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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"I Feel Like I’m in a Different State…"

"I feel like I’m in a different state…" – these were the words RivkA repeated to us a few times, as she tried to put her thoughts in order for a blog post.

When I visited RivkA on Sunday evening, she was already very tired.

After some very difficult days during which she barely managed to communicate, Sunday was not just a “good day,” but an “excellent and amazing day,” as she spent quality time – quality communicative time, with her children, husband, parents and siblings.

By the evening when we visited, Rivka was exhausted. But she smiled at our jokes, laughed a bit, gave us a “thumbs up” for something she agreed with, and even laughed at a computer joke.

On Monday morning, RivkA’s brother sent me an audio note, where I heard RivkA request that friends come to visit her…and she was blessed with many friends who came to entertain her. She happily sang along as a friend played their guitar, and acknowledged the presence of the so many people who came to visit her.

On Tuesday, RivkA slept most of the day. When she was awake she was still rather drowsy. The vast majority of the many people who came to visit her weren’t able to talk to her, and instead spent time talking to RivkA’s family.

People are still welcome to come and visit, even though RivkA may be sleeping.

On behalf of RivkA and her family, please continue to visit, pray and send positive thoughts for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

RivkA’s friend,

Jameel

PS: I'm sorry that there hasn't been more updates on the blog. Having discussed the issue with RivkA's husband, I will now be posting more regular updates.

Update: If you come for a visit, please plan on keeping actual visit time with RivkA, short. All the food that's been brought to the hospital is greatly appreciated, yet please refrain from bringing BAKED GOODS.

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism, RivkA

21 comments:

michele said...

Thanks for the update! Much appreciated

Risa said...

Thank you Jameel

Rahel said...

Jameel, thank you so much.

Marion said...

Thanks for the update. Please let RivkA know that I am thinking of her, but I will leave the visiting time for those who are nearer and dearer.

Bee said...

Jameel thank you for the updates they are really appreciated.

Please tell RivkA she is constantly in my thoughts and prayers.

xx

Anonymous said...

Oh, thanks so much for the update. Please give my love to RivkA and her family.

Gila

mootcourt said...

Thanks for the update. Please send RivkA my love and good wishes.

Penina Goldstein (from the Barnard Book Club)

Alli said...

Thank you very much for the update on RivkA.
She is continually in my prayers as I send good positive thoughts to her.

She is a woman of such vitality that has touched others beyond borders

We spoke about Opera How we both enjoyed La Traviata with Carmen not far behind. How this year was the first time she had gone to the Opera in the Park.. Having teenagers close in age it doesn't matter where you live seems their problems are on similiar territories..lol

Please give her my love and wishes. And yes I would love to host RivkA and her family to come Niagara Falls. Nothing is impossible!!

With love & gratitude Alicia (Alli) from Canada....

Leah Goodman said...

Thank you, Jameel.

Sarah Bronson said...

Thank you Jameel. I've been checking this blog multiple times a day and will continue to do so. Continuing to say my chapter of Tehillim on her behalf.

Anonymous said...

I went to visit RivkA yesterday. And yes, she was asleep while i was there. She even slept through me playing the violin for her and her family. But even though she did not talk, I could still speak to her, tell her things i wanted to let her konw, both with words and also with music. Yes of course, I spent a lot of special time talking with her family, espacially with her dad. And still, please, anyone of you visiting her, talk to RivkA, even when she seems to be asleep! We can always speak to her!
Nomi

orieyenta said...

Thanks for the update! Please let her know that we are all sending her our love and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Love to RivkA from a fan and breast cancer survivor in Monsey. My thoughts are constantly with you.

weese said...

you're doing a wonderful job Jameel.
Thank you so much. We so appreciate these updates around the world.

neshama said...

Jameel, I just watched 3 of the 4 videos of RivkA and am truly amazed. She is so special. While I do not know her or her family personally, my heart goes out to them in their time of great understand, kindness, compassion, and need. Thank you Jameel for posting.

shera said...

Love and hugs from Shera at Sharsheret. Lots of prayers coming from this side of the pond.

Batya said...

Jameel, the updates are greatly appreciated. Please send my love to all.

MommaMindy said...

Thank you so much for the post updates. I, too, check often and pray even more. My heart aches for RivkA and her whole family. But, as RivkA likes to request, I am trying not to have "droopy eyes."

Robin said...

Thank you so much Jameel. RivkA dearest, I'm continuing to hold you very close in my heart and will get up to Jerusalem as soon as I can.

Jack said...

Jameel- send her my regards as well. She is very much in and on the thoughts of the JBlogosphere.

Cindy said...

This week the walls of the Old City are lit up in pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. I took photos of the wall last night with you in mind, RivkA. You are such an inspiration. It will be the perfect subject for a quilt. Another way to reach people.
We all thought about you while at Barnard book club last night. We wished you could have been sharing your insights with us.
I think about you all the time and pray for your well being. I send you positive thoughts and love. Cindy