As I was walking around the Nursing Home this afternoon, I heard a lot of yelling and crying coming from one of the rooms. Actually, I had struggled to talk with this lady a few weeks before ________ she can’t speak English.
I took the lady to the bathroom and she was still crying and looking in the mirror. To calm her down I started to brush her hair, and it was wet through. I grabbed a small towel and dried her hair as well as gently rubbing her head. She just kept crying and was terribly upset. So I wrapped my arms around her, rubbed her back and hugged her. At the same time I was talking very quietly to her and rocking her.
She sobbed in my arms. When she calmed down, I sat with her. Knowing she was an Italian, I kissed her both cheeks and her hands. She then returned that gesture to me. All she really needed was a big loving hug and reassurance. It must be terrible to live in a world which is so strange to her. I left feeling her love and I know she felt my love.
I just wanted to ask you, if it's correct, in terms of grammar, to say " I had struggled to talk with this lady a few weeks before because she can’t speak English. " Or, rather, we should put it like this: I had struggled to talk with this lady a few weeks before because she couldn't speak English. ""
Thanks in advance!