“I feel pity for those who get ill”

The story takes its start when I felt a great pain in my body. I was shivering with cold. Everyone knew that these symptoms are same as malaria. Two of my sisters took me to the emergency ward of our God blessed (or shall I say God forsaken :) hospital Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

Before going any further, I would like to inform my readers about the hospital. It is the biggest hospital in Islamabad. It deals with thousands of patients daily. Patients include from having miner injuries to big surgeries. It is the busiest hospital of the city.

I was taken in to the emergency ward. First, my blood pressure and temperature was taken. Blood pressure was fine but then the nurse never bothered to take the sleeves off my two thick jackets I was wearing due to extreme shivering so one will never know in reality what the blood pressure actually was. I was dying with pain all over my body as my muscles were very rigged after more then an hours violent shivering.. Moreover, the attendant was not sure which doctor would examine me. I had to shift three stools before a doctor was ready to see me ever so reluctantly.

At last, a doctor came to me and examined me. The examination contained listening to what ever my sisters had to say with half closed watery eyes and complete lake of interest. He decided to admit me and ask my sister to go and find an empty bed, which was found after running back and forth to all the room twice as no one knew where what was available. Apparently, if you go to the toilet without leaving some one to guard your bed, you might find some one else laying there on your return. Not to mention the filth on the bed sheet that my sisters had to spread their jackets under me to lie on so that I will not touch the disgusting sheet.

The next shock came when he asked the nurse to administer a drip with 6 big doses of injections with any test or pre-meditation about what my case or cause was… When my sister inquired what the diagnostic was, he said it might be this, that, or the other thing. One must wonder what the medicine was for this, that or the other thing 

Well well well, the misery does not end here. Yes, there is much more to tell :)

A male nurse came inside the room with three syringes. It took him five minutes to not find a vein. I suddenly jumped and the room was full of screams, the needle was killing me but he was not ready to pull it out until my sister yelled at him. Then he pulled it out and said it just got bended in side that’s all… AHHHHHHGGGGHHH. Can you believe that? He knew it but would take it out until some one almost strangled him.

There was so much pain and the noise in the ward was making it even worst. People were running around chatting at top of their lungs, cell phone ringing and what not my God. It looked like a Machli Mandi, with all sorts of hawkers selling their goods or as if it was a zoo not a hospital where monkeys are having party and elephants are running from one corner to another.

It was not all only painful though; there was humor available as well. It all started with a doctor hitting on my sister. It is quite common in our society for men to try to line maro on girls but some are more idiotic then others and this one toped them all. To try to find a common ground desperately he complained that no girls come to this hospital in modern clothing and we were all wondering what that has to do with patients showing up in emergency ward. It is not a nightclub after all or a fashion runway. We were betting at the end of that brilliant conversation how long would it take him to ask for one or our phone numbers for his lonely life.

Anyways after four long hours in hell, I was finally discharged from the emergency ward and sent back home with heavy doss of medicine. Three days later, I learned I had Malaria but I was taking Typhoid medicine. Great Eh.

Moral of the story for me was; always read up on different problems, their symptoms and possible treatment knowledge so that no one will make a fool of me again. I will advise you to do that same and take your life in your own hands at least as long as next generation when may be our children will make better doctors, just maybe.

Best of luck for if you ever get sick within this lifetime within Islamabad, but hey its not all that bad, you might get date out of it if you are willing take any fool that comes your way ;)


9 Comments so far

  1. A for Apple (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 12:03 am

    Ah han thats really bad … hope you are feeling fine now … get well soon :)

    so whats that malaria or typhoid finally ;>

    PIMS was not such a bad hospital few yrs back … wat happened now … :O

  2. Sa'ad (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 10:04 pm
  3. Rick Shaw (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

    But I thought women rights bill has been approved? We need leadership from our women at all levels even such as this one. You (or your sister) should have reminded the doctor to maintain a professional behavior or should have refused to be treated by him.

    However i agree the Med System is big time messed up, I remember getting into a fight and huge argument at the same hospital when I had a stomach ache and they were about to operate me for appendix. I was dying with pain but I stood my ground. I am a guy but women also MUST take action & openly reject any stupid behavior.

    I am in US now amazingly the med system here is equally messed up by the way. A simple blood test can cost you hundreds of dollars even if u have insurance, its like a big mafia. At least in PK people have some humanity, in US that is becoming a rare thing they just follow the system even if it is wrong.

    The once I really feel sorry for are the poor people who travel miles & days from small villages spend all their savings to come to big hospitals for a better treatment. They dont have the means to educate themselves about the illness. They are our family too (Pakistan), so it is very important to take action whenever possible.

  4. Talha (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

    There is a hadeeth that says that Pain is one of the thing that is one of the possible causes for the blessings of Allah on humans, and washing of their sins.

    Only Allah knows the best.

    May He give us eternal peace and salvation!

  5. 1967 (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 9:30 am

    I hope you are doing well now Ghalia.

  6. Fauzan (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 12:26 pm

    @ Asma, POPULATION EXPLOSION is what has happened! With a less than 20 percent literacy rate and people accelerating their cars and the no. of kids at the same pace, what else do you expect? Chaos, Panic, and sheer disorder is just waiting to happen.
    Having said that, the hospital is by far one of the worst hospitals in the country and no the fact that it is ‘oh so huge’ is gonna get it no medals! The administration simply sucks (they literally do, when you see them doing nothing all day but ‘sucking’ tea!). I also had to go there once, a while back, and sat there for two hours with absolutely no attention being provided. It was only after I made some calls and used influence that they sat up and took notice and well after that it was as if I owned the place! Such is the state of affairs in so many of these government hospitals. You are lucky if you know the who and the what but if you don’t, it is best to take a good novel with you ;)
    Better yet, if you can, go to Shifa!

  7. A for Apple (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 11:20 pm

    @Fauzan: Hmmm ahh I personally don’t like al-shifa too … after seeing SKMCH and the whole administration and management and above of all treatment of SKMC every hopital sux … and looks so dirty … anyways my sis was in children’s hospital … it was good some 3-4 yrs back … try going there ghalia next time[[god forbid]] :>

  8. 1967 (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

    Population is definitely the issue here. Especially for a country like ours, with such a low literacy rate, and inefficient management systems. If we had systems like the Japanese have, by all means make Islamabad the Tokyo of sub continent in terms of population. Until that happens, please have mercy on your future generations and stop proliferating like rabbits! Of course the mullahs would definitely vote against it but then again, they are trying to cure dengue virus by “Daams”. Anyway the choice is yours.

  9. Nosheen (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 2:17 pm

    Brevity is the hall mark of wit…. heard some where just wanted to drop this line.

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