Leeza Gibbons: Well, Dad, you’re very independent.
Carlos Gibbons: I am?
Leeza: Yeah, and just a little bit hard-headed, maybe a touch. When it came to telling you that we thought you needed some extra help, some support – well, how did you feel about us saying that?
Carlos: Well, I thought you all were just mean kids, trying to take over my life.
Leeza: It wasn’t easy to get you to agree to have a Phillips lifeline. You were pretty resistant, Pops.
Carlos: I resisted to the point that I almost got you kids mad with me, I think.
Leeza: But you know what? I think it’s a tough discussion to have with anybody. Because you want to be independent. But we were worried.
Carlos: Well, I’m glad you all were worried. Because if you had not been, I don’t think I would be here today to be talking to you and telling you how much I love you.
Well I am old, stubborn – like old stubborn mule.
Leeza: It’s not just you are stubborn, independent, Pops. It’s most men – and a lot of us ladies too – who are resistant to reaching out and admitting that we need help. Can we talk about that process for you?
Carlos: Yeah, I want to say that, you know, the male creature, he feels dominant all the time and wanting to be in control and aggressive, and those are the kinds of things that sometimes, we forget that we have other needs. And so we don’t give in to our real needs. We try to be strong and independent and aggressive. But there are times when we need to be submissive and take advice of others and try to take advantage of whatever opportunities there are for the restoration of our strength and our health and everything. Yes, we do need to do that.
Leeza: You’re my Daddy, and I’ve always seen you as this larger than life – you’re like an action hero to me.
Carlos: Well you know, I’ve always been independent and self-sufficient and, and I was going to say I don’t like doctors and hospitals, but I do like them now very much.
Leeza: You’ve changed your mind.
Dr. Joseph Evans: Having been Carlos Gibbons’ physician for over 20 years and his friend, I am delighted that he has a Philips Lifeline.
Men like to be in control of our situation. We don’t like to admit that we fall. We don’t like to admit that our motor skills aren’t what they used to be.
Leeza: What would you say to people who have been where you’ve been? Thinking, “I don’t need anything.” “I don’t want to go to that trouble.” “I don’t want to look old.”
Carlos: I would say to everyone that you should not wait. You should go ahead and get a Phillips Lifeline. It’s like the Boy Scouts. You’ve got to be prepared.