Last week I, Beto, traveled to Mexico to visit my grandparents in Guadalajara. For those of you that don’t already know, that’s where I was born and lived until I was 12. My grandparents are native Texans who have been missionaries in Mexico for 40+ years. I wish I could say I had planned this trip far in advance, but sadly it was a very last minute decision. You see, my Gramps suffered a stroke 3 weeks ago. This news was a major shock to my family, being that we’re so far away (all of my extended family now lives in the states as well). There are so many amazing people in Guadalajara that are busy taking care of my Gramps and Grams, but there is no way I could stay away. I wanted to see first hand how severe his condition was, and I wanted to help in any way I could. I was pleasantly surprised at his recovery. As with many stroke victims, his speech and his ability to move his right side were greatly impacted. Surprisingly, by the time I arrived (2 weeks after the stroke) he was already lifting his right arm as well as beginning to say a few words. Through it all he has remained very lucid which is great! Although he finds it frustrating not to be able to communicate easily, he is in good spirits and laughed a lot while I was there. It will be a long road to recovery, but we expect the best!
It was so good to spend time with both of my grandparents! I immediately felt right at home. We enjoyed early morning coffee each day, lots of laughs, and I even surprised myself in the kitchen with a few meals! Since I don’t get to be with them very often, I will definitely cherish these memories for the rest of my life. I’m so glad that my trip overlapped with my sister’s for a couple of days. It was great to spend that time together taking care of my grandparents. I tried to take a few candid shots of my Gramps since he’s not a big fan of smiling for the camera (all photos taken with VSCOcam). I’m sure once he has fully recovered and realizes I took these pictures he will have a talk with me about it. Better to ask for forgiveness than permission in this case! :)
On behalf of my grandparents and all of our family we’d like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your prayers, thoughts and support that you have show toward my grandparents. They are definitely surrounded by people who love them and are taking great care of them.