Into the Sea

May 20, 2008 at 7:17 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Sunday night we told Chayim Zvi that the surgery would take place in Tel Aviv. Predictably, his response was, “I’m not going.” Hadassah is a known quantity for Chayim Zvi. He knows the staff, and he also knows that Tel Aviv is far from home. So we began a dialog.

I explained that the team at Ichilov is the best and he’d have the best care. “Lo echpat li” (I don’t care). “I’m going to Hadassah.” We discussed it a bit, and I asked him why he prefered Hadassah. The familiarity was his main reason, so I pointed out that once Hadassah was also unfamiliar. He said that, then, he’d had no choice. I told him that he acclimated quickly and that this time he also has no choice. We are his parents and we are deciding what is best for him. He thought about that. Then he suddenly capitulated: “OK. Fine. I’ll go to Tel Aviv. But only if I can go there tomorrow to see the hospital!”

This was definitely a divinely inspired idea on his part. It was the best possible thing to do.

So Monday afternoon (yesterday) Gidon and Chayim Zvi went to Tel Aviv in the car that my company rented for us the day before. (Timing – G-d is a master at timing!) It was great. Not only did Chayim Zvi meet the head nurse of the pediatric neurosurgery team and see the wards a bit, and collect a video about a kid who had brain surgery (more on that in a minute). He also asked to go to the sea, and Gidon took him. He swam a bit (!) and floated and enjoyed himself, and the two guys had some great bonding time. They also visited Old Jaffa, saw real fishermen fishing, and finished up with pizza and falafal on the way home. They left home at about 2 pm and returned home at 10 pm!

Chayim Zvi couldn’t stop talking about the sea. He can’t wait to go back.

This morning he watched the video, then watched it again. For all I know he’s been watching it all morning (I’m at work). I saw most of it – it’s not long. It’s a video made by the hospital for kids, to prepare them for the experience. All the important medical people appear and it’s very well done. The story is told from the point of view of a 6th grade boy who has just returned to school after brain surgery. It’s wonderfully done.

We have to be at the hospital on Sunday at 10 am for tests, and then we go back home to sleep in our own beds (ha!). We have to be back at the hospital at 6:30 am Monday morning, Israel time. We still do not know the time that the surgery is scheduled. As soon as we have a time (assuming we find that out) we will post it.

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And keep praying and thinking warm healing thoughts!

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  1. Tell Chaim Tzvi I will not have him dissing my city! 🙂

    BTW, if you give me an idea of what you eat and what you do not eat, I can make sure that there is some appropriate food in the fridge for you. Also—will you eat fruits and veggies from the Super (Shufersal/ Mega)?


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