Sunday, May 21, 2006

Pain!

It’s the 21st of May and yes, my birthday presents arrived bang on time. Both Koby and Anne were here on time on the 19th to celebrate. It was a lovely day. Anne’s mother and a maid from her home are here too. It’s just great to have Koby home. All my carpentry skills came in handy and Anne loved the new home. We still have a lot to fine tune, but our first home is off the ground. I guess it’s such a big step for us.

Koby has fallen in love with a little rattle his grandmother bought him. It gives a sort of musical jingle and it always stops him in the middle of his big cries! This Sunday, Anne and I are just settling in together – sorting out where things go and what sort of schedule to keep. Life has just turned so 180 degrees! Koby, just makes it all worth it! The pictures are from when the family was at our new home on the evening of my birthday. Tripti made and INCREDIBLE, death by chocolate cake, seen in the foreground.

Work is as usual. We have an 8 year old, who is posted for surgery on Monday. She has a disease that makes her insensible to pain. She can not feel any pain, and that is why she is posted for surgery tomorrow. We will never be able to give her ability to sense pain, but we are operating her for its consequences. In her ignorance, she has bitten off her lower lip, poked her eye in so many times that she is blind in one eye and near blind in the other and so on. We are attempting to reconstruct her lower lip tomorrow. Pain is such a nuisance and at times we wonder why we have to bear it, but through this girl, I have realized that it is actually a blessing. I guess the next time I recoil from a cup of tea that’s too hot to hold, I just have to look up and say thanks! And so much so for all that has come to be this year – the pain of chemo, the joy of Koby and family, the expectant hope for Tripti as she sets down the road of a family with Santosh – A look upwards and thanks. This birthday has been special, not because of what I have done over the last 26 years, but for the fact that I have been strengthened and healed through God’s miracle of pain to face and hope for tomorrow.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

HI
MANY MANY HAPPY REUTRNS OF THE DAY...... DO WELL IN WHAT EVER YOU DO...


SHEELA

Anonymous said...

Hi Tarun,
God bless you on your birthday and always with good health and every happiness. Your blogs have touched my life and I want to thank you for that.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tarun,

Belated birthday wishes!

Atheist

Leela said...

Happy Birthday Tarun. You've come a long way in the last year. Thank you for the hope you give.

One would never have thought pain had its virtues. Hope the little girl gets is ok.

Xpressions said...

Belated Happy Birthday....

May God Almighty shower his choicest Blessings on U & fly....

Prayers for the little girl too...

Prerona said...

its wonderful how much medical science can do today - isnst it. means somuch to so many. thanks :)

belated happy birthday. wish u a great year ahead

HMTG said...

Well said Tarun, sometimes we feel that we aren't gifted enought. I guess all we have to do at such times is look at yourself for all the gifts one has been bestowed with.

Oh! Wish you a very very Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

HMTG.

Ceena said...

Belated Happy Birthday Tarun.