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Title: Daniel's health
Post by: gina164 on November 25, 2005, 02:08:03 PM
I just read about Dan's recent medical crisis-

No one answered at the house just now, so I've left a phone message for his brother and will e-mail him, too - to try to get an update.


Feeling worried about our Dear Daniel, Gina


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Henry Long on November 25, 2005, 02:34:45 PM
From www.rejectedunknown.com:

Friday, November 25th, 2005 - WALLER, TX - Daniel Johnston was taken to the Tomball Regional Medical Center Wednesday by emergency medical vehicle. His family called for emergency help when the acclaimed artist and cult song-writer became incoherent and unable to walk.

His father, Bill Johnston - a WWII veteran "Flying Tigers" fighter pilot - noticed a problem with Daniel shaking in the morning and tested his blood sugar. Daniel is a borderline diabetic and receives extensive medication for treatment of manic depression. He is tested daily to control the blood-sugar levels.

His father found the sugar levels low that morning and gave him candy which seemed to improve things. When he had trouble rousing him from sleep late in the afternoon, Daniel was found to be incoherent with trembling arms and hands, unable to speak coherently or even to walk.

Daniel was taken to the area hospital by emergency medical team and is in stable condition in the intensive care unit in Tomball, Texas.

"I thought he was dying," his mother told us.

"We're pretty sure at this point that this is lithium poisoning," his father concluded.

Lithium is the prescription medication used to stabilize patients like Daniel who have a history of mental illness. Daniel was diagnosed as manic-depressive or bi-polar, meaning that your body's chemical state is subject to imbalances resulting in extreme mood swings and even delusional states of mind.

Daniel Johnston gained notoriety in the early 80's first with his hand-made cassette tape albums.  It is these early cassette tapes that has caused some to title Daniel the "father of lo-fi" music.  His exposure grew after an MTV appearance and receiving "Songwriter of the Year" from the Austin Music Awards.  His bouts with success in his music career have always been un-raveled by his manic-depressive extremes, getting him in trouble with the law, and endangering friends and family members, including an incident where he caused the crash of their family plane in 1990.

After many such episodes, Daniel was mis-diagnosed and treated with sedating medications which contained the manic behavior. However, these medications left Daniel listless and unmotivated. Daniel has spent a total of over five years during the last 22 years as a patient in medical institutions.

In the late-1990's lithium carbonate and other medication adjustments brought Daniel to a stable and happy condition. He resumed touring and making albums, including the 1999 "Rejected Unknown" produced by Brian Beatty and "Fear Yourself" with Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse in 2003.

Daniel made regular public appearances and participated in making of the feature length documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston". Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig and produced by Henry Rosenthal, the film received accolades at this year's Sundance Film Festival and at film festivals around the world throughout this year. Sony Pictures Classic has announced official release of the movie in March 2006.

In August of this year, Daniel's family made a last-minute decision to cancel over three weeks of performances in Europe when Daniel reported feeling depressed unlike anything he had experienced for the last six to eight years. "There was just no way to stay on top of it if Daniel could not get regular clinical attention," his father said.  The cancellation disappointed fans in Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and the UK.

There is still no official report on the causes of this episode, but his father speaks with seasoned assurance that it is the result of changes in eating and drinking habits that alter the levels of the medications that build up in the body. Daniel takes multiple prescription medications four times a day. The potentially lethal lithium medication is monitored by regular visits to the clinic to assure that they are high enough to be effective, but not so high as to be dangerous.

Daniel's father says that changes in eating and drinking habits can throw things out of balance quickly, and that Daniel is notorious for sneaking in foods that will affect his diabetes.

Compulsive eating habits are yet another trait of manic-depressives. Consumption of liquids - like soft drinks - can wash the medications out of his system to bring the levels down, or too much salt can cause retention and build-up of medication.

Maintaining safe and effective levels is a weary routine, but manageable, Daniel's father tells us. "But what can you do when he refuses to be concerned about the effects [of his eating compulsions or changes in eating habits]?" he explains.

Daniel is thought to be out of immediate danger, and this episode may dramatize what families living with mental illness experience somewhat routinely.

"This one was scary in a different way," his mother said. "It wasn't [his behavior] that was the problem, it was that he couldn't speak or stand up."


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: dill on November 26, 2005, 02:53:18 AM
Sounds like he is going to make it. I'm thankful for that and will keep Daniel in my thoughts. Get better soon!


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Poonhead on November 26, 2005, 03:07:45 PM
That is very scary.  I know we are all hoping for the best.
I don't really have anything to say, I am stunned.
Keep us posted.


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: gina164 on November 26, 2005, 08:55:41 PM
Hi, again, All -

Dan's brother, Dick, updated me on Dan's situation, and asked me to fill you in a bit -

Dan is medically stable for now, but is now going through serious medication withdrawal, as his docs wanted to get all of the lithium out of his system, and may next try safer meds.

This 'blood cleaning process' is very hard on Dan, both physically and emotionally, as you can imagine.

I'll keep 'you' updated as I learn more.

I will be visiting Dan in person on Dec 5th, 6th and 7th, and am hoping that by then his docs will have gotten him to a more comfortable state, so that I can joyfully share with him the great concern of his fans.

Gina



Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: gina164 on November 27, 2005, 01:49:02 PM
Please be advised that I have learned that Dan's condition REQUIRES that he receive no unnecessary stressors at this time -

That means, unfortunately, NO VISITORS, until such time that he is in the right frame of mind AND also in stable physical health -

I had already planned with Dan to visit him in early Dec, and so I will still go - I am hoping that by then (Dec 5, 6, 7), Dan will be able to receive visitors. If Dan's docs will not allow it, though, I will visit with his family only.

In any case, knowing my sister's history with this sort of thing, it should be 'some time' before the docs get him stabilized -

So, everyone needs to just 'hang tight' for the time being - and keep Dan in your thoughts and in your prayers -

Gina




Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Stallion on November 27, 2005, 10:01:23 PM
I hope Dan comes out of this ok.  He will be in my thoughts and prayers. 


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: wickedwill on November 29, 2005, 03:51:48 AM
Daniel,
Hang in there! The world needs the sunshine you give it! Please take the doctors advice! AND MOST OF ALL KEEP PUNCHING JOE!!!


Much Love Wickedwill!


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: dbeefy on November 29, 2005, 04:32:05 PM
Oh I agree , here's hoping that Dan gets back to his usual self soon, best regards to family and friends too.
Db


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Stress Records on November 29, 2005, 10:19:38 PM
I'm bumping this thread because it needs to remain at the top of the forum. I spent an hour with Daniel on Sunday and he needs all the prayers and kind thoughts he can get.


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: gina164 on November 29, 2005, 11:02:34 PM
I spent an hour with Daniel on Sunday and he needs all the prayers and kind thoughts he can get.

Jeff - I am VERY happy for Dan that you were able to visit him -
It's good that his closest friends are able to sit by his side, hold his hand, and tell him how much he is loved.

I look forward to being able to see him next Monday - and am SO hoping that his condition improves significantly by then, but I had read that the acute kidney failure he experienced can take a long time to recover from...not to mention his need now for safe psychotropic meds...and the adjustment period for those to reach therapeutic levels...

He sure needs a lot of love right now...


Gina





Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: David Cauchi on November 30, 2005, 05:11:55 AM
This is awful news. At least one person in New Zealand's hoping he gets better.


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Stress Records on November 30, 2005, 10:13:06 PM

Jeff - I am VERY happy for Dan that you were able to visit him -
It's good that his closest friends are able to sit by his side, hold his hand, and tell him how much he is loved.



Gina - it's for that very reason that I've been asked to respond in public to some of the things you've posted in this thread. Daniel has some very close personal friends - people who've been his friends anywhere from 6 to 30 plus years in one case. They've known Daniel through his ups and downs and would do absolutely anything for him but unfortunately some of those friends have been told by the person you're doing the speaking for that they should stay away and not visit Daniel in the hospital. When I visited Sunday afternoon I noticed that some rooms did have "no visitor" signs and wondered if I'd be allowed to visit Daniel. Upon arriving at his room I found 3 nurses working on him as he seemed to be having a problem breathing. We waited in the hall for a few minutes and when the nurses came out they told me we could go on in. I was unsure about this since he had sounded so bad just a minute or two before so I introduced myself to one of the nurses and talked about Dan's condition for a minute or two when I asked if she was sure it was okay for him to have visitors. Her response was to go on in there - that "he needs the company".  And he did. I held his hand for most of the hour I was there and told him how much his friendship means to me and how much his life means to this world. I don't know how much he heard and I'm pretty sure he didn't recognize me as he was still having some breathing difficulties and trying to toss and turn a lot but he definitely responded to having his hand held and having Jaimi and I stroke his hair.  Another couple of friends who've visited say the same thing. 

The point of all this is that the doctors and nurses aren't keeping Daniel's friends away from him. There are no flowers or balloons allowed in the Critical Care Unit but as of last night visitors were still welcome. Only one person that I'm aware of thinks it's a good idea to allow Daniel to be left alone when he has now been unconscious without improvement for an entire week and there are good friends who'd like to be at his side.

Which brings me to the difficult part of this post...  You've always been very nice to me both on and off the board and I know you care deeply for Daniel but I feel obligated (okay I've been asked) to let you know that some of his friends who do read this board even though they never post would like to know how somebody who has known about him for less than a year and met him exactly once can be allowed to visit by you know who while THEY would be turned away? There are some people that are very upset about this and I hope you'll understand why.

The person for whom you've been relaying messages spends large amounts of time on the internet and not as much time as he should at the hospital so if he has something to say here please let him say it himself. And while I'm at it the fake newspaper article on rejectedunknown.com is in very poor taste.

I'm sorry if this post rubs some of you the wrong way. One of the best friends I've ever had has now been unconscious for over a week and the notion that ANYBODY would try to keep his friends for seeing him is absurd.


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Gammon Records on December 01, 2005, 10:36:05 AM
A classic sick responce from Jeff.

Gina, as long as YOU have Daniels folks blessings do what you feel is right.

This is a time we should all pull together for Daniel.

Jeff, your post proves nothing.


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: gina164 on December 01, 2005, 10:42:32 AM
Jeff - I have a lot of points to make, so I will list them, to keep them separate -

1) Yes, as I already told you, I was asked by Dick to add 'no visitors' to my post about Dan's health.

2) I had not (and still have not) been to the hospital yet (since it's 2000 miles away), so I had no knowledge of signs of any kind - until now

3) I was asked by Dick to relay this info to the fans (as I told you), and I did, because he didn't want 'just anyone' trying to visit Dan in the ILL state he is in, or to call the CCU at the hospital about Dan (since that takes time away from HIS nurses), and I agreed with that (which I also told you...so, I did not speak 'for Dick only')

4) I was also told by Dick before posting 'no visitors' that close friends HAVE been OK'd by the family to visit Dan, so I wasn't worried about that - 

I should have added that, and regret not doing so...

So, it was MY MISTAKE: Which I will now correct -

"Close friends, please know that you can call the family to let them know you are visiting...."

BTW, Calling the family first seems like a polite thing to do...especially if Dan's family wants to try to coordinate visits...and, I knew that ANY close friend of Dan's would call the family, and would have the number, since Dan lives with his parents still...

5) I told you ALL of this via an e-mail - why not just reply to me personally, and ask me to add on that close friends can easily contact the family to let them know they will be visiting?


6) I knew you wanted to visit Dan, because you told me you were going to before you first did, and I encouraged it, because I knew that other close friends were visiting, and I told you to not worry about Dick (when you said you were concerned about encountering him at the hospital), and I told you that I thought he would know that your visit was good for Dan - even though neither of you would enjoy seeing the other.

But, I also told you that due to the problems that Dick and you have, and Dan's dad and you, that I probably shouldn't announce to Dick that I knew you were planning to visit -

Now, I am announcing it - so that I can end my involvement between you and Dick.

"Dick, I knew Jeff wanted to visit...I did not discourage him, but ENCOURAGED him to, because I knew it would be good for Dan....I did not tell you because I do not want to do anything to damage our relationship, because I have nothing to do with the beef you two have."

Once again, Jeff, you knew I knew that friends were visiting...

I only posted what I did because I also believe 100% that Dan needs to rest, and should not have 'just anyone' visiting him - I told you that also via e-mail, so why accuse me of talking for someone else? ...please do not assume things.

I now wish I had simply added, 'close friends' can call the family....

I am disappointed, Jeff, that you did not just call me, or e-mail, but instead chose to post to me publically...PLEASE try to interact with me directly - I have no desire for intrigue...

And, I have no desire to get involved with any 'beef' you have with anyone-

In fact, I have done the opposite, and I have even told you that I will always defend your friendship with and love for Dan, if ever need be.
Perhaps you are pushing me on that...if so, I hope you can see that you have now been defended...

BUT, I also told you that the last thing Dan needs right now is for you to go around bad-mouthing anyone in his family -

PLEASE try to not do so....it's just not necessary....and it IS counter-productive, at least with me...

You could have simply just asked me to add that I had learned that close friends are being allowed in...

Annoucing that the nurses are allowing people in without asking who on Earth they are is NOT good for Dan!

THAT is exactly why I had no problem with adding 'no visitors' when Dick asked me to -
Now, I want to call the hospital myself and ask them to screen visitors....

Gina

Jordy - thanks for the reply - what I said to jeff, I want to say to you, too - this is not a time to attack one another...that part is 'no healthy,' as you say...


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: gina164 on December 01, 2005, 11:50:02 AM
Just wanted to clarify - From what I have been told by Dick and by the nurses, Dan is 'not unconscious' (not in a coma, in other words - I don't want what Jeff wrote to confuse anyone).  As far as I know, he is very heavily sedated, though.

Also, I am traveling to San Diego tomorrow, to visit my manic-depressive sister, and then to Texas on Monday, to "hopefully" get to visit Dan -

I return home next Thursday, and will post again about Dan's health then -

Keep sending your positive thoughts, and prayers, his way -
Gina


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Stress Records on December 01, 2005, 06:44:35 PM
I'm sorry if you got your feelings hurt Gina. The message I was trying to pass along as nicely as possible is that most of Daniel's friends don't look to the message board for permission to visit and more friends than I can count on one hand think you should butt out and mind your own business. But I'm sure others feel the same about me.   :evil:

By the way congratulations on becoming a news source.

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/news/05-11/29.shtml


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Stress Records on December 01, 2005, 07:29:59 PM
One quick thing to add - if anything I've said in this thread causes Daniel to spend less time alone that's GREAT! Even if he ends up being guarded around the clock from me that's fine as long as someone is there. He spent too much time alone over the weekend and my guess is that won't happen again.


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Henry Long on December 01, 2005, 07:55:01 PM
Seriously, Jeff. You're coming off really arrogant here. If that's how you do "nicely as possible", it ain't very nice.

In fact, it's down right nasty.

If "...most of Daniel's friends don't look to the message board for permission to visit..." then what does it matter? This Forum is for his fans, far and wide. Not everyone has had the pleasure to know him for 30 years and sell his art and tapes. But that certainly in no way lessens the integrity or sincerity of friends (and fans) who have known him for a short time. It's not a competition. It's respect.

And "...more friends than I can count on one hand think you should butt out and mind your own business..." is totally uncalled for. Jesus.

I really struggled over posting anything here in response, Jeff, because honestly it's NOT ABOUT YOU. But after some reflection, I wanted to point out that you're the one coming off insensitive here, not somebody else. It's a scary thing when someone you love is ill, especially ill in the hospital with the kinds of issues Daniel is dealing with. So I'm sure you're stressed more than usual and maybe not thinking before hitting "Post." It's understandable. Just try to be aware that your comments are sounding hurtful, jealous, paranoid and manipulative. And I'm not turning this into a personal attack, either. I'm just letting you know the intentions of his friends and fans are ALL GOOD. Okay?

I truly thank Gina for her updates and honesty, and know that she takes our prayers and Positive Energy with her on her upcoming visit to Daniel.

Keep us posted, Gina, and good luck with your visit with your sister!

Keep Punchin Joe.

PS.  ..."guarded around the clock from me..."   ???? What the...?



Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Stress Records on December 01, 2005, 08:03:04 PM
Thanks for comments/feedback Henry. I take anything you have to say very seriously.

Just to clarify I wasn't refering to myself when I mentioned someone knowing him 30 years as I've known him a few years less than that. And the "being guarded" comment was in reference my not expecting to be welcomed back after all this soap opera stuff. Again no attack perceived in what you say and I appreciate it. Hopefully the thread will return to Daniel and his health.


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Gammon Records on December 02, 2005, 12:44:39 PM

By the way congratulations on becoming a news source.

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/news/05-11/29.shtml

Just to keep facts very clear John from Important Records was the person who informed the tripwire, not Gina.


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: gina164 on December 02, 2005, 03:50:33 PM
I want to let my fellow fans know that:

1) I ended my friendship with Jeff T.

2) I am going to sign-off of this forum after Dan's housewarming gift is completed, to minimize the targets of Jeff's displeasure - my friendshgip with Dan will continue in private, where all of his friendships belong -

3) I have asked Dick to update Dan's fans if and when there is a significant change in his condition - I am sure that he will post as need be -

4) About my trip - although the family OK'd my visiting, it was also suggested that I delay my trip until a time when Dan can 'be fully present' for it -

I decided to do so, and so I will NOT be traveling to Texas on Monday, after all -

I think that covers it -

You will only see me on the housewarming threads now -

I will be praying, along with everyone else who cares about Dan, that he recovers fully and can actually enjoy his new home -

Respectfully, Gina164
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

PS - one last thing - to Jeff: this will be my LAST time addressing you -

PLEASE take a good long look at your behaviors on here, and via e-mail. etc

Your attacks against Dan's family are 'sad,' basically - and simply, 'mean' - please leave them alone....and me, too -

One other thing -  your post about Laurie is 'sick' - please leave her alone, too -
Try to cope with your feelings without acting out against everyone else in Dan's life - you may find it less 'stress'-ful on everyone, including you, in the long run...as Henry, so wisely told you, this is NOT ABOUT YOU.











Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Stress Records on December 02, 2005, 04:18:15 PM
Gina I thought I was through with this thread last night but you seem to be insisting on some kind of response. It isn't about me and it isn't about you.  I tried to let you know that some of what you were posting was offensive and untrue. I've been put in place - Henry chastized me quite thoroughly without it sounding like a personal attack. You're the one going on and on and on. Your references to me attacking anyone in his family are overstated and it seems to me your latest comment about Laurie is out of line. Can we stop this now and go back to the subject matter?


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: David Cauchi on December 03, 2005, 07:38:36 PM
On ya, Gina. Kia kaha.

Jesus Jeff, you're a piece of work, aren't you? Two out of the last three times I've popped in here for a gander I've been blown away by your antics. And on this thread in particular ... unbelievable.

God I hope Dan's unaware of all this crap.


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: God Dylan on December 04, 2005, 10:19:40 AM
It's Sunday, my day of rest.  Is there a current update on Mr. Johnston's condition?


Thanks!

God


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Gammon Records on December 05, 2005, 11:14:25 AM
I can't seem to sleep much these days. I find myself thinking of all the great times I've had with Dan. We've helped each other out in so many ways. I can't help but laugh at times too. I'm lucky to have met Dan and spent so much time with him. We have a lot or running jokes that have been going on for years. We have played hours of music for one another. I have watched him around the world play his music live for others.

Right now is the time to remember all the good.

Danny loves Xmas. Wehn I see a tree or lights I think of him now. I remember talking with Dan last July and when I was about to hang up the phone he wished me a merry xmas.

Being the good Jew that I am I put up a xmas tree in my apartment last night. Everytime I hung a ball it made me smile. I'm going to party a little harder this xmass. A little for me and a lot for Dan.

Remember, with all the limitations Dan has had in his life time he is an over achiever. He’s a champion. He’s a hero.

Let hope the New Year does right by Dan.


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Henry Long on December 05, 2005, 04:15:03 PM
YES!

He IS a hero, Jordy. A symbol for anybody with a dream and a heart the size of a Texas ham. And the story ain't even on chapter 3 yet. What is to come, I have no doubt, will blow us all away. Certainly his music will spread and catch fire once the film comes out, but I'm talking years from now. The way 16 year old kids now mention that they are  influenced by The Velvet Undergound.  A record that nobody bought almost 40 years ago but heard around the world in the coolest bedrooms, headphones and living rooms. Even on the turntables of Heads of State!

He is a symbol to anyone out there that goes against the ****ing machine: You don't have to be skinny, wear black, eat vegetarian or save the damn rainforests to make it. Hell, you don't even have to be necessarily good looking!
 
If you got talent, a vision, and a belief that what you are doing means something, you can be whatever you think you'll be. Daniel represents that for me. Completely.

Man, when I was a kid, all I wanted to be was an artist. Comic books, album covers, Picasso...it didn't matter. I just really believed in what I loved more than anything: Creating stuff. Here I am, 43. Painting, drawing, writing...creating everyday. Surrounded by paintings, about to marry a fellow artist, living in a working studio! This past Friday I had a show at the Wilmington Public Library of 32 new pieces, sold 6 of them and made over 2 Grand. (Bought myself a warm leather wool-lined winter coat for $109.00!!!) Point is, Daniel reminds me, when things get a little hairy between shows, or the rent is due, or the muses have gone to sleep for the night, to NEVER QUIT. NEVER. Never give in to the naysayers, the critics. Let the non-believers be.

So, yeah, Christmas and Daniel? Makes sense to me, like Dicken's Christmas Carol and Dean Martin singing "Baby it's Cold Outside." It all comes down to Faith, brother, and for me, Daniel is the epitome of Faith.

May the powers that be protect him, and nourish him back to good health!



Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: wickedwill on December 05, 2005, 07:15:32 PM
YES!

He IS a hero, Jordy. A symbol for anybody with a dream and a heart the size of a Texas ham. And the story ain't even on chapter 3 yet. What is to come, I have no doubt, will blow us all away. Certainly his music will spread and catch fire once the film comes out, but I'm talking years from now. The way 16 year old kids now mention that they are  influenced by The Velvet Undergound.  A record that nobody bought almost 40 years ago but heard around the world in the coolest bedrooms, headphones and living rooms. Even on the turntables of Heads of State!

He is a symbol to anyone out there that goes against the ****ing machine: You don't have to be skinny, wear black, eat vegetarian or save the damn rainforests to make it. Hell, you don't even have to be necessarily good looking!
 
If you got talent, a vision, and a belief that what you are doing means something, you can be whatever you think you'll be. Daniel represents that for me. Completely.

Man, when I was a kid, all I wanted to be was an artist. Comic books, album covers, Picasso...it didn't matter. I just really believed in what I loved more than anything: Creating stuff. Here I am, 43. Painting, drawing, writing...creating everyday. Surrounded by paintings, about to marry a fellow artist, living in a working studio! This past Friday I had a show at the Wilmington Public Library of 32 new pieces, sold 6 of them and made over 2 Grand. (Bought myself a warm leather wool-lined winter coat for $109.00!!!) Point is, Daniel reminds me, when things get a little hairy between shows, or the rent is due, or the muses have gone to sleep for the night, to NEVER QUIT. NEVER. Never give in to the naysayers, the critics. Let the non-believers be.

So, yeah, Christmas and Daniel? Makes sense to me, like Dicken's Christmas Carol and Dean Martin singing "Baby it's Cold Outside." It all comes down to Faith, brother, and for me, Daniel is the epitome of Faith.

May the powers that be protect him, and nourish him back to good health!



WELL SAID UNCLE GUMMO!!!
I WISH I WOULD HAVE WROTE THAT!!!


Seems like almost everday is X-Mas time for Daniel! When I first started to correspond with him thats how almost every conversation ended!

I expect a stocking full of good health and happy ending that a hero is worthy of!

Hang in there Dan!

Keep Punching Joe!


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Gammon Records on December 06, 2005, 09:50:19 AM
Henry,

Man, you said it (and you said it very well).

I'm not sure what I can do to make things better other then "talk with God". I have never really done that before but I've been trying.

The waiting is the hardest part. That and not knowing. It pulls me down and makes me over think. It keeps me up at night.

The one thing I see on the boards is to many hurt feelings. What's it all worth anyways? And why does it happen?

We all need to rise up now. We need to do what's right for Daniels folks and for Daniel himself.

All of us need to count our blessings this Holiday.



Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: gina164 on December 06, 2005, 11:38:40 AM
Hi, All  -

Glad to see many hearts embracing what matters most - LOVE and gratitude.

I had a good trip to visit my sis - her meds have been changed and she is more coherent and happy than I've seen her in a long time - I, of course, thought of Dan and hoped the same for him, in time -

Some people chose to e-mail me - just to let you know, my computer crashed last week and although I can still access this site, I am unable to send any e-mails from my computer right now...so, I will need to borrow a friend's computer to reply to each of you -

I wanted to address something, though - One forum member tried to dissuade me from leaving the forum - that was nice, but I have since realized that I really do prefer to keep my friendship with Dan, and his family, private now.

One last thing I wanted to say here -

Dan is the most honest man I have ever met - what his fans hear in his songs and see in his artwork IS who he is - he has the heart of an angel, but unfortunately haunted by demons.

Praying is not my forte, also -

Still....I pray that angels now surround Dan...and are leading him to wherever he is meant to go...

Selfishly, I also pray that Dan will have a healthy Christmas and a wonderful new year - because I want him to experience:

His new home
The movie release
and, the MANY new fans to follow...

Staying strong, and hoping that Dan can too -
Gina


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Henry Long on December 07, 2005, 07:07:42 AM
Gina-

Love and Gratitude indeed. Long live Dr. Emoto!!!

I understand and support your decision.
Of course you will be missed. The circumstances of you choosing to no longer post are just unfortunate, but honestly were I in your shoes, I might do the same. Know that NOBODY wants you to leave this forum!

Take a break, enjoy the holidays, keep in touch with Daniel...but once in awhile, let us know what YOU"RE up to, okay? You can keep private things private and still share your enthusiasm and wisdom with us Yip/Jump people.

BY the way, Emma and I are using "Love Defined" for our wedding song! Just a boom box and a CD. (The only other song involved is "Ben" by Crispin Glover, but that's another story altogether...)

Love and Gratitude, Gina.

I'll be in touch.



Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: dbeefy on December 07, 2005, 09:38:02 AM
I don't have time for a long email since I'm in work, but  -

Henry - yes, you definitely said it there man. I'm printing that post out and am going to stick it on the wall at home.

Jordy - agree with yours also. This Xmas will be raising a glass or several to Dan, and playing lots of his music :)

Gina - also agree , it'd be a shame to see you go for good from here - keep posting if you can , although not on more private matters.


I have to say as someone not close to where it's all going on - I'm getting the feeling that Dan's condition is very serious. Just want to say that my thoughts are with everyone. I'd say that I was spiritual rather than religious , but I'm sending all the good vibes I can towards Texas - and of course wish you well Dan. More than anything I hope you get to see the film released, and lots of people discovering your stuff. I hear it in my heart, and it'll be cool if the wider world gets it too.

-Henry , that line of yours about the Velvet Underground - spot on man, that's going to happen.

anyway better go for now. Strange writing this in the middle of a very busy office where everyone's working on marketing / comms type stuff. It's all about communicating to people eh :)





Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Jocookie on December 07, 2005, 01:03:51 PM
I'm with dbeefy, although i don't know the full story my thoughts are with Daniel and his family at this time.
I keep thinking back to when I met him in May after a show at the Cluny in Newcastle. I talked (talked being a bit of an exageration as i was a bit awestruck) to him after the show, he signed my C.D's and was really sweet to me. I hate to think that coming to England stressed him out in any way and really hope I will see him perform again someday.
In the meantime I too will be sending all the positive vibes I can manage towards Daniel while listening to my favourite songs and reflecting on the past year.
Let's hope Daniel gets all the help he needs and is well enough to enjoy a happy and peaceful Christmas with his friends and family, Jo x.


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: gina164 on December 09, 2005, 11:43:29 AM
Update!

Altho I don't want to go into anything medical, since all of that stuff is not totally solved yet, I just wanted to let everyone know that I've been told that Daniel's making progress!

He's not out of the woods yet, as he is dealing with a serious health crisis...but, rays of light at the end of the tunnel back to US have begun to show through his angelic spirit! 

I've happily received news this morning that when he comes 'round, he is his regular loving self, and Dick has even heard him singing a song to a nurse! What a sweetheart our superhero is!

Also, even though he may still be in the hospital in January, I have been given the full OK by the family to proceed with my trip plans to visit him during the second week of the month!

YIPPEE!!!!

Gina





Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: cheddarcat on December 11, 2005, 07:15:16 AM
I just want to say thank you for the updates gina and please don't leave the forum.
people seem to get so "possessive" of dan..... you seem like a genuinely nice and authentic person who obviously cares about dan and isn't trying to "exploit" him in any way. so- god bless.
once again i've been out of loop and haven't been following this thread til just now so i hope the improvement in his health continues, please let us know! and when you visit give him a hug from 'judy/cheddarcat in boston,' if he remembers me& it seems appropriate.. etc. etc.
happy thoughts, healthy thoughts for dan & his family


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: gina164 on December 12, 2005, 12:15:48 PM
Thanks, Cheddar -

Yep - Dan has a true blue friend in me - too bad I live in Cali, though - but, at least I can visit him now and again - and buy his artwork :-)

Well - I look forward to seeing him for a few days in January, and 'presenting' our fan-forum gift to him then.  Even if he's still in the hospital at that point in time, it would certainly brighten up his stay there!

Gina

PS - Time has passed, and I have decided to 'hang in' on the forum, but to be selective about what threads I post in and to keep my friendship with Dan private - other than to now be known as a recently-formed friend of his.

Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to stick around.





Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Gammon Records on December 13, 2005, 06:25:47 PM
Gina~

I'm happy with both stuck around.

This is a good thing.


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: gina164 on December 13, 2005, 06:38:59 PM
Hi, Jordy -

I assume you meant that 'we both stuck around' -

If so, "Yes - that's a good thing."

See you around here!
Happy Holidays,

Gina


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: zabraski on December 15, 2005, 11:10:44 PM
well ive been away from all news for the past few weeks after my epic roadtrip in moving from vegas to austin.

So have just read the news regarding dan,  i send my best wishes and hope he pulls though...Hes always been a fighter and shall be back and puching joe soon.

dunno what i can do to help, but if theres an address for me to send a card or to visit, please let me know.


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: wickedwill on December 16, 2005, 12:42:06 AM
Gina~

I'm happy with both stuck around.

This is a good thing.

Yes this is a good thing! It is why this forum is here!


Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: Henry Long on December 17, 2005, 07:34:07 AM
Zabraski-

Hope move went well. I'm sure there's a story in there somewhere..."Vegas to Austin: A Story."
Anyway, the address to send get well greetings, Xmas cards or what have you is this:

Daniel Johnston
6117 Magnolia
Katy, Texas 77484

The address to send prayers, wishes, and positive healing thoughts is:

Behind Your Eyes
Quietly
Inward and Outward to the Powers That Be



Title: Re: Daniel's health
Post by: wickedwill on December 18, 2005, 12:51:55 AM
Keep Punching Joe!