Tulisan ini dikongsikan oleh Dr. Anna yang menceritakan pengalaman sayunya di sebuah Hospital di Sabah ketika merawat seorang pakcik yang seolah-oleh tidak diberi perhatian oleh keluarganya.
Semoga kisah ini menjadi iktibar kepada semua bahawa hargai lah ibu-bapa kita selama mana mereka masih bernyawa. Baca lagi:
I was surprised by my patient’s reply when I asked him to eat more so that he can go back by weekend.
Aik, kenapa pakcik? I glanced at the case note just to make sure he celebrates Raya.
He refused to tell me. His blood sugar level is persistently low, so I have to explain to him that he cannot depend on iv drip forever.
That evening, I asked him again.
Aiyaaa pak cik macam mana mau balik ni..
He looked away.
Kan saya bilang saya tidak mau pulang.
Every day he will just lie on bed. Both patients beside him are being visited by relatives every day. He would look away and pretend to fall asleep. When night comes he will ask the nurses help to sit him up. And he will stay awake all night.
Yesterday I asked the nephew when I spotted him at the bedside playing COC. Kenapa dia tidak boleh jalan? He shook his head.
Berapa lama suda dia tidak dapat jalan?
He shrugged. Tidak pasti he said.
Kamu tidak tinggal serumah?
Tinggal. Tapi dia d bilik di bawah.
I imagined how he is in the room downstairs, and will stay there throughout the day if nobody assisted him.
Mana anak-anak dia?
Ada. Sibuk kerja.
This is too much.
Today I saw him again. He was expecting me to come. Smiling ear to ear. Face freshly washed.Maybe after dialysis yesterday he is feeling better.
Hai pak cik.
He nodded approvingly.
Nak harini banyak pakcik makan. He pointed at the bowl of porridge in front of him.
Dua mangkuk pakcik makan.
Iya? Wah bagus tu pakcik. Sedap ka?
He grinned. Iya. Sedap. Anak pak cik hantar tadi.
I looked at the porridge. Plain porridge. Cold.Betul lah orang cakap, masakan orang kesayangan kita yang paling sedap di dunia.
Mana dorang pak cik?
Dia kasi kirim saja tu bubur. Ada benda penting dorang mau beli.
Nak. Ada pakcik mau tanya.
He must be in a good mood today. The amount of words he said this morning is more than the whole week I have been seeing him.
Tanya lah pak cik.
Ada sampul duit raya ka jual sini? Mau bagi cucu duit sikit.
I didn’t ask further.
Tiada pak cik. Nanti sy cari di kedai.
I finished my review as fast as I could and turned away. My heart aching, tears pooling in my eyes.
Please, include your parents in any celebrations in your life. Don’t dump them here.They don’t need new cushion, new baju raya, expensive gifts.Even plain porridge can make them happy.