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When it rains it pours

Rose Pulvirenti

 

A rose for Rose Pulvirenti

 

I woke up yesterday morning and jumped in the shower. About 10 minutes later my wife comes knocking on the bathroom door. “I need to speak to you, it’s an emergency!” I hopped out of the shower and opened the bathroom door. She proceeds to tell me that her sister had passed away, overnight.

 

I was in shock. Rose Pulvirenti was only 46 years old.

 

When I first met her, she was probably 22 or maybe 23 years old. I was told that she had mental health issues, but she seemed fine to me. I talked with her a fair amount, back then. She was loud and boisterous. She was fun to talk to.

 

Unfortunately, the next 20 years wouldn’t be so kind to her. The meds took their toll. She gained a lot of weight. She was already a smoker, but she seemed to be smoking more and more as time went by. The last several years it became nearly impossible to have a conversation with her. It was very sad to see her slip away.

 

She loved to draw and paint. We were looking at some of her artwork yesterday, while we all reminisced. She also was a collector. I noticed that she had some of the Teen Titan Go! action figures on a shelf along with a bunch of trolls.

 

Over the past 12 months, she had been hospitalized 7 or 8 times. My in-laws are 88 and 90 respectively. They seem to be in relatively good health, but I know it was getting more and more difficult for them to care for her.

 

My mother-in-law told us that she had given her the night time meds around 10:00 pm. She told us that she was quiet and didn’t say much. She took the meds and went to sleep. Mom went in to check on her the next morning. It was around 8:30 am. She noticed that Rose wasn’t moving and she didn’t see the covers moving with her breathing. She reached down to shake her and she was cold.

 

The medical examiner and the police showed up about 90 minutes later. It’s standard procedure for the police to be there. They’ll perform an autopsy to find out what happened to her. We’ll probably find out some time over the next day or two.

 

It’s very sad to lose someone, especially someone so young. I know she’s in a better place and she finally has peace with herself.

 

Rose, you will be missed! We’ll see you soon.

 

 

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