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“The Power of Hope”

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I have taken my body well beyond the definition of fatigue. Since my return from a teaching and touring trip to Israel in December, I have flown to Maryland 3X to see my parents. This last visit was the hardest but perhaps the best. My dad is likely dying. His Billie Rubin count was 17 and climbing and his creaton level was 1.2 both indicators that his liver and kidney function are failing. There should be no hope. However, my mother and my sister have led a battle plan which I was drawn into to not let my father know the true nature of his disorder. Likely he has pancreatic cancer and my job (if I chose to accept it) was to prevent the hospital staff from disclosing any details of the severity of the disorder to him. Although I was ambivalent to say the least about this assignment, I am not married to my father, I live 3,000 miles away and I very much believe in the Torah commandment of honoring thy father and thy mother. So, I did my job, and convinced the staff that my father was comfortable in giving my mother power of attorney, so that she could make all of the medical decisions for him and in her mind, continue to filter all medical information to give my dad hope.

And it worked! By having my father believe that he survived with flying colors, the operation of placing a stint in his bile duct, he is now embracing G-d and praying daily (at least since Tuesday) and has expressed that the good Lord has made a miracle much like when He spared me the potentially severe consequence of my own health scare several years back. Dad, in his euphoria further stated that he was now going to get better so that he could to further help his wife, his children and his grandchildren not to mention his great-grandchildren succeed in life! Despite the fact that he is now literally glowing a florescent yellow, when I relayed to him that he could eat anything off the regular dining cart (due to the fact that the hospitalist felt that it really no longer really mattered) he eagerly shared my lunch of roasted cauliflower adding that he wanted it heated up and for me to add salt-too bland! I cannot explain this phenomena of the power of hope. I am only to be a witness to this process, take in my mother's fierce love and devotion to her spouse and perhaps try and understand my small contribution to this process of honoring  the belief system of a marital bond of almost 6 decades and to make no judgments. And then, I get to fly home, once again…

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