Tonight we took a couple pictures while visiting Dad and I wanted to share them with you. The significance is that he's STANDING UP. Without support! He only walks with a walker, but it's quite an accomplishment that he can stand like this now. He rolls himself to the dining room in a wheelchair and sits in it if he's out of bed. He's feeling pretty good and is in good spirits most of the time (when not aggravated by excessive therapy or staff waking him at 6:30 am for therapy before he's had breakfast). His feet and legs hurt--his right ankle and foot hurt ALL the time. I'll go with him next Monday back to his orthopedic doctor in Pueblo so he can advise us on the condition of the wound on his right ankle. It's infected and not healing. Dad's on a strong antibiotic--perhaps that's why he's feeling so much better in this past week. He eats well, but weighs 27 pounds less than he did in January. That's a good thing.
His left leg was X-rayed this week. That's the one he broke so badly last summer. It's partially healed (after 8-1/2 months) but he still has to wear the "boot" for support.
He's at this address:
Canon Lodge Care Center
Canon City, CO 81212
Dad watches a bit of TV in the evening, but has no phone--hasn't wanted his cell phone yet. My son visits him weekly and I visit him daily---my husband is able to stop in 2-3 times a week after work too. But Dad has no other visitors. If you're inclined to send him a card, be assured he'd be very grateful and happy to hear from you.
I'll let you know what we hear from his doctor visit next Monday.
Posted by Ernie's daughter, Becky Jamison