The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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This moment fit into my life because it was about my Aunt Clare who was sick. My mom spent a lot of time at the hospital with her and I learned a lot of the details interviewing my mom.

The sun peeking through the one lifted slat of the blind awakened Kathy from a sound sleep in the uncomfortable hospital chair that had become her bed over the past week. As she sat up to stretch her sore muscles, she looked over at Clare sleeping peacefully. This made her happy because the pinging machines, alarms going off, and sound of rolling carts up and down the hospital hallway made sleeping quite difficult. While staring at Clare through the floating dust that was visibly noticeable in the ray of light shining on the bed, a knock at the door startled Kathy. There stood a team of five doctors waiting to give the diagnosis. Clare’s husband was not back to the room yet, but Clare awakened and the doctors told her what was wrong with her. Guillian Barre was not anything Kathy had ever heard of, but seeing the expression on Clare's face and the tears in her eyes, she had to assume that this was not a good diagnosis. Clare had spent her career as a nurse so was fully aware of this disorder.  Within minutes of the doctors leaving, the nurses came in and told Clare that they were taking her to the infection control unit to begin her treatments. Kathy, fighting back the tears to stay strong for her sister, kissed Clare goodbye and the nurses kicked the locked bars to the side and rolled the bed out the door.

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I interviewed my mom Kathy. She was sitting in a brown chair with a blanket on her lap. Our dog, Lilly, was lying next to her. This memory was really important to my mom because she had been so scared about her sister and when she tells the story you can feel what she was going through. 

The Long Wait

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September 7, 2008
Meadowbrook, PA

This moment fit into my life because it was about my Aunt Clare who was sick. My mom spent a lot of time at the hospital with her and I learned a lot of the details interviewing my mom.

Decade: 2000s
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Recorded by Michael Giantomaso on December 7, 2019
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