Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Mom , I do miss you a lot !!!

My mom is no more .She passed away on the 5th November after a brief illness, at the age of 77 and 6 months --- acute on chronic renal failure .

My last post on 12th Jan 2007 , I had written about analysis on my mother's noticeable gradual decline in health . Actually it was indeed what was in the back of my mind --- chronic renal failure [ CRF ] and not what our early impression was. She had improved in health a bit and fit enough to go back to Goa to her house in the midst of the various trees she had nurtured over the past 12 years. She got her happiness being all by herself alone throughout the day till evening when my Dad returned from his work. He has kept himself busy even at this age of 78 , and they found comfort in each others company . They used to feel happy when we or other relatives used to visit them and also on their visits here about 3 times in a year.

A fall early morning on the 8th Sept near the toilet woke up my dad with a thud sound .He rushed to where she was lying in a pool of blood from a gash above her left eye. He could not move her alone so he dragged her on a bed sheet to her bed and made her comfortable. He noticed the painful movement of the left hip and asked her to lie in bed till he could get a doctor. A local doctor attended to her wound by suturing and dressing and asked for an Orthopaedic to visit .He drove to town to get a bed pan and all other necessary items for a bed ridden patient . It was at this time that he phoned me ---about 11 am--- to tell the news . Oh my God I said and enquired if she could flex her hip .Dad said NO and so I knew that what I was fearing till now---a fall at this age ---was there right in front of my imagination. Uppermost in my mind was how to transport her here. My brother Satish and Nisha his wife left by the night Volvo bus and reached next day afternoon. What a relief for my Dad.

On the 11th Sept they brought her by road in an AC Qualis. I had already arranged for her admission with Dr. Milind Patil , FRCS and specialised in joint replacement . They had left Goa at 7.30 in the morning and reached here at 10 in the night . After initial investigations and stabilisation the operation was fixed for 14th Sept.

That morning she developed a rigor due to the IV fluids and BP shot up to 210 / 120 . The operation was 2nd on the list but was rescheduled to 3rd. The situation was still dicey as the BP came to 180 / 110 which was not comfortable for the anaesthetist. We gave full authority to the doctors and they took up the risk. After the spinal anaesthesia the BP drops and so they were afraid of loss of coronary perfusion if it fell too low. After the operation Dr. Anjali ,the anaesthetist and Milind's wife said that the BP dropped to 150 / 70 and did not shift at all. This had no explanation medically except Providence .

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