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Old 04-17-2012, 08:50 AM   #1
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Flying out of DIA tonight to head back to my old stomping grounds.

My first nine month experience in Colorado was a great one and I'm going to miss the place. The environment is top notch. The people are easy going. I've always been a worry wart, but the common phrase "No worries." was said by strangers and friends alike every day. My worries are starting to fade away, and coming out here gave me a big confidence boost. I had moved before (college), but never moved this far away to try and do new things. I was able to land a fun job, I have gotten in a lot better shape and met a lot of people and go to even go to my first Broncos game. I'd say that is a pretty good success.

Unfortunately, some family circumstances arose. Grandma was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer (metasized to her lymph nodes and spinal cord) and has ~ 6 to 12 months. This complicates things with my grandpa because she was his primary care giver. Looks like I'm going to help move him to his nursing home, and we are renting my grandma a house across the street from his VA friendly Nursing Home. Gonna move some goods down there for them, give 'em some support and do whatever they ask of me. I think I'm mainly going to be in charge of getting their house ready to sell. . . ugh. . . not that I mind doing the work, but selling a home they've lived in for 50 years kinda makes me sad.

With all their kids grown up and having families, there aren't a lot of people who have the flexibility to help, and now that I'm done with seasonal work, saved up a bankroll, I think it's in my best interest to be a man and take one for the team and cherish the time I have left with them.

I'll be back in Colorado, it's just a matter of when. I'm not sure if I met anyone from the OM at the tailgates, but I know I got to meet a lot of the Broncos Fan Community and I'm thankful for that.

Thanks to any Maner who gave me advice, helped me out or threw some good ideas my way on how to enjoy Colorado. Much love for my E-family.

Not sure, if I'll be on much over the next few weeks, but I will try and pop in around the draft.

Thank you guys for everything! COLORADO ROCKS. OM ROCKS!

I'll see ya when I see ya.

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Old 04-17-2012, 08:54 AM   #2
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Sad news, Req. I hope everything works out for you. What you're doing for your grandparents is truly a great thing. Nothing more noble than an act from the heart. Best wishes on your journey.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:01 AM   #3
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Good luck. Been there, done that. Don't hesitate to check in for moral support.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:04 AM   #4
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We'll leave the light on for you Req. Safe travels.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:05 AM   #5
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Good luck with your family endeavors! Hope you make it back to the state, I've traveled all over the country but have found Colorado a truly special place to live. I'm sure you'll keep in touch on the Mane.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:07 AM   #6
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Good luck man, you are doing a great thing and you should be commended for it!
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Dude, I didnt know you were in town. Id have gotten a drink with you
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:13 AM   #9
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Good Luck. Been there, done that too a couple times. Not an easy thing. Stay strong.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:33 AM   #10
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Later man, good luck with the family, and glad you got to live in one of the best places in the world!

We'll see you back someday!
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:39 AM   #11
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Good Luck as well. As someone who has gone through this type of move twice in the last two years be forwarned, cleaning out a house of memories 50 years old is a very difficult process for your grandparents. We thought we could do it in a few days but it took weeks because it was really difficult for my parents to part with things that may have been in the family for generations and it is really common to get a good 10 minutes of decisoins out of them but then they get into denial pretty quickly or just can't deal with it and can't do it any more. It will take more patience on your part than you expect. Hang in there, it ain't easy.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:57 AM   #13
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Thanks guys. Just wanted to let you know after getting cavity hole searched by TSA, I got in to South Dakota last night. Tough times for the family indeed, but the smiles on their faces when I came in made the whole wait coming back worthwhile. Will update when I can.
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Good luck man. Better cherish all the time with loved ones while you can
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Best of luck Req. Hope everything turns for the best! Be strong and walk strong,... make the best of the situation and try to generate good and positive memories with your grandparents this last year. It's a tough moment but happiness can be had any day no matter the situation. Cherish the moments to the max!!! Your grandparents and family will never forget.
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Best wishes Req. Sounds like you know what's important in life.
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You have your priorities the way they should be, Req. Good luck with your family affairs...
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Good Luck as well. As someone who has gone through this type of move twice in the last two years be forwarned, cleaning out a house of memories 50 years old is a very difficult process for your grandparents. We thought we could do it in a few days but it took weeks because it was really difficult for my parents to part with things that may have been in the family for generations and it is really common to get a good 10 minutes of decisoins out of them but then they get into denial pretty quickly or just can't deal with it and can't do it any more. It will take more patience on your part than you expect. Hang in there, it ain't easy.
Exactly.

The better your inventory list the better for all concerned. Take pictures of things. Detailed communication & documentation is key.

One move I found it best to rent a large storage unit to separate items going to different people and places.

Plan on it taking much much longer to complete than you expect. You may also become the 'bad guy' at some point in the eyes of bickering family and friends. It will test you.
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Thanks for the advice. Spent most of the day earlier getting some essentials and furniture at discount stores for their place now until I have time to coordinate getting things from back home. Grandpa moves into the nursing home tomorrow and he's not too happy about it, but the house for my grandma is right across the street so they will still be able to be together while she's going through treatment. It's a really odd atmosphere. I haven't seen my family in this much of a panic in a while, but I know being here is definitely helping.

I was surprised that my sister was here last night until I arrived to help out. I hadn't seen her in over 3 years, it would have been four this Thanksgiving. It was a real emotional time.

Babysitting them for the rest of the week until I can get back home to see my parents for a few days. Thinking of taking them out to Buffalo Wild Wings with my younger cousin tonight so they can get some fresh air and enjoy some good food. They love chicken! Haha. Baked some oatmeal raisin cookies for them (their favorite) and now they are napping as we speak.

It's Req's House Rules for the week!

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Exactly.

The better your inventory list the better for all concerned. Take pictures of things. Detailed communication & documentation is key.

One move I found it best to rent a large storage unit to separate items going to different people and places.

Plan on it taking much much longer to complete than you expect. You may also become the 'bad guy' at some point in the eyes of bickering family and friends. It will test you.
Inventory is going to be so hard. These people are pack rats. I am pretty sure there is crap in the house from the Great Depression. When I go home this weekend, I'm going to get all the "memory filled" things that bring up good stuff. Pictures of grand kids (all their senior photos) and anything that was specially made or just for them. Already talked to them about some of the things they want up here, so I'm gonna definitely do that. Grandpa forgot his coin collection at home and says he wants to show me everything, so I have to go and get that.

As much as I wanna cry right now (so hard to see them like this), it's pretty great just to be here to help. I can't show weakness, because they need strength, so that's why I'm here.
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God Bless you and your family. As this will be a hard time for all..

Losing family is tough and it will make you a better person long term..

Enjoy what time you have left with them..
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God Bless you and your family. As this will be a hard time for all..

Losing family is tough and it will make you a better person long term..

Enjoy what time you have left with them..
Thanks, lonestar. It's just depressing seeing someone fight a tough battle that isn't "winnable." My grandma has a lot of fight in her. She has taken her earliest radiation/chemo like a champ, but it's going to get harder. She's strong, but she needs more strength from the outside. Just gonna do what I can to make whatever time she has left the most enjoyable.

Gonna see if she wants me to plant some garden stuff for her in the backyard to make it remind her of home. This will be the first time in over 50 years she hasn't hand planted her garden.
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Great thing you're doing. You'll grow. Sorry for the sad part of the circumstances.
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Sorry to hear the news. I think what you're doing is admirable. It's definitely the right choice and you will be glad you spent this time with them. I'm sure your grandfather is proud of the choice you made. And I mean that sincerely. My grandmother has alzheimers and she has been living with us for two years now. It's a lot of work but the time we spend with her makes it all worth it.
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Serves as a good reminder to get out there and spend some time with those family members that might not have much time left.

Looks like you have your priorities in order. I think mine probably need some work.
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