Thursday, January 14, 2010

Moses in Reverse

The Golden Temple in Kyoto
(not easily mistaken for the second Temple wall in Jerusalem)

Patty and I are tentatively planning a trip to Israel and a very quick visit to the pyramids of Giza on our way home.

We are planning to spend one full day in Cairo, getting out before I find the germs or they find me. No cruises down the Nile. In this case denial is a river in Egypt. No visits to the Temple of Karnac in Luxor. With my lower immunity, I want to be just one flight and one day away from a clean European hospital and safe food to eat and water to drink.

What took Moses 40 years, will take us 75 minutes by El Al Airlines. In reverse.

Most of the trip will be in Israel, visiting my donor and seeing the sights. It will be our first visit and we are pretty excited. Not hooking up with a big tour, but doing it our own.

Any advice is most welcome.

My platelet count yesterday was an amazing 290,000 a full 16 days after my last IVIG. That's the best it's been since August. No clear answer on why the scary drop to 29,000 six weeks ago, but I am enjoying the reprieve.

We will be on the road for 14 days. Right now, I planning to get my IVIG the day before I leave, and the day I get back 15 days later. Hey, we went to Japan under almost identical circumstances and that was in my sushi eating days.

When I return, the push for the cure.



Blogger E. Kostich said...

Y'hi ratzon milfanekha A-donai E-loheinu ve-lohei avoteinu she-tolikhenu l'shalom v'tatz'idenu l'shalom v'tadrikhenu l'shalom, v'tagi'enu limhoz heftzenu l'hayim ul-simha ul-shalom. V'tatzilenu mi-kaf kol oyev v'orev v'listim v'hayot ra'ot ba-derekh, u-mi-kol minei pur'aniyot ha-mitrag'shot la-vo la-olam. V'tishlah b'rakha b'khol ma'a'se yadeinu v'tit'nenu l'hen ul-hesed ul-rahamim b'einekha uv-einei khol ro'einu. V'tishma kol tahanuneinu ki E-l sho'me'a t'fila v'tahanun ata. Barukh ata A-donai sho'me'a t'fila.

January 15, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Judy Cleri said...

Dr. K,

You are one lucky pun intended........My life long dream is to go to Israel. We have had 3 trips planned and they have all been cancelled. Will try again next year.

Wish I had some tips for you, but the only one I have is stay safe, have fun and take lots of pictures.

When do you plan on going?

Have a great weekend. And oh yes, the only reason the Kings won last night is my poor Ducks forgot how to play........



January 15, 2010 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Brian

Enjoy your trip, can't believe it is your first time visiting Israel. What a wonderful thing to look forward to. You will love it! You will be perfectly safe there, not sure about Egypt......but it will be wonderful to see the pyramids etc. I would love to do that.
Jerusalem is very very special. If you get a chance I recommend visiting Tishbi Vineyards ( up near Zichron Yakov, they do the most wonderful is a beautiful setting and the wines are fab......We have a friend who is a tour guide if you want to hire someone. He is very knowledgable and great fun. Let me know if you want me to put you both in touch. He specialises in small groups and takes people around in his car. He is about our age and from the UK.

Take care and have great fun.

January 15, 2010 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Celeste Maia said...

Have a wonderful trip and congratulations on the amazing platelet count!


January 15, 2010 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger soapy said...

How I hope you get to Israel and look forward to hearing all about it on your blog when you get back.
Although I can't get travel insurance now, I have travelled to some great places in my life and filled 3 thick travel journels. Have fun.

February 4, 2010 at 8:20 AM  

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