Status Report on Mary Witmer, 181105

It’s been a long day of ups and downs, but one that on net seems to have ended well.

At about 8:30 AM Mary’s heart slipped back into afib. So disappointing. But then this evening at about 7:00 PM it once again converted back to sinus. Mary had just been praying and immediately credited God’s power as the explanation for this latest turn.

Her appetite is back, she is now independently ambulatory, and she was especially encouraged by a hot shower and shampoo late this afternoon.

But the most significant development of the day occurred when her surgeon, Dr. Klemperer, walked into the room and said, “I don’t see why you can’t plan to go home tomorrow, even with afib. I think that it’ll clear up in time.”

So the plan to depart EMMC for Monson is now in motion. Exciting and scary. Scary because Monson is a long way from this hospital.

Earlier this morning I drove across town to have studded tires put back on the van. What should have taken two hours turned into four and a half hours due to a number of factors. I so wanted to get back to Mary’s bedside, so it became a great test of patience. I probably got a C- on that test.

All three of our sons and their families continue to be in touch regularly. We also continue to note the comments and expressions of support from so many others — including you, perhaps. Thanks so much. It’s brought us tremendous encouragement.

Until next time — hopefully from Monson.

Daryl E. Witmer

Posted in Blog | Comments


  1. Jim Hinshaw
    Posted November 5, 2018 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    We are praying daily for you and Mary. Thanks for keeping us updated each day! We will continue to pray daily as you face new challenges. Love in Christ, Jim and Evelyn Hinshaw
    Norfolk, Virginia

  2. Gina Plain
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Praying all will go well from here on as you get ready to go home. I’m guessing Mary’s “chauffeur” couple is flexible and have been waiting for the “go ahead”?

  3. Debbie Falkenburg
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Still praying and standing with you. Glad to hear of Mary’s progress. Praying that the Lord will give you peace about going home or if not He will put a stop to it, but only a gentle stop. Afib seems to be common but beatable
    Sorry to hear about 4 hours to get tires changed. Remember to ask for help. Would that have been something someone else could have done for you? Even Monson is not too far to drive if there is anything I can do. If you find you need something brought from Bangor to Monson, give me a call. May our Lord continue to watch over and heal Mary. Love Debbie

  4. Beverly King
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    So glad to hear the latest news on Mary. We’ll be praying for a speedy recovery and a good ride home from hospital today. Maranatha Riverside is also praying for both of you. I know she must be anxious to get home.

  5. Jessica
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Don’t you just wish the tests would stop coming? But then if God is rewarding us, shouldn’t we want more tests? A conundrum. We are praying for continued health and healing, for patient endurance, and stress levels to remain at peace. Love from our family to yours.

  6. Eugene Witmer
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Good to talk last night…..with the others, family and friends, it’s good to know of many prayers…

  7. Marlene Groff
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    I Praise God for Mary’s progress. Praying for this transition to home…. and for caregivers involved. You both are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Aunt Marlene

  8. Scott and Karen sant
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Daryl and Mary, we love you guys and are praying for Mary’s complete healing ..and for all of you as you adjust to some new normals.
    Our love and prayers are with you
    Karen and Scott

Post a Comment

Your email is kept private. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>