Now I share with you this ONE BIG LOSS that I and my family suffered last Wednesday, November 19. It was also the birthday of my nephew Lawrence Elvena, the youngest of Ermie (my sister who comes after me).
Ate Coring joined the band of widows in our family (Inay, Ermie and now Ate Coring). Kuya Leo finally gave up his ghost to the Lord due to the Big C. We will miss Kuya Leo who was a big part of the fun that is our family, especially during the monthly gathering, many of which happened in their house at Bukal, Manghinao, Batangas.
We are gladdened by the thought that he passed to the Lord after receiving the last sacraments at the ICU of St. Patrick's Hospital. I know because I was the priest who annointed him with the oil for the sick. When I saw that he no longer had an reaction, I said, "this is it! Time for reckoning for Kuya!" Unconscious, I left it to the hands of God! That was Tuesday afternoon. It came to me as no surprise to hear Ate Coring's voice over her mobile, "Your Kuya Leo has gone!"
I'd like to thank all who have been part of Kuya Leo's battle with the Big C, which he rather foolishly tried to ignore. Thanks to Dra. Lou Ocampo for the Oriental medicine that extended Kuya Leo's life beyond what his doctors at Bauan Doctors Hospital had given him -- the four month deadline was extended beyond a year of seeming good health, which had also lulled him into that notion that hence everything is alright with him.
Thanks to his doctor at the Bauan Doctors who had been patient with our impatient patient (that's what it had ben for Kuya and his doctors), especially Dr. Villena. We thank Jojo, Erick's friend, for his availability in case Erick could not attend to his uncle-ninong. We thank Dr. Moy Rosales, who despite being sickly himself, went to Golden Gate Hospital to attend to him for a second opinion. Unfortunately, he had to be transfered to St. Patrick's because that was where they had a dialysis machine.
Lastly, we thank God for His guidance and mercy!