22nd June ‘2011: 1:45 PM
Before the beginning…..
She remembers being wheeled into the operation theater. Anxious faces of her parents and neighbors hovered over her. She had never seen an operation theater all her life and her unease at the very mention of an operation however inevitable, was apparent. Although she was assured and reassured time and again by all experienced people that the operation wouldn’t be painful, the thought of being cut open did throw her in jitters! However the moment she entered the operation theater, her doc’s smiling face and reassurance put her at ease instantly. She only waited, waited for it to get over…..
Going through it…..
She was now shifted on an operation table. Pre-operation preparatory work had started. As the anesthetist injected her with local anesthesia into her epidural nerve, she could feel her body twitch. The body below her hip went numb. Voices were clear, though vision became hazy. The anesthetist asked her to wriggle her toes to check if the anesthesia took effect. She was semi conscious and she could not move a nerve below her hip. The operation was about to start. In a far away corner of the operation theater, she could hear Hanuman Chalisa being played. She needed those prayers at that precise moment and her mental strength doubled although her physical strength debilitated with every passing second. Although her body was numb, her mind remained alert. And in her dazed state, she could see her doc and her team commencing with the operation. She felt the cut, the first incision and the magical hands of her doc and team working on her. What she did not feel was the pain (which was due for later). Although she was given a regional anesthesia, she was losing consciousness..
… And then her eyelids felt heavy. The moment she was about to enter an unconscious state, a screaming siren filled the room with an amorous cry. What she saw brought tears to her eyes! Tears of happiness, tears of joy that was locked inside her all this while! A life that was waiting to be born and had waited 9 long months to meet her was now in front of her eyes! That instant, that moment, she knew was something she would cherish for a lifetime. A cherubic angel faced son was placed in her arms and she thought – ‘This is what they call a miracle!’ The painful beginning of all joys had just commenced – Joys of motherhood!
30th June ‘2011: 5:30 AM
As I recollect those moments of anxiety before my unplanned C-Section, I wonder at the mysterious ways of God. There are times when one completely surrenders to Almighty and this, was one of those moments in my life. This experience has only strengthened that belief that He is always there around, guiding us whenever we are lost and making each one of us go through some tough times only to make us realize their worth, time and again. As events always turn out, often not as they are planned, it gives me great pleasure to inform my readers that my husband and I have been blessed with a lil prince, who was scheduled to arrive into this world on 27th June but made an early yet a dashing entry on 22nd June ‘2011. This date marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life. A new beginning, a new life altogether! God bless my lil one…!!