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@DanRiehl Update 27 October 2012

Posted on | October 27, 2012 | 29 Comments

by Smitty

FAIRFAX, VA–I trundled around in Fairfax Station for three hours this morning. Nice McMansions, including a family named Riehl that allowed no relationship to Famous Blogger Dan. After lunch at the excellent Four Sisters, I headed over to see the Carnivorous Conservative.

INOVA Fairfax is a mad place. You park in the Gray Lot, walk through one building, take an elevator up, walk through a connecting hallway, and into the main tower. Dan had been moved from Intensive Care to a slightly less intensive area one floor up.  Whether the name of his new digs are ‘Intermediate’ or ‘Medical’ care was unclear, but he’s gone from the second to the third floor in the tower.

And joy was had, then uploaded to Twitter:

Dan is improving. He didn’t care to delve into the specifics of his condition, but I was to understand that he was fairly close to done with life on Wednesday, when he checked in. Seeing him conscious, he looked a couple of orders of magnitude better than yesterday in the ICU. The moral support of the blogs and Twitter and friends is helping. Stacy McCain called after seeing the second tweet listed here, and offered encouragement, but holding a phone conversation ran Dan out of breath rather rapidly.

If the Hurricane Sandra hasn’t cleaned the stores out entirely, I’ll see about liberating a case of Diet Coke and then check in on Dan tomorrow afternoon. It’s the least I can do. As a commenter on an earlier post noted, you’re dropping a mortgage payment a day for the privilege of being in a hospital. So do remember Dan Riehl’s tipjar in the right column on his blog.


  • Daezy

    Hallelujah! Godspeed, Dan. Looking good, and we all miss you. Be very well, and hurry back. LotsOfLove (LOL)

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  • lonely conservative

    So glad to see Dan enjoying a Diet Coke. Will pray for a speedy recovery.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Get well soon Dan! And yes we are continuing to fight.

  • Adrienne

    Smitty – Bless you for bringing us updates. Many of us are so worried and care so much for Dan. News of his condition is little to none. Thank you…

  • Dianna Deeley

    Thanks, Smitty.

  • benning76

    I LOVE the special, hi-tech moustache protector! Gotta get me one. Hmmm …. wonder if it gets WiFi …

    Get Better, Dan!

    Thanks, Smitty!

  • Jackie Wellfonder

    So glad he is doing better!

  • Bob Belvedere

    Thanks, Chris.

  • McGehee

    I knew Dan was too cantankerous to go quietly. The Grim Reaper is elsewhere in the tower hoping all his fractures will knit quickly.

  • Monitor2112

    Alright! Glad to hear he is on his way back. I’ll continue to pray for a speedy recovery, as will the entire congregation at my church.

  • Zilla of the Resistance

    I am so happy to see Dan is doing better! I hope he gets out of that place soon too. There is no place like home.

  • SDN

    Smitty, if he’ll give you the access, see what you can do about the major troll infestation on his blog, particularly in the comments for the Pasquale articles.

    I haven’t seen anything that vile since thor was last at proteinwisdom.

  • Kim Priestap

    Thank God!

  • Mike G.

    Mortgage payment a day?…What kind of house do you have? My recent overnight stay in our local hospital was in the neighborhood of 15,000 plus fees for doctors, CT scan, ect. And that wasn’t in the ICU, either. ( The biggest cost was the drugs.)

  • Roderic Deane

    Great to see him amongst the living and awake! Go Dan, go!

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  • Lee Hernly

    Great to see Dan doing better. Prayers for a speedy recovery. Dan’s tip jar hit.

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  • Adrienne Ross

    Praying for Dan–and expecting the Lord Jesus’ healing power to manifest in Dan’s life.

    Thank you for the update.

  • Bob Belvedere

    While I agree with your sentiments 100%, let’s not get carried away: Dan has never ‘looked good’.

  • RichFader

    Diet? If I get that close to death, I want the good stuff. I’m just sayin’.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    The Mexican coca cola, the stuff made out of sugar not high fructose corn syrup.

  • Always On Watch

    The second floor offers something called “stepped down care.” I know that because, in 2009, my husband was moved from the ICU for stroke care to stepped down care.”

    Often, one goes to a rehab facility when released from stepped down care. Maybe Riehl will be lucky and get to go home once he’s well enough to qualify for a regular room.

  • Couranto

    I have Dan as one of my feeds on my little news aggregator at I had been wondering why the updates stopped. I am so happy to hear. Thank God!

  • TBinSTL

    I’m a respiratory therapist on ICU rotation and I’ve gotta say its very encouraging to see him on just supplemental O2 and breathing on his own this quickly. I’d love to have a peek at his blood gasses but I’m sure he’s receiving the best of care. That facility has a fine rep in my professional circles….

  • Charles Hammond Jr

    I was about to raise a mug in honor of Dan Riehl’s life. I’m glad I have to put that off for a while longer.

    Instead I will raise a mug in order to wish Dan well and wish him a speedy recovery.

    **Raises Mug**

  • Steve Schippert

    Thanks, Smitty. I’ll be stealing the text of this to post over at Dan’s to send his readers who’ve not already seen this.

    Dan gets deathly sick and sends a friggin’ hurricane back up to us in Jersey out of spite. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.