Charles and Debra Simpson tore down a wall in their Cedar Creek mobile home three years ago so they could sleep side-by-side in their twin hospital beds.
The couple will celebrate 50 years of marriage in January — if Charles Simpson makes it that long.
The 77-year-old retired rock mason was placed in hospice care last month after years of struggling with congestive heart failure. He's had four surgeries, including two bypasses. Now, the doctors say his pacemaker is doing all the work. Without it, his heart wouldn't beat on its own.
"My husband may not be here any longer than six months," says Debra Simpson, who has been planning his funeral. "His doctor basically told us there is nothing else he can do if he gets more blockages because he doesn’t have any veins left."
Debra Simpson, 67, struggles with her own health problems, including osteoarthritis, which she's had for years. A car accident 10 years ago crushed the bones in her right leg. Her left is held together by screws. Today, she can't walk on her own and relies on a wheelchair.
"My grandkids are at an age where they want to go and do things, and I would like to go with them," she says. "I can’t even do that."
The Simpsons live in a mobile home on the Travis County/Bastrop County line surrounded by their kids. Their youngest daughter, Rebecca Simpson, comes to check on them every day, administering basic care for her father, washing clothes and cooking meals.
The couple's trailer was ravaged by floodwaters on Halloween 2015. Today, the wreckage is still visible in the patchwork wooden floors that were soaked by a foot of water and mud.
"You either got to pay the bills or put down new floors," Rebecca Simpson says.
The Simpsons also need electrical and plumbing work on the house and help with basic necessities.
"It seems kind of strange to be asking somebody for help," Debra Simpson says. "I may be in a wheelchair, and I may not be able to walk right now, but I still have a home and family, and there's people that don't even have that. I consider myself one of the lucky ones."
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