swedish medical center


I have to have spinal surgery for scoliosis and a few other things. They want me to do a rehabilitation program as well as surgery. And I have a few concerns.

My first concern is - Where would I fit after surgery? I mean, I am disabled I have cerebral palsy and I walk sort of like a pimp. However, they want to get me walking more “normal” in rehab. I feel like if I were to walk “normally” I would lose my identity or part of who I am. Granted, I know that I need this program and I’m willing to do this program in order to get over the pain. I just don’t want to lose sight of who I am.

The second concern or set of concerns (maybe) are- I’ve been trying to keep kosher, being that I’d be in a large city hospital for a few months is that possible? Has anyone kept kosher at a hospital before? Also, I know that there are a few easier days where they don’t work your butt off so I wonder if I would be able to meet with anyone from a conservative Jewish community whilst there. The hospital/rehabilitation facility would be the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle - they have partnered with Providence Catholic hospitals and I really don’t want to be bombarded with Catholicism or Xtianity again. Although, the community where I live is Jewish reform so either reform or conservative would be okay, but I’d like the chance to experience conservative

I know that I’m not going to be able to go their super soon, there are steps that I have to take. I just want to be prepared. If you have any advice for either set of concerns that would be wonderful.

Please pray for the recovery of Abbot Tryphon who is having some health problems.

This is what he said earlier on a Facebook post:

Regarding Saturday and Sunday’s postings

Friday morning I awoke in a state of extreme exhaustion, and with difficulty breathing. The medics from our fire department (I am their chaplain) decided to transport me to the Emergency Room of Swedish Cherry Hill Medical Center in Seattle. Examined by the ER doctor, and after consultation with my cardiologist, Dr. Peter Demopulos, they decided to do a cardioversion. Cardioversion is a medical procedure done to restore a normal heart rhythm for people who have certain types of abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). My Cardioversion was done by stopping my heart, and then sending electric shocks to my heart through electrodes placed on my chest, and on my back, just behind my heart. It took five cardioversions before they were able to bring my heart into a normal rhythm. I’m now back in the monastery, where I slept a straight eleven hours last night. I will see my doctor on Monday, and am prayerfully hoping my heart is still in normal rhythm. I solicit your holy prayers.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

P.S. God willing, I will be able to restart my regular blog postings on Monday.”