As it goes, “life is full of surprises” but I received the most surprising telephone call on Sunday, 8/19/2017, that was more than a surprise. The caller was a county sheriff who wanted to know if my husband, Clarence Spiff, had any medical problems. I responded that not that I knew of. The sheriff continued that my husband was lying on the ground and was conscious but could not speak. I just could not believe anything the sheriff was telling me. The paramedics then came on the phone and said that Clarence was having a stroke. I am still in disbelieve but I get stronger everyday so that I can help him through recovery. But each day I have mood swings that go from me wondering why my husband, who always seemed to be in good health went through this??. But I cannot be selfish about this situation, other families are coping with this same situation. I just want to know how you deal with it without feeling so bitter??
As a veteran of the US Army, Howitzer Battery in West Germany (when there were two Germanys) Clarence survived and served our country well. He has always been such an active person and always willing to help others out when he could. Clarence has always loved pursuing knowledge and attended the University of California, Irvine and Concordia University, Irvine.
Currently, I do not have transportation or financial means to see him at the hospital, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, California, which is about 100 miles away from our home in Newberry Springs, CA. This is very frustrating and I will only have a day to visit him tomorrow. My dear niece, Erma, is taking time off from work in Los Angeles to drive me there and I thank her so much. After this visit I do not know what I will do. Erma suggested that Clarence and I move back to Los Angeles County so that we are closer to her and other family. I can’t financially deal with that at the moment. In addition, our home for now will have to be modified (wheelchair access, and I do not know what else). Financially I cannot cope with some of the things that Clarence might need. Do not know where our car is located because he was found on the street next to the car?. He is paralyzed on his right side and still does have speech but thank God that he is alive. Right now I could not ask for anything better. Please everyone rally for Clarence. Signed, Lucille, his loving friend and wife of 41 years.