Thank You, Tel Hashomer

12 May

Last Monday may have been my last treatment at Tel Hashomer. We’ve decided to follow my oncologist, Dr Ido Wolf, to his new post at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. One learns to be wary of using absolutes. The concept of “never going back to Tel hashomer” may prove so wrong. Especially as word has it that Stage II trials of the Parp Inhibitor, under the auspices of Memorial Sloan Kettering, are supposedly coming toIsrael; specifically to Sha’arei Zedek, Belinson and Tel Hashomer Hospitals. Criteria have yet to be disclosed but the hope is that the next alternative is not too far away.  In keeping with how we’ve managed my illness upto now, we’re examining every possibility to ensure that I can get into the trial somewhere – as and when necessary.

Meanwhile, Monday came and went with an unfair amount of emotion.  The treatment starts with blood tests.  Two nurses have been taking my blood at least 2 or 3 times a month for the last year and a half.  How fortunate that they never had to struggle to find my veins – a problem so common for so many.  I thought of telling the nurses that this would be my “last time”.  The words stuck in my throat.  They never see the results but they must be so familiar with patients who really do have their last blood test – and not for the delicate dilemma of hospital preference. 

Then came the “farewell” from our tireless head nurse, Margalit – polite, practical and pleasant as ever.

It was only when I got home that the folly of agonising over the change of hospital issue fell into place.  An email from Agi Hirshberg was waiting.  It announced, in words that have only one meaning, that the Hirshberg Foundation would not be honouring a mother-daughter relationship for Mother’s Day next week.  The beautiful mother had succumbed to her pancreatic cancer. 

Can one ever forget the real writing on the wall – or can hope cloud the writing into timelessness?  Today, and more than ever as a Jew, in whatever field, we have to believe that hope cannot be taken away.

2 Responses to “Thank You, Tel Hashomer”

  1. angiemaus May 18, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Shabbat Shalom Martin,

    A friend of mine has had wonderful results with this – start picking those weeds!!

    Recipe Of The Day!

    Use 12 or more large sized dandelion roots from a clean source (i.e. no pesticides used on the land for at least 2 years). Clean the roots in cold water, chop them loosely to about 2 inch pieces, put them in 1 liter of cold water and bring to boil. Remove from heat and let cool to room temp. Strain and keep refrigerated. Drink 1 cup per day. Do not add sugar or anything else. It’s ok to have some of the leaves in with the roots when you boil it but you do not need to include them.

    Bon appetit!

    Huge hugs and keep writing!

  2. Libby May 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    “How fortunate that they never had to struggle to find my veins – a problem so common for so many.”

    Should you ever have that problem, the best solution is to stick your hands or arms into hot water for as long as you can and hey presto! Veins poking up big time! I have the worst veins ever and after a few IVs they were even worse, so my doctor told me about the hot water idea. I used to stick my hands in hot water at home, go to the surgery wearing gloves and then they’d give me hot water, too. Problem solved!

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