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TUESDAY REPORT - June 26, 2007

Tracy is beginning to improve quite nicely and the doctor approved him to eat solid food this last week. Although he can only consume a half a cup serving, he is doing fine. His most recent lab results were better than the results from 2 weeks before surgery. His creatinine level dropped almost a whole point in a week's time. Praise the Lord!! We began practice this week, after not singing for nearly 2 months, and it feels good to be gearing up. We are looking forward to being back on the road full-force soon. We will be singing special music this week in Rio Linda, California, and Tracy will preach. Next Sunday night, July 8th, we hope to be back in concert in Woodland, California. We have a very busy fall tour that will take us out to New England, up into Canada and bring us home sometime in November, so please continue to pray for health and safety! God is so GOOD and has proven His faithfulness to us once again. We appreciate those of you who have stood by us and prayed for us and helped us financially over these last couple months. It has been a huge blessing and we are indeed grateful! We're not out of the woods quite yet. We're still in need of some financial help, as we will still have only a light schedule until August.

FINANCIAL NEEDS - June 26, 2007

As the Dartts enter Tracy's time of surgery and recovery, we will be off the road and therefore unable to bring in funds from love offerings and music sales, which is our only source of regular income. The Dartts have many financial obligations and we are in need of funds in order to meet these ongoing expenses. OUR EXPENSES WILL CONTINUE, BUT STARTING NOW, OUR INCOME HAS COME TO A VERY REAL HALT. We are asking YOU to prayerfully consider helping us meet these financial needs. We are asking you to take action and have a part in helping us through this challenging time. You can help by praying for us, by making a donation, and by purchasing our music from our online store.
Donations can be made payable and sent to;
The Dartts
P. O. Box 1776
Suisun City, CA 94585

We are able to receive donations by debit card and credit card as well. If you would like to use this method, please call us at 1-707-438-7777.

TUESDAY REPORT - June 19, 2007

Tracy continues to improve. There hasn't been a whole lot to report. He's getting more of an appettite, but not able to act on it quite yet as his food serving size allowance is still quite limited. Protien shakes & Green Food drinks have been a great help to supplement the small amounts of liquid foods he can eat. Tomorrow Tracy will be meeting once again with his surgeon, who is hoping, at that time, to increase his food allowances to include meats. Tracy is feeling good, looks great, & is still able to be without any of the pills he was formerly taking, for the time being, yet his numbers are still looking good as well. Please keep praying & thanks to those of you who have also acted to help with your financial offerings.

FRIDAY UPDATE - June 8, 2007

A good lab result for Tracy was reported today, showing an improvement in the reduction of his creatinine level. Also showing that his potassium, magnesium, & CO2 levels are good at present, in spite of the fact that since surgery, Tracy has hardly taken any of the supplements that his normal health regimen includes. His blood HCT count has improved, even though he hasn't had a blood building shot since he was released from the hospital. Across the board, Tracy's lab levels are all improving from what they were. Please continue to pray!


Tracy is still making some progress. The staple removal procedure went fine last Thursday. The doctor upped his intake quota of protien in order to deal with Tracy's nausea. That has been a definite improvement on cutting down his getting sick. His liquid/liquified food allowances were increased very slightly. He doesn't have much energy, though he is off of his pain meds now, unless he just has to have them. Tracy says, "Thanks to those of you who have been praying and thanks also to those who are reaching out to help us financially by sending their love offerings. Though I am improving, the process is slow, and the scheduling of upcoming doctor visits & my current physical condition has moved us to make the difficult decision to cancel our Pacific Northwest tour. We need to stay a little closer to home for a few more weeks." Please continue to pray.


Well, as of today, we are having to cancel our North West Coast Tour which takes us to Washington, Oregon and Idaho due to Tracy's slow recovery. We were hoping that we would be able to do this tour, but Tracy is just not ready. We apologize for any inconvenience to those who may have been looking foward to seeing us. Please continue to pray, as this means more time off the road. We are continuing to trust God to provide our needs while at home. We thank you all for the prayers and support given to us over the last several weeks. It is much-needed and we greatly appreciate it! God Bless!


Tracy is recovering pretty well. Although he's having some challenges with nausea, the doctors seem to think he's progressing successfully. This week is a week of doctor visits for Tracy. Today, his kidney specialist told him that his metabolic levels were looking good, and that for the time being he could refrain from taking some of the pills he's been having to take for years, potassium and magnesium. Tracy is able to get up and down the stairs at home, as needed. On Thursday he is due back in Sacramento to have his incision staples removed. Please continue to pray for his further and increasingly successful progress.


4pm Pacific Time - Tracy is now at home & resting well. The surgeon was pleased with his progress, as she was prepared to keep him in the hospital for another week or two if necessary. He is mobile as needed & he didn't have to bring any tubes/iv's or monitors home with him. He's due to return for a hospital visit next Thursday the 30th. Keep up the prayers, thanks, and God bless. We will continue to post updates when more information is available.

THURSDAY REPORT - May 24, 2007

We have been told this morning that Tracy is supposed to come home today. We are preparing to go get him. We will update with more info later today.


Tracy is continuing to progress. Had a little pain medication today, but he has been allowed to increase his intake of fluids, etc. Still gets hiccups now and then. Overall, he is improving.

TUESDAY REPORT - May 22, 2007

Today, Tracy had the tube removed from his nose/throat. He's been without pain medications all day. The surgeon said that the x-ray taken last night looked good enough that Tracy didn't need another x-ray today & they started him today on a very limited regiment of liquids. Please keep Tracy lifted up in prayer & please pray for our finances.


5:20pm Pacific time - Just a short while ago, Tracy's nurse listened to his abdominal area & stated that she heard positive intestinal sounds & said that it must mean that the intestines are beginning to function. He is headed down for another x-ray at 6pm Pacific time. We are praying that everything begins to function as fully and as soon as possible. Please pray with us toward that end.

MONDAY REPORT - May 21, 2007

12:45pm - This morning, Tracy seemed to have less fluid than ever being pumped from his stomach. Just before he was taken down for his imaging test his nurse told him that if it went well, he might be able to have something to drink. After the test, however, the surgeon said "not today, maybe tomorrow" in reference to Tracy getting a drink. She stated that she wanted to be safe. They are planning to clamp off Tracy's stomach pump tube today & see how he is able to do without it over the period of a day.

SUNDAY UPDATE - May 20, 2007

5:45pm - Tracy has walked twice today. His blood pressure has lowered a little, to the point where they shouldn't have to give him blood pressure medication. That's an answer to prayer. He was able to be without his stomach pump for a few hours today without being nauseated, and earlier this morning, the surgeon seemed to think that there were lower quantities of fluid that had been pumped from his stomach. Hopefully this means that the intestines are starting to "wake up", but we need all the prayers we can get for the "waking up" to kick into full gear. Tomorrow (Monday) is an important day. They will be running a liquid test, giving Tracy a special type of fluid to drink & then sending him down to imaging to see how the liquids progress through the newly connected intestine.

SATURDAY UPDATE - May 19, 2007

2:07pm - Tracy went for a little longer walk this morning. His hiccups still seem to be subsiding. He is very much wishing he could have a drink of water. The nurses have placed a finger monitor on him in order to keep an eye on his blood pressure. His blood pressure, which normally is fine, has been borderline high a few times since surgery. He is making some progress in other areas, but please be in prayer that the newly re-connected intestine will kick in and start operating again soon.

FRIDAY REPORT - May 18, 2007

Not much change with Tracy. He is still not allowed to drink or eat anything. He walked once today & is supposed to walk once more before day's end. Please continue to pray.

THURSDAY UPDATE - May 17, 2007

1:40pm - Tracy is continuing to recover well. He walked down the hall and back with a nurse on two seperate occasions earlier this morning. His surgeon says he's progressing well. A kidney specialist dropped in today & said his bloodwork looked good. Still no food or drink. His hiccups seem to be much less frequent. He said he didn't sleep real good through the night, but better than the last two nights. Keep up the prayers.

DAY AFTER SURGERY - May 16, 2007

4:17pm Pacific Time - Tracy seems to be recovering well. He is clear-minded and able to speak a little in spite of the intrusion of the stomach pumping tube he's got down his throat. His nurse had him walk slowly down the hall and back earlier today. He said he felt a little unsure and lightheaded through that adventure. He is, of course, unable to eat or drink anything at this point, but he said the nurse staff are doing a good job keeping his pain managed. He didn't get a great sleep through the night, due to frequent and on-going hiccup spells. As far as we know, Tracy will be here in the hospital for another 9 days. He is at the Mercy San Juan Medical Center - Main Building in Carmichael, California. Please continue to pray.


At 4:10pm Pacific Time the surgeon met with and informed us that Tracy did fine through the surgery, both surgery objectives were successfully completed, and that Tracy is in recovery. We were told that He will not have to be kept in CCU or ICU, and that he will be transferred to a normal hospital room once he has fully recovered. There's even talk that they might get him to walk for them tomorrow. Much prayer is still needed for Tracy's continued successful recovery. Much prayer is also needed concerning our upcoming financial needs as we go through the next several weeks with no regular income. We will continue to post updates as more information becomes available. Thank you for your prayers!


Tracy was taken into surgery at about 12:15pm Pacific Time here at the Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael, California. Surgery is still in progress. We'll keep the updates coming as more information is available.


Tracy is fasting today in preparation for tomorrow's surgery. He is due at the hospital in Sacramento at 9am Pacific time. We've been told Tracy is due to be the 3rd in line for the day on his surgeon's schedule.
Tomorrow's scheduled surgery will consist of 2 major objectives. For the first objective, the surgeon will attempt to undo an intestinal by-pass surgery that Tracy had more than 30 years ago. Back in the 1970's, Tracy had this surgery for life-saving weight-loss purposes, as he was 400 pounds and growing. Over the years the effects of that surgery have included the chronic forming of kidney stones, resulting in much wear and tear on his kidneys and a near-death experience back in mid-2004. At this time, Tracy's "medical board of review" has stated that he must have the old by-pass reconnected BEFORE they will consider him eligible for a possible kidney transplant; OBJECTIVE #1 ~ RECONNECT THE BY-PASSED INTESTINE.
OBJECTIVE #2; The 2nd objective will be to perform a re-constructive stomach surgery in order to avoid the possible gaining back of excessive body weight from the reconnected intestine.
Please be in prayer & check back right here in our "DARTT NEWS" area to keep up to date on Tracy's surgery & condition as he recovers from this very intrusive procedure. Cards and much-needed donations can be sent to;
The Dartts
P. O. Box 1776
Suisun City, CA 94585

Tracy Dartt Update - May 3, 2007

Well, we have finally made it back to California! Yesterday, Tracy went to see the doctor in Sacramento. The doctor is going to try a new operation that will hopefully give Tracy a stronger chance to fight-off a kidney transplant. Keep believin for a miracle as we begin to trust God for all of our needs! The surgery will be in the early hours of Tuesday, May 15, so remember all of us in prayer! We are all trying to remain positive, however any time a major surgery takes place, there are many concerns! We are in the Lord's Hands and are depending on Him to bring us through! We will keep you updated continuously on Tracy's health report. God Bless!

Sharon's Dad, Stone Mountain Snider, passes away. - March 28, 2007

We received word today that Sharon's Dad, Stone Mountain Snider, went home to be with the Lord earlier this morning. Please be in prayer for our family & extended family as many will be travelling over the next week or so to attend the funeral in Gold Beach, Oregon. We know that Stone (known as "Daddy" to Sharon, "Pa" to Tracy, & of course "Grandpa" to Don, Peachy, Frosty, & Stoney) is most excited & rejoicing today as He has been reunited with his wife, Ruby, & son, Peter, among many other loved ones who are already in Heaven. We know that this is true, & we praise the Lord for it!

Tracy Dartt Health Report - March 13, 2007

Today we received the phone call from the Doctors office in Sacramento, Ca confirming Tracy's bypass reversal surgery that has been scheduled for May 15th, 2007. We are thankful that plans have successfully been worked out and we are trusting God to work all the small details now. We have made several cancellations to our schedule and are BELIEVING GOD to take care of us financially as we will have no means of income. If you are interested in helping the Dartts through this "off-time", you can make a love gift through Napa Valley Baptist Church, in care of Tracy Dartt. The address can be found in the "Contact" portion of this website and you will be given a tax detcutable receipt. We thank you for your prayers and support and we are still "Believin Him for a Miracle!"

New Website - March 4, 2007

We are currently in the process of updating our website! There will be several changes going on over the next several weeks, so be sure to check back frequently for updates to the schedule. We are working very hard to have this site running as soon as possible! We thank you for your prayers and support and look forward to seeing you all soon! God Bless
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