We are finally home and even though my head-cold lingers, I’m pushing through it at 5AM to use my Slicing time to digest our week at Englewood Hospital.
It was stressful for sure but not as tough as it’s been on previous visits in the last 3 years. Up until Tuvia’s first bleeding episode just before an annual trip to Israel, we were riding the crest of life, but like every human, even the healthiest of us has to accept a slowing down, a need to repair living damages to the human machine and just bottom line, accept our mortality.
This week was filled with the usual stress and life-on-hold experience: no time to exercise, no ability to read anything but Facebook posts, sleepless nights(the worst time), up early and off to the hospital, back home after dinner.
But here are some good things that happened:
1. I could keep friends and family updated with short phone calls,texts and Facebook posts and then, in turn, received the compassion I needed. Thanks 🙂
2. Tuvia had great doctors who were respectful of his 45 year dedication to Englewood Hospital and his medical expertise even though it’s tricky when the doctor is the patient. His cardiologist returned our first crazed service call on a Saturday night, within 15 minutes- how about that? He actually left too soon and we had to return 24 hours later to make sure his meds were correct.
3. Back on Friday, he was officially discharged on Sunday and left the hospital feeling better than when he entered- that’s amazing! They even found the source of his bleeding leek that’s plagued us for the last three years. And it seems that his Afib-racing heart beat- has slowed down. Good thing, we have a wedding in Newport, Rhode Island coming up in July.
4. And I am finally engaged in the medical world. Previously, I remained on the sidelines, letting others take the lead. NO MORE! I’m in it with Tuvia,listening and sharing my experiences as “the wife”. I began demanding attention in this horrible experience. Medicine is still not a profession I find appealing but if the doctor makes eye contact and speaks my language, I’m good to go.
5. I need one more day before I get back to the gym, but this morning I’m not canceling an appointment at the Apple store to repair my iPhone camera. My pictures are suddenly out of focus and I get to experiment with my iWatch.Tonight we are meeting up with my brother, sister-in-law and dad for dinner at the Rhodes Tavern in Sloatsburg, New York for a great steak.
Looks like we are returning to normal… fingers crossed!