Diane’s Assessment of Darrell on April 29

It is now day 22 post-op, and the struggle continues for all. We have multiple medical opinions…with the cardiologist saying he expects a rebound; the pulmonologist saying ” this is the third time he’s been in Intensive care”….he has a hard time breathing on his own. There probably are 5 to 7 doctors on the case………every which one is of a different opinion.
we’ve asked for a team conference. They need to address the quality of life beyond, and how long it will take to get there.

What I see….is not Darrell. I see a man on machines and so many IV’s that it takes three sets of pumps including blood transfusion to sustain existence. We need to pray for a miracle………….and if Darrell makes it…there needs to be a celebration in Tucson, Pittsburgh and Nove Scotia.

Please love Bob… it is so sad to watch as Bob sees the gravity of the situation.

How fragile is life???? No matter what gains we have made , material or financial….nothing surpasses family, friendship and the fact we made life better by being here. Isn’t Darrell all about loving and giving?

Darrell doesn’t want any observances when he leaves us…… again in keeping with his benevolent, behind the scene contribution he has always made, Do we need to listen to Darrell??? Each place of residence needs to have a pot luck, BYOB, celebration of life. Darrell….I pray I am way out of line in thinking this will come soon.

We all love you…………………………………………………….

Diane & Larry


  1. Gord & Kathy says:

    It’s so hard to think of him in this condition.
    Rest assured there will be a celebration of his life in Nova Scotia no matter what the outcome of his current condition.

  2. Mary Ann Cram says:

    I am totally struck by all of the wonderful comments and words of love and caring from so many folks from Tucson, Pittsburgh, and Nova Scotia. We should all take advantage of this and pass on and send forward all of these wonderful sentiments to family, friends and those who touch our lives each day. Love to Bob and Marlene and Don and of course Diane and Larry. See you soon. Hugs to all, Cheers to you Dick and Helen for allowing this very special communication to be available for those near and far who love Darrell.

  3. Dean S C Williams says:

    Our prayers are for Darrell here in Pittsburgh. And, yes, we will celebrate. I remember Darrell leading the dancing into the wee hours in Palm Springs many years ago to the raucous strains of “SHOUT!” He wouldn’t let anyone off the dance floor. He never quit. I don’t expect him to now.

  4. Paula Dallas says:

    I call upon you, O LORD; come quickly to me;

    give ear to my voice when I call to you.

    Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,

    and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.

    - Psalm 141:1-2 (NRSV)

    We lift this prayer on behalf of our beloved friend Darrell Miller. Come quickly!

  5. bruce davis says:

    darrell, all my wishes and prayers are with you.keep uo the good fight.

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