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FROM HIS WIFE: UPDATE ON HOUSTON FIRE CAPTAIN BILL DOWLING

     

Monday, July 8, 2013 It's funny how the small things become so exciting when your in a situation like I am. The first 3 days in ICU, the nurses were in the room with Bill almost 24/7. I stayed on pins and needles, and watched their facial expressions to see if I could read what they were really thinking. (They have obviously learned how... to keep a poker face, because I could never tell!) The past few days, Bill seems to being doing a little better. The best thing ever, today, was when we had a lot of left over food, and we offered the nurses to come in a fix themselves a plate. When I saw Bill's nurse come in a fix a plate, I wanted to cry. I was so happy that she felt comfortable enough to leave him for a few minutes, to make a plate of food. It doesn't seem like much, but to me it was glorious. She just wanted some food, but to me it was so much more.
 
Tomorrow will be a tough day for the Houston Fire Department, and my prayers go out to all of the men and women that serve this city and it's community. My heart especially aches for the families of Robert Garner, Anne Sullivan, Matthew Renaud and Robert Bebe. Capt. William Dowling truly cared about his crew, and about every single Houston Firefighter. I just want to make sure that those family members know how much he cared.
 
Bill will be going into surgery tomorrow at 7:30. This will probably be a trend for some time to come. Surgery, break, surgery, break. He looks good, and he turned his head towards us when we were talking to him. Baby steps, but I will take them.
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