Friday, May 22, 2009

Hope for Daniel

Friday May 22, 2009
Day 24

Never let go of hope.
One day you will see that it has finally come together,
what you have wished for has finally come to be.
You will look back and laugh at what has passed,
and you will ask yourself...
"How did I get through all of that?" ~anonymous

Daniel had another calm night. You're on a roll Daniel!
Si se puede!! No new medical challenges.
Daniel is experiencing greater stability as each day passes.
The sedation level, which originally was at 10, was reduced
by 50% to number 5 on the metering device, today it was
reduced again to the number 4!
Daniels physiological condition and other factors influence
the decision to slowly bring him out of sedation.

Three weeks ago Daniel had a craniotomy. A craniotomy is
a surgical operation in which part of the skull, called a
bone flap, is removed in order to access the brain.
Craniotomies are often a critical operation performed
on patients suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI),
like a cerebral aneurysm. Having access to the aneurysm
allowed Daniel's surgeon to attach a clip to stop the
hemorrhaging. The bone flap has not been replaced yet.
The shunt continues to perform well. It has drained a
significant amount of cerebro spinal fluid , reducing pressure
and swelling on the brain. With the reduced fluid, a depressed
area forms on that side of the head.
This is common with all patients that have had a craniotomy.

Healing is occuring each second, each minute, hour and day.
Daniel's physical condition and his innate, tenacious
determination give him the endurance to persevere.
This is going to be a very long and arduous journey.
More surgery is a given. And certainly months of
rehabilitative therapy.

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words -
wait and hope" ~ Alexandre Dumas

Fernando & Sara Vega
Fernandito Vega
Elena and Bob
Oscar Vega aka Pilon
Oscar Vega Sr. and Nacha
Oscar Vega (Chula Vista)
Emiliano Zapata
Adrian Gonzalez and squeeze
Chuy and Angela Miranda
Alex Cabrera
Michelle and Jennifer
Joaquin Murrieta
Jerry and Esperanza
Irene Lopez


  1. My Name Is Ricardo Perez And I'm A Student At The RCC College Mr. Vega Is A Counselor At... He Has Been A Huge Help To Me In Getting A Plan For The Future Together He Has Been A Great Mentor And Friend. This June I Graduate With A AA And AS From RCC And Thank Mr. Vega For His Help In Getting Me Here And Can Not Believe That He Will Not Be Able To Attend... I Saw Him A Week Before He Had The Aneurysm And We Joked Around... I Wish Him A Speedy And Smooth Recovery And Have His Family And Him In My Prayers I Hope To Go Down To Visit Him Soon God Bless

  2. Thank you Ricardo! I am sure Daniel would be very proud of you. He really has relished his duties as a counselor and looks very cool in the garb that faculty wear for graduations. I wish you well and look forward to meeting you when you come down to visit.

  3. Muchas veces cada pensamiento que cruza nuestra mente es de preocupación. Nos vamos llenando de preguntas a las que no encontramos respuesta. Nos vamos llenando de angustias porque sentimos que no entendemos lo que pasa y eso nos lleva a sentirnos tristes y sin sentido. Nuestra mente es una maneja de ideas envuelta en preocupaciones y reflexiones, que sin duda nos va quitando la paz. Porque la pregunta repetida sin respuesta es...Cuando Daniel despertara?

    Familia tenga la certeza que Dios esta en su vida, que guía sus pasos y le dará fuerzas para vivir de nuevo como vale la pena de vivir su vida.

    Nosotros desde Curazao estamos orando por su pronta recuperación y que Dios le de fuerzas a la familia para mantenerse en pie de lucha ante esta calamidad.

    Maria Mercedes, Jennifer y Nicole Rubiano Vanegas

  4. Hello. I'm an old friend of Daniel from the days of y.s.c. I've spent many days playing video games with daniel at his home near UCR. I had the great pleasure of working with and developing a wonderful friendship with an amazing man. To the family, My prayers are with you and i would like to visit him when it is appropriate. Daniel has a strong spirit, a true fighter at heart. I look forward to his complete recovery so i can beat him in the latest video game.
    God Bless.
    Francis Kendrick

  5. Daniel,
    I just want to let you know that you are in my prayers every day bro. Although we have lost touch from our Americorp days, I still remember you for having an uplifting personality, and a contagious smile. You always seemed to have a thirst for life, and I KNOW that same thirst is whats going to pull you through this. "As you rest and heal, know that you are thought of warmly and wished a quick recovery". I wish you and your family the very best. Stay strong.

  6. Daniel,
    My prayers are with you and your family. It is amazing how life is some time. I just found out about your condition from Lito and Cordell, I remember hanging with you just last year. My wife and I were talking about the counseling field with you. You were the same joking, full of life guy I knew back in the day at Fallbrook High. For the family of Daniel if you need anything please contact me I am here in San Diego in Mission Valley. My wife and I are more than happy to help anyway we can. I know you have a lot more to give to this world and you will make a full and extraordinary recovery. You have a lot of support and your family has continued to stay strong.
    God Bless, Edgar and Veronica Tapia

  7. I just heard about Daniels' stroke and my heart goes out to the family. I regret everytime I fussed at Daniel about his dogs eating my dogs food. I feel like a bad neighbor. But, Daniel always made things right and did his best to be kind and open with the neighbors here in Valley Center. God bless Daniel and his family at this time, and, I will pray for all of you. Let me know if I can do ANYTHING to help out, including going over and feeding your dogs. The Vegas are truely good people and I am so sorry you are having to deal with such a severe crisis.
    Bless you all

    -Cara Kelley and family

  8. Dear Cathy,

    Hi, my name is Jennifer and I am a reporter from the Norco Voice, at the college where your husband works. I heard your husband's story, and was touched, and with your permission, I would like to write a full page spread about your husband, his fight, and his story. I believe that if students on campus knew your husband's story, they would be as touched and willing to help as we at the Norco Voice are. I would love to interview you. Please contact me. My blog is entitled "Through my Eyes", if you would prefer to contact me that way.

  9. Hello my name is Robert Hinostroza, I was a former student of Daniel Vega back in 2004. When I was enrolled in his Chicano Studies course, he would share the obstacles he overcame in order to obtain a higher education. I had given up on school for a while, but in 2008 I decided to return, and thanks to your stories Daniel I found the motivation to finish. I will be applying to transfer within this month hopefully to a Cal State. Stay strong Daniel, and I wish you a fast recovery.

  10. hi, im a former student of daniels at rcc norco, also in the chicano studies class in 2004. i recently came across an old paper he had us write, and i decided to look him up to see if he was still teaching. i had no idea and im in disbelief of whats happened. all i can say is that daniels amazing personality has stood out throughout all of my education. if anyone has any updated information, id love to know how things are going. thanks. olivia z.

  11. What happend to Daniel is he better now? I wish I can know how he is now a days

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