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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bar Mitzvah Madness

We're making a Bar Mitzvah this week for Gilad, and things are a little, um exciting.

Did I mention that Yonah fell off the Jungle Gym at his gan today and broke his collarbone?  No?  Well, he did.  The doctor said to keep him from moving his arm for the next few weeks. 

I guess the doctor didn't notice that Yonah is a month short of being 5.  A very active 5, I might add.

So yeah... a little exciting around here right now.

Ariella is staying at my parent's place in Jerusalem just to try and get some sleep!

Posting may be sporadic over the next couple of days.

Posted by David Bogner on October 28, 2008 | Permalink


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they should have given you a figure of eight wrap to hold the arm in place and allow him more mobility without pain.
and Mazal Tov by the way

Posted by: david | Oct 28, 2008 11:36:40 PM

"Chok HaRav Murphee." Of COURSE Yonah's collarbone got broken this week. It's a law of physics. And trying to keep a five-year-old tied down? Oy. This reminds me of how in one's third pregnancy, the doctor instructs: "Don't lift anything over 25 pounds." Yeah, right. Meanwhile, the three-year-old is climbing up your leg, wanting to be picked up. You will survive. Did I mention the merits of scotch?

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Oct 28, 2008 11:53:59 PM

Gam Zu L'Tovah. Imagine it if had been Gilad. (Not that I imagine he frequents jungle gyms at his age. And how would you have dealt with the excitement if the Sox had made it to the series??)Wishing Yonah a refuah shleimah, and a big Mazel Tov to Gilad and the gantze mishpocha!!!! Bean him in the head with some candy from me.....

Posted by: Marsha in Englewood | Oct 29, 2008 12:13:28 AM

As a 3-time broken collarbone survivor, my condolences to Yonah. For the lively boy, the figure-8 soft cast may not be as effective as using an Ace-bandage type wrap, trapping the upper arm to the chest, plus a forearm sling, for a few days. Then you can discontinue the upper-arm trapping and just use the sling.

And for the Bar Mitzvah boy, sincere felicitations on this auspicious day.

For the Bar Mitzvah parents -- also felicitations, and breathe deep.

Posted by: Liz D | Oct 29, 2008 12:18:01 AM

Mazal Tov to Gilad (and to you of course). Poor little Yonah. Sounds like he's going to need some extra love this week.

Posted by: Raizy | Oct 29, 2008 12:18:36 AM

Poor Yonah - hope he feels better soon, of course he got hurt this week - can't have Gili thinking it's all just about him!!

Please wish Gilad a huge mazel tov from us.

Trepp - you and Zahava are such wonderful people and parents, and we know you will be shepping much nachas from your eldest male child - enjoy it, we wish we were with you!

i cannot wait to read all about it.

Posted by: Hadassah | Oct 29, 2008 3:16:42 AM

Mazal tov!

Posted by: Ezer K'negdo | Oct 29, 2008 3:17:48 AM

My collarbone was broken a number of years ago; refuah sheleimah to Yonah, and good luck to you and Zahava with regard to handling this situation.

Getting dressed obviously isn't going to be fun/easy, but sleeping can be made a bit more comfortable with some additional pillows strategically placed around/under Yonah. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if you've already figured out a solution, but I figured it couldn't hurt to share what worked for me.

As far as medicating for this situation...I'm sure your good judgement will serve you well.

Mazel tov to the entire family!

Posted by: tnspr569 | Oct 29, 2008 3:33:46 AM

Refuah Shlema to the little one and a big Mazal Tov to the whole mishpacha on this joyous occasion.

Posted by: David S | Oct 29, 2008 3:43:18 AM

Mazal tov.

Posted by: Jacob da Jew | Oct 29, 2008 4:10:22 AM

oh, I figured it was some time soon (given the tefillin picture from a couple of months ago) - mazal tov! don't forget to take a few big breaths and just enjoy. i can't wait to hear about it (next week on Sunday - no rush!). sorry about the collar bone; my brother broke his playing hockey when he was young and i only remember him fighting with my mom about why he couldn't go back to practice - how bad could it be if there was no cast? so, yeah, good luck with that keeping yona from moving his arm thing.

Posted by: Debbie | Oct 29, 2008 4:45:59 AM

Mazal Tov to Gilad and all of you.
Wishing Yonah refuah shlema.
No medical advice from me, it'll just put you to sleep. ;P

Posted by: QuietusLeo | Oct 29, 2008 4:46:28 AM

This reminds me of the time I brought my twins home from the hospital. I had finally figured them out after about 3 weeks, and my husband, deciding to save gas, rode his bike to work and fell off, breaking his collarbone. On the Saturday before Mother's Day. I felt like I had 3 babies to take care of! Oh well, 21 years later, and the bone still sticks out a bit and hurts him in cold weather as a reminder to ALWAYS KEEP THOSE HANDS ON THE HANDLE BARS!!!

Posted by: Jewel | Oct 29, 2008 6:17:01 AM

Mazal Tov to Gilad!

Hope all goes well!

And hope that Yonah recovers soon!

Posted by: Irina | Oct 29, 2008 6:23:23 AM

Mazal Tov to the big guy and Refuah Shelaima to the little one.

Posted by: Baila | Oct 29, 2008 6:29:31 AM

mazal tov, refuah shleimah, and on a practical note shirts that button or zip all the way up the front (no pullovers, in other words) will be much less painful to put on & take off.

Posted by: bratschegirl | Oct 29, 2008 7:33:30 AM

Mazal Tov on the Bar Mitzvah and refuah shleimah to Yonah.

Posted by: Jack | Oct 29, 2008 9:41:39 AM

Mazel tov to Gilad and good luck to the parents for all the madness they have to deal with.

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Oct 29, 2008 9:52:23 AM

as i told zahava - my brother broke his OWN arm the day before his bar mitzvah, also by falling off the monkey bars at his school. in 3 places (wrist, elbow and shoulder). My mom was so pissed at him, and refused to allow them to cut the sleeve off his brand-new bar mitzvah suit. Luckily this was the early 80's, so there was a vest option with the suit as well.

Posted by: noa | Oct 29, 2008 10:26:59 AM

Mazal Tov to Gilad (and the rest of you!)...and a refuah sheleimah to Yonah.

Interesting. Our daughter's boyfriend's name is Gilad...and my Bar Mitzvah parashah was Noach. Coincidence? Or a Bizarre Twist o' Fate?

Posted by: Elisson | Oct 29, 2008 12:01:48 PM

Mazel tov! And refuah sheleimah for Yonah.

Posted by: shira0607 | Oct 29, 2008 1:19:17 PM

Mazal tov on the bar mitzvah.

In terms of Yonah's collar bone. My son broke his last year. He was an active almost 3 year old at the time. They put him in a sling to prevent movement. Movement doesn't affect the healing process, just limits the pain. They only limited us in climbing and jumping (yeah right).

BTW-How did he react to the pain? My son also has a sensory disorder and it took us 2 days to figure out the bone was broken.

Posted by: Chedva | Oct 29, 2008 2:05:13 PM

On a completely unrelated issue - it totally threw me to see someone else with my name leave a comment. (for the record, I am Chedva of Alan fame).

Mazal to on the Bar Mitzvah. We wish we could be there with you. Perhaps for Yonah's bar mitzvah... Speaking of Yonah, this will be worse for you than for him. I have a very vague memory of not doing gym a few times in kindergarten because of a broken collarbone. My mother has a more 'enhanced' memory of that time.
As for Ari, I always knew that girl was smart.

Posted by: Chedva | Oct 29, 2008 2:57:31 PM

Trep, i'm not sure why I am totally convinced that you and/or your readers can help me, but I am. Totally.
Here in galut, it's almost Halloween. Every year at this time I remember the chesed of my long-ago neighbor, Arnie Berg. As kids, we would go trick-or-treating together, and one year I had to cut my particpation short because of heel blisters. Back in the day, little-girl sox were notorious for working their way down into your shoes, and if you didn't keep tugging them up, you ended up with blisters. So that year I limped home, alone, very disappointed. Later that evening, Arnie showed up with an enormous bag of candy, which we split. What a mensch! And davka, what a mensch the grown-up version of Arnie must be! Anyway, 60 years is way too long to go without letting him know that I haven't forgotten his kindness. Trep, how do I find him? We lived in Chicago; in an apartment building on Courtland; and went to Harriet Beecher Stowe elementary school. Any ideas? Thanks. Lynne

Posted by: lynne | Oct 29, 2008 3:19:04 PM

Mazel tov on the bar mitzvah. A speedy recovery to Yonah!

Posted by: Jendeis | Oct 29, 2008 3:34:23 PM

Whoa. Mazel tov! Your kids are growing up too fast, even for me. Where does the time go?

Posted by: Tanya | Oct 29, 2008 4:37:28 PM

Wow! Mazel Tov to Gili and hugs to Yonah from LO.

Posted by: orieyenta | Oct 29, 2008 6:54:08 PM

Mazal Tov l'kol hamishpacha! Refua sheleima to Yonah!

Posted by: SaraK | Oct 29, 2008 7:34:38 PM

Mazal Tov Gilad!!

and good luck with that adorable Yonah. you're gonna need it. :)

Posted by: weese | Oct 29, 2008 8:03:54 PM

Never a dull moment!!

Mazal Tov!!

(reminds me of my first week in college. I slipped on something wet, during orientation week, and majorly sprained my ankle, The doc said "just try to stay off of it" -- yeah, right! I was going to twice as many classes, trying to figure out which I wanted to take, and they were spread over the entire campus....)

Posted by: Rivka with a capital A | Oct 31, 2008 2:23:26 AM

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