Suresh was admitted in the hospital for 6 months and as the date to the discharge grew closer, more than excitement there was nervousness. A full time nurse and a more than enthusiastic family was there to stand by him in every hour of need but they were worried if they’d be able to handle any more problems that may arise at home.
“I learnt how to live with it. Its Suresh’s will power that kept me going at all times. And the way he thinks about various things. He is very logical and practical” says Jaya.
Relationships often suffer because of miscommunication, but here Jaya and Suresh had only a blink to understand each other’s thoughts and feelings. While we wonder how the couple manages to communicate in spite of Suresh’s inability to mobilize and even speak, Jaya has a story to tell.
“He can only blink his eyes. Over a period of time we decided to make use of this mode for our communication. Initially it was very difficult to find out what he was saying. I would ask him simple questions that had a Yes or No answer but then we realized that wasn’t going to be enough. I quickly found a notebook wrote the letters:
A B C D E F G H
I J K L M N O P
Q R S T U V W X Y Z
I pointed to different letters and he would blink at the right one. I joined them to form words and then to form sentences. And now we don’t even need a notebook, we memorized the positions of the letters. For common words now, I can guess before he completes the word and with the words, I know what he is about to say.”