If you lose hope, somehow you lose
the vitality that keeps life moving,
you lose that courage to be, that quality
that helps you go on in spite of it all.
And so today I still have a dream.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
***Please check this post several times
today, as it will be updated.***********
9:00 AM - Daniel had another restful night, no
complications. His breathing has improved
to the point that he won't need the ventilator,
except in case of an emergency!!
Does this kid have heart or what?!! We are
witnessing a courageous display of the
'human spirit' , tenacity, an inspiring
'will to survive'!
Dawn informs us this morning that Daniel
moved his left arm, from a position at his side,
up and over, so that it rested on his chest!!
He did this on his own! There was no pressure
stimuli applied to provoke this movement.
Daniel is fighting, he is showing a desire to
overcome, to come back, to shake off all the
effects of the trauma, surgery, and sedation.
This is new and encouraging, as it changes the
early assessment made of his level of
consciousness. Approximately 25 days ago, the
estimate for Daniel was very low, given a number
just above 3 on the Glasgow Coma Scale. This is a
standarized system that has a range of zero to 15.
The score of 15 indicates no impairment.
The degree of consciousness is assessed numerically
by the best response using three factors:
amount of eye opening, verbal responsiveness,
and motor responsiveness.
The results may be plotted on a graph to provide
a visual representation of the improvement, stability,
or deterioration of a patient's level of consciousness,
which is crucial to predicting the eventual outcome.
Daniels new assessment is 9 !!!
Go Daniel! Go Daniel! Go Daniel!
The progress is ever so slow. Very slow progress
each day with no signs of regression.
11:30 AM Dawn reports that Daniel will be
fitted for a protective helmet today as the
plan is to get him seated in a chair for an hour
at a time. This will probably be tomorrow.
Daniel is also scheduled for physical therapy,
time to get his muscle tone and flexibility back.
This will start tomorrow! Another positive
step that energizes our hopes.
The following letter is from Margarita Vega to the Vega Family
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
From: Tia Mago
Thank you for your support and prayers through this
We have been dealing with some stressful issues and your
consideration and assistance has enabled us to carry on
I know Alfredito, Ariana, Adan, lil' Fern, Julianna, Yvonne
and other nephews/nieces love their Tio Daniel very much
and want to see him. Until it is possible, I ask you to pray
at night for God to send his angels in the form of his
nurses and doctors and others who take care of him and
in the morning give thanks to God for another day full of
We have to contend with a hospital visiting regulation that
prohibits visitors under16 yrs. An exception has
been made for Daniel's children.
Fern's daughter Alissa was also allowed to visit because
she is part of a youth prayer group in oceanside that has
been praying for Daniel. Thank you Alissa for keeping them
informed. Please thank everyone on my behalf.
All I ask of you is that you love each other, and be
not just cousins, but best friends like your parents
are to Tio Daniel.
Oscar and Jessica Vega
Oscar Vega (Chula Vista)
Big Fern Vega
Ricardo Flores Magon
Enrique Flores Magon