It was early winter of 2007. Raining had stopped, afternoon hours were pretty Sunny. I was 27 years. I just had come back to Koppa (where I was doing my MD – 3 years post graduation in Ayurvedic pharmaceutics), after attending a family member’s marriage. I met my younger cousins in the marriage, who, after finishing their software engineering courses, were in high paying jobs.
I heard about their salaries. Around 40,000 – 50,000 Indian Rupees per month. I, being elder to them, was earning Rs 1,500 per month as stipend given by the college. Over that, I was burning my mother’s pension money for fees and studies.
When I returned to Koppa, my head was heavy with comparing thoughts. Obviously depressed and agitated.
The very next day, I got a call from a local doctor. He was going on a trip, so he wanted me to handle his clinic for 2 days. I used to accept these offers because, by that time, I already was a doctor and it was earning me some part time cash.
So, I went to his clinic and started treating patients on that day. During leisure, I took a piece of paper and was frantically calculating the amount per hour, my cousins were earning. It was around 315 rupees per hour. I then calculated my earning. -112 rupees (minus 112) per hour. I was so aghast and overwhelmed with negative thoughts!
Then a lady with her son came to the clinic. Son was ill, I prescribed some medicines and while they were leaving, I noticed that she was limping. She was having a big 4 inch thorn in her heel. I offered to get it removed but she was hesitant due to cost involved. I assured I will take only 50 rupees for its removal.
I injected local anaesthesia (yes, we, Ayurvedic doctors in India, legally can do minor surgeries). With a forceps started taking out the thorn.
5 minutes passed, I started sweating. Over this, that money per hour thing was ringing…
“I am a born looser, good for nothing idiot.. etc”.
She said that it is okay, let it be…
That added to my frustration.
I took a scalpel and dug around the root part of the thorn in her feet. It loosened a bit. With all force, for 20 seconds, I held the thorn with scalpel and made last ditch effort to get it out.
On one fine moment, the long thorn came out suddenly. I still can feel that feeling of thorn coming out in my mind. It was like “Chsheeeeeek…..”. A clean, swift exit without very minimal bleeding. I was so relieved to see her smile. I bandaged and sent her off.
Soon after she went, relishing that success, a series of thoughts started flashing in my mind.. “How hard your life may seem now, there is definitely light and success in future, no need to panic, no need to feel negative about your current position, get rid of the doomed feeling and do your daily work and studies with 100 % dedication”.
A landmark incident in my career. Thanks for reading.