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OT- Hug Your Family Every Chance You Get -OT

HotchHotch Posts: 3,326
This past week has been horrific for our family my sister Tina specifically and her family. It all started about a year ago when her ex-husband had an aneurysm on his brain stem. He was around 60 or so at the time. His health had deteriorated and eventually could no longer take care of himself and my sister (Tina), brought him in to her home to care for him. Both of their sons, Chris and Nick, would also be there with Tina to care for him. A short while back he got to where they could not provide the care he needed as he was slowly getting worse every day. He then had to go into a nursing home for hospice care.

Then this past Wednesday, 10-4, Chris and his wife were sitting at home watching TV. She had gone upstairs for just a minute or two and when she returned downstairs Chris was non responsive, he had just suddenly passed away. Chris, my nephew, was only 35 with two young kids (2 and 7) and a wonderful wife. He previously had survived an aortic aneurysm (4 years ago) after having to have a very complicated surgery and recovery. He was unable to obtain life insurance and like most young folks lived paycheck to paycheck.

To make matters even more devastating, a day or so after my nephew Chris’s passing his Dad was told of his death. Later that evening Brian, (his Dad), had a seizure and passed away. These two were very close.

I am telling of this horrific week because as we all know, you have no guarantees of tomorrow. We, my brother and sisters, as a family have not been close since leaving the nest so to speak. It’s just how things worked out. But this brings to the surface how important time with family should be.  I for one will try to do better.  So, even if the connection/communication is sparse, make the effort.  Pick up the phone and call them, send an email or give them a hug.

I have never asked someone to help, and it is difficult for me to do so, but I believe this set of circumstances warrant it.
If you would like to help please do so by a donation of any amount to Chris's family at:

https://www.gofundme.com/help-support-the-neal-family

Thanks for support,
Hotch
Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
BGE Chiminea
Prosper, TX
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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,510
    Sad story @Hotch. Will donate. 
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • Yikes that's all tough stuff right there.  Really sorry for your loss.
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 16,221
    So young. So sad. Donation made. 
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. 
  • SGHSGH Posts: 24,107
    I'm not home tonight, but when I make back I will gladly donate my friend. 

    Location- Just "this side" of Biloxi, Ms.

    Status- Standing by.

    Arsenal-Just a small wore out and broken down Weber kettle. No other means to cook at all.
    Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit
    The greatest barrier against all wisdom, the stronghold against knowledge itself, is the single thought in ones mind, that they already have it all figured out. 
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 12,275
    Very sorry. I truly feel your pain.Be strong.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,995
    Terribly sorry for your loss. 
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,941
    Dang!  Very sad story one that I know too well. Agreed there is no guarantee of a tomorrow. 
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,326
    Thanks so much guys. I really appreciate it.
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,053
    Sorry for this difficult time in your life. Appreciate the reminder. Reached out to my son and daughter this evening.
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    Talk-in' 'bout, hey now! Hey now! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
    Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né

  • dmchicagodmchicago Posts: 1,063
    This is sad. very sorry for this report. 

    My family has been pretty lucky so far. Lost my Mom last year. but other than that we are intact.

    We're all one phone call away from a different world.
    Philly - Kansas City - Houston - Cincinnati - Dallas - Houston - Memphis - Austin - Chicago - Austin

    Dennis - Austin,TX
  • The time we all have is short.  Every day is a gift.
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • FATC1TYFATC1TY Posts: 828
    Looks like I need to make some calls tomorrow on my way home from work tomorrow....

    prayers set @Hotch
    -FATC1TY
    Grillin' and Brewing in Atlanta
    LBGE
    MiniMax
  • Hans61Hans61 Posts: 3,414
    Tragic for your family and all who loved the ones you’ve lost. My sincerest condolences. It speaks volumes that in your time of sadness you take a moment to think of others, to remind us to treasure our moments with our loved ones. God bless you and your family. 
    “There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body.”
    Coach Finstock Teen Wolf
  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,357
    Damn Hotch; too much, too close together.  
    _____________________________________________
     
    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
     
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 3,009
    Peace Be with you ...life is fragile 
    Visalia, Ca
  • blastingblasting Posts: 5,516

    That's rough, all the best.  

    Phoenix 
  • Dang - that is aweful.  I will send prayers your way.

    My wife had a brain aneurysm bleed about 20 years ago.  She survived after brain surgery and a month in ICU.

    We have lived a different life since - try to enjoy every day 
    Memphis, TN 
  • texaswigtexaswig Posts: 2,226
    Man that's tough stuff. I'm really sorry for you and your family's loss. Yall will be in my thoughts and my prayers. 
    Scott
    Greenville ,Tx

    Xl bge with woo2 and ajustable rack
  • THEBuckeyeTHEBuckeye Posts: 4,044
    Lost my Mother at 16 to an aneurysm. She died 2 days before her 46th Birthday. Miss her. 
    New Albany, Ohio 

  • six_eggsix_egg Posts: 965
    @Hotch I am so sorry to hear about the lost loved ones in your life. Prayers.  

    XLBGE, LBGE 

    Texarkana, TX

  • DredgerDredger Posts: 1,453
    So sorry for you and your family. This is just horrible. Thoughts and prayers sent your way. Donation made.
    Large BGE
    Greenville, SC
  • Jupiter JimJupiter Jim Posts: 3,035
    So sorry for your family Hotch, just this last week I started to reconnect with a family member. Jim

    I'm only hungry when I'm awake!

    Okeechobee FL. Winter

    West Jefferson NC Summer

  • We are sure thinking of your family, Hotch.  This is a definite wake-up call not to take any days or anyone for granted.  Donation made.
    Kelley 
    Egging with No Joke Smoke (Bruce), watching sunsets on the waterfront at Lake Buchanan, TX.  BGEs: XL, Medium,  2 MiniMaxes. 36" Blackstone.
  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,293
    Good vybz sent.
    Brandon
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • Zeiger88Zeiger88 Posts: 132
    Very sad sorry for your loss 
    BGE XL June 2017 Flameboss 300 February 2018 Lima, Ohio 
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 4,496
    That is a lot for one family, so sorry for your loss. Stay strong.
                                                                        
    _________________________________________________

    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014, 36" Blackstone, Anova Sous Vide
    Green Man Group 
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,326
    Thanks everyone for your prayers and support. 
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
  • Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Kelley 
    Egging with No Joke Smoke (Bruce), watching sunsets on the waterfront at Lake Buchanan, TX.  BGEs: XL, Medium,  2 MiniMaxes. 36" Blackstone.
  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,326
    Thank you Kelley.
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 5,435
    Life can be so freaking brutal sometimes. Just take it one day at a time. God Bless. 

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

                                                                                  -Umberto Eco

    2 Large
    Peachtree Corners, GA
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