We spent most of last week up close and personal with the health care system when Gary was hospitalized for a serious infection. The ordeal required help from a full time, caring advocate to negotiate the maze of medical personnel, tests, and treatment. Both of us have been left to manage this sort of experience alone when we were married to previous spouses. We understand that "in sickness and in health" is not just an old fashioned idea, it is a loving commitment. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else but by Gary's side and he is thankful for my love and support.
Being sick is a humbling experience. As Gary said after returning home, "I went to the hospital and had my bravado removed". Who would you want to have around when you feel vulnerable?