Note: Ernie's daughter is posting this update so Ernie's friends will know where he is now and how he's doing.
Ernie was transferred out of the Skilled Nursing Unit at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, CO at noon today and brought to a nursing home in Canon City. His address now is:
Canon Lodge Care Center
Canon City, CO 81212
He's sharing the room with another gentleman, so will have company and someone to visit with. That can be good or bad. He's lived alone for 12 years and during all of his hospitalizations, he's had a private room. Lucky Ernie! He's hoping to only be a resident at Canon Lodge for 2 or 3 weeks. So please keep him in your prayers. Prayers are so powerful and have brought him through these last very difficult 6 weeks! He survived a risky surgery and beat the odds, the arterial bypass was successful (against all odds), his broken leg has healed and is out of the cast it was in for 7 months and his diabetic ulcers are healing--another miracle. He was told this morning that the huge wound (tennis ball size) on the inside of his right ankle is healing clear to the bone. We were so relieved to hear that.
But Dad is very weak, very tired and is weary tonight. Today was a hard day. This facility he's in now is quite a change from the Skilled Nursing Unit he's been in for a month. His meals were brought to his room, whereas now he's wheeled down to a dining room. He had a hospital bed, now has a small twin bed. He had privacy and now has a roommate. He has no TV and no phone. He asked me not to bring him a TV from his house (he will be able, however, to watch his roommate's TV), nor did he want his cell phone. He may change his mind in the next few days. We'll see how he feels when he gets into a routine and gets better acquainted with the staff. He has a lot of adjustments to make and that won't be easy.
He's so proud of his blog, tho. He has "business" cards available on his night stand and had already given one to his nurse this evening so she can read his blog. She asked how to set up a blog, so I briefly told her. She was thrilled and said she's going to do her own. Before we know it, he'll have the staff as his Facebook friends too.
If Dad gets strong enough and has the desire, I'll take my laptop to him so he can start writing again. So far, he just hasn't had the energy to concentrate that much. He's watched very little TV. The therapy wears him out so that he wants to rest whenever possible.
He loves hearing from his friends. I print out all comments here on his blog and on his Facebook page so he can know how much he's thought of by his friends and family. Thank you all for your love, prayers and good wishes.