Yeah, well there is my dilemma. I stumbled upon some enemies in the wasteland that dropped some awesome loot, like plasma rifles and tesla armor. But, there was a deathclaw with them and it killed my follower. If i load the previous save, I don't encounter those enemies anymore, and that lewt is just too phat to pass up.
As a child, I thought I could live without pain, without sorrow As a man, I've found it's all caught up with me
If you like Charon, reload. If you don't really care and want to use another follower then keep the save. Personally, I hated Charon. He ALWAYS wanted to pull out his gun when I wanted him to go melee. Eventually I stuck him in my house, told him to stay, and had him positioned like a guard. :P