We were happy. Something inside cheered us up. Yesterday: Last evening when we entered the “Console room” the doctor showed us the monitor on his television which live-recorded the blocked artery connected to a pumping heart. It was of my mother. The doctor had conducted the Angiography and with success. There was one artery carrying the daily supply of blood to the heart, which was 80% blocked by plaque. Angioplasty, the step-next would clear this off and an external stent would be placed inside. The doctor suggested that we conduct the surgery today at 9 am. He also assured that everything is under control. Such words seemed very inspiring and the hope which had died a few hours back, revived. We were overwhelmed.
Today: It was 9.30 and we kept waiting for our next call by the doctor. An hour passed with sipping some tea, recalling the terrible past days and watching the happenings there. The expressions on people faces were similar to those at Bhaktivedanta but it held a lot more faith and positivity. This gave us more strength. Another hour was also spent reading literature lying at the reception and learning the accolades of the hospital regards their achievements. The next hour was passing now but a very very slow pace. We had nothing to do and nobody to talk to.
It was 12.45 now and still no update from the OT made our hearts beat faster. Strange thoughts crept in. Prayers and chants began subconsciously. Feelings inside us were like the “Last-few-moments-before-the-much-awaited-news”.
At about 1.10pm, a call was made out for us and we rushed to the doctor upstairs. He sat there in a relaxed state, in his OT gown, staring at the same monitor. He saw us and smiled. We smiled more in return. At times such silent communications expresses boundless joys. The angioplasty had been conducted successfully. We saw the same on the screen dumbfounded at the miracle of medical science. Shortly “Maa” (felt like addressing her Maa, out of extra pamper and joy) came out of the OT in conscious state as the surgery was conducted by giving her a local anesthesia. She saw us, smiled and we returned the gesture with an ear-to-ear broad smile. She was to stay for today in the ICCU and shifted to the general ward the next day.
This was a day of phone calls. Vodafone and Airtel competed amongst themselves in our family and messages were being sent out at her well-being. It was enriching to receive responses from well-wishers as we welcomed a fresh lease of life for Maa. Every new development was being recorded and rejoiced at – like she getting out of life-support system or started her 2-course meal or taking a baby-step walk within the premise.
At around 3pm she was transferred to the general ward for women (It was a part of the Angio-package – Strange! Isn’t it? – Sounds like “Get an Angio done at our hospital and avail a fantastic offer of 2N 3D stay at luxurious 10-bed centrally air-conditioned ICCU. With more than 10 nurses and attendants working in shifts we provide you state-of-the-art medical facilities for your comfort. Grab our seasonal offer of medicines worth Rs.2000/- ABSOLUTELY FREE. After-all your comfort is our concern”).
Maa was feeling a lot better and her breathing pattern seemed healthier.
Unlike day 4 second half, the discharge formalities today looked interesting. Any delay was termed as “serious, meticulous, careful and diligent paper work” of the hospital. Questions (however stupid) were welcomed and responded to in a lighter way. The fellow relatives here had become good friends and our communications emitted a positive vibration for them too. They looked at us enviously happy coupled with “aapka toh ho gaya; dekho hamara kab hota hai” remark. Sacred diya was lit at our house-temples. Fingers crossed and hoping for everything to be better; we were closing activities one by one: billing, payments, discharge formalities, prescription, follow-up dates, procuring medicines, readying Maa etc etc. We thanked the doctors with moist eyes and heart-felt gratitude. At about 4.30 pm we finally left for home.
The 15-min drive to home flash backed all that we went thru in the last week. This weekend looked rosier compared to the last. I had found a new ME and was a changed man altogether. I now experience a transcendent thought process and a practical lifestyle. The teachings of the holy Bhagwad Geeta applies so aptly to each one of us. Listing below is a crux of the same. I am pretty sure that if followed religiously it can make some significant differences in our lives-
- Why do you worry without cause? Whom do you fear without reason? Who can kill you? The soul is neither born, nor does it die.
- Whatever happened, happened for the good; whatever is happening, is happening for the good; whatever will happen, will also happen for the good only. You need not have any regrets for the past. You need not worry for the future. The present is happening…
- What did you lose that you cry about? What did you bring with you, which you think you have lost? What did you produce, which you think got destroyed?
- You did not bring anything – whatever you have, you received from here. Whatever you have given, you have given only here. Whatever you took, you took from God. Whatever you gave, you gave to him.
- You came empty handed, you will leave empty handed. What is yours today, belonged to someone else yesterday, and will belong to someone else the day after tomorrow. You are mistakenly enjoying the thought that this is yours. It is this false happiness that is the cause of your sorrows.
- Change is the law of the universe. What you think of as death, is indeed life. In one instance you can be a millionaire, and in the other instance you can be steeped in poverty. Yours and mine, big and small – erase these ideas from your mind. Then everything is yours and you belong to everyone.
- This body is not yours, neither are you of the body. The body is made of fire, water, air, earth & ether and will disappear into these elements. But the soul is permanent – so who are you?
- Dedicate your being to God. He is the one to be ultimately relied upon. Those who know of his support are forever free from fear, worry and sorrow.
- Whatever you do, do it as a dedication to God. This will bring you the tremendous experience of joy and life-freedom forever.