So, week two of being unable to walk, in full left leg brace, post surgery. This has been a very interesting experience , so far. I go back to surgeon tomorrow with a hope that he will clear me to go home so I can start the re-hab process—which several people have told me is not that much fun. It is amazing how much we do take for granted. As I may have mentioned before, this is the first turn for me at anything like this. It has been scary and enlightening.
I have learned again the value of family. My daughter and son In law were superb last week. Grandchildren hugs and smiles are as beneficial as any medicine. My wife flew down for surgery and has been a hero in my post surgery mood.Being a Jewish guy, I am not an easy patient.
You also get to understand many things as your world shrinks.
I never realized how true this is. There is a real “tzimtzum” at work. Every day a few more steps. Yesterday, a walk on the crutches out to the hotel pool. Wow. It was an explosion in possibility. All of a sudden the world expanded by 100 feet.
This event is very humbling. The mere attempt to move or to handle basic activities of daily living, becomes a challenge….and the loss of control!!!! Well, That is a whole high holiday sermon in itself.
I hope that the surgeon tomorrow will give the Ok to return home. Re hab awaits. I am trying to listen to the voices that scream “take it one day at a time “. We will see. This has given me a new respect and appreciation for people who live with disabilities every day. I hope that this awareness stays with me as I heal.
I thank you for indulging me in these past blogs. The writing about this has been helpful in seeing this in a larger context.
Take care and stay healthy. And, a huge shout out to MUSC here in Charleston.
Rabbi Richard F Address
Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, is the Founder and Director of www.jewishsacredaging.com. Rabbi Address served for over three decades on staff of the Union for Reform Judaism; first as a Regional Director and then, beginning in 1997, as Founder and Director of the URJ’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns and served as a specialist and consultant for the North American Reform Movement in the areas of family related programming. Rabbi Address was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1972 and began his rabbinic career in Los Angeles congregations. He also served as a part time rabbi for Beth Hillel in Carmel, NJ while regional director and, after his URJ tenure, served as senior rabbi of Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ from 2011-2014.