It was a long morning. Benny woke up before the crack of dawn – 5 am pointing to the door calling “Daddy, Daddy.” Benny was ready to go home. It took about 6 1/2 hours later for the doctor to come in and sign the discharge papers. We tried every trick in the book to try and get out earlier but all failed. I even said I was going to eat a big breakfast in the room (a big no no on BMT), but they didn’t buy it! So we waited and waited until finally we played the “Get out of Jail Free” card and sure enough the doctor signed off. As we crossed over the BMT ‘line’ I took my surgical booties off, tossed them in the air and bid farewell to all the nurses waving goodbye! It was definitely a moment non of us will forget!
Reflecting back to the first night we were admitted, hearing the sirens of a Code Blue brought fright and reality to the danger we now faced. B”H it was the only time we heard the sirens during our stay. I do believe they were a message that first night to awaken us to pour out our hearts in prayer and do the best we can to make a Kiddush Hashem during our hospital stay.
B”H we all accomplished in safely returning Benny home while making a Kiddush Hashem. Most of the staff were eager to help us keep Shabbos by opening electric doors etc, they were amazed at the daily food drop off’s by volunteers, and overall the support of our incredible community. I think it was the chocolate rugelach treats, challah and Bubbie’s meatballs that won them over. We hope BE”H never to spend another Shabbos away from our family and in the hospital.
Benny enjoyed the rest of his Hebrew Birthday outdoors going on several walks in his stroller, while watching a clever video his cousins in Israel made for his birthday. The video was a trip to the Biblical Zoo in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) and all the animals wishing Benny a Happy Birthday. He was equally delighted seeing and playing with his siblings when they got home from school. Then we came home to a wonderful aroma in the kitchen. A home cooked gourmet dinner by Avigayil R. was dropped off and gobbled up in minutes. It was an amazing feeling to sit around the kitchen table and enjoy a delicious home cooked meal with my family. It literally felt like that first meal you eat after coming home from a long summer at sleep away camp. Not only is the food amazing, you crave the closeness of a family united all together once again.
He hope and pray that Benny will continue to regain his strength, appetite and bounce back to his himself shortly.