Naim is growing excited about going to the West Bank to stay with the other members of our community from Gaza, especially one friend of his named Leen, but the last step before we can do that is completing his last procedure, a circumcision. Today he had his pre-surgery clinic at Sheba Hospital.
After we arrived, we were sent to five different secretary desks before eventually getting to the right place; a circumcision for a non-newborn seems to be an alien concept for lots of doctors and nurses, the biggest question I have received about it is “Why?” They don’t quite understand it, but they are always willing to help us out. Naim was happy to wait once we finally got to sit down after getting to the right secretary, he occupied himself by looking at a picture book, and attributing different kids and staff at Shevet to the characters.
I also asked Naim’s mother how much he knew about this operation since he seemed to be in a good mood for such a procedure. She explained it to him, she told me, but neither of us think he understands, when she made a joke about it he just naively smiled and nodded his head.
After some shenanigans we finally got to go and speak with the nurse, after a few tests and questions, we were given the all-clear for his surgery! It should be a straightforward operation, done in half an hour, but his blood-thinners could pose some issues if they have not worn off by tomorrow, however, doctors expect them to not be present by then. He didn’t have to stay the night in the hospital tonight but will need to be back bright and early at 6:30 am for his surgery.
After that, we went downstairs, and Naim and I playfought/wrestled in a foam play area, while I hate to admit it, he won, but I could not compete with his unmatched strength and might. Our community will continue to pray for my recovery from my wounds, as well as Naim’s recovery from the surgery.