That “Emergency” sign always brings a huge lump in my throat. It reminds me of all those occasions when I had to drop everything and run with no real idea of the outcome. But along with the sadness, there have also been times when the situation turned into smiles and joy.
So, Mi, I am taking your advice about skipping the sad times. Instead, lets dwell on joyful things.
I know that your favorite “emergency” was when my waters broke on the eve of Vidur’s arrival into this world. November 22. what a memorable day! It dawned bright and clear as any other – and as usual, Sury went to the recreation center in the evening for a round of badminton. I didn’t quite feel like going out and decided to watch the ocean from our window instead, sitting in a chair at my favorite sunshine-filled spot in that space between the living room and the bedrooms, which formed a sweet seating space, yet to see happy memories.
As I warmed my feet in the early evening sunshine, wiggling my toes, dreaming vaguely of November 24, which was the due date, I had this urge to visit the wash room. I raised myself, rather laboriously – oh, pun intended – and waddled on. So imagine my stunned surprise/horror when I felt a warm gush. Did I pee in my roomy pants? No. I hadn’t lost control of those parts – of that I was sure. Then what the what? This was definitely weird. So I called out to you and you were puzzled. Then it dawned on you that it must be the “waters” doing their thang.
Naturally, you were in a tizzy. Then I had the first sane thought. Calling the doc. Which I did, while you gathered the bags we had packed a month before and checked against the checklist everyday. 🙂 So amusing to think of this now. The doc asked us to get ourselves over to Emergency in St.Elizabeth’s right away.
Now, how to get hold of Sury? No cellphones those days! But barely had we begun to wonder when the door opened and he walked in. After that, it was a flurry of events. In all that, I somehow remembered to drink up the porridge you had cooked for me – I’ll never forget that because you people never stopped teasing me about it for years afterwards. Then we got a taxi and zoomed off to Emergency at the hospital. This was one emergency we were very, very glad to land in! After over 14 hours of excruciating induced labor, threat of maternal and fetal trauma, I was rushed into Emergency yet again for a Cesarean. The reward was worth all the pain.
Ah, I have a 15 year old son to prove it!
30 thoughts on “Emergency”
This emergency scares me !! I dont even think abt it but anyway the way u described seemed thrilling and amusing
I am still scared of emergencies in relation to accidents, Afshan. Just wanted to think happy stuff this time 😀 Thanks – I am loving your blog!
Ahh that’s scary… but the outcome must have taken away all the pain and fear you felt na.
Thanks for sharing your story with us 🙂
You bet, Bhavya. Thanks for commenting!
That must have been a momentous emergency . Can perfectly relate with the joy you must have felt on holding your pink bundle of joy . Blessings to the young man 🙂
🙂 Thanks Sridevi. In retrospect it was hilarious to think of!
That’s a great story. i liked the way you have narrated the story to your mom…its so beautiful. The emotions! 🙂 Ah!
🙂 Thank you, Kajal. I miss her.
Glad u could do a happy post on it! Uusally emergencies n happines don go along!
🙂 Silver linings, Meena 😀 But I know what you mean!
Happy emergencies? That’s a whole new concept you’ve created!
Thanks, Corinne. Conscious choices 😀 – and then every situation has something or other to laugh about!
🙂 What a lovely memory. Thanks for sharing this Vidya.
Thank you, Ava, for your kind comment!
Beautiful post. Priceless, precious memories. Thanks for sharing, dear Vidya!
Thanks, dear Terri! Hugs!
Vidya, you have given the word emergency such a positive spin. Emergencies of the sort in which baby says, “Mamma, ready or not, here I come,” are the best ones.
I know, Cynthia! My fella took his time, even if he was a day earlier than expected! 😀 Thank you for dropping by!
That’s a beautiful happy emergency! Enjoyed reading about it! 🙂
Thank you, Shilpa!
You’ve given emergency a whole new meaning by writing this post. So, finally a happy ending 🙂 This made me recall my Happy emergency experience 🙂
This is one happy emergency no family forgets, Diana 😀 Somehow, no matter how many years pass, these details tend to stay fresh!
so nicely said. Yes, you did bring out the best in the word “Emergency”!
And there’s a happy ending to this story as well! 🙂
😀 Thanks Pixie! I quite enjoy happy endings, too!
I like how you moved from a sad pensive memory to a happy one, all to do with Emergency. I literally lived in your post. Evocative.
🙂 Thanks Cuckoo!
A real-life experience with a happy ending in an emergency situation. That fills the heart with warmth! Thank you. Nicely narrated too. 🙂
Thank you, Raja. I simply loved your post for this prompt!
I agree with Cynthia you have given it such a wonderful spin. We all must have written something untoward at least slightly but absolutely loved your whole write up could imagine everything like moving pictures 🙂
Thank you, Richa! 😀 My mind has a way of letting the good things float on top! 😀
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