|After a mind-bending ingestion of
Thursday evening drama, Claire slipped quietly into a quasi-vegetative
Husband Mark recalls his confusion: "We were just sitting on the couch
enjoying a movie when I noticed that she wasn't asking me to turn down the
commercials like she usually does. Her eyes were glazed over and she
wouldn't respond even when I offered her chocolate."
Claire, who snapped back shortly after the TV was shut off, describes her
memory of the incident:
"It began innocently enough. I came home and wanted to relax with a quick
sitcom off the Tivo, but the only thing good was the hour-long 'American
Family.' If you're tired,
you don't want to see Edward James Olmos lamenting over the recent loss of
Sonia Braga. It'll send you
right over the emotional edge."
Claire states that she
intended to get up and do Something but then "Mark came home and put us
through a rerun of 'Nash Bridges' after which we found 'Grand Canyon,' which
didn't begin until 9pm and is, after all, a movie. There might have been
some 'Whose Line is It, Anyway?' thrown in there somewhere, I don't remember
Brother-in-law Bob states that he saw this coming for Claire. "When she
was visiting we usually wouldn't watch much TV. But one evening someone
turned it on, and when I looked over I saw that we had lost her. But I
called her name a few times and she came back."
Of her recent episode Claire states: "I was going to do some woodworking
and some laundry, but it was cold outside and I was
pooped. And our couch sucks you in like a black hole."
Claire feels confident that the summer of reruns will prevent similar
incidents in the near-term. But, she adds, "I can't wait until the fall."