Surprises also come in twofold – wonder and shock.
More than a week earlier, little lady Kay went to the stage to earn a few minutes applause being included in the list. She had known from the past semester that she did good but never expected that she would be recognized on stage because nobody told her. Yea, yea, it is a short timed moment of praise. Nobody would have even remembered that she once ‘graced’ that platform. But you know how it is with parents. It is more our moment than hers.
A week after, the symptoms began. The quiescence and the fever started to crush the vibrant little lady Kay. The whole week after the recognition, the fever was on and off. The paracetamol was incapable of defeating the fever. On the fifth day, she was already crying because of intense headache and worse feeling of quiescence. She was immediately brought to the hospital. It is heartbreaking and scary for us, the parents.
Coming home is little lady Kay’s wish after staying in the hospital for almost three days. She was crying on the second day and had become vulnerable probably because of boredom and inactivity. I can relate so much because I was with her most of the time. And inactivity kills. A respite in a hospital is not a good suggestion for a break from it all.
I hope she had learned her lessons well while in the hospital. Illness isn’t the only thing that spoils the appetite (Ivan Turgeney). I knew that hearing Dra. C*’s stories about the ordeal of the young women they have been assisting taught her about the value of womanhood. I knew she would never want to go back to the hospital, and that she has to take care of herself, too: drink plenty, plenty of water, avoid street foods, have enough rest, rest when feeling tired, stop when needed. I knew, too, she did not enjoy having a limited privacy. She was like imprisoned with the IV and immobile because of the painful antibiotic injected intravenously.
She was diagnosed with nonspecific systemic viral illness. Should I be thankful it was not dengue or typhoid fever? No, never. No one will ever want to stay in the hospital even if it’s as comfortable as a comfy suite, I bet, or even if the walls are decorated with entertaining animal pictures.
Would you wanna know what we all learned from the news today? It is from Ripley’s.