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The Watchword of Our Faith

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

lil's repaired arm

For the entirety of her young life, Poppyseed has gone to sleep with the words of the Sh’ma on her lips. Now, I know they are not the final words she says before surrendering to slumber because I hear her chatting even after I have left the room. Chatting with Beernut. Chatting with her plush menagerie. Chatting to the thin air. But the Sh’ma has always been our final contact each night.

As she was being wheeled to surgery yesterday, to repair a supracondylar humerus fracture, she was hysterical. I sang the Sh’ma, which immediately calmed her. And reminded her that her Dr. would say it in the operating room.

[It wasn’t a ploy. I had asked the Dr. if he would recite the Sh’ma in the operating room.

With eyes glisteing, he assured me that he would.

I”ll be crying as I say it.]

Then I let go.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Wednesday, 28 October 2009 7:00 pm

    That’s a pretty awesome doctor…

    glad she came through okay:-)

  2. Thursday, 29 October 2009 9:52 am

    That IS a great doctor and a GREAT mom. I hope everything is okay with our girl Poppyseed 🙂

  3. Friday, 30 October 2009 12:24 pm

    What a beautiful, moving moment. You are such a good mom!!

    Shabbat Shalom 🙂

  4. Saturday, 31 October 2009 2:25 pm

    I agree with everyone above.

    Hope that Poppyseed came through the surgery well and is recovering every day. Refuah shleimah to her.

  5. Monday, 2 November 2009 4:42 am

    Refuah Shlaymah!!

  6. Sara permalink
    Saturday, 7 November 2009 4:25 am

    The tears are running down my face. First, you are so brave. It must have been so difficult to let your baby go into the hands of doctors at such a time. And, your surgeon is beautiful. I hope Poppyseed has a quick recovery. You are awesome.

  7. Frume Sarah permalink*
    Saturday, 7 November 2009 10:01 pm

    Thanks, everyone! Poppyseed is definitely on the mend. Given the size of the cast, I am hoping that the warm weather holds until she is out of the cast as long sleeves are just not possible right now.

    Poppyseed was the last of the three to undergo surgery as the boys have a combined total of three procedures between them both. So I had been through it before. Though the boys were waaay younger and that was waaaay scarier.

    It was the first time that I had ever asked a doctor to do what I usually do when I visit people in the hospital. Knowing that the Sh’ma would be said as she was going under gave both Lilly and me so much comfort.

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