Vote ‘Yes on Measure F,’ Says Letter to the Editor
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We first came to Shelter Cove in 1989 and immediately fell in love with it and decided to eventually retire here. In 2003 Dan finished our home and we made the move from Auburn, CA.
In 2006 my stepmother passed away and my father Robert “Bob” Carlson found himself alone in a skilled nursing facility back in Auburn, CA. He had recently been diagnosed with a form of bone marrow cancer that requires regular blood transfusions and specialized injections. He did not want to continue treatment living my himself. He was legally blind due to macular degeneration and his disease weakened him so that he required supplemental oxygen and the use of a walker or a wheelchair. I contacted the healthcare district here to see if they could provide the treatment he needed so that he could come and live with us for whatever time he had left. They could and they did.
We became his full-time caregivers and enjoyed two wonderful years spoiling him with his favorite hot chocolate and sunning himself on the deck overlooking the blue ocean below. He said he didn’t mind his stays in the hospital for his transfusions because the staff treated him like a king and even serenaded him once in a while. We even had to use the emergency room when he suffered from a fall and then his final collapse due to his cancer and congestive heart failure. As often happens he made a slight recovery and we hoped he might be able to stay in the Skilled Nursing Facility.
My father was a very congenial man and easy to love so the staff were appreciative and showed their love and concern back, even on the day he died. They cried and shared their grief with us too. Having those last two years with my father are just absolutely priceless to us. Having the hospital, emergency room, clinic, laboratory and all those who work there serving us made it possible. So please do what you can by voting Yes on Measure F, volunteering or donating your time and/or funds to help keep and improve these vital health services to the local community. Thank you!
P.S. We found out shortly after telling my father that we had bought property in Shelter Cove that he had hauled the first batch plant on a trailer over the unpaved Shelter Cove Road back in the mid-60’s and installed it on Black Sand Beach. This was used to mix the aggregate to pave the original air strip and perhaps some of the original roads in Shelter Cove. It is our understanding that this original batch plant tower was washed out to sea during a storm in 1973. We asked my father why he didn’t buy up some ocean front lots while they were cheap and he said he had seen enough salt water during his time in the Navy on board the submarine tender the USS Bushnell in the Majuro Atoll, South Pacific. Although raised a Wisconsin farm boy he preferred the warm and sunny desert. Funny he should spend his last days back here in Shelter Cove. At least he could sun himself on the deck, he really enjoyed that!
Connie and Dan Paul
Shelter Cove, CA