Saturday, February 14, 2009

Feburary Happenings

I, Bill, was at CU this past week for my monthly visit: assessing Dan's health needs, nursing concerns, ordering medical supplies, shopping for grocery and supplies, tweaking Dan's care schedule, and mainly giving Garrett some days off.

A special routine that has been added to the schedule this semester are lunches provided by the ladies of Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville. Dan does not have classes on Tuesday and Thursday, and cold weather is not a friend to his health. Thus when Pastor Miller asked how the church could help, lunches were the logical choice. Mary Lynn heads up the entire program.

Tuesday they were cooked a delicious meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, cooked carrots and home grown corn, and a few other items, compliments of Nedra Callan [she knows CU history]. This is just one of the special home cooked meals brought over by church ladies. [Judy, Kathy, Jewel, Cathy, Shelly, Patti, Mary Lynn, Pat, Nedra, Murtha, Chief and others] Thank you for your willingness to cook and help feed Dan. The food helps him physically, the conversations are fun, and he's very appreciative of your ministry.

Dan is still in need of a few people to help with his care. It could be students or local people.
  • A scheduler - who can help to keep track of the 25+ individuals who help with Dan's weekly care. [someone who has access to the campus email is preferred]
  • A few more nursing students, to help with weekend care.
  • More help is needed [1-2 hr at a time] on Thursdays, to give Garrett a full day off.
Send us an email if you would would like more information on any of these areas of need.

Dan is doing well with his campus law class and his online accounting class. Many of the things that are easy for us can be very slow and time consuming, especially typing assignments.

I told Dan that he should be very proud of the progress he is making, despite constant physical issues like low blood pressure, sleeplessness, chairs that breakdown, [it took a month to get the tilt mechanism repaired], colds and extra suctioning, irregular diets, and the list goes on. He continues to persevere in spite of these obstacles.

Thanks as always for your prayers, and thoughts as Dan comes to mind.

Note from Mom: When I talked to Dan on the phone recently, his voice "lit up" when he told me about the 'lunch ladies' meals! Thank you ladies (and to our dear "Chief.")

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

God bless you Mary Lynn for your ministry to Dan. I am his gramma and I am so grateful to our God for sending the help needed; not just the help, but help that is friendly, loving, and fun. "A merry heart does good like a medicine." and that helps Dan. God bless all of you ladies. I love you Dan. Have a good day, and yes, as your dad said, be proud of your progress. You remain an inspiration to me.

Amanda said...

I'm so happy to read Dan's update. I check in on Dan daily and am encouraged to hear that he is doing well. Keep looking up!

~Amanda

Anonymous said...

Dan, I am so impressed with your activities. As a college instructor, I know school can get overwhelming, especially writing papers! Great job!

Thanks, ladies of the church; you are an answer to prayer and you cause praise to rise to our God.

Mary Alice

Anonymous said...

It is so awesome to see the body of Christ work the way that it should in such a Biblical manner. How amazing that Dan and his family get to experience the unity God's family (the Body of Christ). I know there are difficulties or glitches along the way, but God continues to show that He is faithful through your testimony, Dan, and the testimony of many others who serve along side you! Praising God with you for homecooked lunches! :-) ckh

Anonymous said...

It is so awesome to see the body of Christ work the way that it should in such a Biblical manner. How amazing that Dan and his family get to experience the unity God's family (the Body of Christ). I know there are difficulties or glitches along the way, but God continues to show that He is faithful through your testimony, Dan, and the testimony of many others who serve along side you! Praising God with you for homecooked lunches! :-) ckh

Anonymous said...

The lord blessed me with the the chance to see Dan and meet Garrett yesterday. I was driving thru Cederville yesterday so decided to stop at the store across the street from the campus to get a care package together for Dan and Garret. Dropped off at the student post office for pick up.As Iwas about to pull out I spotted Dan and Garrett. Dan just got out the hospital after a two day stay for AD. Dan, you look great and very healthy. Garrett it was an honor to meet you. What a gentle spirit!
I continue to pray for you. Your dad is sooooo right. You should be proud. You are amazing.
Blessings to you, Garrett, and all who care for you.
Connie