This will be brief as I don’t want to muddy anything with emotional meandering.
Your thanks, via your comments, emails and attendance surpassed anything I had imagined might happen when I pressed publish. Eight days have passed and while we hear utterings like, “out of the woods” and “recovery,” there is still worry.
Dennis—dad, husband, son, uncle, friend, has been hearing your comments and, as I am told by his daughter Erin, has smiled at the notion of a post about him. The idea of that smile and of something other than the color of the walls and the sterility of the environment to talk about, makes me feel as if together we accomplished something.
As for concrete things to update, Dennis was extubated late last week and is able to breathe on his own. He took a hell of a beating from the truck and has had significant pain to cope with, one part of which is a kind of damage to his leg that has had specialists scratching their heads, weighing whether to operate or not.
Friday night they finally arrived at the decision to operate. He was transferred, via ambulance, nearly two hours to the hospital with the most qualified orthopedic trauma surgeon. We have no date for surgery, nor a solid timeline to recovery, but we do have this;
We also have specialists joining the circle of people hoping, wishing and praying for his return to health. So on the eve of a New Year and what I hope will be the start of renewed health for Dennis, I thank you— we thank you. Your words, your visits and your emails have simply meant the world.
My hope will be to publish photos here later to share with you the image of a beaming Dennis as he walks his Erie down the aisle.
love you and yours, sweet Amanda
Good to hear there is improvement.
in the face of it all we do what we can and and all that we can is hope and pray.
hope the circle stays strong
moved by his (so far, in part) recovery
I am so glad he had made progress.
Sounds like baby steps are being taken in the right direction. As you probably realize, rushing things will do no one any good. My thoughts are with the doctors and family as they make the decisions and weight options.
Be blessed, my friend . . .
Great to hear of the progress. Best wishes with the surgery and recovery. Sending huge hugs to all of you this new year.
I just read your previous entry — I can't imagine how scary that must have been for all of you. I'm glad to hear he's improving. Many positive thoughts coming to all of you.
Just checking in…glad to hear there is hope!!! Will continue to pray for Dennis….and oh I do pray that he'll be able to walk his daughter down that aisle 🙂 Tell him I said, "HI!!!" from Oklahoma!!!!
I came here via Flutter, stayed to read, and now feel like I could hang out forever. My best wishes for Dennis' speedy recovery.
All the good wishes and prayers and healing thoughts are still going Dennis' way. Dennis's? 🙂 Still encircling him.
That Dennis. He's good, that one.
I will continue to include Dennis in my prayers.
I'm so glad to hear this. I saw your initial post on Dennis the other day and then got pulled away by a child who had stubbed her toe. In my head, though, I prayed.
He sounds like one tough dude.
Such sweet words, full of hope. Tentative, but breathing.
He's still in my prayers.
I'm so glad to hear Dennis was heartened by your post and the well wishes there. I hope he continues to get better!
Glad to hear some tentatively better news. I hope and pray there is much more to come b/c he sounds like the kind of man we need more of in this world.