Monday, March 15, 2010

Delhi Belly 4

While I was trying to come out of the Nurse's net, something more grueling but obviously more exciting caught my attention. No, it wasn't the female resident doctors available there every time but the Main Doc's call to the close family members. At such times, I could imagine that whatever philosophy I have read or whatever thoughts I read in 'WHO WILL CRY WHEN YOU DIE' are useless. We all are humans and the same chill goes through each of us while a close one or even a hero in a movie goes for a surgery or the Doc has to give some information about the patient. I crossed my fingers and sat near my Mamaji who was served with dinner that time. I don't think that anyone can fall ill after having such a great dinner. It consisted of every delicacy of the Indian food we eat usually (no unusually).

I shared the dinner with him and was getting answers to questions like 'Why India has the highest number of hungry in the world?' My cousin and my brother returned and told me that Blood will be needed in the operation. I got super excited that time. It was just around 3 months since I gave my Valuable blood and this time I was getting a chance to give it to my own Mamaji with whom I share the same blood (Blood relation you see). Usually people look at me when I talk about Blood donation as if I need blood (I just hate them for this). Next morning was the day which got fixed.

After having breakfast, I left for he blood bank. As I entered, people looked at me as if they have seen some kind of a AJOOBA (miracle). I wanted to tell them that its not the health that is visible but its the Will and the Guts, that are invisible, matter in such cases. I could see around 10-12 people waiting for their turns to get the stagnant blood out of their body. Most of them were first timers and were quite nervous. I told them about the uses and the replenishment of blood and most importantly that there ain't any pain involved in this process. Their was a pre check-up before one goes to the blood drainage room. The best thing was that the guy just pricked one of your fingers and take the samples on 3 different slides for checking various levels of blood like Hameoglobin, WBC's, Group etc, all in front of you which is interesting for sure. I was weighed and then with a slip I was sent to the Draiange room.

The room was huge and the nurse their was again awesome. I was asked to lie down on a specially designed bed which was equipped with various machines which give a feel to the person donating his blood as if he is the one going for an operation. This was the first Drainage room where I could hear a mixture of songs being played from an age old transistor.

Me: (Lying down) When is my turn?

Nurse: Wait a second. Cant you see their are others in the queue.

Me: (One thing I dont know why...) Can you please increase the volume?

Nurse: I told you to have some patience. Wait 5 minutes.

Me: The song will die till that time.

Nurse: (Gives me a look) Shut up.

She then came in 5 minutes and..

Nurse: 613 number wake up.

Me: Yeah! Insert the needle. I have closed my eyes.

Nurse: Its already in. Open your eyes.
(Looks at the report)
Wow! You are B-Negative. That's rare. We get only 2-3 people every week of this blood group. Are you a first timer?

Me: I know that. Its rare. I have given my Rare Blood around 5-6 times.

Nurse: Can i ask you somethimg?

Me: (Nods)

Nurse: Can we take 1 and a half unit of your blood?

Me: Okay! But dont make a fool of me.

Nurse: Done! Now wait for 5-10 minutes and then I will remove all the machines from you.

Me: I need to hurry. Lemme go.

Nurse: You look so impatient. If I wont open these then you will do it by yourself. Take a frooty and then go. Hope you can do this muchh..

Me: Ofcourse. I can do this much.

Then I emptied two packs of both biscuits and frooty tetra packs (allowed limit is one) in my stomach. It obviously feels a bit drowsy but it is short lived. Once you take some intake after donating blood, you recover very fast. Its like a recycling process for the body which happens to pump the same blood throughout again and again. For all those who are afraid or have never donated their blood ever, its a great thing to do. An inside feeling tells you that you have done something good and that you should be proud of this kind of work. The tests for various disease checks which costs around Rs.500 in the market, are done for free if you donate your blood. Its a win win situation in any case. The good is for us in any case. and the biggest thing is the feel "The Andarki Aawaz." It heels a lot. Their is an add on TV also in which a girl saves the life of an old man while she was on her way back after donating blood. It tells a lot. In the end I would also say what she says in that ad "Accha Lagta hai" (It feels good)..

The series ain't finished yet. I know what Kapoor and Gupta are waiting for but then " Sabra ka fal is Meetha."