Unannounced Visit To A Hospitalized Friend

We know this couple in their early seventies for more than a decade. Per our cultural values, we address them as uncle and auntie instead of calling them by names. The couple is living in Southern California. Their two children are married and happily settled in Florida. Nearly, once a month we make a phone call to them and ask about their well-being. About two weeks back when we called them, aunty did not sound right to us and seemed worried. On our persistent request, she informed us that uncle is hospitalized and might be needed hemodialysis in the near future.

We both discussed and planned a surprise visit to Southern California two days after. My wife made two of their favorite dishes and drove for five hours to visit our uncle in the hospital. It is difficult to explain the how happy the couple was. We from the medical background discussed hemodialysis. We took some printed material with us about the hemodialysis process and support system available. Their anxiety about hemodialysis was minimized. They must have thanked us hundred times for our visit and the delicious dishes made by my wife. After spending a few hours, we drove back, although we were tired but it was worth to see smiles on their faces. Whenever the time permits, we shall visit them in the future too.

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