Post 111: The true sign of wisdom is to find the wonders in the ordinary (miracles in the nature) What’s it like in a Jerusalem’ Shaare Tzedek Emergency Room, my meeting with Sadin Borkan

this week’s proverb

דער אמתער סימן פון קלוגשאַפט בּאַשטייט אין דעםצו געפונען די וואונדערלעכע אינעם געוויינטלעכן

transliterated

der emeser simen fun klugshaft bashteyt in dem, tsu gefunen di vunderlekhe unem geveyntlekhn

the proverb actually means

the true sign of wisdom is to find the wonders in the ordinary (miracles in the nature)

translated to Hebrew

סימן האמתי של חכמה זה למצוא את הפלאות במצוי

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Chaim Werdyger

Bringing back the Yiddish language

When I walk into an emergency room in an Israeli hospital, why am I thinking that “We”, Israel can cope with high numbers of patient visits?  Maybe there is a connection to Shmitah. Emunah and Bitachon, are the active ingredients to the birth of  miracles. Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles.

I did a little research. Beth Israel’s activity in the ER:

Beth Israel is the last hospital standing in lower Manhattan, NY. It was reported on an over active day:

“We usually have 300 patients a day in the ER — today  we had 500 … Last  Wednesday, ShaareTzedek had about 200 patients in the ER in one hour. It was wall to wall gurneys with patients accepting preliminary workup step by step. True many patients spent the entire day there.

It’s always when you think that you have a handle on things that you don’t. The laces are straight but the shoes don’t fit-something like that. On some level I saw  this crisis coming, a cold and cough slowly dwindling, diuretic medication not effective and a precipitous weight gain, all related to diabetes.

Lastly, Larry was told by the Alternative Health specialist to wear suspenders and to put his belts away. These are the fancy ones that we found from his trial days.    

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In Israel, the country with the finest privatized, socialized medical system, is struggling with emergency care. We don’t like it but we can’t do much about it, it’s “normal”. It’s just “Ka,Ka”. It’s like that. Be patient. 

I saw on Wednesday, that an abnormal situation brings out the best in us.The true sign of wisdom is to find the wonders in the ordinary (miracles in the nature)

My husband Larry and I thought that we’d have a jump on admission. At the Dr’s office on the office previous night, the last words of our doctor were, “get to the ER room at Shaare Tzedek before 8AM tomorrow. I thought about the last admission last Rosh Hashanah, and even packed some disposables as I remembered that one meal in the hospital is meat during the day, and always on Shabat and we don’t relish meat..  I brought some of our favorite food to get us thru a few meals. 
As you can see, I was jumping over the hard part, getting in and getting a room.
Now that we are passed the long wait, I can look back and see how the system works. It’s a little Disney Like.
While in the ER waiting room, your record is pulled onto the screen and all the updates performed and the tests that one would expect ordered from your room, you get in the little alcoves off the ER waiting room, and the trail follows into the ER itself. 
It’s a little opposite Passover, once things are ready, they move quickly.
In the waiting area your test results are in your file on the gurney. You THINK things will be moving but they don’t because there are no beds. You watch the ballet as nurses, doctors, paramedics and volunteers reach out to the families.
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One of the hundreds of cups of coffee distributed by Ezer Mitzion volunteers. On the way out today, I met a lady who must have been in her eighties. She was just coming out of work. I asked if she was a Mitnadevet- a volunteer. She nodded, “On the 2nd floor”. I asked,” In the ER with Ezer Mitzion.?”. She shook her head, “Ma Pitom, I was a nurse for 40 years and now I am a volunteer nurse.

However, there are many benefits to the volunteer, which was mentioned in an earlier post. They have a very low cost meal, which can be the basis of their nutrition. Secondly, they have a parking pass to use at any time. If the volunteer drives to the city from a suburb, the hospital is a convenient location for jumping off after half a day volunteer shift.

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Most of the photos on the 2 floor hospital walls, are  of landscapes outside Israel; here’s one of mine that was taken in Nachlaot
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This pair of clowns strolled around the ER handing out stickers.The girl on the right hand-painted  nail polish on the buttons on her hand embroidered costume. On Friday the drummers were out in full force.
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The pair were a colorful blaze, coming and going.

 

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On Friday, groups of students came by to serenade patients. They tramped thru the ER and beyond. This photo of me smiling. Yes, we got a room!  And my bed is a combination of 4 chairs and a gurney mattress
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I started with a guerny mattress, then lifted it onto four chairs.

 

The  Shaare Tzdek 2nd Floor ER/Lobby entrance hosts an impressive collect entitled Savadore  Dali’s Aliyah Suite

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This Dali Collection was inspired by the 20th Anniversary of the State of Israel, and contributed by a Palo Alto family.
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The land will blossom
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Let me introduce my new friend, Sadin Burkan. My laptop is out and we are taking a study break. Sadin helped me with my Arabic.

The day flies away from you in a hospital. I took the time and reviewed a section of Arabic writing in my textbook.

When I first saw Sadin, she was sitting next to her mother and father in the hallway outside Larry’s room, so solicitous of her father’s every need, bringing water, towel, and bedpan to his wheelchair. This brand new ward, off the ER has been designed for patients in transition, awaiting results of tests and procedures, recovering from treatment IV’s. Almost all the patients had respiratory problems relating to diabetes.  Mr. Burkan was waiting for a bed.

I  asked an Arab lady in an adjacent room earlier in the day, if she would help me understood the Arabic handwriting in my textbook. She replied that diabetes had practically rid her of her sight.

I showed my textbook and requested Mrs. Burkan’s permission in Hebrew  to talk with Sadin. We sat down next to each other. I tried to communicate, “yes, I have  vacation today,” she replied. I started with a sentence that was fluent until the final roadblock.

Not so funny to use that work. The roadblock word  was “Welcome”. Sadin explained it to me by holding her hands out and waving. We spent about an hour together, chatting and laughing. Larry sent these photos to Sadin’s cell phone that we set up in his room.

I became painfully aware that communication with someone living in East Jerusalem is not very easy. We tried and finally the photos were sent via GChat. Sadin was also fascinated by the photos of my daughter and the black charedi outfits at a family party.

 

 

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What a great date place! Shaare Tzedeck comes alive on Motzei Shabat. Soldiers stream through. Women carry trays for celebrating a newborn.

The next series of photos were just taken from my classroom window. At about 8:00 P.M. a Hachnosis Sefer Torah procession came through, amid waves of song and drums.

 

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Some of the waving marchers.

 

 

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