(REVERSE chronological order - to be updated when further
information is available).
Latest Information 15th May, 2009.
Last Monday I went back to St Michael's hospital in
Toronto to see the neurosurgeon, Dr Muller for a final
check-up. I had a C A T scan done in the morning and saw
Dr Muller early afternoon. He showed me the CAT scan of
before he operated showing the blood clot and the scan
from the morning which was completely clear. Dr Muller
told me to 'carry on' as usual but not to exert my self.
I must say I was relieved.In physiotherapy I was doing
so well that instead of doing six weeks I only did a
week and a half. I still do the exercises daily at home.
I now have complete use in my left side and I am back
delivering flowers for Anything Goes Balloons & Bows,
our Daughter Samantha's flower shop.
I must give a heartfelt thank you to the nurses who
looked after me at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay,
Ontario. They were very caring, compassionate and
dedicated to all the patients in their care.
Regards to you all,
ABSOLUTELY brilliant news !
I just KNEW that - if you fell on your head - you would
be OK !
I will inform all who have been
asking in Wakefield, (West Yorkshire, UK).
VERY BEST WISHES - keep in touch,
Mel & June
Mel, I am home for 24 hours that is why I sent it to you.
We met Denise and her husband Greg in Cuba last
January and have kept in touch since. I thought you
might like it, I did.
JASMINE story - please see
further information - Mel).
The reason I fell was when I go up to bed I wait
until Pam is in bed then I turn off the light and as
it is an open staircase I count the steps, extend my
left arm out to feel for the
at the top
but I leaned over too far and fell over the side
hitting the back of my head on the banister on the
lower level knocking myself out. Pam heard the crash
and called the ambulance and I was taken to Ross
Memorial Hospital in Lindsay where they stitched me
up, Olivia keeled over when they gave me an
injection and when I tried to stand my left side
gave way so they air lifted me to St. Michael's
Hospital in Toronto where a team of
Neurosurgeons, headed by Dr Paul Meuller cut a flap
in my skull and drained the blood that was
accumulating in my head. I had a tube, drain and a
pressure gauge sticking out of my skull for couple
of days which they removed and stitched up. I was in
St. Mikes for a week then moved back to Lindsay
where I am in a rehabilitation ward doing
physiotherapy, most of the patients are recovering
from strokes it is scary. All because I didn't put
up a handrail!
I hope I can get a pass for next weekend, I will be
sure to contact you. I checked with my server and my
account isn't full so I don't know why stuff is
getting bounced back. Sam and Rob are in Las Vegas
for a week so Pam is running the shop.
Information 7th April, 2009.
Ernie is progressing well, he is now in rehab in
Lindsay Hospital which is their local hospital, he
is walking with the aid of a walking frame and doing
Best wishes, Barbara (Scargill)
Information 27th March, 2009.
Google search for friend Madeline didn't help but there are
several pages on a
Since I don't have much information about Madeline I've
only tried to contact one of them.
Perhaps Sam can help, (being on
Facebook), possibly with
information from Pam.
I have informed Bernard Carr
and Keith Crossland (Stanley secondary school but still
Later I will try to contact Colin Hepworth - I haven't
seen or heard from him since 'OUR' cruise on my
Louise' on 16th June, 2001.
27/03/09 Mel Ashton (Ernie's
Second Email - received from Ernie's
daughter Sam, (Samantha), Hodgson,
Thursday, 26th March, 2009
Every one. Just a little sad news on my Dad (Ernie
Hartley) He is in Hospital in Toronto about
2 hours away from us. Last Thursday March 19th 2009,
Dad was on his way to bed and he fell down stairs and
landed on his head. He went to our local hospital where
he received 29 stitches to the back of his head. The
cat scan showed a bruise to the right side of his brain,
he stayed overnight for observation and was flown by air
ambulance to Toronto where he was seen by a team of
neurosurgeons. He was bleeding inside his brain and was
completely paralyzed on his left side. They decided to
operate to remove the blood clot. So they cut a hole in
his scull and removed the clot. he was in ICU for a
couple of days and was then moved to a regular room. He
has been seen by a physiotherapist for the last 3 days.
He is now able to move his arm, wrist and fingers fairly
well with a lot of concentration. The leg and toes are
not so good yet but we are hopeful. He wanted me to let
you know. If you email me back I will take it in to
(Kim and Andy Dad has asked me to ask you to email the
doctor in Cuba and let her know I think she is a
gynaecologist Madeline Gonzales.) I will stay in touch
when I can Hope you are all well.
Sam - I will try to
contact Madeline and report back
above. I didn't
contact you previously as I knew that you would ALL be
very distressed and visiting hospital, etc.
Give my love to your Mum and keep me informed (or
Barbara will keep me informed if you prefer).
I trust these 'open' web pages
are ok - if you would prefer anything editing or
removing, just let me know. If you would like a
comment / link to these pages put on Ernie & Pam's
website pages, just let me know. e.g. is the
flower shop 'closed due to accident / illness' or being run by
someone else ?
Love to ALL, Mel (Melvin
Ashton), Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England.