Sunday, July 5, 2009

Big Daddys response,


You guys gotta learn how to use proper English (hahahah) lol! Things are OK in CO. We have had some ups and some downs. When the pain is bad I do like anybody else, I ask the nurse for more drugs. Thats when I feel good again. You wouldnt believe the cocktail of drugs they got me on, it would make Rush Limbaugh/MJ cry :) I switched it up and tried some oxycotin(sp?) today, quite nice. The nurse let me have a 20 min conversation with my sister in law , who is in Chicago by the way. In between doses I have a fentinol (sp?) patch and many other things in the mix.

This from a guy that didnt take advil (Mary says)....

We are still not in our suite yet, still rooming in a temp room on the brain trauma side. Its OK, but a little aggravating because of the holiday weekend I havent met my team of doctors that I will have for my stay or started therapy least I am here though!! I told them I would have slept on the floor to get here!

The staff here I have to say have been the best I have ever had. In general they are all caring and laid back. Alot have thier own personal stories of someone with a traumatic injury. Even though we are on the brain trauma side, you would not ever know any difference in the level of care. When you call a nurse they are here in a heartbeat and even call you in the intercom to ask how you are doing.

The staff has either worked here for 10-20 plus years or they are young and eager and genually care about thier jobs, each and everyone of them. It is very comforting. I will be off this vent in no time and I am totally confident in that.

A special thank you to PO Reid McGrath of the Englewood Police Department for making me feel so welcome.

I also want to send a big hug and a kiss to Capt. Virginia Drozd, not only as my captain but more importantly as my friend. I always know you always have mine (and Marys) best interest at heart. I (we) will never forget all you have and continue to do for us.

The doctors here are putting absolutely no limitations on my recovery. I have taken many tests when I first arrived and with a pinprick test throughout my whle body I have scattered patches of sharp, dull and simply just pressure feeling points. It is very hopeful, though with the amout of pain and still being in bed can be quite frustrating. I have a chair ordered and I should be up in one in a couple days!! They are all about active up and out of bed and so am I!

I (Mary) never formally gave a very special "thank you" to Peg Mizera from the special activities section who was next to me and on my side from day one without a doubt. You really kept me going when I was constantly having to fight for my "rights" during such an unbelievably difficult time. Thank you. Commander Daniel Alvarado, you are an amazing man. You also, were on my side and were the person the fought to get me in that room that changed our lives. You are such a good person and just that you sat near me and lent me your support when things felt so hopeless, I will never forget all you did for us, neither of us will. You reassured me I did matter, when others wanted so desperately to convince me otherwise. I cannot express my gratitude enough.

Densey here again, "comic book" I read your post and knew it was you right away, thank you for everything and thank you, Mary told me how you sat with her in the ER before she got to see me and relaxed her and kept her company, thanks for having my back brother.
It is nearing bedtime, I am going to try and check my facebook before then.

p.s dont forget, it is beautifl out here and I can have visitors so come visit! Lots of places to stay close by! Mayb an apt if ones availble on the grounds. The Denver and Englewood PD already said they can pick people up from the airprt no problem and get us tickets to concerts, baseball games etc. SWEEET!!!

Love ya!



  1. Hi Guys,

    Sounds like you are on a Kieth Richards diet Densey. Whats the scenery like around that joint, mountains and such? You can bitch to us when the rehab is rough, as you know we train listening to bitching for 8 hour stretches at a time. :)

    I look forward to reading your updates.

    Mike Casey

  2. Hi Guys just found the blog,I will praying for you every day.You are on our prayer chain at church also.
    thats the first time I got to ride on the tarmac at an airport.I presume the flight went well.Your sure not missing much here 200 people shot in 2 weeks I heard.I,m on furlough getting ready to go on a motorcycle trip Saturday.Densey you are the man.Its an honor to now call you my friend.God Bless

    Gerry Lau

  3. Hi Guys just found the blog,I will praying for you every day.You are on our prayer chain at church also.
    thats the first time I got to ride on the tarmac at an airport.I presume the flight went well.Your sure not missing much here 200 people shot in 2 weeks I heard.I,m on furlough getting ready to go on a motorcycle trip Saturday.Densey you are the man.Its an honor to now call you my friend.God Bless

    Gerry Lau

  4. Densey, glad to hear there is some improvement. You are in my family's prayers. It's great that the coppers out there are taking care of you and your family.

    Hopefully you'll be "back in the saddle" in no time. Keep your head up and God Bless.

    John Zalatoris (Det. Area One V/C)

  5. I am so glad to hear things are going well for the two of you. When you (Mary) wrote about Peggy in the post, I know how you feel. She is one of the most wonderful, generous, and caring people you will ever find on this department. I am glad she was there for you.
    I keep up with you guys everyday and I keep Hoops posted,(he not a tech guy). He LOVS D so much! So keep up the good work. XOXOXO

  6. Hi Densey and Mary, It is so good to read your updates. I will keep following everyday to keep up. Miss you both very much and pray everyday for your speedy recovery. Hope to visit in August. Will try to have your stuff shipped on Thursday, so let me know if you want me to add anything to the shipment. Love you both, The first-time Mother-in Law, Mary's Mom, Carol

  7. Hello,

    As a Denverite and a ret. DPD Sgt's Daughter, Welcome to Craig's hospital and Denver! I just want to send you my thoughts and prayers! Have faith that your care is in the best hands! God bless!

  8. Densey,
    When will you be able to have visitors?

  9. Densey, we will continue to pray for you. I know you can do this. Congrats on your wedding! No more trips to DC for you now. :)
    I am so glad you are updating on your progress. You sound like it's going great. If you need anything, don't hesitate to ask!

  10. Hey Densey, it's John Sullivan, get better soon and that's an order.
    You are in my prayers and I am feeling very good about your progress.

  11. Hi Densey, Don't know you, but I work in 005 2nd watch and have probably heard you on the radio. Your in my prayers. You can do it.


  12. Densey keep an eye out for K9 Bear, he might head west this tine.

  13. Hey Densey and Mary, It's "comic book". Sorry I haven't left a message recently, but I intend to correct that. I don't know how often you can check the site, but I will do better. Stuff was going on that needed my immediate attention for an extended time, but I think it will be done with soon. Keep your chin up, and God bless both of you.

  14. Fox News Chicago did a great story yesterday...but the greatest thing is your achieving movement. Be patient, Officer (and Mary), and all good things will come to you. Congratulations on your marriage!

    We are the new Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. We support CPD and the 24th District which patrols our (unfortunately) crime- and gang-ridden area. And little by little, bit by bit, we will have a better neighborhood...hopefully by the time you two return to Chicago.

    Keep up your faith, your strength, and your very apparent love for each other! Better days are ahead!

  15. Densy,
    It was so great to see you this past weekend (and to meet you Mary)! John and I both said that our visit with you was truly the highlight of the trip. We're so glad that you are in such an amazing facility and it's obvious that you're going to continue to make incredible progress. Dens, I'm anxiously awaiting the orange speedo pictures!! Please call for anything you need taken care of here.
    Thanks again, for letting us hang with you guys for a while! Love and Prayers,

  16. Densey,
    was watching fox news last night thinking, "That guy looks SO familiar!" Then they said your name. We meet yrs ago at Tantrum, and I gave you ride home. Saw you again at my backyard martini party (also yrs ago)... I am so sorry to hear about the accident, but so glad that you are surrounded by family and friends.

  17. Hey Densey, sorry about everything. But it looks like you are in great hands now. Work hard and in no time you will be back out here with us. When you get back to Chicago, call me and Mike and we'll stop at the Great Beer Palace for some.
    Jeff (92-4)