Panama November 2017: Ana and Mileybus

On Saturday Minga’s eldest daughter Ana came to the hospital to see me, along with her granddaughter Mileybus. Miley is 14; Ana is 64. Minga is 76. Ana and her marido Raoul have raised Miley from birth; her mother Titi, Ana’s daughter, has many children and it was a help for her mother to take the newest baby when she was born back in the village. Miley calls Ana “Mama.” She is a smart and truly lovely young woman. Ana is a skilled seamstress; she had just finished making elaborate quinceaneros outfits for the party girl and her attendants that very morning. Miley is Minga’s great-granddaughter.

David, Lily’s cousin on the Bustavino side, was our driver for the day. He stayed at the hospital too, leaving only once to take me, Miley and Ana out to lunch while Lily stayed. The hospital wants someone there throughout the long dialysis in case something untoward happens. We brought back soup.

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