It has been really good....we managed to get a lot of things done in a short period of time. That said it is Israel and things don't move super fast. We signed up for Insurance when we landed and it took 3 weeks to actually attach ourselves to the local clinic where I will have a family doctor....I was able to see the transplant doctor to day but was not able to get blood work as I forgot and took my medicine. They also wanted to do an ECHO but the person who scheduled my appointment for today did not schedule that...so I will need to go back...the clinic is about 1hr hour away by bus....not a bad bus ride as does not stop every 5 seconds.....I get dropped off at the train/bus terminal and then I catch a taxi or bus right to the clinic door. Today the Doctor told me that he has a Friend who runs a transplant clinic in Jerusalem...which is where I live so while he would hate to see me go...he feels that if I get overwhelmed by the trip to his clinic that I can change and he would make the introductions...I told him for now I am happy and that since I only have to go every 3 months after this next trip that I think it would be ok and that I would let him know.
So what do I do for fun....right now I am taking an intensive Hebrew course 5 days a week for 4 hours each day...I like it and I am learning but I find the conversational part easier then the writing part...I struggle with that and it only Started on Sept 4 and goes for 5 months...so far I will miss 4 days with 1 or 2 more in the next couple of weeks....for clinic visit and receiving our stuff which should actually be delivered next week.
I do a lot of walking...mainly because I get lost and get frustrated with myself. It would be easy to grab a cab but I figure if I walk I will remember and not make the same mistakes next time. The other day I actually walked around the entire outside of the Old City (that is where the Western Wall is) It took me about 45 minutes then I met Sharon at the mall we had Ice Coffee and then we walked to a hotel where friends from America where staying. ( I was at the Wall for their son's Bar Mitzvah and as I was leaving I was asked to join another Bar Mitzvah because the person did not have enough people to listen to him read from the Torah...I had the honor of saying one of the blessings before the Torah reading) So I walk and I take Hebrew...I meet friends for Coffee and I walk( probably around 3-5 miles a day) of course it is hot here but not the wet hot humid days that we got in Pittsburgh...so it is not to bad....and of course I wear sun screen and even got a hat from one of those fancy clothing lines to wear...and if I am not wearing that I am wearing my baseball hats...I drink lots of water and we are eating a lot healthier here with the fresh fruits and veggies...my clothes are getting loose but my weight has not changes so I think I am just taking the fat and tightening it up....
I FEEL GREAT AND I AM WALKING UP HILLS AND DOWN VALLEYS.....I LOVE IT!!!!!
I think that catches you up....for now....stop back again real soon!!!