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An Ulcer and AIIMS!

Conceive one five-letter word that blows you out of your wits! Mine is in the title already. If you couldn`t figure it out yet, I`ve lately realised how torturous can an ulcer in your mouth get! It can be something like one and a half inches long ..sit comfortably invincible in the posterior ..send strong anguishing signals to the brain before you could part your lips and say ‘Hi’ ..leave you feeding on a diet consisting exclusively of water and milk ..and ultimately render you frail enough to catch the next train home cuz all you had in terms of calorie count were few packets of flavoured Mother Dairy milk and that occasional Nestle curd for 72 plus hours straight! Lucky me to have been born to a doctor or I would have been spending more time on a hospital bed!

Which reminds me of this visit I had to make to the country`s best hospital, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Why did this guy have to sprain his ankle to degrees that required an X-ray to be taken? Anyway, the point is, I had a first hand rendezvous with the medical facilities open to general public in the nation`s supposed best. I wish I wouldn`t have gone ..and not seen probably the most sickening sights ever! I haven`t seen so much blood all my life. Why should the X-ray machine be kept in emergency? While we slowly waded through the protocol stages of a medical examination, I witnessed lots of bloodstained people being hurriedly carried in on stretchers, torsos writhing in pain, policemen taking statements and our pinna`s caught all sorts of disturbing screams! The way those doctors on duty deal with mutilated frames strewn all over with dark red fluid is laudable. I mean I actually felt sick for all the three hours we stayed in the emergency, and there were these uniformly clad bunch of people in definitely the noblest profession on earth. These guys save lives. We do nothing! There was so much suffering around us. Fortunately we were treated with far lesser disdain than the rest of the lot! All in all, an experience worth a mention on my blog. I dare not disgust readers by any sort of graphical narration inside the emergency room, but I need to say that the visit kinda made me sad at the state of healthcare in this country of billions!

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