Hello Everyone. This is Jeff. Dan wanted me to give everyone an update about how his surgery went. First, thank you for all of the prayers that were said on Dan's behalf. It has meant a lot to him just knowing how many people care about his well being.
The actual surgery went smoothly; however, the recovery did not. When the doctor came out to meet with the family, he said that Dan had been in recovery for about 15 minutes and that he should be back in the same day surgery ward within half an hour. It actually was many hours later before we could see Dan. When he woke up Dan was in pain, so the nurse gave him morphine. They ended up giving him 8 rounds or morphine and two rounds of another pain medication trying to manage his pain. The pain medication caused his blood pressure and heart rate to spike to dangerously high levels, so they gave him more medication to control this new problem. The new medication caused Dan to have extreme anxiety, so once again they had to give him another medication to combat the anxiety. In the meantime his nurse would check in with the family about every 45 minutes. We were all so worried.
By the time we got to see Dan it was after 7:00 PM. He was quite shaken by the day's events, but he was happy to see his family. He still had to eat and have three consecutive good blood pressure readings before we could take him home. Dan had so many drugs in his system that he could hardly stand up, but we managed to get him checked out, into the Jeep, and finally into our home. His parents bought us Cracker Barrel take out for dinner, one of Dan's favorite places to eat. His brother, Andrew, brought it over to us.
Now this is when things got interesting. Dan was so "high" that he was saying the funniest things!! He even fell asleep mid text to one of his colleagues who was checking on him. Until about 3:00 AM Dan was rambling incoherently. By 3:30 he was finally able to get some sleep.
Today Dan has been asleep almost all day. His mom and grandmother came by to see him, so he did get up for a bit, but his back started hurting, so he is back in bed right now. Please continue to pray for a fast and full recovery for Dan. I know he is ready to put this behind him. He wants you to know that he misses you and appreciates everyone who has checked in on him, said a prayer for him, and kept him in your thoughts yesterday and today. One of us will give you an update soon.