If We Were Having Coffee… 17th October #WriteBravely

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If we were having coffee,  I would ask you about your week and listen to what all you have been up to too. I hope all is good with you.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that last week all was not good with me. My father who is 75 was suddenly seeing 2 images instead of one. A quick visit to the Ophthalmologist ruled out any problem with the eyes but suggested something to do with the brain. 

Next day, we took appointment with a Neurologist. She asked a lot of questions and took detailed notes and then ordered a MRI. The MRI got done after a long waiting time and the result came out normal. We heaved a sigh of relief but it was short lived as the next day the doctor suggested CT Scan of the brain. Since it was to be done on an empty stomach, so we scheduled it for the next day which was our third visit to the hospital. The report of the CT Scan was given to us late in the evening and by that time the doctor’s OPD timings were over. We saw the doctor on the 4th day with the CT Scan report, after a long wait and she pronounced the report to be normal.

I could see that the doctor was flummoxed. She asked a few more questions and referred my father to another senior doctor.  Since it was a late hour, the senior doc had left the hospital by that time, so we were asked to see him the next day.

We met the senior doc on the 5th day, who probed a lot more, checked the reports and wrote a detailed note.  With his note we saw our earlier doctor again and she assured us that it’s all fine (she meant no stroke or clot or tumor in the brain) and the double vision would go off on its own in 2-3 weeks. She prescribed 3 medicines (and one of it is a multi-vitamin!) and asked my father to use an eye patch so that at any given moment only one eye is functioning.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we all are mighty relieved with this but these 5 days have been LONG and tiring, both physically and mentally. I wish the hospitals find ways to get people started on treatment without long waiting times or multiple clinic visits or super expensive tests. And this happened to us in one of the best private hospitals of our city. I wonder how the situation would be elsewhere.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that these 5 days in the hospital, observing people around me, gave me a lot to be grateful for. While I was cribbing about the long hours at the hospital for 5 days, I came across people who have been for months in the hospital and have sold their lands to get the best treatment for their loved ones.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this weekend I was at Udaipur for work and I found time to watch a movie (Newton) alone and enjoyed some amazing food, alone again! See what I had for breakfast and dinner….

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If we were having coffee, I’d thank you for having coffee with me and wish you a very happy Diwali.  May the joy and merriment of this beautiful festival surround you and your loved ones with all things happy and positive.

Until the next cup…

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37 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee… 17th October #WriteBravely

  1. I am glad your father is doing fine. At times, I wonder why hospitals make senior citizens run around so much. Do they give us that mystery moment a lot that takes a toll on our mind till the results are out. Somehow I am worried about the doctors today. Kindly post an update after three weeks about his improving condition. A nice series that I like to participate, but I don’t drink coffee.

    • Thanks a lot, Jayanthy for your kind words and wishes. Yes, my father is doing better. Consultation after 3 weeks showed minor improvement. It is suggested that it will get better on its own and we need to consult again after 20 days!
      This is an interesting series which gives you snippets of personal life. We can chat over tea too!! 🙂

  2. Oh this sounds so tough! I had a very painful time when my dad fell ill last year and had to undergo surgery/hospital stays and all – it was a harrowing 2 months to bring his health back on track! So I can totally feel your pain and empathise with it. Yes hospitals are such a shock in ones reality- you see all these other folks and thank your stars you are not there. Its sad to see them selling their life’s possessions and still run from pillar to post in the hospitals. I have been taking my dad for regular check ups in Gurgaon as Jammu is not equipped that well; everytime I go I am just glad he is recovered so well and there is no more to this! Glad to hear your dad is well too and this was nothing serious!
    I loved the sight of that plate- yummm!!! Udaipur sounds like fun and I have been meaning to catch up on a movie since long, esp Newton!!
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    • Oh! You have similar experience too! Glad that your father is recovering well. And my father is getting better too.
      Newton has great acting by the entire cast, but it didnt appeal to me much.

  3. I can relate to what you must have gone through this past week. My life has been like that for a while now, with family members having serious health issues. I pray and hope for your family’s well-being and the well-being of everyone. We really get a deeper understanding of life and a truer sense of gratefulness when we go through such experiences with our loved ones.
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    • Thank you so much for your prayers and kind words, Beloo. Really appreciate it. Wishing your loved ones great health too. Take care.
      Yes, experiences like these change our perspective about life and make us more thankful too.

  4. That long wait just for knowing whats happening inside our body is so cruel. More than the ailment, the wait period is a serious killer. Good that your father is ok and he will be fine soon.
    As for Newton, I had watched this movie, just a week back and loved the performance of Rajkumar Rao.
    Had a great time having coffee with you Shilpa!
    Thanks for Diwali wishes. And wish you the same.
    -Anagha from Team MocktailMommies

    • True, the uncertainty adds to the stress.
      I liked the acting of the entire cast. Though it was a bit of a slow movie. Thanks for dropping by, Anagha. Looking forward to our next coffee date and hopefully in real life too! 🙂

  5. Big hugs to you, Shilpa! It is no fun spending loads of time in medical facilities. One of our children was in and out of the hospital for extended stays for the better part of his too-short five years, and one thing I did learn was that I needed to be thankful that he came home with us each time. Not everyone was that fortunate.

    I’m glad for all the negative test results for your dad! Even though it seems like his double vision has no traceable reason, at least is is not due to a lot more scary, serious conditions.

    • Yes, such experiences do teach us a lot about gratitude and patience too. Yes, it’s a relief that the results are negative so there isnt a worrisome issue. He is getting better now. Thanks a lot, Lynda! ♥

    • Thank God for the normal results. And we are glad that the tough week is history now.
      Oh, this thali was yum. Everything is so delicious and I was full before I could have a few other things!

    • It was a trying time, but it’s past now. Thanks Raj, he is better though the vision is not normal as yet but we are grateful that it isnt something really serious!

  6. I was musing over your statements and I admit even I am not sure what could be causing his double vision, once you rule out the eye and brain.

    And yes, sadly there are many patients in hospitals who have been there for months… I know more than anyone else having seen so many in different hospitals over the years 🙁

    • The final verdict is that it is some age related issue, some nerve loss etc.
      Really, feel sad for some patients, especially the ones who come from far off places. More than the patient it is challenging for the care givers too.

  7. I am so sorry to hear that you guys had such a difficult time with the hospital authorities, but I am glad that all the reports came back normal. How is your dad feeling now? I hope he is doing much better. Take care, you. *Hugs*

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