Thankful

I am immensely thankful that my brother is alive!

Banged up and broken but alive!

On Wednesday night I was messing around on the computer when the house phone rang, I grabbed it because Paul and Aaron were asleep and I didnt want them woken up.

It was my mom, she sounded calm when she told me that Cliff had had an accident and they were in the ambulance on the way to the ER.

I asked if she wanted me to come and she said yes, so I got dressed, woke Paul to tell him and rushed out to the hospital.

They had arrived there just before me and had put him into one of the trauma rooms.

He had blood all over his face and one arm, other than that he looked ok.

Turns out all that blood was from a head wound, his arm was fine.

It also turned out after he complained about a sore knee and we went for a few x-rays and a CT scan that his knee was fractured.

It took 4 hours for the ER doc to stitch his head and only when they moved his pants to splint his leg did they notice the huge gash under his knee.  We were not impressed.

What was impressive and amazing were Cliffs two friends, Timor and Mark.  They were fist on the scene, they stayed with him until he was moved into a ward, they cleaned him up and held his hand, they didnt even smack him when he swore at them and they didnt laugh too much when his concussion caused him to ask the same few questions over and over and over again.

Speaking of, the first thing my brother asked when we told him he had been in an accident was if anyone else had been hurt and made us promise that the other woman involved was ok (she was uninjured), the fact that his first thought was for other people just shows his character.

Once he had been moved to a ward (5 and a half hours after we had arrived) I took my mom home and then went home to sleep.

On Thursday they operated on his knee, he had a fracture in the knee cap, his tibia had split vertically down a few inches and he had almost severed the tendon.  They did a bone graft, put in two pins to hold the tibia together and stitched the tendon back together.

He will have to be in a cast for 3 months!

Then will come hours and hours of rehab, physio and hard work.

I am so so so thankful he is alive!!!

Excitement

I have been chosen to represent WIZO Aviv Johannesburg at the WIZO Aviv International Seminar in November.

Its 10 days in which I will get to tour all the sites that we raise funds for and attend the seminar with Avivs from all over the world.

It is such an honour to be chosen.

The cherry on the top is that I will get to spend Shabbos with my brother who will be taking leave from the army especially to see me.

I cant wait!

(I dont have a passport so I have to organise one soon!!!!)

30 things you didn’t know about me…

In honour of my birthday on Monday, here are 30 things you may or may not find interesting about me…

1. By the age of one I could speak in full sentences.

2. I was born bald and only really got hair around my second birthday.

3. I was an only child until just before my seventh birthday when Matt was born (Cliff was born 15 months to the day later).

4. I used to dance ballet, modern and tap.

5. I broke my nose in standard 5 jumping on a trampoline.

Gina 1 year

6. The only thing I hate more than snakes is lizards, they are snakes with legs…

7. I have a ‘thing’ for vampires.

8. I was that kid in primary school that everyone teased, sometimes affectionately.

9. I never finished varsity.

10. My first job was working in a toy store, I think I lasted a month.

Deep in thought

11. I can sing, badly.

12. I could never be a vegetarian, I love meat too much.

13. I could have done better at school but I was too lazy.

14. I am very uncoordinated, I drop things a lot, ask Paul.

15. I tell people I am 5 foot but really Im shorter than that.  Just.

Wendywood Primary - Grade 1

16. I spent just over 8 months on a kibbutz in Israel.

17. I tell myself stories when Im lying in bed to put myself to sleep.

18. I almost always fall asleep after Paul.

19. I can read a novel in about 3 days, I don’t speed read.

20. I love salt!

Angelic

21. I had naturally blonde hair as a child.

22. I have died my hair pretty much every colour except black.

23. I hate wearing make up.

24. I dont like touching anything fluffy (mohair, lint from the tumble dryer etc…)

25. I gag at the thought of wet paper.

Matt, me and Cliff

26. I have been held at gunpoint in my own home, been smash and grabbed and been hijacked.

27. I LOVE South Africa.

28. One day I will live in Israel, maybe sooner rather than later.

29. I am beginning to be happy with who I am, I am a work in progress and thats ok.

30. The thing I love the most in the whole world is my family!

My family