Allyson Altit

Part 5: The Sol Project and The Will To Live

Many of you have asked me where Part 5 of The Sol Project is.

The past six plus weeks since I have written have been a different time from the previous seven months. The Sol Project, as you know by now, is complicated. It has become more intense, which has made it a bit challenging for me to convey the ongoing struggle that Sol remains involved in every hour of every day of his life. Sol’s WILL to live and COURAGE continues to be remarkable!

Once again the doctors demonstrated how they rule when they decided that Sol was ready for a rehab center several weeks ago. The family wasn’t given much choice and there were reservations for this to take place and they were correct to make every attempt to keep Sol under the care of the hospital.

Due to another gigantic glitch in the system and in the country that people believe is among the best in the world, the U.S.A., Sol was forced to suffer. What does one do with a loved one when the doctors and administrators of a hospital basically determine it’s time to kick a patient out because they do not want to be responsible for what tomorrow may bring? When the physicians involved do not have all the answers I have observed (that some) do not care enough to even want to give a person a chance to stay alive. Some do not wait nor exercise patience, no matter how long it may take to resolve medical problems. In my opinion, in these situations, one needs to look the doctor in the eye and ask, “What would you do if it were your mother, father, your wife, your daughter or son? Would you throw them out because you lost hope and or don’t have all the answers? And would you in turn put them in a facility that could potentially lead to even more deterioration in addition to jeopardizing their life in a way that could lead to GOD FORBID death?”

Sol was put into that environment. The U.S.A. has a pathetic system, and even with excellent health coverage that Sol and his wife pay for, the authorities sent him on to a place that nauseated me the moment I entered the facility. BUT it was when I saw Sol laying in bed there that I witnessed such a deterioration that will forever haunt me and his family. I will not go into detail about the facility but suffice to say that I had a sense of looming doom for anyone that entered and I felt fear of it, naturally. In less than 48 hours Sol was RUSHED back to the Hospital with severe blood loss. We found him in the Emergency Room hooked up in addition to being heated up because his condition was that poor. BUT Sol continued to fight and tolerate the pain and a discomfort that has been beyond description!

Sol pulled through the unnecessary setback; but I must back up here and tell you that just days before Sol was sent to the rehab center he had been glowing. We all saw the light at the end of the tunnel, and Sol kept his focus and we all found it encouraging. Sol was maintaining enough strength to wean himself off of the ventilator and if he had been given some more time in the hospital, we had hoped to bring him home. The doctors interrupted his progress at that point, in MY OPINION. Sol and his WILL TO LIVE was ever present and he was on a mission to go home, so he was working on his breathing to achieve that goal. He was smiling and engaging and then that momentum that he was maintaining was lost because of the move to the rehab center.

The setback has made the battle more difficult. Sol continues to fight for his life and everyone remains supportive to him and his family. I hope that you all continue to not only send GOOD WISHES to Sol but more importantly, keep him in your prayers and even just in your thoughts that he should be given strength to continue to fight all the issues and obstacles that he is faced with.

Sol continues to prove to us that he is one of the strongest men in mind, body and spirit!

About the Author
Allyson Altit is from New York. She has worked in the travel industry for over 30 years as a leisure specialist. Her area of expertise is in European destinations and Israel. She has been involved with charity work for the Hadassah organization as well. In 2009 she graduated from Queens College majoring in Jewish studies. She has just completed writing her first novel...