Heart Center, Capital Regional Medical Center
Sunday March 28, 2004
At 3:00 AM Sat/Sun night I got a call that Danny's blood pressure had
dropped again below the level that it should be, so I was off and running
again. By the time I reached the hospital they had gotten it back up. But they
let me stay with him anyway, I stayed for about two or so hours until the
stainless stool started to get to uncomfortable and my back was hurting, so I
went back to the waiting room to rest.
Richie and family went back in again to see Danny before they left to go
back home and Richie said a tear came in his eye as he told his dad he loved
him and for him to get better soon so he could come home.
I went back in checking on him every two hours or so. They had
already taken him off of some drip bags and cut dosage of others in half, they
had also starter a slow feeder of a white liquid nourishment.
Also: Today I was talking to the nurse about playing gospel music for him,
because he watches and listens to preaching and all like that he can plus
reading the Bible all of the time. She turned the TV to a Christian channel
which had preaching on it at the time. The preacher was saying something about
people and their problems and that we need healing in our lives. At that time
I spoke up and said "and problem we need healing for is you and your
heard so you can get back home to us all".
You can call it what you want BUT! at that very moment Danny wiggled his
Finger's and his Toe's and rolled his head.
The point being he hadn't made a move like that before that moment or after
SO! was it a "GOD THING" or just a "COINCIDENCE" ???
Monday March 29, 2004
Hi All! I got up at 2:30 AM last night NO FAULT OF DANNY this time it was
me I ate as all had said I should yesterday evening and ended up with acid
reflux and couldn't go back to sleep so I went on up to the hospital and I
just got back at 1:45 PM. I'm beat.
Danny was rejecting the liquid nourishment so with him in the induced coma
his stomach doesn't know what to do with food so the Dr. had to give med's to
wake the stomach up so it can know there is food there that it has to deal
with. Also the Dr. said another 48 hours in the coma then they will see. They
don't waste time on their billing either, in today's mail a bill for over
$17,000.00 "with a (0) balance to Pay".
At 8:25 PM I just called the hospital and the nurse said he is still doing
good and for me to try and stay put and get some rest and stay well for when
Danny get out and comes home, "GOD I PRAY THAT BE THE CASE".
Tuesday March 30, 2004
Good Morning All, Thank God! I got a full night sleep for a change other
than for one trip to the bathroom and went right back to sleep. This thing of
three hours a night just wasn't getting it. WELL! off to the hospital again! I
cant help it I have got to be there and see Danny even if it is a long drive.
Hey! after 40 years come June Lord willing you kind of become ONE!
I got to the hospital about 10:30 AM and talked to Danny a bit and believe
you me I'm not much of a talker only I more or less get to the point and I'm
done. I had to turn the TV back to a Christian channel, if he for sure can
hear he must have been fit to be tied (which he already was) it was on the (E)
I did something today that I hadn't done at all till now. I was in a hurry
to see him and I brought my tote bag into ICU instead of leaving it in the
waiting room. As a result one of the cell phone's rang and it was a dear
Preacher/Teacher friend of ours from Good News
As soon as I saw and heard it was he I told her I was going to hold the
phone to Danny's ear so she could Pray for him. As she was Praying he started
to wiggle around a bit and when she was done then I took the phone to
thank her and tell he good by, when I looked back there were
"TEAR'S" coming from Danny's eyes. I know you may be thinking "YEH
SURE" well it was real because his eyes haven't run the whole time I have
been there as a matter of fact they have kept a kind of salve on them to keep
them from drying out. On top of all of that of all days to wear it I had on
the Good News Ministries T-Shirt.
As for Danny's progress he started out with about 12
drop bags now he is down to 5 drop bags plus he has a water and nourishment
feeder tube. The nourishment he is now working for him and he is now breathing
on his own, and hour by hour they are turning down the things in the 5 drip
bags to slowly get him off of these things.
They said the throat tube will more than likely come
out tomorrow. I'll call later and check on him before I go to bed.
Another thing today was, after I had stayed with Danny till by back started
to hurt I told the nurse that if they needed me I would be in the car where I
could get some peace and quiet from the waiting room it is to me like a mad
house in it. Anyway she said no your not come here and I'll get you a chair,
so she got one of the hospital lounge chairs. So because of that I stayed
there in ICU with him ALL DAY till time to leave so I would be home by dark
which I just made because I stopped at the store for some food (YES FOOD, I'M
EATING) Thank You ALL!
Wednesday March 31, 2004
The only change from yesterday so far is that Danny is back on backup air,
his part of the air was 95% when I left late this afternoon. I had to leave a
bit early today so I could
get back to my bank to get some money out and try to get started on the
monthly bills. 9:00 PM, I just got off the phone with the nurse and there is no
real change other than he is starting to pass from his body a little more of the
fluid that has had him so swollen. While I was there this morning someone called
to the nurse to check his dry weight and it was 185 lb. but they didn't ask for
the extra water weight build up weight. Oh! I forgot the cool thing about it was
the bed has a built in scale.
Thursday April 1, 2004
There is really not that much of a change in Danny. He was doing a lot of
wiggling, squirming, rolling of his head and eyes around day today but is
still out of it due to the med's. This afternoon they were going to cut a spot
on his side to run a tube it to suck out excess water buildup from inside
his body. I got there early this morning and stayed until about 1:30 this
afternoon, It started getting to me to bad just sitting there watching him
going through all of those gyrations, I just couldn't take it anymore
and had to leave. I know at this point the med's have him feeling no pain (BUT
BOY DO I FEEL IT) watching him.
Friday April 2, 2004
I got to the hospital at 8:30 this morning to find there was no change, I
stayed with Danny for a while then went to the waiting room while they did
some more work on him, cleaning and replacing tapes and such. A little while
the phone rang and the nurse said the Dr. wanted to see me. I went back into
ICU and was informed that they wanted to do a (Tracheotomy) on Danny Monday so
they can take the tube out of his throat. I said to the nurse that it looks
like he was still going to be going through this for another week or so, she
kind of rolled her eyes and whispered "Yes Mrs. Husk he is a Very, Very
I reminded her that Danny had a living will, she said "he did! does
the Dr. know this?" I told her "Yes he knows I reminded him last
week" so she started looking in his 3 inch pile of a folder and found it.
She gave it a once over and said " all is in place". All I can do is
"PRAY" that the Lord isn't ready for him yet "But I know he is
ready when the time
Saturday April 3, 2004
Well today was another day THANK GOD. Danny started out the day with the
wiggling, squirming and rolling back & fourth again. By noon when I went
in to see him they had given him more med's to make him rest better. One of
our sons Johnny came down and stopped to visit with his dad before coming on
down to the house.
Sunday April 4, 2004
At this noon time Johnny called and said Danny is still doing about the
same, but at the same time seems to recognize the fact that Johnny is there
and reading the Bible to him and a tear came in his eye again. He will have
the (Tracheotomy) tomorrow at about 2:00 PM. It's kind of a good thing Johnny
came when he did because I started getting a cold last night and couldn't
carry that back to ICU to Danny. So I stayed home with one of our grandson's Garret Ryan Husk
son of Danny Jr. who came down with his Uncle Johnny but is only age 9 and to
young to go in ICU. He also has the sniffles. Johnny just got back and said
they had given Danny two units of blood while he was there. I called back up
there to find out why they were giving it to him. They said it was to make up
for what was lost during surgery and the little that is still being lost in
the chest cavity and also the fact that he is not getting the nourishment he
needs to rebuild the blood on his own.
Monday April 5, 2004
BOY!! what a time to catch a cold & now I have a sore throat. I just
called the hospital and the nurse said Danny is running a bit of a fever so
they are going to start him on another med to try and control it, other than
that he is about the same. Johnny woke this morning all stuffed up also and
they are leaving today to go back to South Carolina.
I just called the hospital at 3:00 PM and the nurse said Danny is still in surgery,
I had wondered if they would even do it because he was running a fever! I just
called the hospital at 5:00 PM and Danny is back in ICU and the nurse will
call back when there is time.
BOY! this is a bummer having a cold and can't go to see Danny the past two
days, and the way I feel right now I still won't go tomorrow either, at least
Johnny had got to go when I couldn't, but now he has gone back home.
I just called the hospital at 8:00 PM and the nurse said Danny had the (Tracheotomy)
and chest tube for drainage and is in stable condition, also he is still in
the coma state. I asked him if on the chance Danny could hear to Please tell
him "I love him and that I have a cold and can't come up there
until I'm over it." he said he would tell him. I just PRAY he really can
hear and know.
Tuesday April 6, 2004
As of 8:00 and 10:00 this morning there is no change in
Danny from last night and I still have this cold or flu to bad to be up there.
All I can do is call and get the same answer (holding the same).
While I have been home I have been about to go nuts not
being able to even be near Danny so I have been working on his web pages . I
added pages of the Prayers & Notes that everyone has been
God this cold has to break soon! On the other hand everyone
was telling me I should have been staying home more to save myself for when
Danny comes home. Well! maybe this was Gods way of getting the message to me,
Like a mule I had to be hit between the eyes, if so "OK" he got my
Thought's and Prayer's
As I sit and look around, This lonely
house without a sound.
How ones life can change, And all the
emotion's what a range.
Everything I see and do, Reminds me ALWAYS
I try to figure what went wrong, Because
you have been gone so long.
I pray that God will touch your soul, Turn
things around and make you whole.
This I PRAY IN JESUS NAME, And PRAY ALL
OTHERS DO THE SAME.
Gloria Jean Powers Husk - Tuesday April 6, 2004
Wednesday April 7, 2004
At 9:30 I called the hospital and there is
no change in Danny. The nurse said there was no way I could see him being as
sick as I am not even with a mask.
You know Danny went into the hospital within
a month to the day that he had his first open heart surgery on his birthday
April 24, 1985. Now it looks as if he is still going to be in the hospital on
this one coming up. Danny will be 60 on his next birthday and we have been together
our whole lives it seems, June 29th will be 40 years that is a long time to be a
part of one persons life these days.
I just PRAY GOD will let him come back to
us. Danny had suffered with this heart condition for half of his life. He is
such a powerful force in everyone's life around him.
Living on the Edge
These are dark and lonely days, As I wonder
in a haze.
So many days he wondered about, Not knowing
how to take the right route.
So undecided in his mind, Searching for
answers he could not find.
Looking to the LORD, And the reading of his
He hoped to find the answer there, To go or
stay he knew not where.
One day he thought he had the answer true,
But the results he never knew.
There in a hospital bed he lye, Not knowing
if he'll live or dye.
The only thing I have to say, Is that the
LORD will have his way.
Gloria Jean Powers Husk -
April 7, 2004
At 2:30 PM I called the hospital and still
nothing new to report. I just spoke to the nurse at 8:45 PM and she said Danny's
blood pressure is staying in the 90's and he still has a drainage tube in his
side and fluid on the lungs that they are still have to deal with and that they
still can't bring him out of the med's yet because he is still to sick and needs
to stay quiet. I asked her to tell him that I was sounding like an old BULL FROG
and I LOVED HIM and would be back up there as soon as I'm not a danger to
Thursday April 8, 2004
As of 10:00AM this morning I'm still getting
the same answer NO CHANGE in Danny. GOD when are we going to get a break in
I just got a call from a nurse at
Danny's heart Dr's office checking on how Danny was doing. She said it is the
normal thing to keep someone like Danny in the Med Coma for his own good so he
can have more time to heal and give his heart a chance to catch up to all that
was done to it and his body. At this time he is being looked after real good and
is in stable but guarded condition because he was so bad off.
I have been told by some that due to his
condition it is a wonder that he hadn't had a full blown heart attack that would
have taken his life right then.
As for me I'm still hanging in there with
this Flu, now I hurt all inside from all of the coughing I have been doing.
The hospital still has Danny resting as
usual & holding his own. I just spoke to the nurse at 11:00 PM and she said
Danny is doing good and that when she told him I was sick he had tears coming
from his eyes, so it would seen that he is aware of things going on around him
You know that is funny because I had just
written Betty Jones back today about me having the flu saying "Hi Betty, It
is TOUGH & I wonder that if Danny can hear, how worried he must be at this
time also because he is so protective of me at times, he can get almost
smothering." But! I like it that he cares though. Good Night ALL!