Thursday, April 26, 2012

Missing in Action - Filipino Adventures: Part 1


This is my second trip to the Philippines, and once again, it's not a pleasure trip.  I wish circumstances were different.  This time, we're here because my grandmother (Lola) is in Intensive Care.

I packed up my three year old for her first international trip, and off we went.  The flight was long, but Little One fared well.  She was such a great traveler.

As soon as we got to the airport in Manila, we went straight to the hospital in Lipa City. It was so good to see my grandmother and to hold her hand, but it was heartbreaking to see her intubated and with an NG tube.

We've been in the Philippines for a week now.  Little One has adjusted well despite the jet lag, extreme heat, and stress.  She loves Filipino food and has made friends with the neighbour's grandchildren. She is bonding with her relatives and learning about our culture.

My grandmother's maids are amazing. They are so good to our family. They really love my grandmother so much. One of her 'helpers' even sleeps in the hospital waiting room every night!
I have to say that it is really weird to not have to cook, clean, do dishes, laundry, or take care of my child all the time!

I'll try to post some photos soon. In the meantime, please keep my grandmother in  your thoughts and prayers. Healing vibes and positive thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


8 comments:

JEY FLORES said...

Rara is such a great kid. So easily adaptable to any setting. I love that girl. I know.. Mommy's maids really do love her. They're great. I wish I was there.

caninecologne said...

hi c - glad to know that you and your daughter made it to the Philippines safely. thinking about you guys and the health of your grandmother...

Christine said...

Jey:
Wish you were here too.. Mommy is in the operating room. They are doing her tracheotomy and PG tube now/. Praying she doesn't suffer from too much pain anymore.

Christine said...

Canine:
Thanks. It's been a crazy week and a half. Very emotionally draining. The maids told me that lo a kept some of my cousin's and my belongings and is holding onto them. She has one of my dolls and one of my cousin Jey's baby blankets. That totally made me cry.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I'm glad you're there...I truly hope that the surgery went well, and that she recovers well enough to enjoy you and RaRa being there. I'm thinking of you and the stress you're under right now, and I'm very glad that at least you don't have to cook and clean. :)

merinz said...

Hi Christine - so sorry to hear about your family crisis. I hope that your grandma makes a speedy recovery.

Sending lots of aroha your way.

Christine said...

J:
Thank you so much for thinking of us. We're experiencing lots of ups and downs. Why is nothing ever easy? :(

Christine said...

merinz:
Hello, dear friend! I've missed you! Thank you so much for popping by and thinking of us. Let's catch up soon. xo

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