What answer should I give?

A Poem by Ella Seltzer

What answer should I give
When you ask me
“How many children do you have?”
Shall I say “Two” or “Three”?
Well where is the third, your thoughts I tell
“He’s in another place, he’s not very well
A place where they look after kids like him”
(who lie quietly with the buzz of machines
For whom the the future is nothing but dim)
But you don’t understand, “Is there hope?” you say
Should we daven for him, I’ll get people to pray,”
(Oh pray for us please, pray that with ease
We’ll get through this hard time)
With strength and with courage
That this son of mine, shouldn’t suffer too long
And that with each day we’ll become a little more strong.

And each time that I tell
The memories like a well
Come back to me
How, scarcely recovered from my labour pain
I knew something wasn’t right, and saw my son remain
quiet and still while the other babies cried
“He’s in a coma…the brain…lack of oxygen inside…”
I hoped for the best, but as the hope grew less
I realised that this was my most terrible test
A living nightmare when I woke up each day
And wished that it all would just go away.

A nightmare? You might find that believe
As you see us and our children living our lives
Laughing and playing but inside I am sometimes crying
Each day that goes by as my baby is lying
In a hospital bed that he might never leave.

But he is my teacher, this child of mine
Taught me that everything is led by the Hand Divine.
That all we have is trust and faith in the Holy One
Who brought down this special neshama as my son.

New Home: Reut

Yitzchak Meir has now been transferred to the Reut Medical Center (Lichtenstadter) in Tel Aviv. Ella travelled with him in the ambulance and checked him in. I followed behind in the car with Mordechai Eliyahu & Kayla Esther. The Medical Center is filled with children in similar conditions, so it is not the most pleasant experience.

We still do not know what God has in store for us and our Yitzchak Meir. All we can do is hope and pray.

Approved: Lichtenstadter

The kupat Cholim (insurance company) has approved payment for Yitzchak Meir to be sent to the Lichtenstadter Hospital in Tel Aviv. He could be transferred as early as Sunday, and we will be accompanying him there. Yitzchak Meir’s condition is otherwise unchanged.

This may sound repetetive, but he is in about the same condition as he was two weeks ago.