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Old 03-14-2014, 06:12 PM   #225
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Originally Posted by Stefrobrts View Post
I've been checking in regularly for your updates, but not knowing what to say, except: hang in there, my heart goes out to you.
That makes two of us. Maggie, I hope you're home and safe by now.

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Old 03-14-2014, 06:48 PM   #226
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I am home, safe and sound, and Lily is here with me.

I have been aware y'all have been worried for me, therefore doing a quick post when I could on the trip home.

Remember that I am no longer the navigator, but the driver. Cannot post and drive, too. i was frustrated on the drive home, because there were phone calls I wanted to make, to-do lists to create, etc., and I just couldn't do it.

Doug has spoiled me so. He loved to drive, I sat over in the passenger seat and navigated, located campgrounds, crocheted, all tnat.

It's going to be a whole new normal. I cannot believe he is gone. But, I am strong, have a loving family and lots of support. I also know he will be here when I need him.

Thank you all so much.


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Old 03-14-2014, 06:56 PM   #227
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Doug, last year at my daughter's wedding.
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Old 03-14-2014, 06:59 PM   #228
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You are an amazing women Maggie. Your strength is unbelievable. Hang in there. You are not alone.

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Old 03-14-2014, 07:07 PM   #229
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So glad you're home safe. Just wishing nothing but peace, comfort and well being for you and your family.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:15 PM   #230
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We're so relieved that you have made it home safely.

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Old 03-14-2014, 07:51 PM   #231
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It was such a shock to read, today, of all of this then Doug's passing; it doesn't seem possible. I cried for you and your loss of Doug. Then, selfishly began thinking of how devastating it would be if I lost Frank, and more tears. It's all too soon, never enough time.

I immediately recalled our meeting at the Virginia Highland Haven 1 1/2 years ago. After we got settled, we took a walk around and I saw your Interstate and was so excited, telling my DH who you two were. We walked over, said hi to Doug (and Lily) asking if you were around. He stated you were in town with Paula, we met later. Frank recalls how Doug introduced him to Jamison's and Ginger Ale; Frank loved it and was amazed Doug so freely shared with all.

Since then we have been hoping to run into the two of you again. Now we'll continue to watch for you and Lily.

Take care and know that you are in our prayers. Peace Be With You.

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Old 03-14-2014, 09:23 PM   #233
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I'm glad your home safe and you will continue to be in my prayers.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:49 PM   #234
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:52 PM   #235
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We are so sorry for your loss. There are no words that can replace Doug but only comfort. I have enjoyed knowing you through Tincrumpets thread and hope that you will continue with the interaction in time. Its been said here many times that we are a family connected by aluminum and this thread is proof. Stay strong and close to your family during this difficult time.


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Old 03-15-2014, 06:55 AM   #236
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Thank you all so very much. It brings tears to my eyes to read the words and sentiments, here and in the many emails and pm's I have received, so many from people I have never met but for here. I have read every one.

I think the idea that we are a family connected by Aluminum is exactly true. I have felt supported and then carried safely home on the outpouring of love I have received. I will never forget it, and hope to see and meet many of you.

Am going to try to copy and paste here portions of his obituary, which also includes where to make memorials, if anyone would like to do that. Mods, if you want to shape and format more appropriately, please do so.

Dr. Wright Culpepper, from Faithworks Ministry, was the chaplain at the hospital who prayed for Doug and for us, and whose House of Hope sheltered me and our family in Brunswick. He also helped immeasurably at the hospital, during Doug's time there and in preparation for Doug's return home. He was a mighty oak. Any memorials received in Doug's name will be used for something concrete which can be used to help others who find themselves in similar circumstances. Doug would be so very honored. I will have input into what that is, and will post it here so you know.

A story better told more fully later, I was firm that I was going to stay with Doug in the ICU, as he was in critical condition, unconscious and our promise to each other was that we would stay by each others side in such a situation. The night nurse the first night told me I could come in "for a few minutes", once he was settled in the ICU and "then you should go home", and let them take care of him, they would call if there was a problem. No way in hell was I leaving that hospital. I appealed to the nursing supervisor, then to the hospital director, and ultimately was allowed to stay, and in the room with him. I left for report/shift change, to shower and change clothes and that was about it. As a mature, educated woman whose years of experience in hospitals left me not intimidated by the machines, procedures, etc., I could and did handle it.

This special privilege did not set well with all, who should be mightily ashamed of their petty and vicious behavior. Dr. Culpepper stepped in and handled several things quietly and quickly., especially as the end was nearing. Don't know what I would have done without him. I would have had insult added to injury and burdens added upon those already there. Undoubtedly, he had seen it before.

That said, being there, by his side, with Doug those three days helped prepare me for the ultimate decision to take him off the ventilator. I could see his body was fighting to die, but for the ventilator that kept him alive. My daughter and his were there with me til the end, a social worker and attorney, respectively, and we were united in that very difficult decision.

And so, I have made a pot of coffee...something Doug always did....lit a fire....something Doug usually did...and am up and functioning reasonably well. Family will be here today, to help me unload the motor home, and I will talk with my precious grandchildren about their Grandpa Doug.

It is more comforting than you can know, to be able to "talk" here, when it is otherwise just myself, and know there are compassionate and supportive people on these forums to listen. Everything happens for a reason.

I'll get obituary and memorial information posted after a bit,

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Old 03-15-2014, 07:17 AM   #237
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:11 AM   #238
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We are, and will always be here for you, Maggie. I think many of us see ourselves possibly in a similar situation, and find it sad and frightening to think about. We've never had the honor to meet you yet and both have cried more than once reading the posts here.
I apologize for the hospital staff. Young nurses don't always get it. As a nursing home nurse, I have been with many families in similar situations and have learned compassion.
We will definitely honor Doug in some way with a memorial when the info is posted. You may not know, but there are suggestions on the Quilters and Airstreams thread about quilts for Doug to be sent to House of Hope. We quilters will be working on that.
Take care, Maggie, of yourself and your family. Doug and God are watching over you.


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