We're back (sort of)
Casa Jaffe has been closed since the weekend before Asaf's transplant. That has not stopped people from calling to see if we can have them over for Shabbat.
For about a year now, we have handed out business cards to our guests, complete with our address, phone numbers and this blogs URL. These cards have been a wonderful marketing device and we rarely have an empty weekend.
All of this came to a stop with the transplant. We have been turning away seminary students at a frantic pace. It seems that as the end of the seminary/yeshiva year approaches, students are looking to go to places that have good reputations. We seem to be on that list (thank god) and so our phone keeps ringing.
For most of the caller, once we explain that we can't have guests because of the transplant, they stumble, go silent and then say "Refuah Shelema" (May you have a complete recovery). Then they hang up.
This past week, after I mentioned the transplant, the caller said something different. "Do you have caller ID on your phone?" I told here that we did and asked why? She said "You have my number. If you need anything, please call." She attends MMY (Midreshet Mevaseret Yerushalayim) and they get the credit for having such wonderful students. I don't know what they are teaching there, but they should keep up the good work! I wish all our guests had such a go-getter attitude.
On a more mundane note, Asaf is feeling great. He had his first checkup and although his creatinine is slightly higher (1.21), the doctors feel that this is normal and positive. He has no pain and is walking for at least 20 minutes every day.
Our wonderful community has been providing us food for the past two weeks. This Shabbat they will finally stop filling our stomachs and refrigerator. We have enjoyed the food and the appreciation that we have such special neighbors. I will begin cooking again next weekend, just in time for Shavuot.