005. Mind Plays Games

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I made it to the new year!

It’s our tradition to bring in the new year in Mahabaleshwar. We drive down on New Year’s Eve, buy the famous footwear that is a must when visiting Mahabaleshwar, have dinner at a dhaba and then drive back after 12. Dinesh is absolutely superstitious about this as he thinks this tradition brings in good luck! We plan our year-end holidays around this. If we are travelling, we make sure that we are in town for the new year. We couldn’t do it that year and as silly it sounds; it seemed like the superstitions were true.

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003. The Dark Nights

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I opened my eyes and I saw Dinesh. Everything felt strange and unfamiliar. I asked him “what are you doing here?” He was holding my hand and told me I wasn’t well and that we are in hospital for my treatment. I was in shock and complete disbelief. Who? Me and unwell? And I drifted back to oblivion.

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002. The Day It Collapsed

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The chest physician got me admitted in the hospital as the X-ray that day had shown a major lung congestion. Other than that, most of the reports were normal but I had breathing difficulty and major fatigue, so he had advised oxygen support, put me on steroids for immediate relief and I was also given nebulization. The treatment seemed to be working, and I got a much-needed relief as well as being able to rest without any interruptions. It was a very normal hospitalization, at least that’s what I thought.

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