Our buddy and longtime Courant journalist Ron Georgeff is undergoing a challenging transition.
Former copy editor Mike Prager, aka, Marbs, has been in touch with Ron’s ex-wife, Ann Corcoran, and she shared that Ron entered Hartford Hospital Thursday and is to have a tracheotomy Saturday that will deliver oxygen to his lungs — without his having to do the breathing.
Ron has had difficulty breathing for a long time, and carried an oxygen bottle wherever he went. But the most significant part of this change is that there is a chance it will require a move to a full-time care facility. No return to his apartment for independent living. Ron spoke to Larry Williams and said will be in the hospital a week, then go to the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain for rehab, and from there possibly to Avery Heights for more rehab. Whether he stays there or goes home will depend on his progress.
Larry also said this: “Deena and I saw ‘The Theory of Everything’ today. Hawking has a tracheotomy and can’t talk after that; it was known beforehand, and not the result of some error. So I asked Ron if he would be able to talk, and he said yes. Thank God.”
Ann reports that Ron is very upbeat. His surgery is 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, she said:
“Some time ago, Ron told me he’d like to go to Avery Heights when he needed more care, so I told our daughter that, and both of us have left evening messages for Avery Heights to call us back. So Ron’s pleased that Avery Heights is sort of in the works.”
“He couldn’t think of anything he’d need, but he would like a book to read. He likes the hospital food. I told him that when I was in a nursing home (after my own surgery), that I loved the food because I love any food that somebody else makes.”
I’m sure all Courant alumni and his friends still at the paper wish him the best in coping with this new challenge.
Ron’s phone is (860) 545 – 4455.