Stuck in Paradise

November 8, 2007

Everyone knows the typical question “if you were stuck on a deserted island what would you do ? / what would you wish you had with you ? / or even who would you like with you ?”

Well imagine you’re stuck on a happening island with so much to do, from trekking, to rock climbing, to diving, biking, island hoping and so much more; But, you can NOT do anything.. in-fact you have not yet even seen the beach.. worse yet you have only seen the airport, checked into a hotel the straight to the hospital.. yes hospital..

So here I am, after spa-ing in the North with Dad he decided he wanted to see the south of the country seeming he never had. So we booked spontaneously and the day we arrive, he falls sick, very sick; it scared me so much. I took him to the hospital and he’s been admitted the past 6 days, he’s had an emergency surgery and now he’s well.

It was so amazingly strange that in the midst of the holiday madness and storm of tourist on this very popular island, I felt very alone!

I felt I was on a deserted island.

So here’s my input for you about being stuck on an island:

– Even though I wasn’t on a deserted island it felt that way coz I was alone and felt I was losing my dad (allah e7aftha)

– In such a situation, you won’t care about a safe place to stay (I stayed mostly in the hospital bunking up outside the ICU)

– You won’t need a laptop or phone (though I kept in-touch with family and had support from a few friends.. I really wasn’t in the mood to chat)

– You won’t need food coz you’ll lose your appetite and if you starve you’ll make do with whatever you find.

– You will need hope and faith to keep your spirits high.

– but mostly you will need COMPANY.

After a few days my brothers arrived and it was nice to finally have a shoulder to lean on. So at the end of the day if I was stuck on a deserted island, all I’d want with me is … is … is someone to give me a hug, tell me all will be ok and a friendly face to smile to when I’m feeling low.

Dad is well (7imdilla), we’re just waiting for the doc to give us the ok so we may travel back home. Bro’s have been fab and the best support a little sister could ever have. Those friends who know have been beyond thoughtful and caring, and those who have yet to know I know they woulda been too. 

One thing I have to note is that this is a fab Hospital and have not seen the likes of it or anything close anywhere, not in Europe, States or the Middle East !

We all fear losing the ppl we love, to me maybe that is my biggest fear. but I must say I learned to balance that fear by trying to understand the cycle of life, and death. During my Father’s toughest days at the ICU, the nurses would ask me to leave as it’s against hospital regulation for anyone to be there for long. The newborn baby nursery was close to the ICU, I would step out and gaze through the nursery window and attain an instant sensation of warmth and calmness. It’s amazing how the sight of children could make you forget the worries of the world, or atleast in my case it made my mind at ease.

P.S.

Their kids here are beyond adorable ! They look like real life anime.. they even sound like it too ! absolutely adorable I tell you !!