Excerpt from today’s email:
I got home yesterday afternoon, thanks to [REDACTED]. The boys were happy to see me, as was I to see them. Andy decided my walker is his perch. Dougy rubbed me every way he could to make sure Andy knew Dougy claimed me as his human.
I’m having to use my laptop because my PC won’t connect to the internet for some reason: MADDENING! I have so much mail and [REDACTED] have changed so much in my apartment I’m not home or comfortable yet. Things are all stacked and rearranged.
Didn’t sleep a wink last night in that bigger, more comfortable bed [REDACTED] decided I need to start sleeping in. Of course, as someone who doesn’t have cats, she doesn’t know that you don’t shut doors on cats (or dogs), and the boys wanted to get some quality time with me again…all night!
Dougy was especially tenacious, walking on me, kneading me, rubbing on me, sticking his face in my face. Andy was content (mostly!) to hop on the window sill behind my headboard and check out the night scene outside the window, though he also perched on the walker, which was by my bed.
I don’t know how fast I will get back to blogging. I am buried in things that have to be done, and I’m having a hard time getting organized. For one thing, I need to get some groceries if I’m eating anytime soon.
DOUG IS HOME
Note: I redacted the names of the folks Doug mentioned in his email for privacy. I’ll let him mention them in his blog if he wishes to.
Welcome home Doug.
Email from Doug’s sister Kathy
“Good News!! Doug just called me. He finally gets to go home to Alliance on Thursday. He will not be going to the Good Samaritan Care Center, which is about 1/2 block from his apartment, but Highland (I think is the name) Care Center in Alliance. He is just happy that he will be home. He doesn’t know yet if he will have the dialysis in Alliance or Scottsbluff. He will have his glasses, cell phone and lap top, which will be nice for him. He will give us more details as he finds out himself. “
Yet Another Update on Doug (AKA weggieboy)
If you have been following this or Maggie’s blog, you know that weggieboy’s blog | surviving retirement with two cats has gone quiet. That’s because Doug is being held prisoner in a rehab center in Denver, forced to do daily physical therapy and every other day dialysis.
Doug was transported to Denver in the belief that his Wegener’s Granulomatosis had flared up again. The hospital determined that he was NOT having an exacerbation of WG, but had suffered kidney failure as a result of it. He was subsequently discharged to a rehab facility also in Denver. He is stuck there without his reading glasses, wallet, or cell phone and without any support system of friends and family.
(Sounds like imprisonment to me)
Anyway, because he is a Nebraskan in Colorado they need to get him back to Nebraska before next Wednesday the 17th or Medicare stops paying 100%. Our fear (that being me, Maggie’s mom Liz, and Doug’s sister in Washington state) is that they will transfer him to another facility in Nebraska, but not home to Alliance. As you can imagine, Doug is worried to death about his kitties. We have it in good word that his neighbor is taking care of them, but it has been a month now and no one has been able to contact him because we don’t have his neighbor’s phone number. Heck Doug’s last blog entry was on January 14th and I wasn’t able to contact him until February 5th … three weeks later.
There is no reason Doug can’t go home. The Box Butte General Hospital in Aliance has both top notch dialysis and physical therapy facilities. Doug is ambulatory and able to get around with use of a cane. Doug needs to go home.
You can call him directly at (303) 862-3040. Tell him you read about his plight on this or Maggie’s blog (I am sure that she will reblog this). He would love to hear from you. I would say to send him a get well card, but he will be transferred before it would get there.
As I said, there is no reason Doug can’t go home.
Talked to Doug about an hour this evening. He is in good spirits.
The Care Package arrived this morning but he had not seen it, so I had to contact the nurses and have them go find it for him. Eventually they did locate it and Doug and several of the staff were in enjoying the oranges and tangerines. As Denver is in the dead of winter, they were a big hit for everyone.
One of the common complications of Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG) is kidney failure and the upshot of this episode is that Doug will have to be on dialysis from here on. Fortunately there appears to be dialysis resources in his home town of Alliance Nebraska. Doug will be in Denver most likely though the end of the month. He is without computer or cell phone so his contact with the outside world is limited. I know he would love to hear from you.
Please send him your get-well wishes to
C/O Amberwood Court Care Center
4686 E Ashbury Circle
Denver CO 80222
You can also call him at (303) 862-3040. This is a direct line to his room. If there is no answer it probably means he is in physical therapy or rehab.
Wrong address – the correct address is
Doug G. Thomas
C/O Amberwood Court Care Center
4686 E Asbury Circle
Denver CO 80222
(NOT 4868 E Ashbury)
Doug is learning how to stand up without falling down, use a walker, and how to get in and out of a wheel chair by himself.
Please feel free to send Doug a get well card. I know he has a large blog following. I know it would chear him up.
Doug getting his mail
He’ll chase the rats out of Washington
Click on the above image to be directed to campaign headquarters.