The Doctor’s RebukeThe disturbed Nibha went to her elder brother's room to discuss an important issue. Her brother, Somesh, was humming his favourite song and arranging some official files when he noticed his sister's anxious look. Somesh stopped arranging his papers and lovingly asked about her anxiety.
Nibha conveyed that their father had piles which led to heavy bleeding. She added that he had become very fragile. Even their mother had asked him about his problem yesterday, but he brushed it aside. Nibha also suggested that it was time to consult a renowned doctor.
Somesh understood the gravity of the situation so decided to take a leave from the office. He and Nibha went to their father and requested him to get ready so that they could take him to a hospital for a check-up. Mr Dharmesh Seth wanted to convince them that there was no need to consult an allopathic doctor because he was taking homoeopathic medicines from his doctor friend. Both the children ignored his words and nagged him to get ready for the hospital.
After a while, they drove to a well-known missionary hospital. Nibha helped her father to come out of the car, and Somesh went to park the car. He looked pale and was fumbling while walking so, his daughter held him tightly and slowly walked towards the entrance of the hospital building. In the meantime, a nurse who was passing by noticed Mr Seth and reacted very quickly. She asked Nibha to wait while she swiftly went to bring a wheelchair for the patient. She came running with a wheelchair and helped Mr Seth to sit. Thereafter, she guided them to the outdoor ward and asked Nibha to complete the formalities for consulting a doctor.
Thereafter Somesh came to know about Dr Sinha, a surgeon, whom their family knew very well, was present at the outdoor. He booked an appointment and waited for their turn to come. Sometime later it was Mr Seth's turn, and the moment all of them entered the doctor's cabin, the doctor wanted to know about the patient's problem. Immediately, the doctor advised for a blood test to find out the haemoglobin percentage. A lab boy came and collected the blood sample, and meanwhile, the doctor examined the patient. Dr Sinha asked Mr Seth to keep lying. The patient, his children and the doctor all seemed worried. Later, Somesh collected the blood report and brought it to Dr Sinha.
The doctor's facial impression frightened the siblings, so they impatiently waited to know the report. Dr Sinha said that the haemoglobin percentage was too low and the patient needed surgery to remove piles. Even he advised for a few bottles of blood before the operation as an emergency. While giving advice, the doctor lost his calm and rebuked Nibha and Somesh. Dr Sinha mentioned that they belonged to an educated family, had no dearth of knowledge, knew your father was on a pacemaker, had knowledge about father's blood loss which might take away life, lived in the middle of the city, knew the hospital, even was aware of the doctor, had no transportation issue, and still behaved like ignorant. The reaction of the doctor left Nibha and Somesh at their wits' end. They felt guilty, got terrified, and became more concerned about their father's health.
By God's grace, the medical treatment worked well, and Mr Seth recovered completely. Almost after twenty days, the doctor discharged him. Nibha and Somesh accompanied their father back home in a happy mood.
I used the idiom, at wits' end, in the story. This is my entry for the short story contest