Posted in Shades of Life

Destined to Live, Not Leave

Almost an year ago, I was diagnosed Covid positive. It was April last year when the Horrible Covid Monster found my address & shook me from within. Initially I thought home quarantine would be sufficient but who knew destiny had something else in store for me.

My condition deteriorated bit by bit & my online doctor declared that I needed to be admitted asap. “We need to save her from going on the ventilator,” were his exact words that he said to my father.

My situation was critical; finding hospitals & gradually being refused by each & every one of them as they had no more room. My oxygen level kept dipping & I was eventually losing my senses. My near & dear ones were busy arranging a hospital bed for me & finally with the efforts of my relatives ( who are no less than parents to me) I was allowed admission in one.

Dr. Ashish Ratanpal, my doc in charge was kind enough to accommodate a highly critical patient and make room for me in the ICU. I remember being taken to the ICU immediately when I was finding it hard to breathe even with an oxygen mask on.

Every morning he would come and examine me with a smile on his face saying the same words – ” Hello Beta, kaise ho? You will be fine. Stay strong. You are a brave girl. ” It is true when they say that your doctor is very important in your healing process. Half of your problems vanish in thin air when your doctor has a positive outlook towards your health. Same was the case with me.

I knew it was only the blessing of God & my family along with the treatment & care given by my doctor and his staff that helped me survive, lying still in my ICU bed when nothing else made sense to me. I knew it was hope that kept me going when it seemed far more easier to give up. With the grace of God, I recovered under his treatment and after spending almost 12 days in ICU, I was discharged.

This blog is not about the 2 weeks when Covid took a toll on me. Those 2 weeks are still a blur. Those feelings are still too excruciating to bottle up. This is an appreciation and thank you post for my doctor and the entire community of doctors who are giving their service selflessly. Doctors are indeed a replica of God as we call them, or who else has the power to bring a dying soul back to life.

I leave you with these 2 brilliant quotes at the end-

Medicines cure diseases, but only doctors can cure patients.

– Carl Jung

We are the sum total of our experiences – those experiences be it positive or negative make us the person we are, at any given point in our lives & like a flowing river, those same experiences & those yet to come, continue to influence and reshape the person we are and the person we become. None of us are the same as we were yesterday, nor will be tomorrow.

– BJ Neblett

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When I am not busy scribbling and sketching away on little pieces on paper, I am found cozying on my recliner enjoying movies and cartoons. A dreamer and an artist, I am in love with all things beautiful. Prefer Bukowski and Gulzar over Shakespeare and Tagore. And nights over daytime. Anti-social and friendly in the same breath. Desperately trying to bring being nice in vogue. This blog is an itinerary of a girl amidst the cacophony of metropolitan life facing the struggles & unexpected surprises that life offers.

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