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UPDATE for September 24-27, 2014 – Wow where does the time go; I’m so sorry for not updating you sooner. David is still in ICU at Yale, feel free to send him cards, flowers whatever to: Yale New Haven Hospital, Attn: David Gagnon ICU Room 6124, 20 York St., New Haven, CT 06511.
Well so many things have happened since the 23rd, from David getting yet another tube for more fluid collection in his abdomen. Turns out it was residual fluid & dried blood from the initial first surgery which sat there and then caused a new infection. The new tube is draining fine from his belly area near his J-Tube feeling tube. They have upped his J-tube feedings to eventually wean him off of the TPN intravenous feeding. David will mostly be in the ICU a bit longer, how long I do not know. Once we get out of here and into Smilow we will have more accurate information and a better timeline of what is to come next. What I do know; is that because David has been in ICU for so long (18 days now) that once he leaves the hospital he will have to go to a Rehabilitation Center afterwards to get him and his body functioning enough to come home.
Besides the new abdomen tube; David also had another procedure to clean out his bronchial tubes. The pneumonia and fluid is wreaking havoc on his system but he is so strong and fighting through it all. So far so good, everyday he is looking more & more like his old self, fluid is coming off of his body & he’s getting stronger every day. I’ve come to realize and accept David may not be actually home for a month or so, this gives me time to figure out how to prepare the condo for his return. If anyone would like to donate gift cards or if they have leftover hardwood flooring that would be greatly appreciated, as I need all the assistance I can get. The first spot to turn into his mini living area in the actual living room; this first floor location may be the safest & best area for him to start living in because he may have issues going up & down the stairs. Therefore, I have to get the rugs out & put down some hard wood flooring because the rugs carry dust mites and hold in germs which David will not be able to handle with his new respiratory issues. Even though they fixed the lung they punctured during the emergency chest tube re-insertion and repaired the collapsed lung. His right lung is having trouble healing because of the air pressure and his body doesn’t have the proper nutrition yet to start the normal healing process.
Once I get the living room floor done, I will finish the bedroom. I already removed the rug myself up there, I just have to paint the floor and then I will get cork flooring or wood floor for there as well. The living area in my home is small so I will only need about 330 sq ft of wood flooring for the living room with new trim and about 350 or so sq ft for the bedroom. Once this is done, I’m going to get him recliner couches for the living area and I have to buy a special bed. David will never in his life be able to lie flat again. Therefore I am looking at those special beds that have settings to recline legs and head up and down. If too expensive I will buy a good bed with decent mattress and buy the different wedges that are available. He needs to always be at a minimum of a 30% incline. I’m learning what I need to know to bring him home and keep him healthy. Our small steady baby steps in healing I guess is how David’s body wants to go, I think Larry & Donny said it best; “Quality Work at a Steady Pace”. That’s how David likes to work on everything; Quality has always been the key for him as well as “Go Big or Go Home”… Well David keeps serious big action going here in ICU LOL gotta love him…
Keep sending your PRAYERS TO GIVE DAVID STRENGTH IN HEALING as I feel it has been helping him along this new path plus you give me strength and help guide me to direct my strength and energy in the right direction for David. The prayer gatherings and sending prayers our way; is always truly needed and greatly appreciated; as this strength and assistance from you with waves of positive, good thoughts just for David guide us through this new journey in our lives!
YES LOL I am still wearing my “Wings of Hope for David Gagnon” shirt everyday; people now recognize me from my bright orange shirt. They used to say hey Dawn you look the same, now they laugh say there’s no missing you, we spot you a mile away. This bright orange shirt is my source of great strength for me to be in and to see others wearing. I know all of you are thinking about him, keeping him in your thoughts and prayers and I do still have T-shirts, Decals & Bracelets For Sale. Just send me a message and we’ll get you a shirt. Big hugs & Love I send out to all of you, as I truly appreciated all of your support for David on his Journey in Fighting Cancer! Blessed Be!
If you want to make a donation of flooring gift cards or flooring or money, this is a major help and truly appreciated… Beside the GoFundMe site Donations & Cards can be mailed to me: Dawn Siedlarz-Aponte - 7-B Stonegate Circle - Branford, CT 06405 -- If you send a check, please make payable to: “Dawn Siedlarz-Aponte” because David cannot currently sign anything. Thank You!!!