B”H this Shabbos was restful. Not only did we have to recover from this past weeks events, we need to store up for the week ahead. Benny took a 4 hours nap. I hope he’ll sleep tonight!
Refael Yoel Ozer remains stable. He made a few movements in his feet, produced one tear and even tried coughing. Dr.’s aren’t sure what those movements were and will know more IY”H when they begin to ween him off his sedation medication. IY”H we pray that these movements are positive signs only. Please continue to pray hard during this Eis Ratzon for a complete Refuah Shlema Min Hashamayim. I can honestly say, from the dozens of emails I have received of people being m’kabel something he will IY”H have the refuah he needs.
We spent about 3 hours on Friday in the hospital going over the plan for next week, getting blood work done and a routine exam. B”H Benny was given the green light to begin. We are in this now 10 months and still frightened with each new phase of treatment we enter.
We have been to the hospital too many times to count (good thing my insurance company is keeping track). We are scheduled to check in tomorrow evening IY”H. I am not sure how to prepare, other than packing a suitcase of “stuff.” How am I going to cross the threshold into the hospital room? Although, it is only for 5 days, if all goes well, we were told that it won’t be a restful period. Benny will be examined, vitals etc. for sure, every hour during the day and night and possibly every 15 minutes. The goal is to keep him out of intense of care IY”H.
In today’s day and age there are quite a few game shows out there. Some of the themes are; a race around the world, losing weight, finding a your mate; surviving in the dessert or some other crazy place. With each of these shows the contestants go thru numerous challenges; gory, strenuous, and tempting. All these shows share one thing in common, the end goal, to WIN.
Benny has been thru so many challenges already, all difficult and for what, you may ask? To win. To win what, you may ask? The answer is simple, LIFE!
We hope and pray that with this final phase of treatments, Benny will no longer have to fight to live. We pray he will live a long and healthy life with the “normal” challenges that life brings. Let his challenges be in, figuring out the answer to a question in the Gemara (learning) or how to score a home run when the game is tie.
What we as outsiders are challenged with is what are we going to do to help? How are we going to take action on his behalf and all the cholim that are in need of our help?
I am working on having a column on the website for daily ACTIONS being done as a zechus for all cholim in Klal Yisroel.
A Good Rosh Chodesh to all!