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Picture in your head was posted 06/01/2007 03:28 pm by Roberto
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For several weeks before I had to call the paramedics to come get my wife, I was at her side 24/7 at home. She was weak, giant belly, rest of body looked like a scare crow, but starting each morning I would awake her with a hot cup of tea, dress her, handle all of her toilet duties, and at least once a day I got her in my SUV for a ride, a ride anywhere just to get her out of the house. She had no appetite but I was armed with her enzymes and would get her to have a Dairy cream cone, sometimes half of a chili dog, but the important thing is we were together as soul mates.

She was unable to shower herself so I gave her a sponge bath, she called it a 'PTA'. At night I would tuck her into bed and she would say 'Give us a kiss, I love you'. From the movie 'Ghost' I would say 'DITTO'

When she was in the hospital her last 24 hours she was not cognizant of anything, but about 1 1/2 days before she went I brought a CD player to the hospital room (recommendation from one of the nurses' and played our favorate song(45 years of marriage) that a band played when we got engaged. I had tears in my eyes, sent all the kids to go eat at a local resturant and said 'I love you' and heard a soft whisper (not making this up)she said 'DITTO'.

Sometimes it is hard for me to make a point in a few words, but don't take the picture out of your head. Don't let it depress you, but rather make it a celebration that there was a final communication.

This is number 2 for me as far as remembering people saying things just before they go. Best radio operator I ever had, watched over me like a hawk, died in my arms, but just before he went said 'Semper FI'

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