Shave.

GV Rama Rao By GV Rama Rao, 12th Nov 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3fkogdhk/
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I had a brush/encounter/chance meeting with death a few days back.

Title selection.

This piece is anything but about shaving or the art of it. I wanted to title it as a close shave which means an incident or series of incidents that could have resulted in a fatal accident. The one in the ensuing paragraphs is hardly that to be classified so. Nevertheless, it has a strong connection with the death. I thought of the title far shave, but the purists wouldn't approve it. It wasn't even a brush with death either, for brush definitely implies direct contact even for a nanosecond. I, therefore, decided to leave it as 'shave' and let the readers stretch their imagination.

My bladder and its problems.

The Urologist called to inform me about numerous stones in my bladder and asked me to report to his clinic for a 'procedure' to remove the stones and rid my bladder of any infection and prevent its recurrence. He was at his persuasive best and said the whole process should take less than an hour. He had promised to send me home before sunset or after the anesthesia wears off, whichever was earlier. With such assurance, I went to the kidney stone removal room in Florida Hospital Orlando without any trepidation whatsoever.

Start of troubles.

When I was fully awake, the doctor showed me a photograph of the 52 stones he had removed. Some were as big as quarter coins and would qualify me for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. He was confident he had done a good job and tried his best to induce abundance of hope in me

Alas, the plans of men and mice often go awry and obeying Murphy's laws things went wrong fast. First, the Anesthetist, keen to ensure painless surgery applied his potion a tad more than what was needed. In the bargain, he had put to sleep several functions of the body. I took longer to recover the effects of his dose of medicine, and in this process, I became feverish with temperatures soaring above 103 and making me delirious.

The doctors shifted me from the post-surgery recovery room to the main hospital. My room, on the twelfth floor, had a fabulous view of the river and the I-5 that looked beautiful at night with a series of lights.

Delirious me.

I have a history of becoming wild with high temperatures, and start either singing or delivering lengthy sermons on philosophy, a subject which I abhor otherwise. My family members call me an ancient mariner, for I used to catch any attendant in a hospital room, cast a spell on him and serve a full dose of philosophy.

In Orlando, I thought it fit to send my daughters home to look after my grandchildren. As a result, I had no one except the nurse attending on me to cast the spell much against her wishes. Ignoring her protests, I used to dish out my wisdom in large doses that compelled her to ask for change of shift/ room. I never had the same nurse for two consecutive days, and I was told the reason at the time of discharge from the hospital.

Here is the shave part.

Meanwhile, some infection had spread into some parts of the body, and the doctors, like sleuths, went about locating the source of infection and where it struck. This resulted in more tests, X-Rays, CT Scans and the works. The doctors carried out every possible test and finally located the organ where the infection had been causing delirious fever. They also found benign growths in several parts of my body and advised me to get them excised for future benefits.

One of those days when the temperature became intemperate, I thought I was knocking at the doors to heaven/hell for I didn't know what lay behind the high gates. I felt horrible not for knocking at those gates but for going without even a by your leave to my friends at Wikinut. But that was the way it was on that fateful night. I never thought I'd see the sun the next morning, but when I opened my eyes in the morning the sun, the bright sun greeted me to my delight.

Recovery.

By the time the doctors were done with the tests, I had spent more than seven days in the hospital and desperately wanted to go home. Since I'd no full insurance cover and insisted on paying my bills, I could see my lifetime savings evaporating fast. Florida hospital is known for many things but not for its charges. This stressed me out, and my blood pressure started shooting up to alarming levels necessitating further treatment.
One thing led to another, and the doctors pronounced that my body, full of ailments and growths and tumors in several parts, would need extensive treatment for several months extending to almost one year. Out of consideration for my age and purse they, finally decided to discharge me from the hospital.
Now, three nurses visit me at home in a week and treat me for some ailment or other. My problems are far from over, and I am yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
In a lighter vein, I'd achieved a unique status as I, unlike others, pass urine through a tube in my bladder.

I hope my friends at wikinut understand my absence for quite some time and pardon me for not making my usual inane remarks on their posts.
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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Nov 2014 (#)

My best wishes to you, GV, for a speedy and full recovery.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
12th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear Steve, Thanks for your good wishes. I need a lot of them.

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author avatar viewgreen
12th Nov 2014 (#)

Hope you get well soon sir. Have good days ahead. :)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
13th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear viewgreen,
many thanks for your good wishes.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
13th Nov 2014 (#)

GV, I wish you the very best. I'm so sorry that you had to go through so much. My wish for you is to feel better. Blessings to you.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
13th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear Nancy,Many thanks for your good wishes.

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author avatar Osrmurthy
13th Nov 2014 (#)

life - humour is waste.young Lt ,married was admitted into off ward of inhs kalyani.Next morning when nurse tried to wake him up , he hugged her passionately&kissed her.Hell brokeupon him , u imagine happenings after .In the enquiry he blamed everything on the sedetive which given ti him, previous night.He said, he felt at home under the influence , felt homly & administered a natural action befitting to homly atmosphere . Case dismissed /off never reported sick after this .(his young beautiful wife tied him to herself)This is how u should get out of hospital . I am not to be blamed for subsequent happenings .I feel instead of nocking hell/heaven gates since u do not know what is behind them , this is a better choice . u agree with me ??!!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
13th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear Osmurthy,
No comments.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
13th Nov 2014 (#)

Get well my friend and prompt recovery and my best wishes!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
13th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear Fem,
Thanks for your good wishes.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Nov 2014 (#)

Sorry for your travails dear GVR but happy that you are on the way to full recovery. Home environment should spur the progress. Yes, nurses look like angels especially during these times but we should not get carried away! Take care my friend - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
13th Nov 2014 (#)

Siva,
Thanks for your comments, but nurses NEVER looked like angels to me. I'd one angel and she passed two years back.

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author avatar Atmaram(abbaye)
13th Nov 2014 (#)

sorry to know about sickness and I am sure you will be back to normal soon

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author avatar Cdr G.Sriramarao,I.N(Retd)
13th Nov 2014 (#)

Well written. Waiting for you completely recover which I am sure you will, with your witty outlook of the world, so that we can sit together and have our usual BL.

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author avatar G.Raghava Reddy
13th Nov 2014 (#)

Rama Rao garu. Sorry to hear these health problems. You are a man of strong will power.I pray for your speedy recovery. your grandchildren will give you very lovable company. Develop positive attitude and cool mind forgetting all other things.I am sure everything will go well.All my good wishes with you,

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author avatar Uttam Atluri
13th Nov 2014 (#)

Wishing you all well Sir

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author avatar Dr Madhvi
14th Nov 2014 (#)

Get well soon. GGgaru. But one thing is sure, the medical treatment is no different than it is in India except that it is much cheaper.

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author avatar Atmaram(abbayd)
14th Nov 2014 (#)

Sorry to know about the problem &the hospital . Hope you Will be normal soon

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author avatar Atmaram(abbayd)
14th Nov 2014 (#)

Sorry about the problem in the hospital.Hope you Will be normal soon

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author avatar Raghu babu
14th Nov 2014 (#)

thank god rambababu...everything is nicely done!!! we wish u speedy recovery.

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author avatar Utah Jay
18th Nov 2014 (#)

I'm just happy you are home
and hopefully comfortable. It seems that I too am getting to that age of multiple ailments, prostate, ulcer, and COPD. I hope all will be well with you and thank you for your kind visit today.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
18th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear Utah Jay,
Thanks for your good wishes.

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author avatar Narasimham
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Dear Capt Ramarao garu.
I am sorry to hear about your shave with ... Yes you are an old mariner and a good one at that. Get well soon sir.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Narasimham garu,
Thanks for your good wishes.

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author avatar Kamal mahtani
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Dear Mr. Rao,

Sad about what happened, but i admire yur spirit , sir, u are cheerful inspite of all taht happened, yr poockets getting lighter, the nurses not repeating their duties with u etc.HAAH

Super one sir.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Kamal,
Thanks for your comment. Old habits die very hard.

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author avatar Chaya
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Did not know you were a writer!!Hope you are fighting fit.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
24th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear Chaya,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your comment. I took to writing and published six books of fiction so far. The next one is under final editing.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
24th Nov 2014 (#)

I hope that you recover quickly. This is a bad way to spend a day, but necessary for many reasons. Good luck to you.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
24th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear Sherri Granato,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your good wishes.

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author avatar Ptrikha
24th Nov 2014 (#)

You have been through some terrible times. Best of wishes for your future.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
24th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear Ptrikha,
Thanks for your good wishes.

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author avatar PJ Dorantes
24th Nov 2014 (#)

My uncle suffered from the same, but now he is quite ok. Wishing you a quick recovery

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
29th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear purpletears,
Thanks for your good wishes. I have been bedridden for the last four days again.

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author avatar snerfu
26th Nov 2014 (#)

Good reading your article Mr Rao. Chasing nurses seems to be a good occupation, whatever method one uses.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
30th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear snerfu,
Thanks for your comment. I never chased the nurses but told them long tales.

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