Shaare Zedek Medical Center – Here we come!

May 17 – Holly’s Birthday (53!)


Up and at ’em. What a drive to the hospital it was (lost, found, lost, found), only to get to the parking lot and find that there is no parking and everyone is out for themselves. Good thing we left early because parking took 30 minutes and finding our wonderful HSCT coordinators (Yana and Ira) took another 30. But, we found them and were swiftly escorted to Prof. Jacob Rowe’s office.

Our initial greet and meet was very inspiring. Prof. Rowe, a very gentle, kind and dedicated doctor, assured us that we were in good hands and that in the end we will become good friends and even learn some Hebrew. I have been trying. Apps are downloaded – :).

After a brief exam and blood draw, we were handed a bag of prefilled syringesย full of hormones to stimulate stem cell production; we were on our way. Michael was instructed to give himself two shots a day (morning and night) and to come back on the 18th for lung and heart tests. ย We will meet with Yana and Ira in the am.

Homeward bound; lost again. I will get this city; I promise! Our hosts reminded me not to get lost and get into territories that were not friendly. I am very careful!

The area we are in is full of stores and shops with a wonderful market larger than Pike Place. I strolled around and picked up lovely items to make for my birthday dinner and a recommended bottle of wine. It was lovely; minus the pasta choice I made. Oh, that was dinner. We snacked on nuts and apricots as well as olives for Holly.


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9 thoughts on “Shaare Zedek Medical Center – Here we come!

  1. Congratulations on getting this far. I am in awe of your strength. Best of wishes as you guys make your way through this experience.
    Laura Nicol
    MS Carepartners

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    1. Thank you Laura,
      I have to agree, his strength and belief in the program is out of this world powerful. Thank you for your support. It means a lot to us. ๐Ÿ’•


  2. Holly, thanks so much for somehow finding the time and energy to keep us all posted. It’s wonderful to see photos and to know that you’re safe, housed, oriented, and in the hands of gentle experts. Happy Birthday to you, and please give my love and a huge high five to Michael. Let the wild rumpus start!
    Love, Jay

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  3. Thanks for keeping up this journal, HollyBear! You guys must be exhausted. I sent you a skype invitation today. With you being 10 hours ahead, I thought maybe we could chat when it’s morning here and evening for where you are, maybe on days when you’re not too exhausted. We love you both! Sending you love and kisses and healing wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Sounds wonderful. Thanks for your love and best wishes. We will Skype soon. At hospitals almost 12 hours today. Won’t be home for another two hours. ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’—


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