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I would love to nominate my husband, Gary A. Reynolds for the recipient of the Valentines Day award. He is employed at Johnson Controls for 19 years. He works third shift and puts in 60 to 72 hours a week.
You see I am disabled and he feels like he must work as hard as he can to provide us with adequate food and utilities and such.
My husband is generous and loving to a fault. Two years ago I had gastric by-pass surgery and he took off from work just to stay home and take care of me day and night.
After that I had to have my gall bladder removed.
He took me to the hospital to have my gall bladder removed as same day surgery. My wonderful mother-in-law, Audrey Reynolds came to help us out because I was incapacitated. So Gary thought it would be all right to go back to work that night. It seems I was doing fine. So mom put me to bed and when my husband came home the next day he asked his mom on how I was doing and she said she hadn’t heard anything from me. So Gary came in to check on me only to find me barely breathing. He called 911 and they came to take me to the hospital.
They put me into ICU and the doctor came out and told Gary to call our family because he did not think I was going to make it. I had a severe blood infection. The doctor said they were doing everything that they could but I was in a coma. My sisters said Gary never left my side. He sat by me holding my hand, stroking my hair and talking to me. This went on for approximately seven days. But I finally woke up but did not remember anything. I had lost three months of time. Gary told me to be patient. He was with me every step of the way. My sister finally told him to go home and get a shower and some much-needed rest. But something happened at the hospital and they called him back right away. I had fallen out of bed. They are not sure how it happened but it damaged my tailbone.
You see I went with my husband for 10 years before we got married. We have been married now for going on 21 years. But I always felt that he just married me out of convenience, but after this happened I knew deep in my heart he really did love me so so very much. My fears were put to rest. He took off one more month to help take care of me. You see I could not remember how to do anything, cook, wash clothes operate my computer or pay the bills.
He had his hands full on top of that worrying about how we were going to pay the bills with him not working. But somehow he worked something out with his company and everything got paid. If I didn’t have him I do not know where I would be now. I thank all of this to my husband, my friend, my lover and protector. And not to forget my mother-in-law for cooking and cleaning and taking care of me when he went back to work. I am truly blessed to be married to such a caring man he is wonderful not just to me but to everyone he meets.
He never has a bad word to say about anybody.
I know now that God had a plan for me and it was to meet Gary and to marry him. We are closer than we have ever been before. He tells me he loves me every single day not just once but several times a day, because you never know what is around the next corner.
I hope you will honor this fabulous man and determine he is a very Special Valentine. I know he is the best Valentine anyone could ever ask for.