FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Robert Spangler is a Navy veteran from Bluffton, serving from 1980 to 1984 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk as an intelligence specialist.
After suffering a stroke a year and half ago, he and his wife, Candy Spangler, knew they needed more support to maintain his health.
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They recently moved with their daughter, Kayla, and 7-year old grandson, Zaiden, just a month ago, who reside in Albion.
But the timing was a tad tricky for Robert who sustains a mass in his lung and awaits surgery for removal.
Robert says, "I can't get sick or I can't have the surgery."
The couple's transition was simultaneous with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting Indiana, striking worry in the Spangler family, especially for Robert's health.
If patients who were originally eligible for surgery contract a virus, they may lose their eligibility, or their recovery process can be prolonged.
Candy, his wife, says, "I don't let him go anywhere socially. I go into the store and get what we need."
However, the Spangler family is doing what they can to "prepare" instead of being "scared."
They've committed to disinfecting household items often touched, having food delivered (if necessary) with minimal contact upon exchange, using masks if outside, and singing the tune of "Happy Birthday" everytime they wash their hands.
Connie Chow, a 20-year caregiver to her own grandmother and founder of Daily Caring, provides helpful tips on how you can manage caring for a sick or elderly parent within your home, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For a list of of those tips, click here.