Thursday, January 13, 2011

Post from Brazil

Dear ones,

My dad is resting and I am able to send a quick update. Surgery went well and I was able to see in the recovery room as I had the driver bring me directly from the airport to the hotel. It was a long trip: the weather seemed to plague every flight and I missed the International connection. On top of it all, my luggage was lost and has not yet been found. I will not tell you what I have been wearing as it may make you cry.

It is such a privilege to be here to help him with all of the little things and to help cheer him up. The hospital is beautiful: marble stairs, granite counters everywhere including in his spacious room. The service from nurses and doctors alike has all of the sweet Brazilian affection I grew up with... they are so sweet not only to him but to us family members as well. They bring teatime snacks (cafezinho and hot milk) and nighttime tea and biscoitinhos after dinner. It is a Catholic hospital, St. Therese, and it has a beautiful chapel.

When I am at home I spend time with my auntie. She has gotten back to doing a little bit of artwork, as she did decades ago. She is able to color and Geoff sent her some excellent quality Dover coloring books which she loved.

Please keep my dad and my family in your prayers!
With Brazilian love,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Praying hard, Ana. I hope they find your luggage soon. I wish I could see a hospital like that instead of the ugly, modern ones we see here. God bless, Liz F.