David Dolan Health Update

Dear Friends & Colleagues of Los Ranchos Presbytery,

Nancy_Daniel_Maya_David_Photo_for_PLRIt was 20 years ago that I began my position as the Associate Executive Presbyter for Resource Development, Mission Interpretation and Social Justice for the Presbytery of Los Ranchos. Since I left that role in 2009, I have thought of you all often and the wonderful time we had together, especially our fruitful ministry and partnership with our brothers and sisters in Kenya. I’ve had some ups and downs since the last time I saw many of you, but all in all, life is good and God is good.

In 2015, I was married to my dear wife Nancy and we make our home in San Diego. My son Daniel lives with us while taking classes at nearby Mesa College. I’ve also faced some challenges too, most significant was my being diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2013, the very same disease that took my older brother’s life at age 59. I was declining rapidly this past year, and on full-time supplemental oxygen for the last several years. Thankfully, I was accepted to the UC San Diego Lung Transplant Program and on July 21st, I underwent 10+ hours of surgery and received new lungs.

On Monday, I posted the following on my FaceBook page and Tom Dykhuizen thought it should be included in the Los Ranchos E-newsletter and I agree.

My Facebook posting from Monday, August 21, 2017:

Today’s a notable day on many levels. For many of us, the thrill of seeing the solar eclipse was amazing. Nancy, Daniel and I witnessed the eclipse on our back deck, safely utilizing Shade 13 welding glass panes.

But for me, it was also an emotional time as it’s exactly one month since my July 21st double lung transplant surgery at UCSD. When I walked outside to see the eclipse this morning, I instinctively & brashly took off my (always bothersome) supplemental oxygen cannula, which had provided O2 since even before I was in the hospital, and which I continued to use at home while recovering. With my doctor’s prior encouragement, I finally took it off and I found that could breathe just fine, and found that I was able to process enough O2 on my own according to my oximeter. I then decided to leave if off all day and my new lungs performed perfectly.

Wow! I’ll never forget this day!!! Hallelujah!!!

Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” perfectly expresses my feelings!

Sincerely and Gratefully,

Rev. David Dolan, HR

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4 Responses to David Dolan Health Update

  1. Betty Thompson says:

    Oh Dave how happy I am to hear of your progress. You are a person that has been a tremendous blessing in my life. Trips to Africa with you and all the adventures there will be forever part of my life. To hear of your successful surgery and a new lease on life just brings joy. For one who has committed so much of your life in caring it is a joy to see you having this time to enjoy your son and family.

    Much Love,

    Betty

  2. Josie Macharia says:

    Hi Dave Dolan
    Not sure you will remember me.This is Josie Macharia-the young lady who went to Biola. Do you remember your visits to Kenya? I am Rev. Sam’s daughter, I am doing great just graduated from USC with my doctorate.Would like to catch up and talk , glad that your health is on the mend!
    To God be the glory great things he is doing in you!

  3. Josie Macharia says:

    Hi Dave Dolan
    Not sure you will remember me.This is Josie Macharia-the young lady who went to Biola. do you remember your visits to Kenya? I am Rev.Sam’s daughter, I am doing great just graduated form USC with my doctorate.Would like to catch up and talk , glad that your health is on the mend!
    To god be the glory great things he is doing in you

  4. Sue Currie says:

    Dave,
    Very glad to hear you are doing so well!
    Sue Currie

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