Love in the time of plague

Nivedita Roy

Nivedita Roy

She was torn apart with her handicap to balance her professional and personal life.
The Hippocratic oath masked all other thoughts. The surge of patients in the hospital was rising by the hour. She was caged with ailing and infected patients. Her physical being was trapped in the ppt kit, but her thoughts lingered between her loved ones and her duty.
She was on the verge of breaking down and running away from all this ‘call of duty’ jargon.
She overheard a few colleagues complaining about no one cares. Even the system was helpless against this fury of nature and wide spreading virus. The medical staff and team were under immense pressure. 

Her heart was heavy with guilt of leaving him and her baby at home . She had not been home since a fortnight. 
Today she felt remorse for all those times she threw a tantrum at home, argued with him, hurt his feelings by vocalizing her regret of marrying him. How could she be so ruthless?
He stood by her in this crisis, her emotional war of choosing her duty over family. 
What were his thoughts at this moment? Is he regretting his decision too?
Is he going to be her forever knight in shining armour? 
She had been sitting in the canteen over a tepid cup of tea lost in her din of emotions. 

Her cell phone buzzed. It was her “only moral support”, her spouse. They conversed for a while and she felt a wave of calmness engulf her. His assurance to look after their child well, his faith in her capabilities, his silent love for her made her feel better. 
His words rang in her ears , his caressing voice made her nostalgic. She wanted to cuddle in those strong arms. She wanted his warm breath on her crowning glory. She wondered if she would ever have those moments again. Will she leave the hospital alive? 
Her only solace remained that he loved her and her precious off spring was in safe hands.
At this juncture she had to carry on till more help arrived and she would be able to go home for some rest and breather. 
There were many others like her who had chosen duty over safe confines of their hearth.
They too had the pangs of separation and stressing circumstances. 
She resolved to face the challenge with a renewed hope of going back soon with the precautions of isolation and regular tests. 
With love in her heart and courage in her eyes she walked back to the ward to tend to her charges. 

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