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Gall Bladder
It's official. I'm having my gall bladder out on March 18th. Yes, that's right, on Purim. I called a rabbi to see if I was even allowed to have surgery (since it's not a life-or-death issue) on Purim. Darn it all, I am allowed.

If it was some yucky, boring holiday, great. (actually, I can't think of any yucky, boring holidays, except maybe Flag Day) But Purim is way fun. If you've never been to a Purim Seudah (festive meal), you should find one! There's lots of eating and drinking and merriment.

However, since my other option is to wait until the end of March, I'd rather get it over with sooner than later. Well, at least the line between Haman and Mordechai will most definitely be blurred while under a general anesthetic!

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malkah From: malkah Date: March 9th, 2003 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bleh...sorry to hear that.
Well that just means I'll just have to drink more wine to, y'know, compensate for you, of course...*ahem*...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 9th, 2003 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

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It's the only time to do it, really, so I'm not too bitter. But darnit, I've NEVER gotten to drink on Purim. Okay, a drink or two, but not really drink! It's always something.

Next year, Purim is mine!

So there. :)
malkah From: malkah Date: March 10th, 2003 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Next year, Purim is mine! So there. :)"

Aha - is this a challenge?;-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 11th, 2003 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
if it is, it's merely to myself. I've talked myself out of fun on Purim for too long, and this year I have no choice. But next year, I'm going to refuse to be the designated driver. Hah!
indigodove From: indigodove Date: March 10th, 2003 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Hope it's quick, easy and you're back on your feet in no time!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 10th, 2003 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)

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Thanks! I appreciate it.
cellio From: cellio Date: March 10th, 2003 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope everything goes well and you're back to normal quickly. (Um, this is the pre-recent-health-problems definition of "normal".)

Well, at least you'll be fulfilling the mitzvah. I guess technically you should have a sip of wine (or something) before going under, though I bet that wouldn't go over well with your doctor. :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 10th, 2003 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

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No can do on the wine, nor is it necessary. The Rav I contacted said I may absolutely have surgery on the day of surgery, and that it is preferable to have someone read me the megillah beforehand. So I'm going to a 6am service and then straight to the hospital. whoopee.

Thanks for your well-wishes.
cellio From: cellio Date: March 11th, 2003 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)
6am megillah readings are more common than I would have expected. I guess the assumption is that you did no drinking the night before, and do it all at the seudah?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 11th, 2003 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)

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The assumption, as far as I know, is that many people work on Purim and therefore need the reading to be done early enough to make it into work for at least a few hours before going and drinking yourself silly. Even the conservative shul Seth attends is having shacharis at 6:30 (normally it is at 6:45, so not a huge difference), presumably for the same reason.

Drinking yourself silly on Purim is also not required under certain circumstances. For example, recovering alchoholics (which are admittedly a small population in the Jewish community, but DO exist) or people who cannot drink alchohol for other health reasons are forbidden from drinking.
storvik From: storvik Date: March 12th, 2003 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to hear that; except that I hope this will solve your problems. I want to visit and not find you on the couch!

As for Purim, can I attempt some gentile logic to say that you can have surgery because you're not the one doing the work?

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 12th, 2003 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)

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You visited on Superbowl Sunday and I wasn't on the couch; I was in the kitchen. So there! :)

Purim, actually, isn't a holiday where no work is permitted. Many people go to work for at least a few hours before the drinking begins! If it were a "no-work" day, I'd have a hard time getting there, because driving would be out of the question!
storvik From: storvik Date: March 12th, 2003 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, in case of a medical emergency, if you ever need a shabbas goy...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 12th, 2003 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
In case of a medical emergency, we'd drive to the emergency room. As in the time that Seth was having chest pains and an irregular pulse.

But thanks for the offer and we'll definitely keep you in mind the next time there's something super-good on TV on shabbos. Just kidding. :)
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