We didn’t sleep much last night anticipating today’s departure. The morning went pretty smoothly getting the children off to school and tying up lose ends. We loaded up the car with a month or two full of belongings and went on our way. I had already warned the doctor yesterday that we would be needing a fork lift to bring in all our belongings.
We checked in for our appointment with Benny’s doctor around 2 pm. Benny first needed to be examined before he would be admitted to the hospital. We had a long wait, but managed to keep Benny happy in the hospital playroom. First, Benny’s volunteer friends from Songs of Love performed their usual songs. However, when Benny entered the room they changed song to one of his favorite songs,”Tonights going to be a good night, ” in our version “Benny’s going to have a good day!” An hour later another volunteer arrived who is a song writer for Disney and entertained the young children with additional songs and jokes. Benny was more interested in playing with a toy coffee maker and pouring the water in and out of it.
We finally saw the doctor around 4 pm. After Benny’s examine it was determined that he had a bit of a cold and the doctor felt more comfortable waiting a couple more days before starting treatment. So back in the car we went and home sweet home we are.
All of you who prayed for our quick return home, it worked, maybe just a little too fast!
Today was like preparing for a space shuttle launch. The astronauts are dressed in their gear, the shuttle is loaded, the crowd is anxiously awaiting for take off, the count down begins..10,9,8,7,6,5,4.. and then a light starts flashing. Before you know it the mission is aborted and out of the aircraft the astronauts appear. They aren’t waving either!
So much planning went into today. What are the kids going to eat? Where are they going to sleep? Who will do homework? Then, there were the arrangements made by the hospital especially for Benny; ensuring we had a nice room (with a view of course), kosher food for Benny, and a 3 hour class given by Rabbi Ten of Bikur Cholim educating the nurses about Judiasm (dietary and Shabbos).
Once the “mission” was called off, at first it feels like you can’t go home, you already said your goodbyes. Then you say to yourself, “OK now that we don’t have to go in and everything else at home is in place, where should we get away too?” Well of course the thought disappears just as fast as it arrives.
B”H we are not disappointed. We know everything has its time and place and today wasn’t the time nor the hospital the place. We will have to reevaluate Benny’s cold on Friday to see if Friday will be the day or Sunday IY”H. In the meantime we have more time to collect more Tefillos and Zechusim.
Thank you all who have signed up so far to learn on Benny’s behalf and all of those in need of a Refuah.
Benny looking pretty dapper in his new outfit for the hospital. The doctor and nurses got a good laugh! He’s now out on good behavior.