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Josh-D. S. Davis

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Great Uncle Ralph
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He's my mom and aunt's uncle. He's only 10 or 11 years older than my mom, so I guess he was born 1930ish.

He was diagnosed with Meniere's a sometime between 2002 and 2004.

My mom died in late 2005, and when she was buried up there in early 2006, he had a stroke tending to her grave. From that, he lost a lot of his speaking abilities.

Last year, when I talked to him, his speech was pretty good, but his comprehension was slowed.

Today, he went into the hospital again because he couldn't speak other than yes/no. The Dr's found a brain tumor where he had his stroke before. We're not sure if the one masked the other, or if it's coincidence.

Either way, this is aparently anticipated to be a fast growing tumor. He doesn't want surgery because prognosis is poor. It's likely he'll get hospice care at home until he passes.


SOMEWHERE there's a picture of me napping in a wheelbarrow when I was 8 and visiting up there for a week.

Aunt Rita has dialysis tomorrow, and this whole thing is going to be really hard for her to coordinate. Luckily, other Busse's and Johnston's live nearby. My aunt LuAnn will probably drive down and visit this weekend. I'm pondering taking the boys up there with us since they've met Ralph and Rita before.

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I'm sorry to hear of your uncle's problems. My sympathy to you, Josh.

I will carry you and your family in my thoughts. *hug*

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It's all moot now. But yah, I'm still not sure which way I would have leaned.

I'm sorry, and I will send the good vibes.


He died this morning early. It's good that it was quick. I think being partially debilitated by this was disappointing to him.

He and his wife were sort of a mainstay of my mom's side of the family for a long time. I'm glad I got to know him in even the limited capacity.

Where is "up there?"
I hope he is at peace with his decision and that your fam gets a chance to visit. I'm very sorry to hear about this.

He lived in Morris, OK and was actually the gatekeeper for the cemetery. The nearest hospital of significance was in Tulsa.

He lived a pretty good life. He was in his late 70s and managed to outlive my grandmother in years She died of brain tumor in the 1980s and was in her 60s. Hers was metastic colon cancer. Unk about his.

Everyone got to see him pretty regularly. He hosted a yearly memorial day GTG for the Johnston & Busse clans.

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