# Sunday, 21 June 2009
# Tuesday, 09 June 2009

Simcha and Chaya Devoira

The physiotherapist came today, and she was very pleased with Chaya Devoira’s progress. During the session, she managed to persuade Chaya Devoira to sit up all on her own! This was the very first time she has ever done this.

Unfortunately, by the time I came in the room and saw what was going on, Chaya Devoira was getting a little tired, and was distracted by the camera, so I didn’t catch her first ever sitting.

The therapist also encouraged her to kneel up and lean on the edge of the play nest, which resulted in this…

Chaya Devoira

Simcha, not wishing to be left out, came over to give Chaya Devoira a hug, causing Chaya Devoira to flop backwards! Still, it made a cute picture…

Simcha and Chaya Devoira

Chaya Devoira has learnt how to play with her feet, which apparently is an important developmental stage. I get told off for things like that, but I guess that’s the difference between being eight and a half months and being six and a half years old (which is what Shayna Brocho reckons I am!).

Simcha is now outside on her trike, learning to use the “puddles” as she calls them. Instead of sitting on the trike and walking along, she can now puddle!

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# Monday, 18 May 2009

The origins of man (and woman)

A little girl asked her mother: “How did the human race appear?”

The mother answered, “God made Adam and Eve; they had children; and so was all mankind made.”

Two days later the girl asked her father the same question.

The father answered, “Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.”

The confused girl returned to her mother and said, “Mum, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?

The mother answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family, and your father told you about his.”

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# Thursday, 14 May 2009

Update on Chaya Devoira

Well, it’s been some time since I last blogged about Her Majesty, also known as Chaya Devoira :). This is partly due to not having as much to report as the previous few months, and partly ‘cos my computer broke and I didn’t have enough time to think about blogging whilst I was trying to fix it, putting up with a temporary one while the new one arrived, uninstalling all the rubbish that came on the new one, installing all the fab stuff I wanted, catching up with a backlog of stuff caused by the above, etc.

All of which is a poor excuse, but as it’s the best you’re going to get, you’ll have to put up with it!

The great news is that Chaya Devoira is doing really well B”H. Since the operation she has been like a different child. She eats well, and has started on solids. We had her assessed yesterday for a local Jewish special school, and they gave her a very good report. It’s obviously too early to tell properly, but the indications are that her condition is mild, which gives us a lot of hope for her.

Here’s a moderately recent picture of Chaya Devoira fast asleep, hence the dark shadows around her eyes...

Chaya Devoira

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# Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Some slightly scientific jokes

f(x) walks into a bar and asks for a drink. The barman said “I’m sorry sir, we don’t cater for functions.”

A neutron walked into a bar and asked how much a pint of beer would be. The barman replied “For you sir, no charge.

Two atoms were talking, and one said “Oh no, I think I lost an electron!” When asked if he was sure, he replied “I’m positive.”

A biologist, a physicist and a mathematician watched two people enter a building. After a few moments, they came out again with a third person. The biologist concluded that they had multiplied. The physicist concluded that there had been an error in measurement. The mathematician concluded that if one more person entered the building, it would be empty.

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# Monday, 06 April 2009
# Thursday, 26 March 2009

Our trip to London

Chaya Devoira had an appointment back in the hospital last Tuesday, as a follow-up from the operation. We took the opportunity to have an afternoon off, and went down on Monday afternoon.

We spent the afternoon in the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum. This was a bit like being a little boy again! When I was young, my mother used to take me to London for the day on my birthday. We spent the morning in the Natural History Museum, followed by lunch in one of the kosher salt beef bars that used to exist in Soho (not the sort of place a Yiddishe boy would go nowadays!), and the afternoon in Hamley's toy shop, spending my birthday money.

As previously blogged, we spent far too much in Hamley's last time we were in London, so we decided not to do that again. No, this time we spent far too much in the Science Museum's shop! They have some amazing stuff there, although it's pretty pricey. Trouble is, the stuff is so tempting, it's hard to resist! Anyway, we got some more birthday presents, and some afikomen presents at the same time. I even got my own birthday present, which of course I've forgotten about, and will be very surprised about when I get it!

As usual, I've waffled on and forgotten the main point of this blog point. Although spending some time together was an important side benefit of the trip, the main purpose was to take Chaya Devoira for her appointment :-)

They did the usual stuff, a heart scan, ultrasound thingy, some other clever things too. The important point is that the doctor gave her a very good report boruch Hashem. He confirmed that there is a small leak in one of the valves of her heart, but was quick to point out that this was not significant, and could very well never affect her. Even if it requires correction, this could be a matter of decades!

After the appointment, we had lunch in the arboretum of the hospital, where we spent many hours last time. The sun was shining gloriously through the glass roof, and the windows were open, creating a lovely summer feel to the meal.

We then went back to the train station, with a quick stop in Trafalgar Square to say hello to Lord Admiral Nelson, who looked somewhat nervous on top of that column! Sadly the famous masses of pigeons that always used to be a feature of the square were gone. There were signs around asking people not to feed the pigeons, and very few pigeons to feed. I guess they read the signs and went elsewhere!

Anyway, we returned home, tired but happy in the late afternoon, just in time for the children's supper, where we sang Happy Birthday to Eliyohu, for it was indeed his birthday. Supper was spicy chicken cous cous, with boozy trifle for dessert. Yum.

We are going back for another appointment at the end of July, at which they intend to take her off the remaining medicines. After that, it should be just an annual appointment to keep a general eye on her.

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# Sunday, 22 March 2009

Family picture

It's rare we manage to get a decent picture of everyone, but we managed it the other day! Unfortunately, the picture quality isn't as good as it might be, but the smiles are nice...

Smile Gemach family picture 22nd March 09
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Pearl of (fruity) wisdom

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is knowing not to put it in fruit salad.

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