I’ve spent time in the Emergency Room twice this month and witnessed my share of human pain and misery, but nothing could prepare me for the anguish I’ve suffered recently.
Tragedy struck at the most unexpected and inconvenient time, as these things so often do. I had left the room for only a minute and returned to find my loved one unresponsive. Just a glance told me emergency services were required, and I dialed immediately. It must have been a busy night because it seemed like a lifetime before help arrived. At first the specialists’ authoritative voices were reassuring, but their patter soon faded to a buzz amid the unbearable worry. Finally, wires were connected—how could there be so many of them?—and then the waiting began.
As with any loss of this magnitude, my thoughts bounced from emotion to emotion. I remembered the long life we’d shared—all the memories, fun times, and work completed together. But there were self-recriminations too. Why had I pushed so many buttons? Couldn’t I see that the load was too heavy?
The minutes turned to hours and the hours turned to days as each remedy failed. The idea surfaced of a replacement. But it was too early to think that way—much too early.
The tears flowed freely, but I had to accept that age had taken its toll. At last after several days of darkness, the ultimate decision had to be made. With a saddened heart I pulled the plug.
Rest in Peace, Inspiron 1545, 2009 – 2016 .
Made me feel sad and then understand because my printer died and it’s weird how it upset me because I need it but I don’t.
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Kath Carroll said:
I hadn’t posted here in a looong time, but I did post a new piece yesterday and saw your comment. I’ve had a second computer break down since this one I wrote about, but it wasn’t as traumatic since I never got fully comfortable with the keyboard. I hope you’ve found happiness with a new printer 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!
Stephanie Faris said:
LOL, well, it lived a long life!!! For years I heard that I should switch to a Mac, but I worked in tech support and all we had were PCs. So I stuck with PCs until 2013, when I retired to write full-time. I bought one final PC–it was a Sony Vaio with Windows 8. Something was incompatible and Sony didn’t want to fix it (sent it back to them and they returned it without doing anything really). Every 30 days I’d get the blue screen of death and have to reload everything. I kept all my files on a flash drive because I knew my computer setup was only temporary. Finally, after only a year, I went and bought a Mac. That Vaio is in my closet. I should’ve sold it, but I couldn’t pass that curse on to anyone else! Buy all the warranty you can if you get a Windows 10 PC–that’s all I’ll say!
Marcia Strykowski said:
Is it April Fools Day already? 🙂 You sure fooled me. I was all set to send my condolences, which of course I do anyway, but with a much lighter heart. Good luck replacing your work partner.
Kath Carroll said:
Haha! Thanks, Marcia! I appreciate your kind words during this difficult time 🙂