Sunday, August 12, 2012

"short at noon, long at eve"

His disease was progressing, and his body was becoming almost bed bound. He was suffering from ALS, a disease known to trap mind in an immobile body; some say that this disease can hold ones soul captive in an earthly medium for eternity.

He was supported via artificial means, and a ventilator was connected to his tracheostomy tube. His eyes were bright so was his peaking soul through his eyes. No words can capture those moments as I write these lines.

He was a man without a shadow, one of my colleagues said. I saw no shadow as he was lying flat in bed, it seems his body was protecting his shadow. Some may say that he was being carried on on his shadow; a weak body supported by its shadow like a cushion while being bed bound.

To some those patients lying in a bed bound state lose a lot including their shadows.

Others make us aware of the facts like shadows are short at noon, long at eve. Surely shadows have a purpose, I used to ponder what until now when another usefulness of shadow was revealed. I saw a bed bound patient resting peacefully on his shadow, surely shadows have purposes.


leo said...

Dr. Danish
You express the inner feelings of others beautifully.
Ypu are not only a physian but also a great writer.
Lovely post

tariq mian said...

The shadow is an unconscious complex defined as the repressed, suppressed or disowned qualities of the conscious self.
A person deals with the reality of the shadow in denial mode, or projection or integration or transmutation, and his shadow may represent hidden positive qualities.

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Hilary said...

Well expressed. ALS is one of the diseases feared the most.

Jean said...

You delve so deep with your thoughts.

Reading your stories makes me chew the thought and discover undreamed flavors.