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02/26/2021 11:16AM  
A couple of weeks ago, Denton Doc slipped on his icy driveway down in Texas. He had a bad fall, whacking his head pretty hard. He has been in ICU ever since. He is in pretty rough shape.

Looks like DD's challenges will be considerable. Frontal lobe "bruising" limits his cognitive abilities, though the doctors remain hopeful for his recovery. He will require substantial neural therapy,

DentonDoc has had some new swelling. This required brain surgery, to which he appears to be responding somewhat well. Though his response times are slow, he recognizes family and can respond to commands via "hand squeezes", etc.

He & his family will continue to welcome your thoughts and prayers as his will be a long road ahead via traumatic brain injury rehab.

Mrs. DentonDoc has been kind enough to share a link for a site on "Caring Bridge" where you may find updates on Denton Docs condition.

Fellow bwca.com paddlers ... please keep Denton Doc in your prayers.

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Caring Bridge Denton Doc Wayne Spence
 
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02/26/2021 12:05PM  
Thanks for the update Mike. Really sad news and hoping and praying things get back to normal for DD.
 
02/26/2021 12:16PM  
Prayer sent.
 
missmolly
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02/26/2021 01:25PM  
Tragic. I'm thinking nothing but good thoughts for Doc.
 
blutofish1
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02/26/2021 01:29PM  
Praying
 
02/26/2021 02:24PM  
We have been keeping DD in our prayers ever since hearing this news on another board. If you don't know him, pray anyway. He is a great guy, a long-time canoe-tripping friend to many, and a real class act, too. He will have a long road back, but we hope and pray that it will all work out for him to be active again.

When we retire we all hope that we will be able to have more time for the activities that we enjoy. All of us are just a mis-step away from disaster, and when that happens to a friend, it is a sobering thing. Every day is a gift. Be thankful if your days are full of activity, even if it is restricted in personal contacts, or sometimes seems less than exciting. I have three friends now who are fighting severe, serious, life-threatening (or lifeSTYLE threatening) conditions, and it makes me think to count my blessings every day that I can go out for a walk, come here on this board, cook a meal, or get in touch with a friend.


 
02/26/2021 02:47PM  
Spartan2,

Your message is spot on.

Could not have said it any better.
 
02/26/2021 02:59PM  
Wally13: "Spartan2,

Your message is spot on.

Could not have said it any better."

Thanks, Wally13, and thank you for posting this here, too. I thought about it, but it is better coming from one of his long-time tripping buddies.
 
02/26/2021 02:59PM  
How sad... goes to show how things can change in a blink of an eye. Prayers sent for a full recovery and guidance for those caring for him.
 
02/26/2021 03:00PM  
It is not easy as we watch those close to us fade. I recognize that life is too short to stay miserable and do what I can to bring joy where I go. And to have gratitude I am still going reasonably well.
I hope someone reading this has had a shared moment of joy with DD and that he is having some of those memories, too.
 
02/26/2021 06:13PM  
Prayers sent! DD has loads of Quetico info to share with us and more to accumulate. Get better!
 
02/26/2021 07:24PM  
Get well soon!!!
 
Mocha
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02/26/2021 07:40PM  
Prayers sent every day.
 
HowardSprague
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02/27/2021 10:01AM  
Very sad to hear this, he's a good guy. Will pray for him and hope things improve.
 
andym
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02/27/2021 02:04PM  
That’s very sad and so easy to happen to any of us. I’ll be pulling for him to make a great recovery.
 
02/27/2021 03:16PM  
Wishing DD a full and speedy recovery.
 
dschult2
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02/27/2021 07:39PM  
Prayer's sent.
 
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02/27/2021 07:50PM  
Loving God, I pray that you will comfort DD in his suffering, lend skill to the hands of his healers, and bless the means used for his cure. Give DD such confidence in the power of your grace, that even when he is afraid, he may put his whole trust in you; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

 
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02/28/2021 02:04AM  
JWilder: "Loving God, I pray that you will comfort DD in his suffering, lend skill to the hands of his healers, and bless the means used for his cure. Give DD such confidence in the power of your grace, that even when he is afraid, he may put his whole trust in you; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen "

Amen
 
02/28/2021 08:44AM  
The news on the Caring Bridge site is that DD has improved enough to get out of ICU and into a rehab area. The road back will take some time now. But good news nontheless!
 
02/28/2021 09:34AM  
Yes, Denton Doc’s brain injury recovery will take a very long time.

Doc’s wife says "progress will be measured in baby steps and she probably won’t have much by the way of updates for awhile." She continues to request prayers and healing energy as there is a long way to go.

Please Keep Denton Doc in your prayers.



 
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02/28/2021 10:25AM  
Nice to hear about DD's progress and improvement.

Prayers sent.
 
03/02/2021 01:04PM  
Prayers sent.
 
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03/02/2021 01:16PM  
Not sure how I missed this news. Wow... so sorry to hear about this.

Get well soon, Wayne! We're all counting on sharing the love of paddling with you for many more years. Prayers for a strong and full recovery!
 
03/02/2021 04:17PM  
Man DD... I’ll be praying for ya. Glad you moving on to rehab... I hope for a speedy recovery.
 
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03/02/2021 08:24PM  
Just read this !
So sorry.
Denton Doc is a great guy.
Prayers for you brother, and may we meet up North again.
 
Canoearoo
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03/03/2021 11:50AM  
Praying!
 
Savage Voyageur
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03/03/2021 01:18PM  
Prayers sent, get better Denton Doc
 
03/04/2021 10:24AM  
Missed the original post somehow. Sad news. Hoping for a fast recovery and strength for his family and friends as he goes through this.
 
Stumpy
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03/07/2021 10:41PM  
Any new news on this ?
Great guy.
Very sad over this.
 
03/07/2021 10:47PM  
DD’s wife posted on Caring Bridge today that Wayne is making some meaningful progress.

A long road ahead for full recovery but great news for sure.

See Caring Bridge link in 1st post of this thread.
 
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03/08/2021 08:14PM  
Thanks, Mike. I was thinking about Mike today and am so glad to hear that he's making progress. His sense of humor must help all involved.
 
03/08/2021 08:16PM  
Molly,

Wayne is a strong man in mind and body. I am confident he will come through this. It’s just going to be a long road.
 
03/09/2021 04:33AM  
Wally13: "Molly,


Wayne is a strong man in mind and body. I am confident he will come through this. It’s just going to be a long road. "




Yes, strong is right. He’s one of those guys a bit my senior that could swing a paddle to where it was all I could do to keep up. Haha! For anyone who had the pleasure of traveling with him, he was that guy that had his canoe tripping routine down to a science. From food, to his equipment, to his knowledge of the Q and WCPP. I’m praying he will get back in the saddle again soon. One of my later trips was with him and it was cool to me the things he noticed and took in while out paddling. But most noticeable is his heart for his friends, family and the best of life. So I hope for his sake and those around him he recovers quickly and is whole again soon. Get well Doc... can’t wait to hear of your next paddling adventure!
 
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03/10/2021 02:26PM  
Sending prayers his way get better soon !!!
 
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03/10/2021 09:02PM  
Get well soon Doc.
 
missmolly
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03/11/2021 06:50AM  
Wally13: "Molly,


Wayne is a strong man in mind and body. I am confident he will come through this. It’s just going to be a long road. "


Wayne sounds great.
 
Grandma L
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03/11/2021 12:24PM  
JWilder: "Loving God, I pray that you will comfort DD in his suffering, lend skill to the hands of his healers, and bless the means used for his cure. Give DD such confidence in the power of your grace, that even when he is afraid, he may put his whole trust in you; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen
"

Well said! thanks for putting our prayers into such wonderful words!
 
blutofish1
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03/14/2021 01:45PM  
Still praying Doc, family and friends.
 
03/16/2021 10:43AM  
FANTASTIC NEWS
A couple of days ago Denton Doc's wife posted on Caring Bridge that Wayne is making some good progress towards his recovery. Everyone's prayers are helping for sure. Keep your prayers coming.

Journal Entry by Jan Spence — March 14, 2021
The news continues to be good! Wayne is getting stronger and steadier, and he is putting some of the pieces together mentally. There are gaps in what he knows, but I see him trying to figure it out. Cari came down with her guitar this weekend, and she and Wayne sang together. It was good for both of them, AND today Wayne could tell me some of what they sang! That’s short term memory! ?? Music is such a powerful thing! We still have a ways to go, but I see improvement every day. Your prayers, healing and loving thoughts, and positive juju are powerful! Deep deep gratitude!! ??
?????? Jan
 
03/16/2021 10:48AM  
the ??? in the Caring Bridge Journal Entry are emoji's. Happy Faces ... Hearts, Happy Faces.
 
missmolly
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03/16/2021 05:16PM  
Thanks, Wally, for the updates.
 
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03/16/2021 08:23PM  
That is good news, get better buddy.
 
03/18/2021 08:16AM  
I'm following this as well, Mike on the Caring Bridge site. Glad to read that DentonDoc is recovering. He's on the mend and that's good news!
 
04/04/2021 07:15AM  
Denton Doc update.

Fantastic news. Wayne was released from the hospital yesterday and will start home healthcare starting Monday.

Everyone’s prayers and thoughts have certainly helped. A ways to go to full recovery, but Wayne is on his way.



 
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04/04/2021 07:35AM  
Wally13: "Denton Doc update.

Fantastic news. Wayne was released from the hospital yesterday and will start home healthcare starting Monday.

Everyone’s prayers and thoughts have certainly helped. A ways to go to full recovery but Wayne is on his way."

Thanks for the update, Wally. Going home is a big deal. I've seen upticks in healing upon reaching home after prolonged hospitalizations. Sleep is so interrupted in hospitals and especially in an ICU.
 
04/04/2021 08:19AM  
Thanks Mike! I read this on the Caring Bridge site as well. This is really good news for DD. We will keep the faith for his full recovery soon!
 
04/04/2021 08:42AM  
Terry

I got a text from Wayne yesterday telling me about him going home. I am so happy for him. So glad to see him getting better.

Hope to do another canoe trip with DD for sure.
 
04/04/2021 08:50AM  
Congratulations Wayne...
 
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04/04/2021 11:05AM  
Good news!! Hooray for Wayne. Keep getting better!
 
04/04/2021 11:43AM  
We are thinking of Wayne and keeping him close in prayers. So glad to get good news about his road to recovery.
 
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04/05/2021 06:58AM  
I will be continuing to pray for him and his family. Thanks for the update.
 
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