As with most other relationships here, everything begins simply with a smile or “Hi, how is your shift going?” All the staff are busy so relationships have to be built slowly over time. Estela is a housekeeper on the other unit where we walk each day. On learning that she speaks Spanish we asked her if we could practice our Spanish in brief conversations on our walks. She agreed and we shared about our families and learned she is from El Salvador. After exchanging email and mail addresses, Estela emailed us a Youtube link to one of her favorite alabanzas (worship songs). The next day she came to the room just to chat with Marcia and me. Through Estela, we have met Adriana who also speaks Spanish and both are interested in improving their English. God is writing more to this story that is too tender to put in a public blog. But suffice it say that what the apostle Paul wrote about his experience is true for us today: “What has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.”
For the time being, we are in the right place.
Update: Still weak today but my counts continue to rise, some quicker than others. We expect the results From today’s bone marrow test will tell us whether the new cell growth is all good…more news to follow.