365 Writing Prompt: Tell us your story

Tell us about a journey — whether a physical trip you took or an emotional one.

This trip was physical as well as emotional. It was one of those trips you hope no one will ever have to take. It was necessary for the family to find out whether there was any hope to get their most important family member get well. The first trip was within the country, where the physician without hesitation gave his verdict, it was pointless to have heart surgery because the patient would not be able to survive it.

Next step was to go somewhere else, the said patient was already too weak to undergo any kind of surgical procedure. The physician treating him was the best one, who admitted it won’t be easy, but he’d be able to operate.

The day of surgery was tense for the family members, on the appointed time the guy came to the hospital room to take the patient to the operating room  for surgery. As he was leaving he said, “do not wait in the hospital, go to your hotel, it will take hours to operate.”

The family members went back to the hotel but came back a few hours later. This is when the waiting game started. All the family members of the patients were leaving with a smile on their faces.

This family had no idea whether the surgery was completed, how was the patient, there was no one to give an answer. At about 10 pm the family was called, the physician showed up and gave his account of how the surgery went. The surgery was successful but the family needed to wait for seventy-two hours, before the physician would be able to say, if the patient will be okay.

After seventy-two hours the family was told the patient will be okay and he’d have to stay in the hospital for a month to recuperate.

A month later the patient was released and was allowed to take the flight home!

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DP Daily Prompts: Second Opinion

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What are some( or one) of the things about which you usually you usually don’t trust your own judgement, and need someone else’s confirmation?

I consider second opinion a very valuable thing it gives us hope. A while ago my husband was recommended to see a cardiologist about his heart condition. we do have cardiologists in our city. They were too busy and didn’t really care about my husband.

My husband made inquiries and was told to go to London, Ontario, Canada, to see a well-known cardiologist there.

Without wasting any time we went to London, Ontario, the cardiologist was a very kind man, he made arrangements to see a cardiac surgeon who worked in the same hospital. The surgeon we met was the most pessimistic physician I’ve ever met. His immediate response was, “If I take you to the Operating Room, you’d be dead, and I’d have to talk to your wife, I cannot take your case.” his demeanor, the way he talked was enough to let us know it is hopeless.

We went back to the cardiologist who was sympathetic, he advised my husband to go to the Cleveland  clinic and get a second opinion,  ‘they never give up’ he said. We could see light at the end of the tunnel, my husband hesitated for a moment, it was expensive, should he go through it, what if it doesn’t work out. I told him the money he talked about is what he earned, why should he hesitate to spend it for his health.

We went to the Cleveland clinic, hoping the doctor there would not turn us back. After going through my husband’s chart he said, “It’s not going to be a walk in the park”, he was willing to try.

My husband was booked for surgery immediately, the day of surgery I was scared, I stayed quiet, I didn’t want the other family members to lose hope. It took several hours, we were the last family called by the physician, he said it went well,but they needed 72 hours to finally tell us that he’d be okay.

This was one wise decision my husband and I took, it worked out for us, to me second opinion is very important!

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