My inquisitor and I ended up sitting almost knee-to-knee.
I was asked to recount the whole experience up until then. I tiredly, bare-bones explained the events of the night before and the morning of. I was asked a lot of clarifying questions.
I told him about sleeping on the couch, about the bacon and about Sadie sitting perfectly still.
When asked if I thought Jeff might have decided to overdose on purpose, I said, “No.”
“Maybe accidentally?” was the next suggestion.
“Absolutely not,” I insisted.
“Was he depressed?”
My hesitant answer was yes, but that Jeff was taking medication to help with that.
We spoke for a while about how Jeff felt awful he couldn’t work. How he hated saying he was on disability. How he meticulously filled his tackle bait box to avoid any over or under medication misses.
How he was doing less of the things he enjoyed. But, also about the way he rose each morning, verbally thanking God for another day. And how he repeated the sentiments aloud each evening, saying it had been a good day to be alive.
Then, we went back to the sequence of events.
I explained again what had happened.
There were questions about what time it might have been at certain points and when Jeff last took meds.
I guesstimated on the times and had no idea about the drugs. I learned later, Jeff’s estimated time of death coincided with Sadie’s signals.
What I find odd now, is that I really don’t remember Jeff taking pills. I can’t even picture it in my mind. I obviously recall the medication box and the myriad of reminders I arranged to be sure his meds were taken. To-do lists, email, phone calls.
Insulin was occasionally out in the open. Sometimes right before going into a restaurant, sometimes at a restaurant table, but rarely at home.
I suppose Jeff may have been discreet for my sake. Likely, though, it was more for Jeff’s sake – so he didn’t have to listen to my objections about his self-administering through the leg of his jeans or through the middle of his T-shirt.
It was commented more than once, that they would be able to tell by the pill count if he might have overdosed.
I repeated, “Absolutely not.” More than once, as well.
Then, came the canned movie line. If I thought of anything else that might help, I should call the number on the card I was handed.
I took the end of the interview as a sign that it was settled; that he finally believed me.
Jeff would never do that.
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