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Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 3:28 am 4 comments

Hi folks,

Today's surgery went well, the feeding tube was inserted with no problem. Once again the tracheostomy was cancelled in favor of giving Doug another go at breathing on his own. The last two times they tried taking out the ventilator tube, his vocal chords swelled up and obstructed his airway. So, Saturday they'll be giving him a steroid all day. Then, Sunday, they're going to remove the ventilator tube and see if the swelling stays down. If not, the tracheostomy gets rescheduled.

Doug was sedated most of the afternoon & evening for the surgery. This morning though he was even more improved over yesterday, slightly more awake. He's still having trouble opening his eyes, but kept gesturing and scratching slightly at the various injuries around his body as if asking what was wrong with them. Even late in the evening when he was sedated again, you could see a big difference from a few days ago. This was definitely almost a regular sleep, with slight movements every now and then. Much more normal and less upsetting than the motionless, extremely still comatose state of a few days ago.

Since Doug is doing so much better, Jen, Dan, and the doctors have agreed that visitors can head back and actually see him tomorrow (Saturday). So, please, everyone come by and let him know in person that you're rooting for him. He's in Rhoads 5018, the 5th floor ICU in the Rhoads Building. From the main HUP entrance at 34th and Spruce you head up the escalator, straight on to the dead end, head around to the right, and then straight through the windowed hallway to the elevators.

However, visits do tire him out a lot, and he needs that energy to keep healing. So, please don't come before 11 so that he has time to sleep and be examined by the doctors. Visits are going to be short, just a few minutes each. But, even just a few words will let him know that you're there for him. After 6:30 no visitors will be allowed, and please don't all show up just before then. It would really be best if we can space out our visits throughout the day so Doug's not completely overwhelmed with guests all at once.

While you're visiting, make sure to sign the banner hung in front of his room. Now's also really the time to get out all the cards, posters, flowers, and anything you can bring or send, to start making his room just full of memories and signs of all his friends and family. If you're not in town, feel free to send cards, flowers, whatever you think will help him wake up and remember his life. By the same token, sometime soon we're going to start reading stories, cards, and other things to Doug, including all your comments on here. Something we'd really like to have are lots of memories and tidbits of Doug's life, to help get his memory back on track, so keep those Doug Tales coming in.

At 6:30 we'll all be heading down to the cafeteria for dinner, so please come by and visit during the day, then came back later or hang with the crowd that will undoubtedly form in the waiting room. Sunday's going to be kind of rough as they really try to get him off the ventilator, so tomorrow's almost a rally for Doug. Even if you can't make it to visit or won't be able to bring something, feel free to come on by for dinner. It sounds like it's going to be a really good time and it'll be a great chance to get together the whole crowd of Doug supporters.

That's about it for now. I'll see you all tomorrow. I went and picked up all my cornbread making supplies today, and it sounds like a lot of other people were making grocery runs as well to stock up.

The last thing I want to say is that the next few days are really critical, and Doug's going to need all your thoughts and prayers as he makes the next few big steps determining how he heals.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Haroon Ahmad  |  Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 8:25 am

    Yeah Doug! your almost there. we cant wait to have back. your news just gets better everyday and its very uplifting to hear. being with all your friends and family today will help you and hopefully youll get to meet everyone who misses you. you are in all my family’s and my prayers. my family and cousins, even ones you havent met, ask about your progress everyday and they are all proud of the big steps you are making.
    Keep on Fighting Doug!

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  • 2. Nancy B. Claflin  |  Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 10:42 am

    Hi Doug…
    You and your family remain in the prayers of many. Friends are aking their friends, (who are asking their friends, who are aking their friends, etc.), to pray for you. I believe in the power of prayer. May you, and your family, be comforted by the Lord’s Presence!
    Love, peace, and prayers,
    Nancy

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  • 3. Janice Gorenflo (Reese)  |  Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    Yahoo! Glad to hear the good news this week. Yeah, Doug and his legions of fans!!! Knew you could do it and will continue.

    Was trying to think of a classic “Doug Tale”. There is not one specific instance that comes to mind. Little glimpses of Doug at Robotics working and figuring things out, cheering and being silly, playing his bongo in the stands or talking to pretty much everyone. Then there was Doug in the physics class I interpreted. Mostly, he would be kind and thoughtful, but every once in while he would throw in a zinger and have all of us cracking up.

    Mostly, when I think of Doug it makes me smile.

    Joe: thanks for keeping all of us updated. It’s difficult to be someone who knows Doug and wants all the best for him but doesn’t want to be in the way. To you and all of his family – you guys are in our thoughts, prayers and good vibes being sent as well. Take care.

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  • 4. SAB  |  Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    Hey man,

    I wish I could come visit you, but I’m too far away. But I’ve been thinking about you.

    Reply

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