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Update on Jerry Ellis…..

Forums General Melanoma Community Update on Jerry Ellis…..

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    debbieVA
    Participant

    All I can say is…Jerry is one tough Son of a gun.  This former Marine hasn't let Stage 4 Mel get the best of him…nor was he about to let an unbelievable horseback riding accident either!  His daughter got a message thru to me via fb…that he wanted to talk to me.  I called earlier this afternoon.  Jerry was up in a wheelchair and had just returned to his room following a successful  'swallow test'.  He had his trach and feeding tube  removed yesterday and will now be able to eat real food.

    All I can say is…Jerry is one tough Son of a gun.  This former Marine hasn't let Stage 4 Mel get the best of him…nor was he about to let an unbelievable horseback riding accident either!  His daughter got a message thru to me via fb…that he wanted to talk to me.  I called earlier this afternoon.  Jerry was up in a wheelchair and had just returned to his room following a successful  'swallow test'.  He had his trach and feeding tube  removed yesterday and will now be able to eat real food.   He was alert, oriented, laughing and generally happy with the outcome.  He is able to walk to the bathroom with the help of a walker and thankfully has no memory of the accident.  

    God is good….

    debbieVA

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      King
      Participant

      All I can say is "WOW"!!!

       

      Stay Strong
      Kathie

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      King
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      All I can say is "WOW"!!!

       

      Stay Strong
      Kathie

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      dian in spokane
      Participant

      DIVA!! what great news!

      I was delighted today to see pictures of Jerry sitting up in his wheelchair, typing on a laptop. I can't help but think that SOON he'll be posting here himself.

      But hearing that he's got his trach tube out and he's talking and laughing, that makes me so happy.

      wonderful news.

      dian

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      dian in spokane
      Participant

      DIVA!! what great news!

      I was delighted today to see pictures of Jerry sitting up in his wheelchair, typing on a laptop. I can't help but think that SOON he'll be posting here himself.

      But hearing that he's got his trach tube out and he's talking and laughing, that makes me so happy.

      wonderful news.

      dian

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      LV
      Participant

      Thanks so much for posting! I'm just thrilled to hear this!

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      LV
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      Thanks so much for posting! I'm just thrilled to hear this!

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      lhaley
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      Thanks for the post Debbie! I've been following along on his fb and saw the great picture of him on his laptop. Jerry is an amazing man that isn't going to let a little ole horse get him down!!  I am glad that he has no memory of the horrific accident.

      Linda

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      lhaley
      Participant

      Thanks for the post Debbie! I've been following along on his fb and saw the great picture of him on his laptop. Jerry is an amazing man that isn't going to let a little ole horse get him down!!  I am glad that he has no memory of the horrific accident.

      Linda

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      Kevin from Atlanta
      Participant

      God bless that stubborn bastard.

       

      Semper Fi

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      Kevin from Atlanta
      Participant

      God bless that stubborn bastard.

       

      Semper Fi

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      DebbieH
      Participant

      Thanks for letting us know this amazing, wonderful news, Deb!  He sure IS one tough guy! 

      Can't wait for you to start posting yourself, Jerry!

      Deb

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      DebbieH
      Participant

      Thanks for letting us know this amazing, wonderful news, Deb!  He sure IS one tough guy! 

      Can't wait for you to start posting yourself, Jerry!

      Deb

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      PSD
      Participant

      Truly amazing! Jerry is always so helpful here. I am relieved to hear such good news!

      Pam 1b

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      PSD
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      Truly amazing! Jerry is always so helpful here. I am relieved to hear such good news!

      Pam 1b

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      leni currie
      Participant

      That would be Jerry!  One tough man with an amazing fighting spirit – thanks Debbie for keeping us updated.

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      leni currie
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      That would be Jerry!  One tough man with an amazing fighting spirit – thanks Debbie for keeping us updated.

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      tanyasteve
      Participant

      UPDATE:  tried to get dad to post something here the other day but he is having trouble remembering his password. I will have him use mine until he gets his username to work again. He is doing great. He really loves reading all your wonderful posts and getting phone calls. He did PT/OT today, the therapist said most people can get to about 2 minutes on  the hand bike their first time to the gym…she had to stop him at 10 mintues and 10seconds (who knows how long he would have kept going!). She had him try some problem solving puzzles and he had more trouble there but it is coming back slowly. thanks for keeping him in your prayers. And Dian thank you for the cd, playing it for dad now.

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      tanyasteve
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      UPDATE:  tried to get dad to post something here the other day but he is having trouble remembering his password. I will have him use mine until he gets his username to work again. He is doing great. He really loves reading all your wonderful posts and getting phone calls. He did PT/OT today, the therapist said most people can get to about 2 minutes on  the hand bike their first time to the gym…she had to stop him at 10 mintues and 10seconds (who knows how long he would have kept going!). She had him try some problem solving puzzles and he had more trouble there but it is coming back slowly. thanks for keeping him in your prayers. And Dian thank you for the cd, playing it for dad now.

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        dian in spokane
        Participant

        Tanya,

        You might try just opening an new ID for Jerry, something like..JerryE, an entirely new name, for him to use temporarily until he can get a new password, or remember or find his password. I'm so glad your dad is still improving!

        dian

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        dian in spokane
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        Tanya,

        You might try just opening an new ID for Jerry, something like..JerryE, an entirely new name, for him to use temporarily until he can get a new password, or remember or find his password. I'm so glad your dad is still improving!

        dian

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      kwahlbin
      Guest

      That is great news!  Thank you for keeping us updated on Jerry's status.  -Kathy

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      kwahlbin
      Guest

      That is great news!  Thank you for keeping us updated on Jerry's status.  -Kathy

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      Jerry from Cape Cod
      Participant

      Charlie S is traveling around the country via AMTRAK.  Has plans to stop off in Colorado.  He's looking to get a phone number to arrange a possible SURPRISE visit to Jerry.

      If anyone has a number for a member of Jerry's family please email me using the contact form on my profile.  I'll get the info off to Charlie.

      Thanks,

       

      Jerry from Cape Cod

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        tanyasteve
        Participant

        Update: dad was just assessed to be moved to an Acute Rehab facility. He was told he is too good for that! He can brush his own teeth and hair, shower alone(not that he minds having the nurses help!! LOL), dress himself, and walk 3x the distance that they require. He is now looking at being released to do home rehab with a therapist. Go dad!!!! He does still get a little out of sorts at night but he is doing 120% better than we thought even a week ago.

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        tanyasteve
        Participant

        Update: dad was just assessed to be moved to an Acute Rehab facility. He was told he is too good for that! He can brush his own teeth and hair, shower alone(not that he minds having the nurses help!! LOL), dress himself, and walk 3x the distance that they require. He is now looking at being released to do home rehab with a therapist. Go dad!!!! He does still get a little out of sorts at night but he is doing 120% better than we thought even a week ago.

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        tanyasteve
        Participant

        I am not the techie that dad is and can't seem to find a way to send that phone number! Those of you with the number please forward it on to Jim or Charlie please.

         

        on another note, dad made a comment about why he (and Jane) were doing silly things like riding horses while they fight cancer that I thought I should post here. He said, "there is no point to surviving if your not living too!" AMEN and well said.

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        tanyasteve
        Participant

        I am not the techie that dad is and can't seem to find a way to send that phone number! Those of you with the number please forward it on to Jim or Charlie please.

         

        on another note, dad made a comment about why he (and Jane) were doing silly things like riding horses while they fight cancer that I thought I should post here. He said, "there is no point to surviving if your not living too!" AMEN and well said.

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        Bonnie Lea
        Participant

        Oh I am so happy to read this update.  thankyou

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        tanyasteve
        Participant

        Hey Jane, when should we schedule our next horse riding trip???

        -Jerry

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        dian in spokane
        Participant

        JERRY!!!!!! I've been waiting and waiting and WAITING for you to post something yourself!!!

        So has everyone else! and here you go and bury it at the bottom of another thread!!

        Open a new post guy, and say hello to all your friends. People will go apeshit nuts when they see you are posting.

         

        WELCOME BACK BIG GUY!

        xoxoxoxo,

        Dian

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        dian in spokane
        Participant

        JERRY!!!!!! I've been waiting and waiting and WAITING for you to post something yourself!!!

        So has everyone else! and here you go and bury it at the bottom of another thread!!

        Open a new post guy, and say hello to all your friends. People will go apeshit nuts when they see you are posting.

         

        WELCOME BACK BIG GUY!

        xoxoxoxo,

        Dian

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        tanyasteve
        Participant

        Hey Jane, when should we schedule our next horse riding trip???

        -Jerry

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        Bonnie Lea
        Participant

        Oh I am so happy to read this update.  thankyou

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        Jim in Denver
        Participant

        Hi Jerry,

        I have a phone number to contact Jerry Ellis'  family, but will not post it here, so you will have to contact me at:

        [email protected]

        I can't figure out the "contact form on my profile", so this is the best I can do to help.

        Jim

         

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        Jim in Denver
        Participant

        Hi Jerry,

        I have a phone number to contact Jerry Ellis'  family, but will not post it here, so you will have to contact me at:

        [email protected]

        I can't figure out the "contact form on my profile", so this is the best I can do to help.

        Jim

         

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      Jerry from Cape Cod
      Participant

      Charlie S is traveling around the country via AMTRAK.  Has plans to stop off in Colorado.  He's looking to get a phone number to arrange a possible SURPRISE visit to Jerry.

      If anyone has a number for a member of Jerry's family please email me using the contact form on my profile.  I'll get the info off to Charlie.

      Thanks,

       

      Jerry from Cape Cod

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      Jerry from Cape Cod
      Participant

      WAY TO GO JERRY!!!smiley

      Jerry from Cape Cod

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      Jerry from Cape Cod
      Participant

      WAY TO GO JERRY!!!smiley

      Jerry from Cape Cod

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      molly
      Participant

      Jerry,

      Absolutely WONDERFUL to see you posting!!! I agree with Dian…start a new post…..so EVERYONE can see the great news first hand. Take care and keep the posts coming.

      molly

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      molly
      Participant

      Jerry,

      Absolutely WONDERFUL to see you posting!!! I agree with Dian…start a new post…..so EVERYONE can see the great news first hand. Take care and keep the posts coming.

      molly

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