15 May 2013

The Blessing of Joy

Aisha walked in hurry as she was almost late for her appointment. She gave her name to the nurse in the desk, while she was surfing the shelf to fetch her case file, Aisha scanned the room for the empty seat. The entire place was strangely quiet. She glanced at the entire room and the faces of some 50 women waiting at Dr. Kundavi, Gynecologist’s reception at a famous hospital. Everyone was there for the same reason – They can’t get pregnant without a doctor’s help.

No one cared to speak or even acknowledge to one another, yet having so much in common. Everyone was sitting in their own world, reading a magazine, fiddling with their cell phones or adjusting their sarees and dupattas. Those few who are accompanied by their husbands or mothers — they didn't seem to be in a talking mood, either.

Aisha, a 33 year old IT professional, was there for her pregnancy treatment with her husband Sam, who was also in the same field. He was trying hard to hide his nervousness and holding his wife's hands with hope and comfort. As the clock ticked, Aisha sat there silently and lost in her own thoughts.
                                                        
It was 2005 May, 5 years before that day, Aisha, a lovely, vibrant and a religious girl, got married to Sam, the love of her life. Happily married with her loving husband and caring in-laws. But after few years of marriage, what more she or her family could ask for – a baby to show their affection and to prove as a symbol of their love? Or do you think is it too much to ask for?

For every married person, however rich and well settled they are, the question they couldn't escape is – 'How many kids do you have?'

They too did come across such phase in their lives. But at first they weren't much worried as they have decided to wait. So they both didn't give much urge to start a family, instead concentrating on their profession and earning money, like any newly married couple.

2007 – As their second anniversary passed by, they decided to start a family and started trying for a baby. She naturally thought getting pregnant would be as easy for her as everything else that had been in her life. After all, when she really wanted something and worked hard for it, it always seemed to have fallen in place. Few months passed by, nothing happened. She eventually started getting tired and depressed as she spotted the redness month by month. Two more years passed in the blink of eyes. Being religious, they believed that God would bless them naturally with the bundle of joy.

2009 – They started feeling more worried but they both didn't show it explicitly and pretended to be happy. But when they have lost almost all their hopes, their family friend suggested this hospital. And they visited Dr. Kundavi, but after the basic tests, nothing seemed to be wrong. She prescribed her with Folic Acid & other hormone pills and asked her to come for regular monthly checkups. After several fruitless months passed by, doctor advised them to go through further detailed procedure and advanced treatment.

Meanwhile directly n indirectly, their relatives started questioning about her fertility. Now, those talks and questions made Aisha grew depressed. Because it is expected from you, from the woman when she gets married, it is an unwritten rule. With her growing depression, Aisha became weaker and feeble day after day. She quit her job and stopped going out. She stayed most of the time in her room and avoided talking to people. She hid herself from the society. She built a void around her, as she started feeling that her life has no meaning without a child to give her love and care.

Even though Sam was a loving and supportive person, her own wishes and dreams of getting conceived, made her go down with stress. For her, nights grew longer than ever. When Sam was asleep, she sat crying in the bed for hours in her anguish and despair. She couldn't sleep properly and found difficult to concentrate on anything. When his parents started insisting him to remarry for the sake of heir to the family, Sam felt restless and started working for long hours simply to avoid being at home and face the issues.

One day when he returned home late from work, he found Aisha swallowing sleeping pills to end her life to give a peace of mind to everyone she loved. He slapped her hard and hugged her tight.  As she started losing her conscious, they took her to their family doctor immediately and gave her first aid. Later she apologized for her madness and they both cried at their incapability.

When she recovered from it, Sam took her and other kids in the family and neighborhood to picnic to uplift her mood but at the end of the day they were both gloomy. He insisted her to go to work again to get rid of her void. And they waited for God to answer their prayers some day soon.

But only later did they realize that God will not just come down and grant their wishes but He has provided the facility and already showed them with the possible way through modern medicine.

It was May 2010, Aisha and Sam were waiting outside the doctor’s cabin clutching their test reports in her hands.

Whole room was in silence until the nurse called for Aisha. She came back to her senses, stood up and walked slightly tensed holding Sam's hands towards the doctor's office, with their final hope alive.

Dr. Kundavi, a very nice lady in her 50s, smiled as they entered the room. ‘How are you Aisha? Please have your seat...’ As they sat down, she went through their reports for few minutes and said, 'Everything seems to be normal but it is diagnosed as unexplained infertility'. She looked at both of them, 'Now it's been 5 years you got married, no symptoms of pregnancy even after we tried the medications n other treatment. We tried our best to make it naturally but as you’re getting older Aisha, I advise you to undergo the IVF treatment.'

Aisha and Sam both were bit hesitant at first but they have no other options to refuse as they saw it as their only hope. When Doctor explained about the procedure, it was like a light lit in their dull gloomy life. They started their treatment in the following month. Aisha got conceived. The whole family floated in joy. And the following 9 months was like a mixture of happiness, anxiety and also a difficult period for her. She was in bed rest and every month she underwent Ultrasonic Scan test where they able to see the movement inside her womb. Finally yeah, God has answered their prayers by blessing the whole family with the bundle of joy.. not one but two.. a boy and a girl - blessing to fill their emptiness and a meaning to their life.



PS - This story is loosely based on a true incident. And the babies' pictures are from my personal collection.

18 comments:

  1. lovely read and equally lovely pictures .. super duper like !!
    All the best for the contest Rats !

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  2. Hey i had something similar in mind! :) Beautifully done Rats :) The baby choo chweet! All the best! Won't say best of luck as your post really doesn't need "luck" to win! It's the best i have read till now :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing this moving story, Rat!

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  4. Awesome dear rat......u narrated it beautifully with so many emotions......very nice

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  10. This is such a heart warming story. My friend had twins last year with similar help. Photos are so precious. I loved the narration and the love in it.

    Good luck dear :)

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  11. I am so happy with all your warm appreciation. thank you so much.. Have a great weekend :)

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    1. I am so glad that it comes from an awesome writer like you.. thank you W.. and a warm welcome to my space.. keep visiting. :)

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  13. If you dont mind can u mention the hospital ?

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