Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Power of a Tiny Mosquito: Dengue Chronicles


Although the media had been busy criticizing the Organizing Committee for the Commonwealth Games, and the people around me more interested in the exams than attending events, I occupied myself procuring tickets and finding an optimal day for visiting the Games with someone. After a long futile search and multiple website crashes, credit card problems, luck seemed to have sided in the end, as I successfully bought tickets for Tennis semis on 8th October- a day prior to the commencement of our exams. But then God played Murphy, and some random mosquito ensured the happiness wasn’t going to materialize.

On 5th October, as I woke up to a mixture of inner peace and physical pain, I had to spend a significant part of the day with unfathomable pain and harassed in the hospital in my college, where the queues were long and the facilities ridiculous. As I waited in the queue for my medicines, the chemist sipped tea elsewhere and when finally I was given the drip after being rudely addressed by the nurse, it was opened an hour later although she had to loosen someone else’s drip and I was released in the ridiculous condition, with suspicions of dengue but without

confirmation. The reports of the blood test the next day meant I was leaving for home with my father, was going to skip the exams and alas, must miss the Commonwealth Games. And with this realization began my stay in the hospital. On the brink of believing I was getting cured sooner than expected, to shivering, crying in the night, to staring at the walls almost emptily and sometimes with thoughts, it provided me a necessary experience in life.


The initial prick of the cannula, continuous head-aches and several other pains brought a desire in me to be writing exams rather than going through this phase. The swollen left hand and the nurse’s order to prick another cannula into the right hand didn’t just me nervous, but literally crying. Apart from these, I had the misfortune of being diagnosed with a kidney stone and undergoingUltrasonography, X-ray and CT Scan. Finally, on 10thOctober the date for release came, and I could breathe freely into the open air again.

The extreme free-time for thought made me change perspectives as the private facility at the hospital and the efficient and kind services, diluted my views on capitalism a lot. As a result, I concluded to give up intellectual growth for a few years, and change my focus to the more urgent need in life- girls.

2 comments:

cricky said...

Be careful! very powerful mosquito in the world i think!!

Siddharth Bhattacharya said...

yeah, when a microscopic virus can cause so much trouble to the body, a mosquito is already too big to deliver a lot of trouble.

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