This update is unusual– it will be in Dan’s own words, dictated from his hospital bed.
Today was a banner day, a day I’ve dreamed about. Ryan went to Chik fil A and bought me my favorite sandwich. Ryan has become a giant in helping me recover. For all he has done, and all he is doing, he has made me very proud to call him my son.
Celeste and the girls came to see me today as they often do. The sweetness of Celeste has rubbed off on her little girls, and it brightens my day. Celeste has shown inward strength during all this for her family as well as for Ryan and Latayne.
The therapy here at Health South is very intense. I feel like at the end of the day that I have been wrung out and hung on a line. My day generally starts about 5:30 to wake up and goes to 3 or 3:30. Sometimes I get back to my room and fall asleep for hours.
I make daily progress with physical and occupational therapy. Pray for me as I strive to get stronger.
There have been some who have told me they couldn’t have gone through this at all. I feel very blessed. God has continued to use me in special ways. I have served as a shepherd for many years at Mountainside Church of Christ and am amazed that God has put shepherding opportunities before me while I have been hospitalized.
A few days ago my daughter in law asked me about us taking a family trip, anywhere in the world. Where would I like to go? I looked at Kimber and lovingly said, If I could go anywhere in the world, I would want to go home. That wish appears to be coming to fruition as we will be discussing when I’ll be headed home. It appears that it will be soon.
I can’t wait to be back at church and be able to stand before the congregation and resume my public role as an elder. I can’t wait to get back to work at Western Assurance. Chris Williams, the owner of the company, has been so good to me and my family. The office called me on my birthday and sang happy birthday to me. It meant so much to me.
I love all of you. Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you.