This has turned into a very lengthy post. To make matters worse, there were opportunities to add to it via my phone, on the bus, in a waiting room. As a matter of fact in several medical offices. THIS IS IT: Last one. Italian Synagogue Festival Tonight on Rechove Hillel.
http://www.funinjerusalem.com/event/italian-festival-pizza-pasta-vespa/2016-09-13/ And Shatz Jazz festival Tonight at 9:30 PM.
The post’s theme is to be a hospital patient is to be humbled. Relying for your survival on others isn’t pleasant.
This is the way an admission to Hadassah Hospital begins:
At the side of the entrance to the Davidson Pavilion is a statue. Are you able to make out the figures in the photo? The boy is picking an apple and the younger female figure beneath him (as seen in the second figure ) is standing patiently beneath him, arms folded behind her back in a military posture, cautiously waiting.
I’ve written to Hadassah Hospital to ask who is the creator of the statue? Who are the children? There is a strong hint that they are Ethiopian Jews by their slight build and proud posture. Undoubtedly, these two figures have been standing in their positions for a while. They are easy to notice very early in the morning when the Davidson entrance is quiet.
The photo above and below is a custom Corian counters and high end sinks found in post-op, intensive care area.
Below are a few points to consider when you or a family member is going through the admissions process;
1-The Admissions process is somewhat frustrating. Directions are sometimes not UNDERSTOOD to a native English speaker.
3-Do not ask questions to Doctors when they are doing rounds:
I had the opportunity to be present in the unit during early morning rounds, and that was only for a second because I was chased out. Do not attempt to speak with a doctor doing rounds, or with a nurse during change of shifts, don’t even try!
4- There is no way to gage when a patient will be discharged. The best that you can do is speak with a 6 year surgical resident and see how up on the line you are.
5-Make the best of waiting for surgery:
I like to compare a stay at Davidson to one at a five star hotel experience. Factor out gourmet food, entertainment and gambling that are not provided at Davidson. However, I understand the maternity section boasts a gourmet Kosher chef. Like checking in to a hotel, one must wait until your room is ready.
The staff tries to help as much as possible. If one looks closely at the Hazmanah, the appointment with specifics about arrival, one is warned that the time of an appointed procedure is not NECESSARILY the time.
So instead of waiting for an hour behind a curtain, the nurse if asked, will provide the patient a bed to rest. That gesture was very much appreciated.
6-Appreciate the homy touches:
There are also the homy touches of colorful P.J’s for young patients. Snacks and drinks are provided for family members during the wait and during the hospitalization period.
The following story is based on my experience over several days as a visitor at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem:
1:Taking a break in the family room;
I met a couple from Gaza. The family name was Asef. The wife Nargina sat in the same seat in the family room every day, mostly snacking and talking on her cell phone. Her husband didn’t seem like the nargilah pipe smoking type.
The night before, Abu Asef was heard in the hall talking very loudly in English to the staff. I said to myself, this is not a family from East Jerusalem. They would be speaking Hebrew. Possibly they are from Jordan or Syria. They gave the impression of being fairly well off.
I introduced myself to Nargina. It was apparent that the family was not of local origin and Abu Asef volunteered, when he came into the family room, that they arrived to the hospital by taxi from Gaza City at a cost of about 250 Israeli Sheckel for a trip that took two hours.
Abu Asef explained that his problem could not be treated in Nablus the closest hospital.
Nargina told me me then that the Asefs were part of a larger klan.
These are the packed burekas before I open the seam.
4-Healing, tshuvah repentance, repair and learning in Elul:
A good friend wrote to me that she feared knee surgery that loomed over her is past and that she is recovering in a Florida rehabilitation center. Now she can work on repair. We all can because we are in the month of Elul.
Yesterday was September 11th. I will never forget that life altering day in 2001. 15 years have passed since the Twin Towers attack. it still hurts.
Elul and Tshuvah Healing:
I attended a very enlightening talk given by Dr. Anders Nerman, ND. Most of the details are not news to me. Before I actually give an honest response to the lecture, there were several questions that bothered me. hence I am awaiting a reply from Dr. Nerman.
An Upcoming Event:
Torah V’Ta’anug —תורה ותענוג
Chodesh Elul Women’s gathering – התכנסות נשים לחודש אלול
Preparation for the New Year – הכנה לשנה החדשה
Thursday September 15th יום חמישי י׳׳ב אלול
7:00 -7:30 Light Refreshments—כיבוד קל
7:30- 8:20 Torah Yoga with Diane Bloomfield–
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook teaches that we have forgotten the holiness of the body, and that we need to return to our bodies as well as our souls. In this Torah Yoga session, we will return to our bodies through Torah study and yoga practice.
הרב אברהם יצחק הכהן קוק מלמד ששכחנו את קדושת הגוף, ושאנו צריכים לשוב אל גופינו ולא רק אל נפשינו. בסדנת תורה יוגה זו, נשוב אל גופינו עם לימוד תורה ותרגול יוגה.
8:25-9:15 Sacred song circle with Ruthi Soudack.
Meditative chanting and singing of psukim from the
tefilla and the sacred texts. The repetition of the words and the beautiful melodies will prepare us to move into the new year inspired and with open hearts.
מעגל שירה מקודשת עם רותי סודק. צ‘נטינג ושירה של פסוקים מהתפילה והמקרא. החזרה על מילים והמנגינות המרגשות יפתחו לנו את הלב ויכינו אותנו להכנס לשנה החדשה מלאות השראה.
Nachmum Shadmi 2 in Talpiot, Corner of Efrata and Giladi (Mizmor LeDavid Shul)
30 shekels suggested Donation: All Proceeds go to the Karen Doris Foundation
I’ll (B’H) be visiting the Beta Center for Arts: Address: 155 Jaffa street, Jerusalem Next to the Saidoff Building. They off community residents classes in Carpentry
Arriving by public transportation: the light rail, Mahane Yehuda market station
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Hours: Closed Sunday
The Beita offices are open Mon-Thu between 9am and 4pm
Visiting center/Beitacity – Mon-Thu 12am to 7pm or by appointment
Beita HUB – Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu 9am to 5pm
Open Workshop / Carpentry Workshop – Wed, Thu 4pm to 9pm
Open Workshop / Sewing Workshop – Thu 4pm to 9pm
Opening hours and activities at Beita
Beita is open to the public five days a week, Mon-Thu between 12am – 9pm, excluding holidays. The Beita office hours are Mon-Thu 9am – 4pm. The following chart contains a general work schedule.
Monthly activity calendar / Workshop activities
|Art Hub||Beita Academy
|16:00||Open workshop||Open worksop|
|18:00||Beita Academy workshop||Carpentry course||Carpentry
1 1/2 cups oat flour ( can be made from oats
1/2 cup quinoa flakes/cooked quinoa
¼ cup oats
3 tablespoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup + 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
flavor option 1: lemon blueberry
½ cup – 1 cup blueberries
Zest of 1 lemon
flavor option 2: carrot cake
1 cup shredded carrots
1/w cup chopped walnuts
flavor option 3: coconut chocolate chip
½ cup coconut flakes
½ cup dark chocolate chips
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, quinoa flakes, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Beat together the wet ingredients in a separate mixing bowl. Add to the dry and mix to combine. The consistency should be that of a runny oatmeal. Let the batter stand while you pre heat the oven to 375 degrees F. If by the time the oven is ready the batter seems too thick (you should be able to still stir it easily) add more milk or milk substitute 1 tablespoon at a time.
Just before baking, folding in your desired add-ins.
Spray a muffin tin with non stick spray and fill the wells ⅔ of the way full. Bake on the center rack.