This is one of those entries I wish I hid behind a pseudonym. There are so many things I want to say but I am limited in my writing when it touches the personal lives of my friends. However what happened last year, to 3 people who I was close to at different points in my life, all in one year was one of those moments that made me fear life, feel it’s fragility and being beyond my control. Their stories are a reminder on how our lives can change in an instant.
*Amanda was a friend from college. She’s one of those people that everyone develops an instant liking to. After she graduated she got a job in one of Cebu’s well-known companies, got a high position, got married, had a beautiful son. 2008 another classmate from Cebu emailed me that Amanda went into a coma. Encephalitis. She was bedridden for almost a year. When I arrived in Cebu for my Philippine vacation last February, my friend surprised me by bringing Amanda along. She looked well considering what she had undergone but still weak, she had a nurse with her. Since Evan didn’t have lunch yet we did a MacDonald drive thru. We got french fries among others. Amanda had a bite. It was her first solid food in over a year. She is lucky to have survived the ordeal.
While I was in the Philippines another friend from college texted me, *Theresa, also a friend from college, one of the most genuinely nicest people I know and only a couple of years older than me, suffered a heart attack and had bypass surgery. Theresa is not married, doesn’t have parents and her only sibling alive is working outside the country. But Theresa, a testament to her goodness, had many friends. They rallied around her and helped her with the hospital bill.
Last July, I received shocking news that one of my childhood friends *Michael went into a coma too. He just complained of having a headache and the next thing they know, he had to be rushed to the hospital. He didn’t wake up until 2 weeks after. He woke up disoriented and … blind. The last (and first since the incident) time I talked to him over the phone December, he still can’t see. We are still hopeful that he is going to have his vision back.
I thought about Michael this morning. I was at the library and was looking for audio books on sale. They had John Grisham on tape the last time I was there but I didn’t buy it because I wasn’t sure if Michael still had cassette tape players and also Evan was with me and we were in a rush. I promised Michael that I was going to send him an audioCD because I know it will be a scarcity in the Philippines, or too expensive and Michael has always been a reader.
Well I found out that the John Grisham audiobook wasn’t there anymore. I found some Sherlock Holmes but it was incomplete. I went to Border’s to buy my Red Tea Vanilla Latte and to my delight I found several audioCDs (pictured above) on sale. They are perfect for Michael.
I wish them all well.