My grandmother had a kidney infection, kidney stones, and blood clots. Due to her age, the doctors were hesitant to operate on her. Nonetheless, they did, and I am grateful. She'd been home for less than two weeks when we arrived. It's been six years since I saw her last and we've all been through so much. She's not as mobile as she used to be because of arthritis and has to use a wheel-chair to get around. It hasn't seemed to slow her down.
This trip has given me so much to write about, and yet I'm finding it to be next to impossible to put anything down. Maybe later, when I've had more time to sort through things. Until then, I'll leave you with some pictures.
Aunt Kim and my brother, John
John and his wife, Mandie
Aunt Lang, Mandie, John, Aunt Kim, and me
My Aunt Lang hosted two barbecues while we were in California.
My fabulous grandmother holding court.
Mandie and John
Toi, my cousin Kiet, and his mother, my Aunt: Ma Hai
From the left: My Uncle Tony(Kim's husband), Kim, Lang, and Toi
My cousin Richie, Kim's youngest son
My cousin Brian, his dad and my Uncle Loi, Loi's wife Bonnie
Quite a family resemblance
These last two pictures were taken yesterday in Baton Rouge. Chris and I attended a birthday party for our friend Van's daughter, Rosalyn Grace. I've known Van for years and was able to attend his wedding in 2008, two months before I relapsed. Yesterday, I met Rosalyn Grace for the first time. It was yet another first that I wondered if I'd ever get the chance to experience.