Thursday, June 12, 2008

POD #1 (Post-operative day #1)

Today started out a little groggy for Michael due to all the pain medicines but by evening he was able to talk to the kids a little. The ng (naso-gastric) tube is out, 7 more tubes and lines to go. Michael was a little to lightheaded to get out of bed, but did manage to brush his teeth twice today. Hopefully, he will be up in a chair tomorrow. The kids are doing great, they are full of energy and are good for about 14 hours going at 50mph before they start to shut down. Just dragged them out of the pool now for a good nights sleep. It only takes seeing their dad for a minute to reassure them that dad is ok. Hopefully a few more days and Michael will be able to read the blog for the first time.

Love Dawn & kids


Bobby, Anna, Bowdy, Bailey and Tucker said...

Michael, I hope your reading this sooner than later. I don't want anymore "Houston, we have a problem" calls from you. As you can see, the shuttle is behaving since I've been awaiting an update all night again. Go slow and enjoy the down time :)Talk with you soon. Bobby

Karen Storey said...

What great news. The human body is an amazing thing. After 12 hours of surgery Michael was able to brush his teeth and say a few words to the kids. I know the kids are a big encouragment for Michael all that energy and love. We will keeping pulling for you and sending our love to all.
Love Karen and the UP Gang

Carrol said...

It is so great to be able to follow your progress and be reassured that everything is going well. Grandmother E asked that I send you the message that she is saying prayers for your speedy recovery. Needless to say we are too. We hope today will be even better than yesterday but don't push easy does it for now. Michael you are a special guy! Love, Grandmother, Shirley and Carrol

mrmtdew said...

hey, Mike, congrats on a successful operation. I'm thinking about you a lot, take care---Craig Soderberg

Cathy said...

Hi Michael, Dawn and family,

Sean and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you recover from your recent surgery. Sounds like you have the best care available! Keep the faith! We'll be thinking and praying for you!

Cathy O'Connor

jan said...

Michael, Dawn and Kids, waited with baited breath for an update. Soooooo glad everything is at least progressing. I can't even imagine the discomfort you must feel but I know, once again, your positive attitude will help you get through all of this. At least I know you are keeping those "pearly whites" in great shape. I will continue to pray for you and keep you in my thoughts. I eagerly await updates. Thank you, Dawn, for that. Take care, Jan

sue said...

Happy Friday the 13th. Hope you had a restful night. Been praying for you to start feeling better at any time. Hope all your nurses are taking great care of you. Sun is shining here in Gaylord after a night of storms. Hopefully will be able to talk to you soon if only for a minute. Love Sue

bevzuv said...

Hey Michael, We are following your journey here and through Karri. We are so thankful for answer's to prayers so far! We do not know what God has in store for you and the family going forward but do know it is good! Take Bobby's advice to "go slow and enjoy the down time." Love, Bev & Don Zuvers

tanya Dandeneau said...

Glad to hear you're awake and on your way to the chair. What progress ! Take it easy though. The girls keep asking when you are coming home. (I'm sure they are missing the Vinecki Kids by that ) I am pulling for you and hoping to see you soon. Rest easy.
Dawn- you are doing great hanging in there. It must be tough but that is your strong suit. Don't let those kids run you down. Talk to you soon I hope.
Love, Tanya

Judi mom said...

Hi to all, if I wasn't so technically challenged you would have heard from us sooner. Thank God for the successful surgery and our prayers continue for a complete recovery! Hugs and kisses to the kids-miss you all. Pix of Yukon's rafting trip are great. We are only a phone call away if you need anything. Love Mom and Dad and Jay

LorriEgan said...

You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so glad to hear the surgery went well and it sounds like you have a GREAT support group. It is so nice to be able to check in on your progress, give your wife a big hug from all of us for keeping us posted.
Best Wishes for a Speedy Recovery.

Lorri Egan
Auction Exchange & Collectors News

Kenny said...


See! That was not so bad. LOL!

We are all looking forward to hearing from you. In fact, some of us would prefer that you write something while you are all 'drugged up' over there.

Let him do it Dawn. LOL!!

The summer conference will definately not be the same without you. I was hoping to get some golfing tips from you this time around. Nevertheless, we'll all be thinking and sending prayers out your way for a super speedy recovery.

We're all on your team big guy so keep up the competitive spirit as you're already making the come back.

Your Pal,

Kenny Lindsay, Auctioneer

Forman said...

So happy to hear that you are up and around!! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Jeff, Wendie, Sarah and Andrew

Robin Harper said...

Michael and Dawn,

I am so glad to hear that everything is progressing well. One tube at a time. Dawn, take care of yourself too. You are in my thoughts and prayers constantly.

Your "favorite" L&D nurse

Harding Family said...

It is so great to here the surgery went well. We are praying for you and your family. Stay strong and positive. We can't wait to here you are home and well!

Harding Family said...

I am so glad to here you are doing well. There was never a doubt in my mind you could do this. I knew from the moment I talked to you at Relay you would be a fighter. You have a great family and friends who are praying for you including us. Stay positive! I can't wait to read more about how well you are doing!!

Kristie Taubitz said...

Glad to hear things are going well, it's still so amazing.
When we were checking up on you last night Zack saw the picture of Michael on the blog, you know how he always comments on that cap when you guys come over, it made us laugh. Laughter is the best medicine!
We have been so concerned for all of you. Take care of yourself Dawn, don't get to run down!
Love to all!

Dawn Jones said...

Dawn, Michael, and family...
Glad to hear/read how successful the surgery was! Mayo is an amazing place...a place of hope. I am sure one look at your 4 amazing kids is all the motivation Michael needs to continue this journey of recovery. I think of you all and pray for you all daily. May you find peace in knowing God is in control and this is part of His master plan. I know your family has a great attitude and attitude oftentimes is the difference maker! Keep smiling and moving forward one day at a time. Looking forward to the homecoming. God Bless!
Dawn Jones

Karen Sanger said...

Hey Michael, Tammy S. forwarded me your blog and I would like to offer my thoughts and prayers for a positive result from your surgery and a speedy recovery. Dawn and your children sound amazing and you are blessed to have them by your side. I hope to see you in person over the Alpenfest week to tell you how happy I am that you are recovering well and enjoying your family.
I will be thinking of you and your family everyday.
Sincerely, Karen (O'Connor) Sanger

Gayle said...

Glad to hear all is well. Have fun with the kids, but make sure you rest too! Love and prayers, Gayle

Bensinger said...

Great to hear the surgery went well and that you are already up and around a bit! Amazing. Hopefully you are getting as good of care as we got from the doctor that delivered our 2nd son! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Brad, Dana, Ty and Jaron Bensinger

Kathleen Mullen said...

Our God is AWESOME & His mercy is ENDLESS. Not surprised Michael brushing teeth!!! Heed the advice and get your rest..Michael don't try and rush your recovery!!! Praying for ALL of you continuously. May God's presence and peace constantly surround you all. May His spirit sustain you. Kathleen Mullen

sallison said...

Wow, such great news about Michael! It sounds like the kids are coping so well. You should be really proud of them. Thanks again for keeping us posted at home. The Blog is a great help for all of us who are praying and hopeful for a wonderful outcome from the surgery!

Susan A. and "the kids"

Samara said...

I'm sure the kids have enough energy for all of us a thousand times over. Too bad they can't "send" that to us, hey? But, as I said before, You are so strong that you'll prevail. I know it. Can't wait to hear more good news.


Renee' Elias said...

The third day of surgery is the hardest and then everything gets better with recovery from then on. Rest and take care of you. It is so wonderful to hear that you actually got up to brush your teeth! Michael, the mosquitoes are eating us alive!

judy said...

Dawn,Mike and Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you everyday!
Judy Florido and Family

paul romanowski said...


You are my brother. I feel every bit happiness, pain, and sorrow with you. You are the strongest man I've ever known in my whole life, so I know this is just a bump in the road for you. The key to life is not what you can accomplish, It's what you can overcome. i know that you will take these words and use them well, so you, me and Rick, and Dad will be Deer Hunting again soon!!!

Stay Strong and I will see you soon

Paul Romanowski

Pamela said...

I am so happy for you, you are on the road to recovery! I remember all of the good times in school, you both were great classmates and wonderful people. Michael, I have mentioned you to many friends and coworkers, there are a lot of people here in Dallas, Texas praying for you!
Dawn - Remember to rest and take care of yourself too! Love you both. This Blog has been wonderful.

Pam Grayson(Griffore)