Reeling under the pain, unshaven for two days and wearing unclean cloths, I tried to get up from the soft, clean, king size bed but could not. Drowsy under the side effect of Percocet, I gave up my effort to stand up. Instantly my wife came up and put the blanket back on me. Back in the blanket watching television I thought “Why am I so unlucky? Why do I have to go through this pain?”
“Chicken soup will be ready in 5 minutes.” My wife announced in a soft tone.
“No, I don’t feel like eating anything right now.” I replied
“You need energy to recover and handle these medicines. You don’t have a choice.” My daughter interjected.
“Please, not right now.” I replied
“Dad, remember when I am sick you ask me to eat healthy so I recover fast.” As usual she used my advice on me.
In less than five minutes, she got the chicken soup bowl neatly placed in a tray and placed it on the side table and made me sit in the bed. I gave up my resistance and surprisingly found that the soup was delicious. Before I could finish the soup, the home phone started ringing in the other room.
“Your cell phone has been also ringing since morning.” My wife said while my daughter grabbed the home phone.
“It is Suresh.” My daughter announced and gave the phone to me.
Suresh, one of my colleagues at my work, queried about the accident and asked if he could come to see me. Suresh and his wife came in the evening and with utmost modesty she mentioned she got some food for us and handed a large packet to my wife. The packet had yummy South Indian food that we would eat for next one week.
Suresh’s visit alleviated some pain.
Just after Suresh left, the doorbell rang and we had Akash and his wife on the doorstep.
“I called few times but got voice mail so we just decided to come.” Akash announced in his loud yet friendly tone. With the encyclopedia of jokes and one liners, mild natured Akash is always fun. By the time Akash left, I felt I never had an accident. It was amazing to see how visits from friends cure you so fast.
Next day I returned calls to all my friends and family. While on the phone, the doorbell rang and we expected another unannounced visitor, but this time it was delivery of fruit basket from ‘Friends at work’.
I resumed work following the weekend. For several weeks my colleagues ensured to pick me from home and drop me back as I could not drive. Suresh even drove me to shops to pick up a surprise Valentine gift for my wife. Friends continued to drop at home and kept me entertained and cheerful. Visits from friends, phone calls, emails, forum message and ‘Get Well Soon’ cards worked miraculously. Love, care and thoughts of my friends and family worked better than medicines and healed by hurting body. I am lucky to have such wonderful people around me.