Observations From Spending Almost A Week In An Israeli Hospital

As some of you may already be aware, I spent the last almost-week in the hospital with Mrs Aussie Dave, who had two growths removed from her mediastinum.

Since I like to find ways to make the best of a crappy situation, I thought I would post some random observations from our stay there.

The best way to see the ridiculousness of the apartheid accusation is to visit an Israeli hospital

arabs hospital

photo credit: Lazar Berman/Times of Israel

Not only were the vast majority of patients in the ward Arabs, but so were the majority of my wife’s surgeons, as well as a number of the nurses. And on the last night of her stay, my wife shared a room with an Arab woman.

I invite all BDSholes to come visit an Israeli hospital. I’ll even set it up.

And no, that was not a threat.

I am still capable of being surprised by my fellow Jews

For the majority of her stay, my wife shared a room with a Charedi (ultra-Orthodox) woman from Mea Shearim and a secular woman. Despite the stereotypes and negative press, the Charedi woman was extremely friendly and warm towards both my wife and the secular woman, even after the latter was speaking on her telephone during the Jewish Sabbath. It was a real eye-opener for me.

You meet the most amazing people in hospital

Besides all the dedicated medical staff and some very nice fellow patients, we had the pleasure of meeting Rafi, an 85-year-old man who travels all the way from the South by bus to volunteer at the hospital. He handed out necklaces to the patients and helped bring meals to them. He regaled us with stories of life from pre-1948 Israel – which makes him a true ‘Palestinian.’

He also bears a passing resemblance to Shimon Peres.

rafi

Israellycool gets no love from Shaarei Tzedek hospital

When trying to access the site from the wife’s iPad, this happened:

hate site

Kind of ironic, given I have probably given the hospital more free and good PR than anyone else, but I think it is more an issue with Norton than them.

About Aussie Dave

An Aussie immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave is founder of Israellycool, one of the world's most popular pro-Israel blogs (and the one you are currently reading) He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and girlie drinks

comments

  • Jim_from_Iowa

    That really is an unsettling message to get from an anti-virus software company. I access IsraellyCool from my cell phone without a problem, but I am not sure if there is any anti-virus software loaded on my Samsung Galaxy 4. Is there anything we can do to get Norton to change this? I might disagree with you politically and groan at some of your puns, but i certainly wouldn’t consider IsraellyCool a hate site.

  • JMF

    Refuah Sheleimah to Mrs. Aussie Dave.

  • Gerald

    First. Best wishes to your wife, yourself and your family.

    Second. I have a similar problem when I try to access the “Harry’s Place” website, I get a warning message then it asks for confirmation that I want to continue to “Harry’s Place”.

    Is it a security issue with the “Harry’s Place” website, or does my laptop have better taste than I do?

  • Kibbutznik

    Dave ,
    As a regular reader and someone that lost their partner of 40 years to cancer last year …firstly my thoughts are with you and with your wife .
    Secondly ….. please dont do this ….
    ” even after the latter was speaking on her telephone during the Jewish Sabbath. It was a real eye-opener for me. ”
    We are not ” fellow Jews ” …. we are fellow Israelis .
    Apart from your snide comment towards us secular ….. I agree with you …” The best way to see the ridiculousness of the apartheid accusation is to visit an Israeli hospital “.

    • JayCeeme

      That wasn’t shnide that was a warm observation. I am sorry for your loss Kibbutznik and I wish Mrs Aussie Dave Refuah Sheleimah.

    • http://www.israellycool.com/ Aussie Dave

      There was nothing snide about my observation, especially considering the fact I grew up secular.

      The eye-opener had to do with my preconceptions of people from Mea Shearim employing religious coercion against those less religiously observant.

      Please don’t judge my intentions negatively and then lecture me on my blog.

      • Kibbutznik

        my apologies Dave
        I misunderstood you
        ” my preconceptions ”
        I spent months in Hillel Yaffe , plenty of Russians and Arabs , very few religious ,never came across one Charedi.
        and the telephones never stopped ringing on a Saturday .
        I guess it all depends on which part of the country you were born in …or not .

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