First of all, thank you so much to everyone who sent Raymond birthday cards to help him celebrate his 80th birthday! He read every one.
He also enjoyed the cupcakes we brought him. I asked when was the last time he had a birthday cake and he said probably about 25 years. When we each had one, we took them to the nurses’ lounge to share.
His projected date for leaving the rehab hospital had been August 25 or 26, but his case worker has not been able to find a skilled nursing facility that will take him, for multiple reasons. First, several just have no beds available. Second, one that we really liked couldn’t take him because he requires a lift or a two person transfer to get him from bed to chair and back and the state limits the number of people each facility can have that require that. Also, he has a bedsore and his incisions have not completely healed, and they won’t take someone with open wounds! The case worker says in five years, she has never had this trouble placing someone. I know she is just as concerned as we are, since Raymond’s insurance said they will not pay past the 26th. Now he is on IV antibiotics because his white count is high. We see that as providential, though, because had he already been transferred, they probably wouldn’t have been drawing blood regularly.
There has been progress on one front, at least. When we arrived to see him yesterday, his bandages and wraps had been removed and he just has small ones that cover the incisions and a couple other problem areas, so he feels much freer to move. Please keep praying! We know it’s in God’s hands and he loves Raymond far more than we do.
Once Raymond is transferred to his next “home”, he should be staying there. It may be as far away as Albuquerque, but he shouldn’t have to move again. We have all agreed that once that happens, we will probably be on the road again.