“Brother, Bed number 2023 is bleeding.”
“Pinch his nose.”
“He’s bleeding through his mouth.”
“If you block the bleeding through the opening on his neck, blood will get out through the alternate open channel. Will it not?”
“Sister, Bed number 2014 is unconscious. Come fast.”
“Add this medicine to bed number 2025’s drip.”
Sisters and brothers. Tending to wounds. External as well as internal. Many a times, the invisible ones too. Healing hands. They are. Indeed.
Doctors diagnose the problem and prescribe the treatment. The management is done by these siblings, born to different mothers.
I sat next to Bed number 2022 as an attendant watching these brothers and sisters in action.
‘Tough’ seemed hollow to describe their usual day at work. Shift as they call it. They have to chart out and summarise the details of the visits of various consultants and duty doctors into the file neatly labelled ‘Bed number so-and-so.’ This apart from attending to the various emergency SOS calls.
If you want to understand the concept of one is to many, consider a visit to one of the hospitals at least for a day.
You may ask, “But don’t they get paid for it?”
All I can say is , I pity you.
Blood, sputum, urine, blood, puss, cotton, vomit…these are some of the perks they get along with the pay package.
Hats off to all the nurses; sisters and brothers, who tirelessly tend to the numerous bed numbers which are occupied by various faces. I doubt if they remember all the names. But I’m sure some would remain etched in their memories for a long while. Some that gave them that wordless look of gratitude. Some that made them feel content about their decision to choose this noble profession. Some that pressed their hands softly as if whispering a silent ‘Thank You’.
But there are also some faces that they’ll remember for the thankless looks and hateful words that they throw their way without a second thought.
I have heard people complain that they weren’t treated properly by the nurses or the housekeeping staff. Or they did not get ‘service’ according to the payment made. I believe if we bridge the gap between service and humanity, and treat them as one of our kind instead of one-born-to-serve-us, we shall be devoid of a lot of unnecessary burden.
Sincere gratitude to this tribe across the globe.
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