Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My Dad is Sylvester Stalloneing Pneumonia

My dad has been at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center since Friday, January 9, 2015, with the flu and pneumonia. Many of his wonderful family, coworkers and friends have been reaching out to us to wish him a complete and speedy recovery. I decided to collect these messages in one place so please post a comment here for my dad if you wish (by clicking the "comment" link below). You are not required to include a Sly reference in your comment, but it can't hurt. If you and my dad share mutual friends then please share this with them.

I will not update this blog like a CaringBridge. There is nothing wrong with CaringBridge but since I pretend that all my blog posts are of high quality, I'll forgo quantity updates. I also do not know if my dad would appreciate public updates. We are thrilled that so many people care about my dad and want updates, but we can't keep up with the number of inquiries. For groups (for example, his coworkers and his Sylvester Stallone fan club members [joke, I think]): please designate one point of contact to obtain updates from me, my brother or my mom.

Thank you.

-the Rubenstein family


Unknown said...

Hi Ben, so sorry to hear about your Dad. Please let him know we're thinking about him and hope he heals soon.
- Kevin & Beth Costello

Unknown said...

We miss you here at ASI. We wait for your triumphant return just like how Derek Jeter came back from his broken ankle.
Michael McGowan

glen said...

Hi Jeff,
I learned just yesterday that you've been in the hospital. Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and praying for your speedy recovery.
Glen Phillips, ASI

Art Garcia said...

Brother Jeff and family,
Our best thoughts, hopes and prayers go out to you and yours for a quick and complete recovery! May God continue to bless and keep you,
Art Garcia
"Take a hit and keep moving forward - that's how winning is done!"

Anonymous said...

Norm and I are wishing you a speedy recovery. We will treat you dinner when you are better!!

Hugs to you and the family.

Steve Cohen said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery and a quick return to work. No one knows the FAR like you! As for a Sylvester Stallone reference, it is rumored that he worked as an usher at the Loew's Kings movie theater on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. So did I! So, since Sly is as good as my colleague, I am conveying his best wishes too! Get well soon.

Unknown said...

Jeff - Greetings from Nebraska. Lori and I wish you a speedy recovery.

Unknown said...

Sending positive thoughts and love from NC to Jeff and the Rubenstein family. Wishing you a speedy recovery and many Wizards//Nats/Skins victories in the near future!

Sean Barry

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeff-

Just heard about your illness and wish you the very best as well as a fast recovery. It should be no time at all when we hear you are watching wrestling matches and figuring out the odds of the Nats winning the World Series.

My best to you, Debbie and your sons.

Steve Slavsky

Unknown said...

Hi Jeff from Cornelius NC-
Heard you are under the weather and wanting for additional attention, so here we are! Wishing you a quick recovery and a quicker trip to your own bed and pillow! Keeping you in oyr thoughts-
Nancy and John Canody

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope to see you in the office soon!

Var Rankin

Anonymous said...

Speedy Recovery . Healing thoughts being sent to you

from one pneumonia sufferer to another. Waiting to

see doctor again Tues and see if the crazy lung sounds have calmed down after 10 days on antibiotics.

All the best-

Anonymous said...

Having had pneumonia 5 times I understand the suffering. His will will bring him through!

Art & Karen Garcia said...

Jeff and family continue uppermost in our prayers. Reflecting this morning, two things occur to me

Psalm 34:2-8 (
"I sought the LORD, and he answered me, delivered me from all my fears. Look to Him and be radiant, and your faces may not blush for shame. This poor one cried out and the LORD heard, and from all his distress He saved him. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and He saves them."


"To beat this guy, you need speed - you don't have it ... Hit this guy (pneumonia) so hard you'll rattle his ancestors. HORSEPOWER. Let's start building some health making bombs."

Unknown said...

Hi Jeff and Debbie- Sounds like things are improving and that you are feeling better-so glad to hear it! Thanks Ben for the updates on your blog. Hope you guys will all be able to rest in your own homes!
Nancy & John Canody

Benjamin Rubenstein said...

My family and I want to thank you all for your thoughts, wishes and words of encouragement. My dad made a miraculous recovery and after 17 days in the hospital--including 15 in the ER and intermediate care unit--he is now home. Though it will take a long time, he will make a full recovery and he accepts this challenge. Thank you again.

Unknown said...

Lori and I are very glad that your Dad is home now. May his recovery shift into overdrive and break all the speed limits!! Say hello to your Mom, Jonathan and your future sister-in-law (my apologies - I'm have a senior moment and don't remember her name).

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeff,

Just read Ben's blog. I hadn't realized just how serious your condition has been. I was relieved to see you have been released to complete your recovery at home; that's a huge step. Please know I'll continue to lift you up in prayers for a swift and complete recovery.

Glen Phillips, ASI

Anonymous said...

I dont know you friend but I know how it feels. I found your story because my dad has been taking into hospital for the 3rd time with pnemonia, hes 78. Reading your story, I had tears streaming down my face. I am so frightened. Like you, I see my dad as my superhero, he had a heart attack in 2008 and got fitted with a pacemaker. I hope and pray to Jesus everyday for his health. I do hope your dad is ok and I pray for you and all your familys health. From Jamie.

Benjamin Rubenstein said...

Hi Jamie, thanks for your comment. I really hope your dad is doing OK.

Shirley said...

Hi I hope your Dad made a full recovery .. my family is going through the same at the moment with my Dad and he is fighting for his life .. consultant is coming to talk to us later about what’s happening next ..

Benjamin Rubenstein said...

Hi Shirley, thank you--my dad did recover. And may yours, as well.