Sunday, July 22, 2007

First time in a decade

John had another stable night with minor pressure flareups but those were dealt with relatively fast. They are aiming to keep him steady and "grogged out" (my dad's term) for a few days so he can heal and then they'll start reducing the sedative. As the can, they'll be reducing the interventions they've had him on- for example last night they've turned off the blood transfusion. They are still using others like the cold and warming blankets to regulate tempertature, and positioning his upper body and saline solutions to manage the ICPs.

My dad saw Dr Link this morning and the doc said John was "steady as she goes" and "he is behaving". "If so", my dad says, "it is first time in a decade". My dad is working on a story about how John earned his nickname Crash, so stay tuned for that. And let's just say, as we all know, they don't call him Crash for nothing.

Also, to clear up any confusion about my dad, his name is John Van Hazinga (middle name Peter; my brother's middle name is Christian). My dad goes by the nickname Van. I'm not quite sure how the Burlington Free Press came up with Dan Van Hazinga, but perhaps it went something like this:
Editor- "what did you say the father's name was?"
Writer- "John"
Editor- "that's the son's name"
Writer- "maybe it was Van"
Editor- "Van Van Hazinga!?!?! Let's just call him Dan"

6 comments:

Sara said...

Awesome, so glad to hear that John is doing better! He's a tough one, I have faith that he'll pull through this.

Anonymous said...

BIGGIE!!!

thats whats up.
case and point...hes coming back to us. slowly but surely...its the crash in him that will get him through....tough ass cookie!

we love you john....sending massive irie vibes your way...
oneBIGlove.kris*

Jen K said...

John thought of you so many times today, the sky, the trees, and the water. It was so beautiful today and thoughts of you made me appreciate it more. Even tonight the simpsons on the tube made me think of you. I love you Big guy and am praying for you.

xooooOOOooox Jen

Anonymous said...

Rebecca,

My most sincere apologies for misprinting your father's name. When I asked your mother what John's father's name was, she said Van. I thought she said Dan. My mistake. My best to you and your family. We're thinking about John here in the newsroom.

Sincerely,
Lauren Ober

Anonymous said...

Rebecca,

My most sincere apologies for misprinting your father's name. When I asked your mother what John's father's name was, she said Van. I thought she said Dan. My mistake. My best to you and your family. We're thinking about John here in the newsroom.

Sincerely,
Lauren Ober

Rebecca said...

Lauren,
No worries about the mix-up. We all thought it was funny. I mean who goes by Van Van Hazinga? Thanks for the nice article about John.
Rebecca