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DD4lifeusmc (update)
« on: May 18, 2019, 09:43:44 PM »
Yesterday,  I made the drive to Cheyenne Wyoming to visit with DD.   First a little background on DD's situation is in order...….. 
The last time I saw him was March 31st so it has been 7 weeks since we last talked.    At that time DD had suffered a seizure that had paralyzed most of the right side of his body.  He was walking but just barely.  The seizure was caused by 3 brain tumors that had developed recently.    He preferred not to talk about it much but DD had contracted a form of cancer caused by his exposure to Agent Orange during his service in the Viet Nam war.    He first learned of his diagnosis almost five years ago when he learned of the cancer which had started to grow in his chest.    DD became a patient of the "Agent Orange Project" carried on by the Veterans Administration which entitled him to special benefits.   
A few days after I visited DD at his home his doctors decided he needed skilled nursing care and they admitted him to the VA hospital in Cheyenne.   The doctors had decided all treatment options had been exhausted and so released him to Hospice Care.   
Yesterday when I arrived for a visit I was told that DD had requested a transfer to a VA Hospital closer to his parents home in Nebraska.    A bed had opened up just a couple hours earlier in the VA facility in Grand Island Nebraska.   They had loaded him in a helicopter and flew him out of Cheyenne just before I arrived there yesterday.    It saddens me to have missed my last chance to visit with him.   
I did meet with two of DD's friends in Cheyenne.   One is an old Marine buddy and the other a close neighbor.  They provided me with a few details about his last days in Cheyenne but I think it will suffice to say here that DD is not expected to last long.   
I am in contact with DD's friend and the executor of his estate so I will be kept informed of his status.   I will update this thread as soon as I learn anything new.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2019, 10:12:14 AM by mike116 »

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Re: DD4lifeUSMC (update)
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2019, 10:09:01 PM »
Thank you so very much for the update Mike.  Very sad situation.
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Re: DD4lifeUSMC (update)
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2019, 11:29:28 AM »
Thank you Mike, for caring about DD4 on our behalf. You've done good.

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Re: DD4lifeUSMC (update)
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2019, 11:58:41 AM »
I'm saddened his condition has worsened and gotten to this point.
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Re: DD4lifeUSMC (update)
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2019, 09:53:40 PM »
Life is a great blessing and a heap a fun but there are some aspects to it that are just sad beyond words.

As to Vietnam - it’s a “gift” that keeps on giving and still stings like a dead damn wasp.

Thanks Mike. 
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Re: DD4lifeUSMC (update)
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2019, 05:36:44 AM »
Thank you so much Mike for telling us.

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Re: DD4lifeUSMC (update)
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2019, 08:36:20 AM »
Thank you for the update, Mike.
I am deeply saddened by these recent developments.
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Re: DD4lifeUSMC (update)
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2019, 09:47:38 AM »
Thanks for the update Mike.  Prayers up for those close to him.
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Re: DD4lifeusmc (update)
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2019, 12:34:50 PM »
Prayers sent.
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Re: DD4lifeusmc (update)
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2019, 12:37:30 PM »
Thanks Mike for the update on DD. We will all miss him here. Praying for DD and his friends.
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Re: DD4lifeusmc (update)
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2019, 01:39:17 PM »
thanks for the update mike, he is a great guy and will be missed.

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Re: DD4lifeusmc (update)
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2019, 03:24:08 PM »
Any word on how he's doing today?
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Re: DD4lifeusmc (update)
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2019, 05:13:14 PM »
I can only get updates through his estate manager in Cheyenne.   I have a call into him but have not heard back.   HIPA laws won't allow the hospital to give out any information.

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Re: DD4lifeusmc (update)
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2019, 06:03:38 PM »
Thanks for your updates Mike. Very sad.

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Re: DD4lifeusmc (update)
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2019, 01:46:04 PM »
So sad. Thanks for the updates Mike. DD is a great guy and I have ordered a number of items from him over the years and have always enjoyed his posts.