By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN Thanksgiving wasn’t the same for Brian Danielson and his family this year as he spent the day recovering in the burn unit at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).
For Danielson, Nov. 10 was just another day of harvest as he was finishing up the last field of beans.
Then, his combine overheated and Danielson began working on the radiator hose while he waited for tools, according to his CaringBridge site. (Note: to sign his guest book on Caring Bridge, or find out what address to send cards, click here.)
He removed the clamp on the hose, which had been under pressure. Hot water and radiator fluid sprayed his face, left arm, back, and right knee.
The Cokato Ambulance took Danielson to Meeker Memorial Clinic, where he was treated for second and third degree burns.
The next day, he was transferred to the burn unit at HCMC, where he is currently recovering.
Since then, Brian has had two skin grafts and is being monitored since he is considered somewhat of a special case having undergone a kidney transplant just over a year ago.
Though his wife Jody is unsure exactly when Brian will be able to come back home, he is in good spirits.
“He’s amazing. He has done extremely well,” Jody said. “I give extra credit to God for Brian’s faith for pulling him through that, and all the prayers,” she added.
Despite this recent incident, the couple have a lot to be thankful for.
“We thank everybody from the bottom of our hearts that helped get the harvest out,” Jody said, also giving thanks to those who fed the hard workers.
The harvest was completed Nov. 23, with the help of their son Keaton, Brian’s brothers Duane and Sherman Danielson, Morris, Dan and Caleb Latt, Tory Keith, and Dallas Danielson.
While in the hospital, the couple were happy to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary Nov. 17.
On the CaringBridge site is a poem from Melia, Ashley, and Keaton to their parents. The following is an excerpt from the Anniversary Poem.
“Many memories and adventures in their story of life, bringing them closer as husband and wife.
With God as their focus, and love for each other, we’re blessed to have them as father and mother.
Together they made their house a home, now celebrating their 30th next to the dome.
This is one small chapter in their story of life, but they’ll continue their journey as husband and wife.”
On Brian’s CaringBridge site, Jody gives daily updates on his condition, along with Bible verses and messages of hope.
Nov. 16, she shared her family verse, Phil 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
To read more of Brian’s journal or to leave a message, visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/briandanielson.
Cards may also be sent to: Hennepin County Medical Center, Attn. Brian Danielson: Burn Unit, 701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1829.