(This post was written on 25th Sept, 2013. It could not be posted as there was no internet)
As I write this, I’m almost at the fag end of a holiday
which we never expected to take. And looking back, I’m thankful.
To start off, after the end of our last vacation in June
2013, we had planned a break during the Puja vacation starting October first
Since the last 3 years, we were well aware that the
Christian Medical Fellowship, Kerala was celebrating 50 years of it’s being a
part of the lives of medical students in Kerala, including ours. We had been
silently praying about it. But, the odds were stacked against us being there at
the Annual Conference, which routinely falls in the month of September. The
reasons were many. The major being that September is usually the busiest month
in the hospital.
When I received the invitation of be part of the conference
this year, there was one more hurdle in the form of Shalom’s midterm
Then, sometime in the middle of August, we received
information that Shalom’s examinations were postponed to the middle of October.
And it meant that the chance of our going for a break in October was out of
And by now, we very well aware that to not take a break at
least once in 3 months was very much detrimental for our spiritual and
professional life. Therefore, we had to plan a break.
The best choice was to go off for the CMF Annual Conference.But, there was the major issue of getting tickets all the way to Kerala. I was
sure that there would not be any tickets considering into fact that it was Onam
during that part of the year. Onam is the major festival of Kerala. And it was
only 3 weeks away.
I was playing around with the ticket availability on the
internet, when I noticed that there was a handful of seats available in the
Delhi Rajadhani for a particular date in September. The tickets in all trains
during the same duration were waitlisted. In fact, the tickets for the
Trivandrum Rajadhani also were heavily waitlisted on either side of this
I went ahead and booked the tickets. It was a miracle to get
confirmed tickets to Kerala and that too on the Rajadhani just 3 weeks away
from Onam. It looked as if the vacant seats were kept just for us.
And to make things easy for us at the hospital, Dr. Nandamani and Dr. Ango had planned to be here during the same time.
However, we were in for more surprises.
The first surprise being of course was our being there at
the CMF Annual Conference at Nicholson School, Tiruvalla.
The second is something personal. We found my mom nursing a
bad paronychia (infection of the toe/finger) in her big toe without telling
anybody. It turned out that we diagnosed her to be diabetic and got surgery
done on the paronychia while we were in Kerala. It was amazing because if we
had turned up only in October, we would not have been able to get her the best
treatment possible. And maybe, she would have worsened by then. And we would
not have been at peace facilitating her treatment over the phone. By God’s
grace, the sugars got controlled within the period while we were in Trivandrum.
The third was something really amazing. We had been wishing
for a CPAP machine for our acute care unit. It was quite expensive for us
(about 1500 USD) and we had more pressing needs.
Couple of days before we were to come back, I got a message from Dr. Manoj Job, former medical officer at Premjyothi Hospital which was one of our sister institutions, about a bilevel CPAP machine which someone wanted to donate. And to my greatest joy, I found out that the machine was in Marthandom, about 30 miles from our house in Trivandrum.
|Dr Manoj who came to Tampanoor bus |
stand with the machine
I lost no time and in a matter of hours, the machine was with me. And I could bring it to NJH.
And then, we had the home-calling of one of our granduncles during our very short time in Kerala. We were so privileged to be part of the funeral and be able to meet quite a many of our relatives over a short span of time.
And it was also the first time, we journeyed via Delhi. The kids had a whale of a time being with their granduncle and aunty and later visiting the Train Museum and the Delhi Zoo. And the train journey to Kerala from Delhi an eye-soothing experience.
As I journeyed back, I wondered at how many times in our lives, we make plans and the good Lord just wipes them away and brings plans which turn out to be life-changing.
I’m glad and privileged that the Lord loves us and plans for us much better than us. I wish I could completely put my trust in Him and turn my life hundred percent over to Him.
|The bilevel CPAP machine at my home|