It had been several days now, but there was no improvement in grandma’s health. Doctor’s tried every option on hand still the prognosis was grave. Grandma was not showing any signs of recovering, just lying still on the bed, not able to respond to any commands, as if just a stone sculpture was kept in the corner of the room with all the ER machines beeping around, nurses trying to attend, it was clear that there was no hope.
Three days past without being able to eat or take liquids, just staring at the walls and thinking when all this will end — doctors now felt the need to contact the family.
The telecaller from the hospital team called up the residence, a full ring — but no one picked up the phone. Answering machine started and the caller left the message. The telecaller informed the hospital staff of not being able to contact the family and hence had left a message.
The physician in-charge got desperate and checked who was the next of kin and tried to contact again but in vain.
Next day morning, a young man in his 30s, Fred, came to the hospital. After inquiring on the help desk, he turned towards the room where grandma was there. He went in slowly so as to not disturb grandma, but as soon as he opened the door and stepped in the nurse sitting by grandma saw that the fingers of grandma move and she blinked, as if she knew who was there in the room.
Fred sat down and asked the nurse about the state of grandma. She said all the things that were in the chart note. Hearing what the nurse said there were tears in the eyes of Fred. The nurse requested Fred that he should talk to grandma and ask her to eat and drink so that she could improve and be out of here.
He talked to her, but she was just staring on his face. He said to her many times and in return she babbled some words that he couldn’t understand. Fred said many times but to no avail. Everything seemed so still and listless. There was complete silence in the room. Fred’s mind had stopped working now — he wanted that grandma should become healthy and come with him but what he was not able to understand that why she was not able to listen him and why he was not able to understand her ? This question was constantly running in his mind.
Just then Aunt Claire arrived to the hospital. Claire lived across the street where grandma and Fred lived. Claire saw that Fred was sitting near grandma; a smile came on Claire’s face, but was halfhearted.
Fred talked to Aunt Claire, he said that he told grandma to eat and drink but she is not listening at all. Nurses are trying to make her eat and drink still she is not responding. “She just keeps of babbling. I just cannot understand her !! What she is trying to say?” Listening to what Fred was saying Aunt broke into tears.
Wiping her tears she said dear Fred, you say that you are not able to understand what she is saying. She is the one who brought you up when your mom and dad died in car accident when you were 1-year-old. At that time you cried, you babbled, but she knew every little gesture of yours, what you want and what makes you happy. Now when she is in a state that she is not able to speak and is babbling you are saying ” I can’t understand what she is speaking !!!”
Fred, my dear, she does not want anything else than love, care, and a will to survive that his grandson is there by her side. Just go and sit besides her, make her sit, give her something to eat and drink, and you will see the change.
Fred following the advice went and did the same. After few days the doctors saw the miracle. Grandma who was not willing to eat, who was just staring at the walls, was now hale and hearty, wanted to go home again and wanted to live.
Will is very strong in a person’s life as are love and care. Love and care gives us the will and strength to fight against all odds in life. No matter how difficult the time is, no matter how dark the night is, the dawn beckons.
“A will will find a way.”