Aurelia woke up in a start of the next day after about 10 hours of unconscious sleep. Amber who had just entered the room to check on her, rushed to her side.
Aurelia looked confused at where and what happened….Amber gave a reassuring look and said, “It is ok…We just met the doctors, your father seems to be improving. They said when you are up to it, you can even meet him.”
Aurelia then sighed and said, “But why am I in the hospital bed, ….how did I reach here?”
Amber hugged her and said,”You fainted last night…the doctor said it is the exhaustion and the shock of the accident combined”. She said it so matter-of-factly…that even she was amazed.
Aurelia slowly removed her blankets and got up. Amber enquired, “Are you sure that you are ready?”
“Yes…I am sorry I have lost all memory of what happened last night…”
They then slowly walked to Aurelia’s father, knocked on the door of the Intensive Care. The attending nurse led Aurelia into the adjacent room where she was told to use a sanitizer. The nurse also helped her cover her mouth and gave a clean scrub coat so that she doesn’t pass any infections to her father.
She then saw her father. Her father was awake and the minute he saw her, his eyes were filled with tears. He even attempted to say something but was stopped short by the doctor.
After about five minutes of communication with their eyes, the doctor led Aurelia out. As they reached outside, the doctor said, “Aurelia, I have some bad news for you…”
Amber held Aurelia’s hands and signalled to Aaron to come to them as soon as possible.
Aurelia took a deep breath and said softly, “Go ahead…I think I have the energy to hear it.”
“Well….I am not too sure that your father will make it through this day..”
Amber reacted,”I thought you just said that his condition was improving …”
“Yes, that is what I had thought too…but it seems that the improvement was very temporary and he is declining again…”
Aaron noticed Aurelia was still expressionless. He thought can I hold her, slap her…make her cry …She needs to cry…What the hell is going on in her mind…Why is she not giving in to the thoughts or the emotions?
As all these thoughts passed his head, the doctor had continued about being strong and keeping up hopes and so on…