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Don Hinton improving

Maryann Hinton reports that Don is doing better, and has been moved out of ICU and into long-term care:

Dear Friends,

Don was moved Sunday afternoon, from Mercy’s ICU, to Bethesda North’s Select Speciality Hospital. This is great news. It is on the ground floor of Bethesda North Hospital, Room 121. It is long term care. I was suppose to have a meeting with them today, but due to weather, I canceled it. I have rescheduled the appointment for Friday afternoon. Before Don left Mercy on Sunday, I talked to one of his ICU doctors, who feels Don has a wonderful chance of a full recovery. We need the prayers to continue. He is in a private room, and is going to have dialysis 3 times a week. M-W-F. I don’t know what time? Yesterday, he was very confused, and thought everyone was trying to kill him. Yesterday his dialysis was from 12:45-4:45. His room is small, so there isn’t much room for anyone to visit. It is really better that you don’t visit him during dialysis. When I know the schedule, I will let you know.

He still has a trach, and feeding tube. He had to be restrained this morning because he was trying to pull out his trach. Thank you for your cards and prayers. After I have the meeting, maybe we can work out a schedule, when you could stop by to see him? That way not everyone will see him at the same time. I don’t know his schedule for his speech. He is talking much better with his trach. He still can’t write, because he is too weak. He hasn’t walked in 8 weeks. He can’t have blood thinner, so he has his legs wrapped to avoid blood clots. He thinks he has cats on his legs. I will keep you posted. He has been through so much in the past 8 weeks. I know he has to think he is in a bad nightmare. I pray that his nightmare will be over soon.

Don’s daughter just called me from his hospital room, and I talked to Don. I could understand him, and he talked normal. His daughter brought one of her son’s with her, and it brightened up his day!!! I had to share this. The doctors and nurses are trying to figure out what medicines to give him. Prayers that they figure it out! It will make such a difference in his recovery.

If you want to send him a card, this would be the address: Select Speciality Hospitality, Rm. 121

Bethesda North Hospital
10500 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242

God Bless You!
Maryann Hinton

Update on Don Hinton [FURTHER UPDATES]

Maryann Hinton has sent another update on Don’s condition:

Dear Friends,

I saw Don’s doctor this morning, and he gave me the following information. Don will be on dialysis 3 times a week. Hopefully, this will be temporary. His heart use to be too fast, now it is too slow. They are monitoring him without heart medicine. He may need a pacemaker. He is using the vent collar during the day, and c-pap at night. He isn’t bleeding anymore. He is off the antibiotic, with no infection. His nurse put socks on his hands, so he doesn’t have to be tied down, which causes him to be agitated. If he continues at this rate, he will be discharged at the end of week. Major prayers that Don’s insurance will approve his long term care at Bethesda North.

Please continue to keep Don in your prayers. He still has a long road to recovery. Also, prayers that he won’t be disoriented. He has been on so many drugs over the last 39 days.

God Bless All of You!
Maryann Hinton

[UPDATE 01/16/14] Maryann writes further:

Dear Magician Friends,

On Thursday Jan 16 Don is going to have a dialysis port procedure at 8:00 a.m, and he is going to have a feeding tube inserted in his stomach at 2:00 p.m. He had dialysis today, and will have it Friday. If he does well with everything, he may be dismissed Monday. Please pray that all the procedures tomorrow go well, and that he will have hope that he will get totally well.

His cardiologist is giving him medication, instead of a pacemaker. Prayers that his health insurance will approve long term care at Bethesda North Hospital.

Thank you for all your prayers.
God Bless You!
Maryann Hinton

Don Hinton — good news!

Don Hinton is still in the hospital, but it seems he is improving. Maryann Hinton sent the following update earlier today:

Dear Friends,

I talked to Don’s morning nurse, and she had some good news. Don is going the 2nd day without using the oxygen on the ventilator. He is hooked up to the ventilator, and it will be used at night. The hospital isn’t going to kick Don out of ICU.

They are going to do therapy on him, to regain his strength this week-end. This morning, his doctor decided to wait on the feeding tube. He feels he has a chance to make it, without doing that procedure. The social worker at the hospital will try again Monday, to convince the insurance to approve his long term care. He has had the nurse call me twice to listen to my voice. Don’s sister from Louisville came down to visit him. Thank you for praying so much for him. Please continue the prayers, that God will heal him! That covers it all! God Bless You!



[UPDATED] Don Hinton in intensive care

Don Hinton

Don Hinton

Via Chuck Arkin, late yesterday, on Facebook:

Don Hinton is in the intensive care unit at Mercy Anderson hospital; according to his wife, his situation has improved during his treatment for pneumonia. He is not allowed calls nor visitors at this time. Mary Ann Hinton appreciates your thoughts and prayers for a good recovery. I will post more information as updates are received from Maryann.

And at around noon today, Maryann Hinton posted an update:

Don had some trouble with his oxygen during the night, but it is now stable. His doctor checked on him, and felt pleased with his progress. Thank you for all your prayers and concern. I will continue to keep you updated. God Bless All of You! Maryann

We all join together to wish Don a speedy and complete recovery.

UPDATE 12/09/13 9:00 PM: Maryann Hinton wrote:

Thank you so much for your prayers for Don. He is improving every day. He was weaned off his ventilator for 2½ hours today. His eyes were open, and he was able to respond to the nurse’s questions. He still had the ventilator tube in his throat. His chest x-ray is improving. He will be weaned off his ventilator again tomorrow. Please continue the prayers. We both thank you for your love and prayers!!!!

UPDATE 12/15/13 7:59 PM: Maryann Hinton wrote:

I just received a phone call from the hospital that Don’s lungs are filling up, and they are going to have to put him back on the ventilator, to prevent a life threatening event. Please put him on every prayer tree you can, for a complete healing. Thank you for all your prayers and support. He did all right the first couple of days off the ventilator, then his blood pressure went up, and then this happened. Don is in God’s hands, and I pray that he heals him. God Bless All of You!

UPDATE 12/20/13 4:20 PM: Maryann Hinton wrote:

Update on my husband’s condition… This morning I went to the hospital, and talked to his nurse. They tried to wean him off the ventilator, and he could only breath for 45 minutes. They are going to try tomorrow, if the numbers are right. I continue to ask for prayers for Don. Thank you for all your prayers.

UPDATE 12/21/13 6:30 PM: Ron Calhoun reports:

This morning Don Hinton pulled out his ventilator tube. He was using an oxygen mask. Everything was going all right up to awhile ago. The nurses are having a hard time waking him up, so they are going to put a bypass mask on him. Maryann is asking for prayers that this works, so he doesn’t have to go back on the ventilator. Thank you for all your prayers.

UPDATE 12/24/13 3:45 PM: A new update from Maryann Hinton:

Dear Friends,

Today, Don’s nurse told me that his lung doctor does not see any improvement on his lung x-ray. He is either retaining fluid again from his congestive heart failure, or he needs a different antibiotic for his pneumonia. He is still getting oxygen from the clip on his nose. He hasn’t been on the vent for 5 days. He is very disoriented. He is making up all kinds of stories, and seeing things. I am requesting prayers that God will help the nurses know how to make him well physically and mentally. Thank you for all your prayers, please keep them going!!! Merry Christmas! Maryann & Don

More on Don Hinton…

Joe Papania in recovery

Joe Papania is currently recovering from foot surgery. He can be contacted at:

Joe Papania, Room C1
c/o Meadowbrook Care Center
8211 Weller Road
Montgomery, OH 45242