Cuba 2014 – Part 2 – Another Story About Synchronicity

I love synchronicity…when several seemingly separate situations are bridged by a totally unexpected encounter and good things happen…these kinds of things make my heart dance. This particular story is one such example.

Let me set up the separate scenarios and then show you what happened.

The first scenario took place out in the village. We spent the afternoon chatting and visiting. At one point, many of us were gathered in Yeni’s house, where Yeni was sharing with us how very worried she was about her father, Luis. Luis has been suffering for quite a long time with prostate problems and other worrisome symptoms. But getting him into and through the health care system there was proving very difficult. Luis was understandably frustrated, worried and somewhat depressed over the sense of helplessness, feeling that he was seriously ill but that nobody in the health care system cared enough to do anything for him.

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Luis

Later that afternoon we went back to the hotel, both of us also worried for Luis. I spent the entire taxi ride praying for Luis and asking God that if there was any way that we could help, could He please show us how.

Second scenario…we arrived at the hotel, tired and hot, and started heading to our room for a little nap before supper. I heard a voice calling my name and saw Angela, the tennis instructor/massage therapist at the hotel, coming toward us with another tourist. Angela introduced him as a doctor from Camaguey (Cuba) who had been invited by hotel management to stay at the hotel in exchange for checking all of the female employees for breast cancer. Angela told us that Dr George (not his real name, but that’s how I ended up affectionately calling him after a few days of getting to know him) needed a pair of reading glasses and she knew that we had some to give away. So we took George to our room and eventually found the strength of readers that he needed, and ended up passing a few other useful things along to him as well.

We all left our room and stood in the hallway chatting together. Dr. George looked right at me and asked (in Spanish) me if there was anything he could do for me. It was an odd request given the light bantering that had been going on amongst us. Now, normally, I’m extremely respectful of people on vacation…I figure that doctors and nurses who are on vacation deserve a total break and so I will rarely ever “talk shop” when I meet any medical professionals staying at the hotel. But at that moment, I felt God nudging me, saying “this is it”. So I told George about Luis. George really listened and cared and at the end of my story, he told me to contact Luis and ask him to come to the hotel the next morning and George would talk with him.

Well, trying to contact people in Cuba can be fairly difficult. Luis does not have a telephone. But synchronicity (aka God) was at work here and there didn’t seem to be anything standing in the way. I knew that Luis usually hangs out at the house of another friend of ours who does have a phone. And luckily, one of the bartenders working at that moment was a good friend of that friend. So I ran over to Avilio (working at the bar), quickly explained to him the urgency, and right away he phoned the other friend (also a bartender, Rudolpho/Fluffy) at his home who assured us that he would get word to Luis. Turns out that Fluffy not only got the message to Luis, but woke up early the next morning (on his day off) and helped Luis get on the worker’s bus (instead of the wa-wa truck that Luis would normally have to take).

So the next morning, Luis arrived early at the hotel. We signed him in to make it easier on everyone and had a marvelous day (Luis’ reaction to the buffet lunch is a whole other story!) Dr. George sat with Luis for close to two hours, writing down all of the information, including his own personal phone number for Luis to contact him anytime, leaving Luis feeling like he had finally been heard. We all could see his mood and demeanor brighten immediately. Within a short two weeks, Luis had his appointment and extensive testing at the hospital in Camaguey and they DID find some serious health issues, including possible tumors, that were still being investigated by the time we left. Everyone of us, from Luis and his family, to Dr. George himself were relieved and pleased with the quick progress, which means that Luis should be able to receive treatment in time to successfully resolve these health issues.

We were so grateful to Dr. George that we arranged for another day’s stay at the hotel…then when word spread of his kindness and mission there, another tourist added yet another day, so we were all blessed with Dr. George’s company and friendship for the better part of a week.

Synchronicity! It all started with a prayer and a pair of $5.00 reading glasses. God does indeed work in mysterious and wondrous ways!

Luis, Joseph and Dr George

Luis, Joseph and Dr George, with Sharon and Andre (sitting) {Angela’s taking the picture}

Luis at the hotel

Luis at the hotel

Luis, Joseph, Dr George, Angela and Andre clowning around

Luis, Joseph, Dr George, Angela and Andre clowning around

Talk about synchronicity! Just as I was finishing up this blog post, the telephone rang. It was Dr. George calling from Cuba to say hi! (We didn’t answer, because we know he can’t afford the phone charge, so called him right back). It was good to hear his voice. I hope that someday he’ll be able to read this page and know how much we love and appreciate all that he has done for our family!

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About Sharon

I love to write. I love to write myself into being right here right now. Writing releases something in me that needs wings, writing opens doors and windows that I often don't even realize are possible, writing helps me breathe out the dusty old, and to breathe in the new and possible. My hope is that maybe writing here in this blog will bring new light into these dusty old hallways and help me to clear out the thinking processes and mindsets that just don't work for me anymore. I seek to breathe new light and life into the nooks and crannies of a soul that has been feeling somewhat lost and frayed because of the last few patches of road I've had to travel.
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5 Responses to Cuba 2014 – Part 2 – Another Story About Synchronicity

  1. I love reading stories like this where everything falls into place as it’s supposed to. 🙂

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  2. Wow! This is so cool! Thank you for sharing this. I love it!

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  3. saundragoodman says:

    A perfect story.

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