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Angels on earth

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Posted 08-21-2010 at 07:03 AM by caninemom3
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As usual, I don't know how to start. I want to talk about 2 amazing people who I have known since I was about 16, a very, very long time. Their names are Paul and Sue and they are my very, very best friends in this world or any other. They are both nurses, she an R.N. and he an L.P.N. and both have hearts bigger and more giving and warmer than the sun. Throughout my life Paul and Susan as I call her have been with me in the worst possible times and also the best possible times. Paul was best man at my first wedding to David. In fact, he and David wen to to school together. I met Susan when I was dating David and Susan and Paul had begun to date. It was instant sisterhood, let me tell you. I could go on and on about how wonderful these 2 people are and what they mean to me but we would be here all day and it would get really boring for those of you trying to read this, so I will cut it down to a couple of incidents.

In 1992 Paul and Susan and David and I had a ritual of meeting on Monday evenings at a local Mexican restaurant for dinner. David and I would attend music lessons first, he studying guitar theory and I studying piano. We would then meet and have dinner with our dear friends. On November 2, 1992, as I have stated in earlier blogs, to my horror I came home that day and found my beloved David deceased from a gunshot wound to his head by his own hand. After all the panic had passed and 911 had been called I called Paul and Sue to tell them. Susan answered the phone. How do I tell her ?? David was like a brother to her. I somehow managed to let her know what had happened. IMMEDIATELY she and Paul came to our house. They were understandably quite shaken as well. Without being too gruesome or graphic, I must mention that there was a lot of blood left behind after David was transported from the scene which the paramedics and everyone stated was not their responsibility. Without my even asking them, the nursing instinct took over in both Paul and Susan and they cleaned up the whole room themselves. They made sure not a speck of what had happened was visible to the naked eye. I don't know how they did it. I asked them later on how they had managed it and they both told me that they had to think of it as someone else, a stranger, detach themselves. I am glad they were able to do that because without them being able to act as they did I would have been left with an even greater reminder of the tragedy that had just happened. They were totally and completely selfless. They always have been. They helped me to start to live again.

That Christmas I will never forget. Though quite devastated, I wanted my tree up but then I didn't. I went back and forth on the matter. After I spent Thansgiving with Paul and Susan it was time to decide. David NEVER would have wanted me to NOT celebrate Christmas as it was as important to him as it is to me and he knew that. I made the excuse..."Oh it's too heavy, I don't know how to put it together." To the rescue came Paul and Susan and their 2 girls, Melissa who at the time was 14 and Melanie who at the time was 10. They all came over. We all embraced warmly, sang carols, made jokes and acted quite festive and decorated the tree, which in a weird way was not just a Christmas tree that year. It was a symbol of hope for the future and in a way a remembrance of an amazing life that had gone to another realm.

The years have passed. About 2 years ago another crisis was upon us. You all know how much I love my furchildren. One of my babies is Ivy. Ivy is a bit of a thing, mostly Chihuahua but partly something else but entirely love. On a particular evening in January I noticed that Ivy was having trouble walking. I had seen this before and I was afraid of what it was. A couple of years before she had ruptured a disc in her back. At that time my husband and I were able to take care of it. We rushed her to the doctor, they did x-rays and she was immediately taken to a specialist for a hemilaminectomy. In time she regained the ability to walk. I knew on that evening in January Ivy had ruptured another disc. Again, panic set in because this time my husband and I could not take care of it. We had been forced to go bankrupt and had no credit and when you are talking medical care either for people or animals a lot of it is about money and credit. As Susan is a nurse, I called her. I thought perhaps there was some wisdom that she could share and as this was a Sunday evening, I had no place else to turn. I did not know what to do. What Susan said without even being asked is that she had an account called Care Credit. It is like a credit account for health care and some veterinarians accept it. She said she would be glad to authorize Ivy's care and whatever it took by letting us use her credit. I called the specialty hospitlal and asked them if they accepted Care Credit and they did. With Susan's permission the hospital got in touch with her and set everything up. Ivy had her surgery and thanks to my blessed wonderful Susan, is still walking to this day. Nobody else would trust us. Nobody else cared. But Susan and Paul did. I made sure to get her paid back ASAP but she never even mentioned it to me. She trusted us utterly and completely. She knew the account would be paid off and in record time !! Without Susan stepping forward and offering such a simple and precious gift, Ivy would have been paralyzed or gone by now. As it is, she is STILL HERE !! And I thank God above for that.

There ARE angels on this Earth. I have been blessed with many but 2 of them outshine the rest. They are 2 extraordinarly loving and caring people name Paul and Susan. Sometimes the simplest gifts are not the expensive ones but often mean the most. The love and caring that Paul and Susan give outweighs the world's biggest diamond and is worth more than all the money in this world.
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    What a beautiful tribute to your friends, CM!!! I hope you let them read this some day. It would touch their hearts, as it has touched mine! They truly are angels on earth!
    Posted 08-21-2010 at 08:40 AM by ChristmasHeart ChristmasHeart is offline
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    Fantastic friends! It is wonderful to have people like that around and I am glad you are blessed to have them in your life!
    Posted 08-21-2010 at 03:49 PM by Christmas-A-Holic Christmas-A-Holic is online now
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    CM,

    This was a beautiful message. You drew such a vivid picture of your friends, and how they helped you, that I was lost in the moment. You didn't just tell us about their love--you showed us.

    Again, a beautiful story, beautifully told. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    Posted 08-24-2010 at 02:40 PM by jimmyolsen jimmyolsen is offline
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    What wonderful people to have around, they really do sound like angels.

    Ron
    Posted 08-25-2010 at 09:40 AM by xmas365 xmas365 is offline
 

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