Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
|Daniel receiving keys from Cpt. Fred Gorris (USN. ret), head of VHI|
It is in a wonderful apartment complex in the Rancho San Diego area (near El Cajon, CA). It has many services, stores, and a Starbucks within wheelchair distance and is only a 20-25 minute drive from the hospital. Through some generous people and Veterans Housing Initiative (VHI) he was given the opportunity to get a one-bedroom apartment and a hugely reduced rate. VHI also completely furnished it and made sure he had all the supplies the needed - especially in the kitchen where Daniel loves to spend time cooking.
|"Hmmm... what to grand cuisine should I make first?|
Miso-glazed sea bass and asparagus or ramen noodles?"
It affords him enough room to be on his own and be comfortable (and for dad to have a closet and a sleeper-sofa). Daniel is very thankful to be out of the hospital barracks (where no one gets healthy again!).
|Dad's closet (it took his inner "McGyver" to make it work)|
Monday, May 23, 2011
- I have communicated briefly with Bishop O'Neill that I will not be returning to my ministry with the people of the Diocese of Colorado and Cathedral Ridge. After almost 12 years, this was a hard thing to do! I will miss being part of the exciting future of Cathedral Ridge.
- Daniel and I will be in Colorado until the Danielathlon (June 4th) and then over the next couple weeks we will get our belongings to San Diego and into storage. We hope to be all there by Tristan's graduation from marine boot camp (June 16-17).
- We will be having a BIG garage sale on June 10th and 11th.
- Due to the gracious financial support of so many we have enough funds to cover the move via U-Haul, rent, and living expenses until the end of the summer. We want to give a special thank you to The Rev. Brooks Keith and the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Vail, who have pulled together people and resources to assist Daniel and our family. We are also very thankful for the support of our immediate and distant family members. In the meantime, Julia and I will both begin looking for work that helps us cover our expenses and also make sure we are available as needed for Daniel.
- We have secured a one-bedroom apartment for Julia and I in the same complex as Daniel's new apartment. Aaron will come with us for the summer and try and find work. He will live with Daniel during that time. Aaron has been accepted, and hopes, to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder, in the Fall.
Friday, May 20, 2011
We look forward to seeing you all. :)
........ Caitlin said...
The 1st annual Danielathlon will be June 4 at Dekoevend Park in Littleton from 11-2. It's called the Danielathlon because it's going to be ten events and games like a triathlon but kicked up a notch! We're going to have soccer goal shoot outs, lawn bowling, shoe kick, water balloons and other awesome competitions- with a prize for the winner of each of course!
The event will be free to attend but donations will be heavily emphasized. We will also be selling hand screen pressed t-shirts, food and having a raffle for some wonderful door prizes.
Please visit facebook.com/danielathlon for more info. We're working on getting a website up and running to be able to register and should have a logo and printed materials in the next two weeks.
I know all of you love Daniel as much as I do so if you are in the Denver area, please come out and show your support. And pass it on to everyone you know!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Yesterday's surgery went much better than expected. After a quick time in recovery Daniel was up and ready to get out of the hospital and head to his apartment. In fact, he was in a pretty big hurry to get out of there. At first I was wondering, why the urgency. Was he sick of hospitals? Was it the food? Was he tired or hurting? Nope, none of the above. The Vancouver Canuck's playoff hockey game was starting soon. He was lounging at the apartment watching the game with a drink, a salad and a pizza pocket before the first period had competed 5 minutes.
Surgery #22 complete and he is hoping not to have any more. So, one wonders, do these guys get some kind of frequent flyer points for these surgeries? How about one free after each ten surgeries? Or maybe a parting gift after every five? How about an all-expenses paid cruise for four people after you reach 20? Or how about one dollar's worth of travel on Expedia for every stitch? I'm just saying .....
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Well it came as a surprise and a disappointment. Daniel has had to go back into surgery to follow up on some work that was done in surgery #21 (May 2nd). He has gone in today and will go home tonight. It was a real blow to Daniel when he was told this on Monday. But, we are now getting used to the ups and downs.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Julia then said, "Hey, this will be the first day you have not seen Daniel since December 24th".
I replied, "No. Really?!?". Then I thought about it and "Yes, really".
Not too sure what to make of that!
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.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
After he gets out (likely late in the week) he will be moving to his new apartment. Through the generosity of Capt. Fred Gorris (USN-ret) and the organization he heads up, Veterans Housing Initiative, Daniel has been set up with a nice one-bedroom apartment only a 15-20 minute drive from the hospital. They have secured the unit for him at a very low cost for up to two years, are helping to furnish it, and offer other support to assist in his healing. It is near shopping, theaters, Starbucks, grocery stores, etc. (Alas, no bookstore nearby). This a wonderful opportunity to get back into "normal" life and to get out of the barracks. The barracks at the hospital are not a place to get healthy. They are conveniently close to his appointments - but that's all!
I will be staying on his couch and helping out as necessary. That will involve lots of driving until he gets his car adapted and he has taken the adapted driving training. Julia is coming out to San Diego today for a few days to see Daniel and help set up his new place - no doubt, adding a mother's touch.