Saturday, May 27, 2006

nana

Late this morning I visited Nana as she lay unconscious from the morphin in a St.Luke-Roosevelt hospital room surrounded by a few friends and fellow church parishioners. My parents and sister have called her Nana for as long as I can remember. I'm not sure really how that title of endearment came about but that's no matter really. She has been our neighbor ever since my family and I moved to our current residence, which was when I was just three months old. So, she has seen me develop through all these years. Eventhough there's no blood link between us, she is as close if not closer to us than many of my own family members, such as my cousins. Indeed, we really indentify her as an extended member of our family.

She received a heart bypass operation a few months ago and hasn't been her normal, independent self since then. Her health unexpectedly took a steep dive about one week ago just at the time when she was admitted to the hospital for review. I found out last night, to the surprise of us all, that she has cervical cancer which has spread like wildfire eating up her kidneys, liver and other vital organs.

I stayed a few hours with her yesterday, but her condition was the same then as today. I could only bear an hour today. It bothered me too much to stay longer. I'm thankful, however, that she has received morphin and according to the doctors, she's not experiencing any pain. As I looked at her peaceful, relaxed face both yesterday and today, I thought about her as the humble, independent, intelligent, graceful woman that we all remember.

2 Comments:

Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duane
I am so sorry to hear about your Nana. I know this must be very hard on you and your family. I am sure your presence around her has been the greatest comfort.
My thoughts are with her and your whole family.
xx
Eileen

8:59 AM  
Comment Anonymous Sarah said...

Just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking about you and your family, and I'm so sorry to hear about your Nana. I, too, had a non-relative who functioned as one, and she was closer to me than any of my blood relatives. I'm so sorry to hear she is doing poorly. Many hugs from Chicago for all of you.
Sarah

5:18 PM  

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