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The phone rang at around 500 PM my time Normally Id be a bit irritated with the caller as it was dinnertime but a surge of excitement grasped me when I heard my grandsons voice on the other end He hadnt called in weeks maybe even a month and I hadnt been able to call him The mere sound of his voice evoked a consecrated overwhelming pleasure Hi Grandma I miss you I heard him squeal through the earpiece I cherished these years for I knew that within a few more he would be plagued with puberty and I with Alzheimers or a similar mentally incapacitating disease and that our special relationship wouldnt be able to endure these extreme conditions He was grasping for the reigns of maturity as I was retreating in the face of menopause and I knew that it was only a matter of time before our relationship was reduced to family reunions and Christmas dinners It was only a matter of timeyet I felt I wished it could last forever Hi Brandon How are you I shouted back in an equally childish tone I missed him so I longed for him with all my heart He was the only person that mattered in my life everything else had faded into a gray-dull background of memories Three years ago on December 3rd 1999 my husband daughter and son-in-law were killed on their way to visit me in the hospital I had contracted PHDI a rare strain of pneumonia and was taken to Los Angeles for treatment about 150 miles north of my home in San Diego Assuming that Id be home later in the day I chose to keep my visit a secret even from my husband Unfortunately I severely underestimated the length of treatment By the time I was informed that I would be held inpatient for as long as a week I immediately called home and left a message
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