Tel Aviv Diary June 17-22, 2016 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel -Aviv Diary - June 17-22, 2016 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

June 17, 2016

It has to happen soon. Netanyahu has to be removed. kicking and screaming. it's just an inevitable outcome of a developing situation. i'm not happy about these developments, would prefer that he got his act together and start taking care of this society, of our international relations, of our defense, and work together to unite us rather than divide. He can do it if he turns his head around.

what was my life like today? so far so good.a little physiotherapy, a guest or two, a little lunch, a little anticipation of grandchildren from abroad. i can't tell how quickly one recovers when one is taken care of at home.

Lior Schlein also helps:

i wish there was a translation of this biting definition of tel aviv society in the face of criticism and even exaltation at the murder of innocent citizens in tel aviv.

By the way, since I now stay home and watch television a lot i recommend "The Jews are Coming," "Fauda," and "Shtissel."

June 18, 2016

The world may be falling apart but i seem to be coming together. I couldn't stay away from the beach and this afternoon fulfilled one of my greater pleasures, a beer at sunset on the sand.

And then to come home just in time to catch the end of the news and the beginning of "Back of the Nation." Perfect.

how did i get from the parking lot all the way down the ramp to the beach? one cane. simple. The last time I had a hip replacement it took me 12 days to get out and that was with a walker. This time it was with a cane. this time i was more desperate for a beer.

June 19, 2016

a bit of a setback - i wake up because of a taste of blood in my mouth, i have been feeling more weak than usual, I measure my blood pressure and it is very low, I know i'm losing weight, and on top of it all the nurse who was supposed to take out my stitches at 7 a.m. didn't show up. she just called ( 9 a.m.) to apologize that she just managed to get hold of the staple remover and will be by around 1.

And she arrived, at a quarter to four, apologizing that the staple remover was just delivered. My staples were removed in a minute and i was relieved. i know it's stupid considering what can happen in today's world, but my live has been revolving around my pain and symptoms. For example, I know i'm very anemic and have been very weak. at first i thought it was the percocet and the pills against neuropathy, but after two nights of waking up choking with blood, i realized that the anti-coagulants were a problem. I haven't been able to get to the doctor so i just went off all the medication. Probably better, but i'm not terribly secure.

June 21, 2016

Welcome summer. Turns out I fell less dizzy without medications and maybe i'm getting stronger. maybe i can go out and get my blood test after the wasted hours trying to find out what went wrong with the nurse who was supposed to come to me to do it last week. It will be an 'outing' and I will take Ezi to keep me from falling down and then after the test treat myself to cafe and shopping. So much for post-operative at-home care.

in the mean time i have yet to see most of my friends. what with a houseful of rowdy grandchildren, and my own fear of fainting or falling down, the idea of a visit does not strike me as a good idea. however. the visits i HAVE had have been incredibly stimulating and rich. How wonderful to know there is a world outside of children and animated movies.>p?June 22, 2016

We gave up trying to get a nurse here for a blood test and went to the health clinic this morning. the results are coming in and they are showing that i am weaker than last time, more anemic, less functional, much more. on the other hand i am more mobile than i was less time, probably because now i have 2 good legs. but i don't know what to do to make me healthier. maybe all i have to do is rest. today was the first day i managed to take a nap.

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