The family and friends of Cpl. Daniel C. W. Riley, USMC, welcome you to join in as we celebrate and support the life of an incredible young man, friend, son, and brother. It is with great love and with many prayers we know that Daniel will move on to great and wonderful things. God has big plans for him! Daniel was born in Victoria, BC, Canada. In 1999 his family (Dad, Mum, brothers Tristan and Aaron, & sister Elizabeth, & cat) moved to Denver, Colorado, where his dad began working for the Episcopal Church in Colorado overseeing work with children, youth, and young adults. Daniel started high school in 1999 at Columbine High School. After three years at CHS he finished his high school at Brentwood College in Canada in 2004. After which he did some college and worked in the US and Canada. Daniel enlisted (still a Canadian citizen) in US Marine Corps in 2008 to serve his new country and to help pay for a future college education. On July 4, 2009 Daniel swore in as a US citizen before the Vice-President in Sadam Hussein's old palace in Bagdad, Iraq. In September 2010 he was sent as a combat replacement for the 2/6 Marines in Marjah, Afghanistan. On December 16, 2010, Daniel was severely wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He primarily suffered severe wounds to his legs, left arm, and left lung. There were many times he was close to not making it. He has since had both legs amputated above the knee and three fingers amputated on his left hand. His lung and other injuries are healing well. Before this event and for many years to come, we know Daniel to be a loving, caring, intellegent, humourous, giving, adventurous, and deep thinking person. Keep praying! And use this blog to share your thoughts and encouragement.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Feeling just plain old miserable

Daniel's surgeries on Monday went well. The colostomy reversal went smoothly and all his pipes have been cleaned out and put back together again. The other procedures took longer than expected, but, turned out better than hoped.

However, he still feels miserable. He went without eating or drinking (even water) from Sunday night until Wednesday. The medical staff finally gave him some juice and chicken broth. He was unable to keep it down. He is trying to have some again today. Needless to say he is very tired and weak and feeling yucky! He still hurts as well and the tv in his room doesn't have the channel with the NHL playoffs. On the bright side, he did get a "Super Patient" sticker from the nurses. We hope he will be discharged soon.


  1. Glad to hear that Daniel has these surgeries behind him, sorry to hear of all the suffering he is going through. We are thinking of you Daniel and upholding you in prayer.

    Ken and Joan

  2. Stickers always make me feel better...?..!

  3. Look, there in that hospital bed.
    It's a bird.
    It's a plane...
    No it's Super Patient.

    Yes, it's Super Patient! Strange visitor from another land who came to the US with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal Americans. Super Patient, who can change the course of his intestine, bend bedpans with his bare hands, and who, disguised as Daniel Riley, mild-mannered Lance Cpl in the Marines, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and an improved hospital menu.

  4. Did he get a cape? A cape would definitely cheer me up.

  5. Daniel - I don't blame you for feeling miserable. Your poor body has been through a lot - and you have every right to feel miserable at times. You are one brave soldier and I admire the way you seem to be handling everything with such grace.
    Prayers and best wishes, Michele Fraser


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