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Saturday, September 11, 2010

If You Can't Take the Heat.... Maybe You Need to Go to the Hospital

Wednesday, the plan was to cook.  My youngest daughter planned a menu of delicious recipes, and I was to be her assistant.

But when I woke up, standing on my feet for just a few minutes wore me out.  I had to go back to bed.

I did not feel well.

As the day progressed, I was not getting any better.

I began to worry... a lot.  I had absolutely no strength for anything.  I did not feel sick, but I certainly did not feel healthy.  I could not move.  I could not eat.  I could not even drink.  My body hurt.  My muscles hurt.  Even breathing hurt.

Moshe contacted my oncologist for me.  My doctor agreed that going to the hospital sounded like the right course of action.

It took a while to get out of the house, but we went, leaving behind a house that was no where near ready for a three day chag (holiday).

I got to the hospital and I could not even sit up for triage.  I went straight in to the ER nurse, told her I am an oncology patiend and need to lie down.  The nurse set me up on a bed right away, and she did my intake.

First, I told her how awful I felt.  Second, I asked if I would make it home for Yom Tov (the holiday).

One of the things I love most about Israel is that even the hospital staff "get it;"  they understand that you can be falling off your feet, but you want to be home with your family to celebrate the new year. 

Everyone on staff worked hard to make that happen.

I received two liters of fluids and a half liter of blood.  As the last few drops were flowing, they sent my husband to check out.  As he completed the paperwork, the nurses detached me from the IV, then we "ran" to the car. 

We got home two minutes before sh'kiyah (sunset), to find the food cooked and on the plata (hot plate), and the table set.



Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,
RivkA

13 comments:

Risa said...

Massive hugs and wishes for a ktiva v'chatima tova!

Gila said...

So glad you managed to get home for the holiday. Hoping that this year is easier and less painful than the last!

rickismom said...

Csiva and chatimah tova!

Anonymous said...

What a nice feeling that must have been to return home to find the table set and the food all prepared on the plata. Hope that jump start of fluids and blood gave you renewed strength for the holiday.
-Sharona

Bernie said...

So happy you made it home to celebrate with your family, I do hope the IV's and blood treatment will help you to feel better.
Many hugs....:-)

Baila said...

So glad you made it home, and to a set table, and house ready for chag. I hope you felt better over yom tov. Best wishes for the new year.

Alli said...

Dearest RivKa I am so sorry that you have felt so unwell. But equally happy that you made it home for the holiday.

Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers... I will drop you a few lines this week..
Take care and "Happy New Year" to you and your lovely family..

Alli xoxo

Lynne said...

Hope you are feeling better now!!! So glad you were home for chag.

xoxo

michele said...

From the title of this post, I was sure you had to spend at least part of the chag in the hospital. So happy that you made it home, that the hospital staff was efficient, and that your kids made the homecoming so special. I hope that this new year brings you everything you pray for.

Anonymous said...

Dear RivkA, wishing you a happy, healthy and wonderful year ahead.
With all best wishes,
a reader in London

raya@israel said...

i hope you feel better. israeli medcine is very good. and doctors are not indifferent. i was taken to hosipital after 4 monthes of aliyah-i was totally alone in israel, i had no cash or cc with me. my doctor bought me things i needed for the first time and did not take money back afterwards.

Staying Afloat said...

So glad that everyone worked to make this happen for you.

Gmar chatimah tovah! You have people all over davening for you during this eit ratzon.

sophia said...

Its great that all are worked for you...