Saturday, May 16, 2009

IN PERSON: Ernie is Still Alive

Ta-Da—IN PERSON-Yep, Ernie is still alive. It has been awhile...through three surgeries and I quit counting the number of IVs. My arms look like military camouflage with bruises, etc.

However, through your prayers, I am making tremendous progress. I saw my Pueblo doctor last Friday, and he thought on my next visit in four weeks that he will X-ray my left leg and maybe even remove the boot cast .. LIBERATION!! I’ve had the fiberglass casts from August 1, 2008 until February 27,2009 when I was fitted with a boot cast. The diabetes pressure ulcer on my right leg ankle miraculously progressed in the healing mode to everyone’s surprise. Again thanks to all of you for your prayers.

My rehab therapies in my third and final rehab center (Canon Lodge Care Center) have also progressed surprisingly well. Things are looking up!

Ten months of hospital and rehab stays, I assure you, takes a toll on a person’s patience and temperament. I was convinced that my therapists were intentionally inflicting aches and pains on me, but in reality now I’m convinced that IT HAS WORKED and I am on the verge of going to MY OWN HOME.

Once again I survived! Living in rest homes with all the these patients in their 80s & 90s gives a person a new perspective on life. Observing my surroundings, I realize how blessed I am at age 87 to be able to dress myself, converse rationally, and live like a normal human being. Many of the residents have to be spoon fed, lifted in and out of bed, etc. I certainly remember now to THANK & PRAISE GOD for my own trivial limitations.

OVERALL, my stay is like living in a Hilton Hotel. The food is superb. Lifestyle is like being on vacation. As for entertainment, last week we had Jerry Miller, a retired professional Banjo player (Eddie Peabody caliber) that toured with Frankie Yankovich Polka Band. For another recent program we had a professional Las Vegas caliber ELVIS impersonator. Yesterday, all of the combined nursing and care homes of Canon City had an all-day senior fishing derby at a large lake & park on the banks of the Arkansas River with picnic lunch and cold watermelon.

So, frankly I am enjoying my REHAB. I’m amazed at how far I’ve come in just the past month. My daughter Becky visits me faithfully every day for about two hours. She really brightens up the dinner hour for me and my two dinner-table friends, Gene Crawford, age 93, and Ken Wilson, who’s 83. I may be here a few more weeks. I’ll try to write again real soon and let you all know how I’m doing. Thank you again for your prayers and all the good wishes you’ve sent to me through my daughter Becky!
Here's a picture of my "living quarters". I guess its not exactly the Hilton, but after all, it's only temporary.
Until next time....Thanks for listenin'.


Bill West said...

Good to see you posting once more, and really great to hear how your
rehab is progressing so well!

Greta Koehl said...

Ernie, this is fantastic and you are absolutely amazing. It's great to be reading your posts again.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Your positive outlook on life is certainly part of your recovery.
My father is going through a challenging time right now and your story encourages me.
Thank you,
Evelyn in Montreal

Les said...

It's wonderful to see you smiling and siting in front of a computer. I've been waiting for your blog to be highlighted, wondering how you were coming along. I know what your dealing with is a long process, so keep your positive attitude.

Janice Tracy said...

Ernie, you are my hero! It's absolutely wonderful to see you smiling after all that you have been through. And thanks for sharing the pictures of you and your "digs."


Greetings Ernie,
YAY! It's wonderful to have you back blogging. Your positive outlook is an inspiration to me. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Uncle Ernie it's so very wonderful that you
are once again sharing yourself with
all of us that cherish you. I'm very
Grateful for your recovery, although
It has taken way too long.
Hugs & kisses, Michele

geneabloggers said...

I am so happy, happy, happy to see you posting again. And I appreciate your positive take on what you've been through. I know it can be a challenge to see the glass half full sometimes! You are pure inspiration!

Thomas MacEntee

Cindy said...

Ernie! So glad to see that your feeling up to writing a post!! Yeehaw!!! Keep getting better my friend - we're all thinking of you!!!

GrannyPam said...

Ernie, it is wonderful to see your picture, and see that you have persevered through everything. I am overjoyed at your progress, and will keep up the prayers. Here's hoping you will continue your wonderful progress. Hurray!

patledw said...

Hi Uncle Ernie, glad to hear you are still "kicking" and progressing well. It does definitely get old when your body does not cooperate with your mind, if only we could will our bodies to heal!!! Take care of yourself, will let my Dad know how you are doing, love, Pat

patledw said...

Hi Uncle Ernie, glad to hear you are still "kicking" and progressing well. It does definitely get old when your body does not cooperate with your mind, if only we could will our bodies to heal!!! Take care of yourself, will let my Dad know how you are doing, love, Pat

Amy (WeTree) said...

It's great to hear from you, Ernie. You're strength and positive attitude are an inspiration.

Harold's Daughter said...

Ernie, you're an inspiration to all 87-year-olds who would rather be home. Not to mention your 93-yr-old dining partner!

Alas, a distant cousin but good friend who turned 87 in Feb will not be as lucky as you. Diabetes, cancer and heart problems have weakened him so much that he can barely get from the wheelchair onto the bed without falling. No chance he'll ever go home because try as he will, he can't stand up, let alone dress himself. But your willpower and refusal to give up remind me so much of him.

Bless you!

Delia Furrer said...

Welcome back to blogging, sure have missed it. You look wonderful and the positive outlook that you have on life shows! Hope each day gets better and better for you. You can definitely chalk this up as another of "Ernie's Journeys"!

amyrebba said...

It's good to hear you are doing so well. Finish healing so we can all enjoy your posts again. Take Care.