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10 January 2012 (A trip to the hospital)

January 10, 2012

All facing the sun | 皆太陽へ向いている

Yuval and I visited his brother in the hospital today. He’s been there since Sunday when he broke down with intense pain in his upper stomach and Yuval had to drive him to the emergency room. He seems okay now but the hospital isn’t ready to release him just yet, as they’re still trying to find out what caused the inflammation.

I don’t know which was more surreal, seeing Yuval’s brother smoke cigarettes while being hooked up to an IV (which he rolled out to the smoking area himself) or witnessing a great example of co-existence of Jews and Arabs in Israel in the hospital.

The fact that Yuval’s brother was allowed to smoke as much as he wanted (although he hasn’t been allowed to eat or drink anything) made me put aside any serious worries for the time being. Regarding the Jews and Arabs, there really was no borderline that is so often evident anywhere else in the country. While there are many Jewish and Arab villages situated right next to one another, there are much fewer cases where they actually live side by side, literally in the same apartment building or on the same street. In the hospital, both workers and patients have no choice. Yuval’s brother told us his roommate on his first night was an older Arab man who, along with his visiting family and friends, was very nice; and the team of staff that came by for inspection while we were there spoke to each other in a mixture of Hebrew and Arabic.

I was thinking of bringing my iPod filled with over 70GB of music and podcasts for Yuval’s brother, but from all the stories he told us of what’s been going around in the hospital, I think he has more than enough entertainment!

今日は入院中のユバルのお兄さんのお見舞いに行って来ました。
一昨日日曜日の午後、お兄さんは突然胃上部の激痛に襲われ、
ユバルが慌てて緊急治療室に連れて行ったのです。
今はだいぶ良くなった様子ですが、まだ原因がわからないので退院できない状況。

点滴を受けながらもタバコを吸っていたお兄さんの姿と、
病院でみたユダヤ人・アラブ人が共存している様子、
どちらも同じぐらい非現実的でした。

お兄さんが好きなだけタバコを吸える様子をみて(食べ物・飲み物はまだ禁止でしたが)
今はとりあえず深刻な心配はしないことにしました。
ユダヤ人・アラブ人に関しては、
病院の中ではイスラエル国内で一般的の境界線はみられませんでした。
ユダヤ人の町とアラブ人の町が隣り合わせに存在するのは良くみられることですが、
本当の隣り合わせ、つまり同じアパートの近所だとか、同じ通りに家が建っているのは
イスラエルで本当にまれなのです。
でも病院という環境では皆選択権がない。
ユバルのお兄さんの入院一日目のルームメートは60代のアラブ人男性だったらしく、
彼とお見舞いに来ていた家族や友人は皆愛想が良く親切だったそうです。
私たちがお見舞い中検査にきた複数のスタッフも人種のミックスで、
ヘブライ語とアラビア語が飛び交っていました。

お兄さんに私の約70GBほどの音楽とポッドキャストが詰まったiPodを
貸してあげようと思っていたのですが、
彼の今までの病院での体験話を聞く限り、iPodなど必要なさそうです。

Much love,
Kaori

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