Wednesday, May 14, 2008


There are few things that annoy me more than people in who talk in shul, then but "shush" others who talk. There is someone in my shul who fits this category and I often want to ask him why it's O.K. for him to talk, and he's older so he talks louder, but I'm not allowed to.

This brings me to a few weeks ago, I was out of town for the second days of Pesach. The Rabbi was giving his speech before Mussaf, he started out by asking why people talk during davening. He came up with three possibilities. The first one he said couldn't be - arrogance - a person is so arrogant that he feels that whatever he has to say is more important than everyone else' prayers. He felt that couldn't be. I forget the second reason. The third reason is laziness, a person is just to lazy to go into the hall and talk.

After Mussaf the Rabbi was walking through the aisle, and he announced it was time for kaddish , right as Kaddish started the rabbi started talking to one of the people in shul. I really wanted to go over to him and ask which it was arrogance or laziness.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Interesting E.R. discussion

in the E.R. there is a pain chart, so the kids can tell someone how much pain they are in. According this chart a level 10 pain is where it hurts a lot, but you don't need to be crying.

I disagreed with this chart...I believe a level 10 pain is going through a wood chipper while still conscious, and if that happens you should be crying I think the most pain I've been in was when I was having my root canal and the Oral surgeon didn't realize that he was dealing with a live nerve. I decided that was a 6.

My former EMT wife said that on an ambulance a 6 isn't that bad. I think they should change their pain structure.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Before reading you should know that Sammy woke up Shabbat morning fever free, and was acting better, and almost normal most of the day

Nat took Sammy to the doc on Friday morning, after a few days of high fever, they wanted to see if he had step. He didn't so they took his blood so they can rule out a bacterial infection. They couldn't. His white blood count was very elevated so the doctor called Beaumont and told them she was coming.

Nat got to the hospital a little before noon, hopeful that they were going to do a few tests and send her home..HAHAHAHAHA...

She called me around 1:00 and said she was hungry and bored, could I come. So i dropped Jonah off with the neighbors, grabbed a pizza and got to her by 2. In the first 2 hours she was there, she told a nurse, resident and doctor all the same story of what was going on.

Why she had to tell each of the the story is beyond me. Then they left her alone for a while, and finally right before I got there they took his urine and blood. When I got there the doctor said they will come and get Sam for a chest X-RAY. we waited for a long time, finally the doctor passed our area and I asked about the X-RAY, he told me he should have the results soon. I was amazed, since they never actually took an X-RAY, but the commercials do say that Beaumont doctors are great. Just to be safe I told the doc that he hadn't had a chest X-RAY yet, he was surprised and said he would have it done. Shortly after that they came and brought him back.

Then we sat around for a long time with not much to do. There was a baby crying really loud, it was difficult to hear my little T.V., now I know how people feel on airplanes when kids are crying. (Sammy was angelic most of the time)

We were told that all the tests came back negative, they have no idea why he is sick. Then they called our pediatricians office, not sure why, and talked with a Dr there who didn't see Sammy this morning and probably has no idea who we are. She wanted to talk to Natalie, and then she asked Nat if we wanted Sammy to have an oral anti-biotic or a shot. Natalie wasn't sure why the doctor was asking her, since she doesn't really have any medical experience. She went for the shot, since it was longer lasting. We waited for an hour for the shot, we were told after it was given we could go home!!!

A medical student came in to check on us, and Nat asked where the shot was, he came and said the pharmacy was busy with a trauma patient so we have to wait. Nat asked if we could get the oral instead, but he said that also has to go through pharmacy. Finally they bring the shot, only it's not a shot, they hook it into his IV and it's a 1/2 hour drip. My aunt Aunt came to visit around this time with a huge bag of assorted of chocolate and she hung out with us for the the last hour or so. Finally the drip finished, he seemed better off after getting it.

It was after 7, candle lighting was at 8:20, so I went to pick up our food from various locations and then run to Rite aid to get more anti-biotic. Rite Aid never got the call from the doctors, we found out it was called into Meijers, so we called Meijers, they called it into Rite Aid (this was at like 815) but Rite Aid didn't have it in stock, and wouldn't be able to order it until Monday. So we decided that we would just get it from Meijers.

I saw our regular pedictraican in Shul on Shabbat and told her the story(she didn't see Sammy in the morning, someone else in the practice saw him), the hospital told us that we need to wait 24 hours for the blood culture to come through - we could only get the results from our doctor - and her office was closed on Sunday- So I asked the Dr. if she could call after Shabbat and find out what the story is. She did, what a nice Dr. After shabbat we spoke with her and she said the results all came back negative which was good.

The fact that he had no fever and all the results came back negative, the Dr. didn't recommend getting the antibiotic since we don't even know what he was fighting. We have an appointment with her first thing Monday morning where they draw more blood and count his white blood cells again, hopefully they will have gone down.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Perfect no more

After decades of being the only Zacks child to not need glasses, my eyes have failed me. I failed an eye test from the esteemed Dr. Zacks Jr. He thought it would be fun to have my eyes also checked by the Senior member of Eye Travel, and see if they come up with the same numbers.

As a child I was often jealous that everyone else wore glasses, and I didn't . I was also under the belief that in order to get nice sunglasses, I needed to get prescription ones. In the years since, I have changed my mind, and realized that life was indeed better without the glasses, and I've never had a nice pair of sunglasses.

Friday, May 02, 2008

My computer

My computer is annoying me. Over the past few weeks the mouse pad has taken a life of it's own. It enjoys racing up and down and not listening to me. After searching high and low I finally found the recipet, oddly enough it was put away with other reciepts, and discovered that I bought it last June. Plus I had a two year extended warranty. So I went in to Staples to see if they could fix or replace it, and they had me call the warranty people, and get a claim number.

The guy on the phone had me reformat my computer so it was as if it was new. I'm not sure why he thought that would fix my problem, but it did get rid of all the programs and everything else on my computer. When I asked for teh claim number, he told me that it was still under manufactuers warranty so I would have to call them.

For a few hours it worked, but then the mouse started acting up again. So I went back to Staples, my mom had said when she went there with her broken mouse they said they don't fix 'em just replace them.

When I asked about that they told me I have to mail it in to the manufacturer and they'll fix or replace it. That seems like a pain to me, so what I think I'm going to do is use Nat's laptop for the next month or so and then the warranty will be up and I can get a new laptop.