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Posted 2018-02-07T23:24:07Z

February 7

 Yesterday was an exciting day!    Dennis had several appointments in Rochester and one of them was the swallowing test! This test determines the removal of the feeding tube.   He passed with flying colors and the feeding tube is now history!!  I had taken some small applesauce containers along just in case the tube was removed.  His remark was “ I never knew applesauce could taste so good !”   We, also, met again with the surgeons and they feel he is progressing as expected! The boot will be on his leg for a few more weeks and the trachea tube is healing well. Our next appointment in Rochester is the 20th and we will meet with the oncology department to determine what kind of treatments he will have or if he needs treatments.   Thanks to everyone for your continued prayers and encouraging words!  

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Comments (33)

  • lynne gunn
    lynne gunn

    Great news! Sending love to you!!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      ❤️❤️

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Jerome Howe
    Jerome Howe

    All good news. Keeping positive thoughts . Jerry Howe

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      👍😊

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Jean Ann Kamm
    Jean Ann Kamm

    Wonderful😍❤️❤️❤️❤️

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      👍😊❤️

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Julie Shook
    Julie Shook

    SO glad you had good reports & the tube out is out. He must feel so much better & you to as well Jan!!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Yes!!😊👍

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Jan Matkins
    Jan Matkins

    Yipeeeee, so glad you passed the swallow test & the tube is removed. It was great visiting with both of you! Continue the healing, Denny!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Great to visit with the two of you! Glad you’re home and we continue to think of you and pray for you!

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Debra Bauer
    Debra Bauer

    Such good news. Guessing he’s not ready for a T bone yet. 😜. Jan is obviously taking excellent care of you!!! Keep up the good healing! And keep the faith. 🙏

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      👍😊

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Gaylan & Karen Brunssen
    Gaylan & Karen Brunssen

    Dennis’ comment sounds just like him! Glad the applesauce was good! Has he had a beer yet? 😀 anyway glad he is feeling better and can eat again! We’ll be up soon to visit as soon as he gives the word that he’s ready for company! Love 💕 you, Dennis & Jan!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks 😊💕👍

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Gene johnson
    Gene johnson

    Great news I New he could beat it

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      😊👍

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Brent Carstensen
    Brent Carstensen

    Fantastic! :-)

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      😊❤️

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Bonnie Knapp
    Bonnie Knapp

    Awesome news! Keeping you guys in our prayers.💓🙏

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks 😊❤️

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Holly Heying
    Holly Heying

    Great news! So happy for both of you,sending good vibes your way!!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks ❤️

      2 years ago · Reply
  • genie bassett
    genie bassett

    We were so glad to hear from you, and that things are going well! Love to you both, Keith and Genie

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      ❤️😊👍❤️

      2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      ❤️😊❤️

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Pat mabie
    Pat mabie

    Thank the Lord!☺

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks 😊

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Sarah johnson
    Sarah johnson

    That’s what having a Good nurse can do for a patient and a patient that works hard to get better. So glad that Dennis is on the road to recovery!! Hope to see you two soon.

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      😊👍😄

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Kip & Judy
    Kip & Judy

    Bravo for good swallowing, Dennis!!! We're so pleased for you. I'm sure they gave Jan guidelines on what and how to fix delicacies for you in the next days!! We continue to pray for God's healing and love for you. Hauser Hugs!! Judy and Kip

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      Thanks 😊👍❤️

      2 years ago · Reply
  • John Isaacs
    John Isaacs

    Congratulations on the great progress. My only question: what does the boot have to do with the jaw. I remember the song, the thigh bone is connected to the hip bone, the hip bone is connected to . . . But you describe a long stretch.

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Jan Brinkman
      Jan Brinkman

      When they did the first surgery, they took a portion of a small bone from the lower left leg and put that bone into the jaw as part of the reconstruction. Therefore, it is like having a broken leg and he is required to wear a boot for at least six weeks after surgery. They have determined that the small bone is not a useful bone and through digital measurements they know the exact size or portion of the bone needed for the replacement area in the jaw. The entire area is then reinforced with a piece of titanium. Modern medicine is wonderful! Therefore, this explains the long stretch!!!! Thanks again for thinking of us!

      2 years ago · Reply