I had admitted this patient of mine to hospital with a blood sugar of 550. He was an alcoholic and developed diabetes because of that. He was not too well off and was therefore in the general ward. I did what I had to do and he was now ready for discharge. He was sitting up in bed, all fresh and packed and ready to leave. So I said “ mag kai, ghari janaar?” He gave me an enthusiastic smile and said yes. There is this camaraderie and friendship that develops in a general ward, between patients. They talk about their lives, their illnesses and give solace to each other. Much like group therapy. And when we doctors are on our rounds to see these patients, these new found friends are all ears to listen to our exchange. And the patients don’t mind it either.
They are one big family for that time. And so, with no reservations, I said “ aaj pasun daru band” and he touches his ears and says “ agadi band. Shappat ghetliye me”. Everyone laughed out loud and I said “ Arre baap re, konachi?” And he says “ ani konachi ghenaar? Aai baapanchich ki. “ and he proceeds to give me the logic “ mula tar choti aahet”😂😂😂 ( read as: Aai baap are anyway old, so tyanchi shappat ghetli tar chalte in case I start drinking again!!!!). Aai shappat!!!!