Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Free At Last !!!

Well  today is a day for celebration, after 8 nights at Highland hospital {4 nights in ICU }, I was able to go home today. Let me tell you there is a not a sweeter feeling than walking { in my case hobbling ! } into your home after such an ordeal. The entire staff at highland was unbelievable to Peggy and I and did a great job of communication even when I was drawing everything out on the white board. I did come home with a walker and over the next few weeks my leg should be getting stronger. I will have to have visiting Nurses come to the house everyday to change the dressing on my leg due to some unexpected edema issues that have popped up, and also to change the trach dressing also. But the best news is that the the new bones and tissue in my jaw are alive and getting stronger every day.

The next few weeks and months will be challenging to say the least but we are off on the right step and tonight we can sleep in our bed{ down stairs until we can once again conquer stairs } and be wrapped around a cloak of warmth that is our lovely home . I have included a pic of leaving the hospital with Alexa  our Hospital assistant. As you can see my face is extremely swollen and will be for a while but I can honestly say "First Day With My New Face". Thanks again for all the thoughts and support, I'll keep you posted on progress as we move along, I could not do this without your support . To Dr Coniglilio and Dr Vega I can't thank you enough for giving me this miraculous second chance. And to Peggy who continues be my rock through all of our challenges, she very well may have to be anointed sainthood after this is all over..And to chocolate pudding, milk shakes and smoothies that always taste better from home !!!

19 comments:

  1. Congratulations Dan! You look awesome.....so good to see you on your way home! :)

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  2. I agree with Joyce--you look wonderful! :) Thank you for keeping us updated; may the good news keep coming! Enjoy the freedom of being at home, surrounded by everything and everyone you know and love. I wish you continued healing and hope that every day that passes is better than the day before. Big hugs and lots of positive energy!

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  3. alright! that's great news. I'm thinking of you both and sending lots of good vibes your way.
    take care,
    ~bethany

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  4. Nothing better than being home! Step by step, day by day, smile by smile! Sending prayers and good vibes, and of course virtual (((hugs))), to you and Peggy!

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  5. Yippee!!! Be it ever so humble.......

    So glad you are now at home and beginning your recovery. It has been quite an ordeal for you and Peggy but obviously one that can be conquered by a Duggan :) Best of luck as you continue to heal. Sending hugs , kisses and prayers from Maryland and see you soon.

    Love Doog

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  6. Here's to you, Dan - you're a powerful example of a strong spirit. Welcome back to Esperance.
    Dan

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  7. Dan, So glad everything went well and here is wishing you a quick recovery. Want to see you back in Bainbridge and listen to your fantastic music. Our love to Peggy also. You may not remember me, but we a good friends of Rick Bunting and his family. May God bless you and Peggy, hang in there and get well soon.
    Howard & Sherri.

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  8. Dan, So happy to hear you're at home now! Hope the recovery goes fast now! Sending positive thoughts your way!
    Rich & Patty Howe

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  9. Welcome to the great comforts of home. Thanks for the updates. The connection with your healing helps. Sending Peggy and you positive thoughts and prayers.

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  10. "Back On the (Hawley) Road Again" Sounds like a song there somewhere...and a chorus featuring all your friends singing "Love, Love, Love". Thinking of you every day.
    Hugs
    Woody & Elise

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  11. We are so happy that you are home! Your updates are awesome, we have been looking forward to them. Sending our love!

    Love, Dorian, Paul, Maya, #2 man (and Lilly)

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  12. Home Sweet Home!! There's no place like it!! So happy you are now through the worst of it - you're looking cheeky alright, but you look beautiful and happy to us . . . Slow and Steady will win the race . . .
    Love & Peace ~ J&T

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  13. Oh this makes me happy! I will call this weekend....love to both of you!

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  14. Great to hear you are home and on the road to recovery. Peace and blessings to you, Peggy and family. Hope you get a chance to sit in the sun and enjoy the flower blossoms this weekend.

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  15. So glad you are home! I bet Jack is also! Love and prayers to you both!

    Lisa and Klaus

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  16. Thinking of you both and hoping Dan's recovery is going well.

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  17. So happy to read this update!

    Looking at your picture makes me think of our time in Wiarton Park taking pictures of Willie. Would you agree? Eh? Here's hoping for a speedy recovery!

    Debbie Miethig

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  18. Congrats, being a cancer survivor myself I know the trauma. Incidentally I am also a head and neck cancer surgeon and I know you will be normal within the next 6 months

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  19. Thinking of you and hoping your recovery is going along well!
    Carol and Jerry

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