Happy 2020 guys!!
So, following my New Year’s post, here’s what actually happened on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day!
You guys! It was full of fun, a little health scare and everything in between!
NY Eve – we all gathered as a family, my chef brother was home and did almost all the cooking, so THANK GOD! We ate, said our thanx for the year that passed, picture taking, watched fireworks and ate again! Hahahaa
NY Day – Dad had a dialysis session in the morning, we picked him up at the hospital after his session and all we went to my aunt’s house where we always have our New Year’s Day reunion. All our cousins from nearby places came over. Our “Cousins” Group chat has been active since Christmas of all the stuff that we planned to do on New Year’s gathering.
It is during New Year’s Day also when we have our annual gift – giving ( Yes, you would think it’s a little late, but this is when we are all gathered together, after all, Christmas is looooooong in the Philippines, right? )
We were happily updating each other while the oldies sat on their own chitchat corner while watching my brother and aunt prepare for yet another New Year’s Feast! Cousins were taking selfies, kids running around, singles are updating about love lives, talking about silly things and stacking the gifts around the Christmas tree while waiting for other cousins to arrive, when I heard my aunt called my name – dad was not feeling okay. Luckily one of my cousins is a nurse, she attended to dad and checked on his BP, turned out, post dialysis, his BP spiked to 210/100.
I immediately called his doctor, but she was on a vacation. We called the dialysis center at the hospital and we were advised to give him Sublingual captopril. I did not understand a thing so I handed the phone over to the nurse in the family.
Another cousin who is a police officer was having a good meal but he unhesitatingly left his plates, hopped on to his bike and drove to the nearest drugstore. The meds did not do the job, so we had to rush dad to the ER.
Thankfully, he was released after 4 hours. Me and my sister had to spend the afternoon of the 1st day of the decade at the ER waiting for dad’s BP to normalize, but I am still thankful he is up and about now.
We may have missed the fun, we may have missed the other cousins who came late, we may have not witnessed a lot of things unfold which we have been planning for a long time, but I am grateful that everything went back to normal.
That day was a reminder that I have the best family ever. How selfless my cousins were to put the needs of their uncle first before theirs. How the rest of the family constantly checked on us while they were in the middle of gift-giving, how my aunt sent us “take home” food because she knew we left without eating. How everybody gave time when a family member needed help. I am forever thankful. We may had a little health scare to start a year, but we have the next 364 days to make things better!
On a much lighter note, let me share with you our New Year’s eve feast prepared by the awesome brother:
Happy New Year, y’all!