6 month state of the aliyah address

Posted at Mar 8, 2009 1:54 pm

Today is the 6 month anniversary of our aliyah.
And we are still here.
Yesterday we had friends over for shabbat and one of them asked if we felt that our "absorption process" has been harder or easier than we had imagined it would be.
We both agreed, without hesitation, that it has been easier than expected.  It may be because our expectations were quite low to start with. All I wanted was
a) to be able to feed our family and 
b) for the kids to be happy. 
Today my 10 year old texted me "Today is the best day of my life," (Purim party at school); last week my little one called several schoolmates and arranged playdates using her ten words of Hebrew; my oldest adores her new friends and voice teacher.  
And we have plenty of burekas.
So all in all,  things have fallen into place. 
I am halfway through my histaklut and I already have two job offers. (No contract yet but the interviews were just this past week.)
Today the frustrations of being a "resident" were greatly alleviated by the arrival of an ER attending from Boston who took over and started things running the way things ought to run. Patients didn’t sit waiting for nothing for five hours, blood was only drawn if it needed to be (not because the child had blood), and an unnecessary admission was prevented.  I was thrilled.  The Boston attending doesn’t speak Hebrew yet, so I translated for him.  We had a GI bleeder come in and he shrugged off one of the GI ‘s recommendations with the statement "That’s outdated; no one does that anymore."  Then he opened up the ED textbook and indicated the chapter on GI bleeds which he had written.
It was a good day.


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