Sunday, June 06, 2010


Need to see a doctor
Several weeks ago I noticed a small growth on my right cheek. This morning while shaving I saw that this growth has gotten much bigger. I'd like to see a dermatologist. The Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem has a dermatology department that might be able to help me.

I am consulting with Shimon to find out what to do.

Appointment for next Sunday
Shimon suggested that I go to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center [link] because it is very close to my apartment. I phoned and got connected to a nice woman who spoke English. My appointment is at 2:20pm, Sunday, 13 June with a Doctor Sagi. I believe that Dr. Yagi is a dermatologist.

I've sent an email to the clinic's medical insurance department to get an idea of what it would cost to have this growth on my face removed. The hospital calls itself "The hospital with a heart" for foreign patients. Pretty neat, huh?

12 Noon - Damascus Gate
Little Mavicita and I decided to go into the Old City thru the Damascus Gate. Some people may think it is dangerous going there, because we will walk thru Arab neighborhoods. Not the two of us, however. We just go and let the chips fall where they may!

As we drove along on the Egged Bus, soldiers were crowded around our seat. We were surrounded by guns! Not a big deal in Israel where men enter the military at 18 years old, for three years of service.
Rifles, rifles everywhere

We got off the bus before the Damascus Gate because sometimes Egged Buses don't stop at the Gate as a precaution due to terrorist activity of several years ago. From there we could see the Dome of the Rock, the big golden dome on the Temple Mount.
Dome of the Rock

We walked thru the Arab bus station lot, then across Sultan Suleiman Street and got our first view of the Damascus Gate.
Damascus Gate to the Old City

Church of the Holy Sepulchre
After entering the Damascus Gate, the road goes downhill. At the bottom where it is level, there is a popular falafel stand. There we stood watching the bustle of people coming and going. Also watching falafel customers buying lunch.

I watched as the falafel balls were dropped into the fryer. When the newly fried falafel were ready to serve, I ordered one with a Coca Cola and sat down in the store to eat [link].

It was getting time to head back to the apartment for my afternoon nap. As I meandered toward the Jaffa Gate where the #20 bus returns to Kiryat Moshe, I stumbled upon the Church of the Holy Sepulchre! I'd been unable to find the Church a few days ago while in the Old City [link].
Courtyard entrance to Holy Sepulchre