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Pain !!

There are different forms of it. In a broad way, it can be inflicted emotionally or physically. Every human being has experienced either or both of these at least once in their life. In the quarter of a century of my life, I have been through many “painful” situations, however small they may be. However the latest one I have experienced not many days back was the physical form and I would definitely not like to keep it in memory. It all happened so quickly, there was no scope of escaping it.

It was like any usual day at office when this accident paused my life. In the afternoon I decided to go for lunch at my friends place and took another friends bike. I had just started and gone few 100 meters when I saw a car coming from the other side. There was a small by-lane towards my left into which the car probably wanted to turn and go but misjudged the speed at which I was riding. And then there was a crashing sound “Bang!!” I felt like I flew for a very short fraction of a second and the next moment I was there on the road with a strange sensation in my right leg. With my trouser torn at the right thigh area, I saw a long slit in the skin there. I could literally see the flesh inside and blood flowing out slowly. Everything came as a shock. But it was the right ankle. I tried to stand but the ankle wouldn’t allow me and I sat beside the road. I saw the driver of the car also standing along with few other people who came rushing seeing the accident. To my surprise, there was another young girl sitting in the middle of the road and crying with pain. I wonder where she came from! My ankle was slowly beginning to act. I felt it shivering. Then I saw two of my colleagues who were on the road and waved at them. One of them owned the bike. On realizing that it was me, they came rushing. Soon an autorickshaw was brought. Few of them lifted me and seated in it. I again tried resting my right feet on the floor of the auto but it was very painful. I couldn’t. Next to me, the lady who was crying with pain was seated and the other colleague came in. We were taken to a hospital which was pretty close. All this while I was hoping that somehow this pain stops.

Soon in the emergency section, stitches were done on my thigh. I cried out to the doc to do something about the ankle before going ahead with anything. But it turned out that the orthopedic doctor wasn’t there and would take a couple of hours to reach. Apart from taking a few X-Rays, there was nothing else. Expecting for good, I had no other choice than to hold on with patience. And bearing pain for long hours…. thats hellish. I could only try to distract myself.

“if only I wouldn’t have taken his bike and walked down”
“if I were on my Avenger, this wouldn’t have happened probably”
“how did it all happen”
“how would the agony of a person be if there were nobody nearby to give a hand”

These were the kind of thoughts that crossed my mind during those painful hours.

I tried as hard as possible to forget the pain or bear it but as those first two hours got over, it became very difficult to hold on to the burning sensation below my feet. a stretch pad was fixed with a temporary plaster Late though, when the doc finally arrived, I felt an assurance within me emotionally. Seeing the X-rays, he told that there was definitely a dislocation. Soon I was taken to the OT. It was already dark then and had been more than four hours since the accident occurred. This was my first time in most of the matters. I am in the hospital with a relatively serious injury, visit to the operation theater and not able to pee on my own as I was unable to walk now. In the OT, the doc was as polite as inquisitive I was. I kept on asking what all they were injecting in my body with those syringes. Then there was this injection which was inserted somewhere in between the spine and soon both my legs went numb. In some way, I felt it was a relief as I can forget the agony for as long as the anesthetic was working. This was a surgery less operation where he would only correct the dislocation. And this got over in about half an hour. The affect of the anesthetic was still there even after coming out of the OT. Most of the office folks were there outside along with few of my other friends. Back to the Semi Deluxe room, I was again shifted from the stretcher to my bed. Now all this while, I had to do with glucose injected through my veins while Nurses came to inject pain killers and antibiotics.

Pain, I hoped would subside gradually but as the effect of the anesthetic became mild and then died off, it was back. The pain killers that were injected weren’t of any help. The night was not one that any people expects of. That sensation which was there initially was certainly gone now…but there was this swelling I guess which made sure I wasn’t comfortable at all. But I had no other option than to expect for the good and keep up with my pain bearing capacity until then.


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December 10, 2007 - Posted by | General, Humanly | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. […] post on Pain was entirely about all the pain I had suffered on one unfortunate day. That however […]

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  2. Hi,
    I like the way you write ..Its really different and interesting … keep the momentum going ..
    brilliant. .

    Comment by accident compensation claim | February 7, 2008 | Reply

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