Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fitted for Back Brace

This afternoon, Dan was fitted for a back brace.

He stood up, and was transferred from the bed to an occupational chair, and is now sitting up!!

Oxygen levels are up.

Oxygen mask was removed and placed on nasal tube.


Changing his pain meds--PCA not working for him because he wouldn't press the button.

Eating a little more.

Still making jokes.

Told me the occupational therapist was making him do sit ups.  WHAT??!!!  Took me a minute to understand.  He meant his incentive spirometer--felt like he was doing sit ups!

Someone said to me "at least I can laugh."  I have to laugh, and keep a positive attitude--for Danny!!! There is nothing I can do to change what happened. Don't get me wrong--I cried--a lot--at home--in private!!!  Cried out to God.  Poured my heart out to God.  "Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge." Psalm 62:8

Monday, June 8, 2015

Day 3/4: June 8/9

This was a really difficult day for Danny. ICU psychosis set in. Nurse told me that was a little unusual for only 3 days in ICU and someone his age. But, hey, you can't tell if it's day or night, all kinds of things are beeping, and buzzing. You've got all kinds of wires attached to your body everywhere.  

In lots of pain--you can see it on his face!!  Drinking lots of water, but not eating much.  

Very itchy from the pain meds.  Seemed confused.  Agitated.  Pulled out his iv.  

Despite his agitation and pain, Danny did not lose his sense of humor!  Kept saying "son of a biscuit maker."  I've known Danny for over 30 years, and I've never heard him say that.

Couldn't sleep.  {Wouldn't sleep:  thought they were harvesting his organs!}

Complained of being cold--it was the compressed air mask. Kept saying "this is ridiculous!"

Told his nurse, Elsa, she was no princess!!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Day 1: From the ER to Trauma ICU

Waiting, and more waiting.

Resident doctor told me spinal cord is intact, no neck injury, no head injury. All good news. 

Dan remembers what happened, but not how it happened. Said several times "why" did this happened. 

I was told a branch kicked back and knocked the ladder over. Dan went one way, and the ladder went another. Javier did everything right--told Lee to call 911, told Dan not to move, and opened his jaw. 

Dan was medivaced to the Christiana Trauma Unit, but he doesn't remember. He remembers hearing propellers, but thought he was dreaming. Thought he was going to wake up in his own bed at home.

Dan's injuries are extensive.  He has 6 broken ribs on the right side, and 2 on the left.  He has fractures in his upper and middle back, and some compression at the bottom.

One rib punctured his right lung.  A chest tube was inserted to drain the fluid.

More waiting...Dr. Sugarman called during the night and said no surgery needed, and will probably set him up with a back brace. Expects Danny to have a complete healing within 8-12 weeks. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Day 1: Tree Trimming and Ladders

Tree work is among the most dangerous jobs. Add a step ladder, which is dangerous on its own, and it could be life threatening. On Saturday, Dan was pruning a row of white pines on a step ladder.  As he was almost finished a branch kicked out and knocked him off the ladder.  The ladder went one way, and he went the other.  I was told that it looked like he did a somersault before hitting the ground flat on his back.  I am so grateful that he was wearing a helmet with a strap that went under his chin!!!

I was in NYC to see Wicked when I got a text, "Is Dan ok?" from Dan's sister.  I almost dismissed it because I thought she sent the text to the wrong person.  Five minutes until Wicked was going to start, and I decided to call anyway just to make sure.  So glad I did!

Of course, we left immediately for the ER.  That was the fastest drive home from NYC EVER, but felt like the LONGEST!!!!!  (And, it didn't help that I had to stop three times along the way to use the bathroom)!

Family and friends were calling me and texting me updates until I got there.  That was a real comfort.  One friend, who is a Physician's Assistant (thank you KJ!)  went to the ER to get as much info as she could.  She was able to tell me about Danny's injuries--she gave it to me straight--this is what we know so far--and it was all fixable!!!  "Fixable" was the word she used!!!  And, that word gave me so much comfort during the drive to the hospital.

God's Word gives us peace, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind in Christ Jesus." (Phillipians 4:7).  I believe in the power of prayer and in God's Word.  Those two things got me through that car ride to the hospital!  I knew in my heart that God was in control of whatever happened, and that He would see us through whatever was next!

If you don't have peace like that in your own life, you CAN have it!!!  That peace only comes from knowing Jesus!!  I once heard each person has a "God-shaped hole" reserved just for God (don't know who said that--sorry), and it can only be filled by God.  We can try to fill it with family, career, hobbies, drugs, alcohol or even exercise!!  Nothing will satisfy it EXCEPT God!!!!  If you are seeking a "peace that transcends all understanding" especially in the midst of difficulty, please find somewhere private to go, ask Jesus for forgiveness.  Tell him you want to receive Him into your heart, and that you want His peace in your life.

Please check back soon--I will post updates on Danny as often as I can.
~Maria, Dan's Wife

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pine Tree Removal

Today's job is a pine tree removal at Richardson Park United Methodist Church on Maryland Avenue.  This church as been around since 1950.

It is a cold spring day today with a slight wind this morning, but I love this picture with the pine tree, the bucket boom and our great American Flag!!!  

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Perfect Gift for a Tree Guy

What do you get a tree guy for a Christmas present?  What about "wood" pencils?  These are literally real bark wood pencils!  My sister-in-law gave these to me.  I love them--they're really a perfect gift for me!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Firewood Season is on its way!

Even though summer is just getting started, we are getting ready for the upcoming firewood season.  It's not too early to place your order for firewood.  Because of our loyal customers, we sell out before Thanksgiving each year!

This is my actual log splitting station out at the yard where we split wood all year long.  The wood is split as it comes in from tree jobs so it has time to dry out.  By the time it gets to you, it is ready to burn!  Call 302-998-1295 today to place your order!