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    Posted December 13, 2012 by
    Vlissingen, Netherlands
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What was your best moment of 2012?

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     In 2012 iReporter Remco van Schellen’s partner Rob was hospitalized for eight days following an operation. Most days Remco -- who works as a radio DJ -- drove from Vlisisngen in the Netherlands to visit his partner at the hospital in Antwerp, Belgium.

    To be able to stay in touch throughout the ordeal Remco gave Rob a smartphone so they could have video chats each day. One day, when Remco knew that that Rob was listening to his radio show, he decided to play something special for Rob, who is a big Elvis Presley fan.

    “I played the song 'Kiss me quick' for him. I thought that was appropriate. I did not say on air that the song was for him, since my private worries don't have to go on the air waves, but Rob got the hint, and sent me another text message. And that was nice!”
    - stinabacker, CNN iReport producer

    One of my best moments in 2012 was when my partner was hospitalized. That may sound strange, since it was also an exhausting time, but let me explain.

    We live in Vlissingen in the Netherlands. The hospital where my partner had to get an operation is in Antwerp in Belgium. That is a one hour drive by car. Most days I visited him: one hour by car, than being with him, and an hour in the car again to get home.

    His hospital stay should have lasted just three days, but there where complications and it was extended. Of course I visited him as much as possible, but with a busy job as a radio host it was quite exhausting to do.

    I skipped the car ride one day to get some rest myself. And now my best moment comes: thanks to modern technology we were close by, even though he was 100 kilometers away. I got him an iPhone so we could send each other messages using WhatsApp. Many messages were transmitted between Vlissingen and Antwerp, some with pictures of our cat attached. To give him a piece of home.

    And we used Skype to have long talks. The picture is a screen shot of one of those moments. His face is in the large picture; you can see his hospital bed. My face in the small picture; I was at home in the garden.

    And also special: my radio program is a morning show. When my partner couldn't sleep any more he listened in his hospital bed far away, to my program. I even played a record for him, and he heard it.

    Many hospitals in the Netherlands and Belgium provide WiFi for their patients and visitors. Thanks to smartphones I could support him, even when I was away. That was very special. He is doing well by the way.
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