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  •  Someone should do a poll (6+ / 0-)

    asking if you cried or not during that segment

    •  I was doing OK until the photo (23+ / 0-)

      of his dad showed up on the screen.  THEN, I wanted to just bawl.  What a sweet old fella.  My father had to be on dialysis the last 2 1/2 months of his life.  I well remember how horribly uncomfortable it was for him as his kidneys shut down for good.  Fluid retention is really painful.  At the very end I thought Keith was going to lose it (and I would not have blamed him at all)-- and then when he passed the baton off to Rachel, she got teared up (or so it looked like to me).  These Special Comments really take it out of -- both the speaker and the watchers!

      •  I'm glad to hear that his dad (8+ / 0-)

        is moving closer to Keith so KO can check up on him frequently; we're fortunate that we're just a few miles away from the spouse's folks, and see them every weekend (though it's put a lot of stress on us as a couple). Plus, they have a very strong church community who check up on them frequently; since my dad-in-law can't drive anymore, one member has taken it upon himself to take them out to lunch and errands once a week just so they can get out of the house -- the spouse and I usually take them out grocery shopping on Saturdays or Sundays.

        Civility is the way of telling someone to go fuck themselves in such a way that the someone agrees it probably is a good idea.

        by Cali Scribe on Wed Oct 07, 2009 at 07:41:14 PM PDT

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        •  Care of elders is stressful (9+ / 0-)

          I could never have done it for my dad had my spouse not been there 110% supporting me.  My mom, thankfully, is pretty much under the care of my two sisters.  They weren't able to help for our dad, so they've taken on responsibility for mom so I'm freed up.  And your heart kind of aches for the old folks because it's so hard for them to lose their independence for the things they're so used to handling--like grocery shopping, getting to church.  It was really hard for me to see my dad, who was very intellecually sharp right up to the end, grapple with that loss of independence.  He handled it pretty good but I know there were times when it was really hard.  You know, it makes me like Keith O even more to realize how he took the situation with his dad--something that so many of us can relate to and really "get"--and he turned his Special Comment into a very real situation by weaving the situation with his dad throughout it.  We ARE compassionate people, I think, and to realize the coldness of those in government who would simply deny the reality of everyday suffering and pain because of the COST of healthcare . . . well, it really shows them up for the cold, greedy, selfish, lousy excuses for human beings a lot of them are.  Powerful hour with him tonight.

          •  The situation with his dad (4+ / 0-)
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            falling on the floor (the classic "I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial comes to mind) happens way too frequently with older people, especially those who live alone. My mom-in-law is in a wheelchair, and has had times where she's slipped transferring from the toilet back to the chair. Fortunately my dad-in-law has been around to call the fire department (and they're always out in a jiffy, damn socialist government services), but if she was home alone (say he went on the bus to the store), she'd be in similar trouble.

            Civility is the way of telling someone to go fuck themselves in such a way that the someone agrees it probably is a good idea.

            by Cali Scribe on Wed Oct 07, 2009 at 09:20:29 PM PDT

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        •  Olbermann could make me want to write bad checks.. (6+ / 0-)
          It's just fortunate that, because he's who he is, that I'd want them to be checks covering someone's premiums.
          But I'm pissed at him because I have a reputation as a Scary Liberal that's not enhanced by becoming an emotional basket case.
          Seriously, sir, you've left me a wreck and we haven't even kissed...that's hardly fair.
          Usually when someone messes with my equanamity this much, I at least get a little tongue.
          Honestly, have you no shame?(/snark)

          "I fight authority...authority always wins."

          by chicating on Wed Oct 07, 2009 at 08:03:57 PM PDT

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    •  I was (3+ / 0-)

      sobbing by the time he was through. Watching this should be required before congress votes again to flush us down the drain.

      " Shared pain is lessened, shared joy is increased" Spider Robinson

      by Radiogabs on Wed Oct 07, 2009 at 09:10:46 PM PDT

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