Actually, it started in the last week of June! My parents had to go to Dhanbad for a cousin’s wedding. They boarded the train along with other relatives, a day before the D-day. A few hours of travel and Dad started experiencing a severe stomachache. It was so intense that he was soaked in sweat in the AC compartment. A cousin who is a doctor, was travelling with them, incidentally had pain killers in her kit. But the medicines didn’t provide any relief. The situation was so grim that there was chaos in the compartment and everybody had a suggestion or two. Then, somebody suggested that the passengers in 2nd AC have this facility of Doctor on Call. So, the TTI was traced and he made a SOS call at Mugalsarai station for the Railway Doctor. The doctor examined Dad and administered some more painkillers and somehow they managed to reach Dhanbad. At Dhanbad, Dad didn’t attend a single wedding function and was just busy with visits to the Hospital and Diagnostic Centre. The tests revealed a stone in the Gall Bladder. Since, surgery is the only option so, the Docs there, prescribed a few medicines to subside the pain. Everybody heaved a sigh of relief when they returned back home safely.
And since then, we have been visiting one of the best hospital of Jaipur. While the X-ray and Sonography report from Dhanbad clearly mentioned the presence of Gall Bladder stone, none of the X-Ray, Sonography, CT Scan, HIDA test reports confirmed the same here. So, the doctors were in a fix and the pain continued…
Finally, we decided to see the Head of Department (Gastro) of SMS Medical College. Again the same tests were done and one of the report suggested a presence of Gall Bladder stone and then an Endoscopy confirmed it.
At last, the root cause of the pain was known and a surgery to remove the Gall Bladder was suggested.
Without wasting time, Dad went in for the surgery yesterday. Finally, all’s well and he returned back home today.
A month of spending long hours in the hospitals daily has made me realize a few things…
- One should never ever need to visit a hospital. Period!
- One should count their blessings and be thankful for them. Seeing the pain and miseries of the patients and their relatives was an humbling experience.
- Small acts or little things in life do make a big difference… giving a comforting touch or an understanding smile or saying an encouraging word even to strangers can do wonders.
- Health is the True Wealth.
Heartfelt thanks to all, your prayers and comforting words meant a lot!
Stay Healthy… Stay Blessed!