Friday, June 22, 2012

Coming soon - a short story!

"Aparna has been on dialysis for the past four and half years. She was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure about five years back at the age of 24. Anyone would have been devastated with this sequence of events but not Aparna. She quickly gathered herself and fought to regain control of her life."

"Dr. Suketu Jha is the Chief Nephrologist at Bangalore's Charaka Hospital. Dr. Jha hated for a transplant to fail. A transplant, he believed was the ultimate challenge in nephrology. It was the only real treatment, he felt. Dialysis - even daily - was at best a compromise. Yes, good, frequent, long duration dialysis did offer a good quality of life but it wasn't even close to the quality of life offered by a transplant."

"Prakash took pride in his work. He was extremely confident about his abilities. Education-wise Prakash was like many other dialysis technicians - no graduation degree, only a diploma in Dialysis Technology. Yet, he was very skilled. Patients wanted only him to cannulate. They hardly felt any pain. He could cannulate in one attempt."

These are the main characters from a short story, "In you we trust" that I wrote recently. I will be posting one part of this story every day, starting tomorrow.

I have been thinking of writing a short story for a long time. I have not come across any fiction that has a dialysis unit as the primary setting. I thought it would be very interesting to try my hand at this. If it turns out well, great! If not, well, it will still be ok!

Please let me know how you find it. As always, bouquets and brickbats will both be welcome!

1 comment:

Shilpi said...

Kamal the story can be fine as few days back I read in newspaper about 2 kidney patients who were on dialysis got transplanted and during this period they came closer because of facing similar prolems and having similar pain. Post transplant they got married, isn't that interesting so go ahead with your one.