May You Have an Easy Fast

August 19, 2014 at 10:37 PM 2 comments

On the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, Jews observe a total fast that goes for about 25 hours.  (Though I’d note that my mother literally moves heaven and earth to make the sun set around 4 pm at their house – still haven’t figured out how it’s so localized…)

One of the traditional greetings on Yom Kippur is to wish someone an “easy fast.”

In a clear example of the “two Jews, three opinions” rule there are varied interpretations of just what that means (find a few here, here and here).  But the gist of it is that while you should have enough discomfort to recognize that you’re fasting (and why), there’s no reason to be miserable all day. If you plan ahead, anticipate the fast and treat the day with appropriate respect, you can have a meaningful experience rather than just suffering all day.

I was thinking about this saying during the past week.  It’s Eliana’s 4th admission in the 10 months or so she’s been home.  The first couple of times were pretty uncomfortable.  Maybe we didn’t think to pack an overnight bag, or we’d find ourselves in the room with nothing to do or eat. And sleeping in those rooms is a nightmare.  But before Admission #3 earlier in the year we decided to just accept the situation for what it is, and plan ahead for Mom and Dad to be as comfortable as one can be in the hospital.

So last Tuesday I got into the hospital parking garage and unloaded our twin memory foam mattress topper, a nice thick pillow, a bag of snacks and drinks, a bag of toys (for Eliana), my tablet, some reading material, copies of her meds and formula recipe, and a few other things I’m probably forgetting.  Oh…and a baby.  We’ll have more of these stays in our future, so we might as well plan ahead to make it as easy as possible.  It’s unfortunate that we have to see that much of the hospital, but once you accept it as part of life it’s easier to take it all in stride. Now each time we can refine our system just a bit more so we can “have an easy stay” for each admission instead of being flat out miserable when we don’t have to be.

Note to self: next time, bring wax earplugs.

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  • 1. Bubbe  |  August 19, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    1. Thank you for acknowledging the awesomeness of your Mother.
    2. Your Mother thinks that you and Amy (and in her own way, Shira) are doing an amazing job of being the co-captains of team Eliana.
    May Eliana’s second year be an easier one for us all…hey, I cry less, is that a good sign?

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