeps giving us a thumbs up, and shakes his head no when asked if he is in pain. At first he had no idea what was going on and we had to tell him he had a liver transplant but he seems to grasp it now and even got to see a picture of his incision. His incision is huge. There is a huge lateral incision in his lower abdomen with a vertical one perpendicular to the lateral one. They call it a Mercedes incision. Lots of staples and looking svelte. He looks great, not nearly as bad as they said he would look. He looks pretty normal minus the tubes. The tubes are pretty intense, there are at least 10 going in and out of him.

Since I started writing this he has been trying to communicate with us and wants to write but the nurse says no and told him to rest. He is shaking his head no at her and is becoming a little sassy.

Thanks so much for all of the blog comments, Rob was able to hack into his account to approve the comments. As Dan would say, he is very useful.

Nancy says thank you everybody for the prayers and thoughts and that she found a couch to crash on. She also says I cannot end the sentence with a preposition, which I will have to think about.

Good night!

4 Responses to “Dan’s Nap”

  1. 1 Pam Furey
    March 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    To My Dear Friends Dan and Nancy,

    I am so pleased to hear that the surgery was successful and he is at peace during the post surgical process of intubation and multiple tubes. My prayers are with you both as well as the kids and grandkids. It there is anything at all I can do for you all, please do not hesitate to contact me 847-525-8550. Shovel snow at the house, get the mail …… anything, I am just around the corner.

    Lots of Love and Prayers, Pam

  2. 2 janell
    March 1, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    So glad to hear he is tolerating the respirator. I may have had him paranoid because of my experience. I had 36 staples in my incision, so let’s see who gets the most points for that. (I’m hoping “that” isn’t a preposition, Nancy). Keep in mind he is getting megadoses of steroids now so he may not sleep much the next few days with that in his system. Hopefully, the rest of you will get some much needed sleep. Please tell him I am with him in spirit.

  3. March 1, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you to my American daughter for alerting me to the fact that this has finally happened!You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I know this is going to work out for the best and look forward to hearing the stories about it all once it is all over. Selfishly I am so pleased that we were all together just a few short weeks ago so that you are all fresh in my mind. Take good care – tell the big guy I send lotsa love and positive thoughts and that he must use the rest opportunity that he now has – they don’t come along too often!
    All the best to all of you Tony

  4. 4 Sharon Shea Bossard
    March 1, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Hurrah! Dan, you’ll be typing away on your ipad in not time at all. Amazing how the body heals. Thank you for the updates; we’ll relax a bit but will keep up the prayers, for they do move mountains. You’ve a great cheering section with all the love and prayers going your way. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to check the updates your wonderful family continues to provide. In no time at all you’ll be on your way home, stretched out in your own bed, all your gadgets lined up ready to roll, and it will be business as usual. We look forward to hearing that. But for now, get your rest and we’ll see you soon. Love, Sherry & Phil

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