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14 April 2024

The Dude Abides: Visits with ALS patient less awkward thanks to newly-imposed 90-Second visitation cap

Mind If I Pop-In For 3 Minutes? No, The Dude Abides

The Dude Abides, indeed… Social distancing pioneer, Treg Charlton of Chagrin Falls, claims ALS doesn’t automatically mean a life-sentence of social awkwardness. “Your friends just need to respect reasonable boundaries. Be thankful that they care enough to visit. That said, it’s sometimes best to hang a small sign that says ‘Get in. Snap a pic. Get out. The key is to skillfully divert the unsolicited guest’s attention away from whatever they dropped by to say. I’m currently utilizing Covid as my 3rd-party punching bag.”

The Dude Abides: Treg Charlton #winning again with 90 second visitation rule
Charlton at computer. “Tell Jack I’m not here. Better yet, tell him I’ve gone hiking with my new friends.”

Jack Subel, a close friend who has spent a fair amount of time around ALS patients, said “I understand Treg’s heard all of my good stories. And I respect that he isn’t interested in any of my recent, awesome experiences as a healthy, active male. Still, I know he’s okay with seeing me every now and then. So long as I’m out the door in 90 seconds.”

One other way Charlton justifies his recalcitrant behavior is by employing the time-tested “I’m okay. You’re not okay” philosophy. “Who really wants to associate with people that are completely comfortable with one-sided conversations? No one. Plus, it’s getting harder to fake-nod 100 times in 5 minutes. No offense.”

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