Life is Never Dull

If you are are a long time reader of the blog you’ll recall that four years ago I received the sort of call we all dread. It is the one in which you learn that a loved one is in dire straits. In this particular circumstance that call was about my father.

While visiting family back east he took ill and came very close to dying on several occasions. In fact, more than one doctor told me that he should have died. As you can imagine this sort of bedside manner leads to a relationship of love and trust between doctor and patient and doctor and patient’s family member.

Anyway, my father survived, proving that the male stock of our family have a long and proud tradition of doing what we want to do and not what everyone thinks we should. Go Dad! Ok, now that we got the background and big cheer let’s discuss the present.

This morning I receive a call in which I learn that my father has pneumonia and has been hospitalized. They think that he is ok, but given his history we have reason to be nervous. But since fate likes to play with my family the story doesn’t really end there.

You see my parents are enjoying a well deserved vacation in Israel, or at least until a number of hours ago they were. Today they made the unscheduled detour to the hospital where they received all the details about my father’s condition, including his need for hospitalization. They began their introduction to Israeli medicine by staring blankly at the Russian doctor who initially saw them. Try as they might they couldn’t figure out what he was saying. He was followed by the Israeli doctor who also attempted to communicate with them as well. His attempt was more successful, but not nearly enough to make them understand what was happening.

The third doc to come see them was originally from Australia. His ability to communicate with them was much better, in spite of his funny accent and love for that dull game that American’s call soccer. Did I mention that sometimes when I am stressed out I make silly remarks.

Anyhoo, there they were in the E.R. With the Aussie Doc when all of a sudden chaos introduced itself in the form of the terrorist attack in Jerusalem. No, the hospital wasn’t attacked, but it is where the victims were taken. And because the attack took place close to my parent’s hotel the roads were closed and my mother was told that unless she wanted to walk back to the hotel, she could also enjoy the view from my father’s hospital room in Israel.

On a serious note, it appears that my father is doing ok and that things will proceed in the right direction. However should his condition deteriorate there is a chance that I’ll make a dash for the holy land. It is certainly not how and why I want to make the trip, but we all do what we must. I’ll keep you posted as to what happens and to how many waffles Jameel brings us to eat.

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22 Comments

  1. rabbi neil fleischmann March 9, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Wishing your father a refuah sheleimah and you as much peace of mind and clear thinking as one can have in such times. Without realizing it at the time I think I once thought that big things in life happen isolated. For example there’s the terrible terrorist attack, there’s the family emergency, there’s the new running of a blog carnival. I now see that often – much to our chagrin – the true nature of life is that events rub together, overlap and cluster rather than occuring in sanitary and separate boxes.

    Wishing you the best.

  2. rabbi neil fleischmann March 9, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Wishing your father a refuah sheleimah and you as much peace of mind and clear thinking as one can have in such times. Without realizing it at the time I think I once thought that big things in life happen isolated. For example there’s the terrible terrorist attack, there’s the family emergency, there’s the new running of a blog carnival. I now see that often – much to our chagrin – the true nature of life is that events rub together, overlap and cluster rather than occuring in sanitary and separate boxes.

    Wishing you the best.

  3. Richmond March 7, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    I do so hope that you father is on the road to wellness.

    Tragic events that day. Just tragic. I feel for all of the people of Israel.

  4. Richmond March 8, 2008 at 1:06 am

    I do so hope that you father is on the road to wellness.

    Tragic events that day. Just tragic. I feel for all of the people of Israel.

  5. Jack March 7, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Susanne,

    Thanks.

    FP,

    We’ll take it.

    CR,

    Thanks.

    Fee,

    That sounds like quite an experience.

    Shai,

    Todah.

    MIL,

    They met in Ecuador. Peru was one of the first vacations they went on together.

    Orie,

    Thank you.

    Jacob,

    We appreciate it.

  6. Jack March 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Susanne,

    Thanks.

    FP,

    We’ll take it.

    CR,

    Thanks.

    Fee,

    That sounds like quite an experience.

    Shai,

    Todah.

    MIL,

    They met in Ecuador. Peru was one of the first vacations they went on together.

    Orie,

    Thank you.

    Jacob,

    We appreciate it.

  7. Jacob Da Jew March 7, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Refuah Sheliemah

  8. Jacob Da Jew March 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Refuah Sheliemah

  9. orieyenta March 7, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Wishing your Dad a refuah shlemah. Despite the language barriers, I am sure he is in good hands.

  10. orieyenta March 7, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Wishing your Dad a refuah shlemah. Despite the language barriers, I am sure he is in good hands.

  11. mother in israel March 7, 2008 at 5:07 am

    Refuah shlemah, I agree, they’re lucky they’re not in Peru or something.

  12. mother in israel March 7, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Refuah shlemah, I agree, they’re lucky they’re not in Peru or something.

  13. Shai March 7, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Refuah shlemiah, Jack.

  14. Shai March 7, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Refuah shlemiah, Jack.

  15. feefifoto March 6, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Hope he’s all better soon. On a related note, how lucky your dad was to be in Israel, where he can receive excellent medical care. A bunch of years ago my mother suffered a pinched nerve in China, of all places; you haven’t lived until you’ve tried to convince a bunch of Chinese — whatevers; they could have been orderlies for all we could tell — that all you want is a neck brace and no thanks on the offer of the xray.

  16. feefifoto March 7, 2008 at 4:38 am

    Hope he’s all better soon. On a related note, how lucky your dad was to be in Israel, where he can receive excellent medical care. A bunch of years ago my mother suffered a pinched nerve in China, of all places; you haven’t lived until you’ve tried to convince a bunch of Chinese — whatevers; they could have been orderlies for all we could tell — that all you want is a neck brace and no thanks on the offer of the xray.

  17. come running March 6, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    I hope he has a refuah shelaimah quick.

  18. come running March 7, 2008 at 2:29 am

    I hope he has a refuah shelaimah quick.

  19. FlutePrayer March 6, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    I will be praying for your family. It couldn’t hurt.

  20. susanne March 6, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Hope your pop is on the mend already.

  21. FlutePrayer March 7, 2008 at 1:47 am

    I will be praying for your family. It couldn’t hurt.

  22. susanne March 7, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Hope your pop is on the mend already.

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