Advertisement
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021
Outlook.com

Daughter’s Diary

A doctor in London. She’s also a daughter, with her parents in Chennai. Corona has come home, but home is far away…. Ruminations from the edge, on the intimate and the universal.

Daughter’s Diary
Illustration by Saahil
Daughter’s Diary
outlookindia.com
2021-05-21T13:56:30+05:30
Eighty-eight

Somehow, 88 fills me with dread. It’s the figure I remember the most from the first wave of the pandemic. Patients would be wheeled in with their clip-on pulse oxymeters blinking in the red. 90, 89, 88…. The oxygen mask would be strapped on, and life would flow through plastic, but I have vivid memories of patients talking calmly on their mobile phones, their sense of comfortable breathing undisturbed. They talked their way to ICU—the low oxygen imperceptible even as their organs were being starved of it. Things would be seemingly stable, and then suddenly the ground would give way, spiralling all the way to lung failure…. Numbers play tricks on perception. An oxygen reading of 89 was reassuringly close to 90, but 88 was far too close to 87, and my stomach would tighten at what it foretold.

Family Air Bubble

When my mother’s oxygen dipped to 88 the other day, I was paralysed with...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Punjab Congress Crisis: Razia Sultana Steps Down From Cabinet In 'Solidarity' With Sidhu

Punjab Congress Crisis: Razia Sultana Steps Down From Cabinet In 'Solidarity' With Sidhu

Two Punjab Congress office-bearers also resigned from their posts following Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation from the post of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President on Tuesday.

Zojila Tunnel Work Is Challenging But Govt Has Strong Will To Complete It In Time: Gadkari

Zojila Tunnel Work Is Challenging But Govt Has Strong Will To Complete It In Time: Gadkari

The union minister visited the Zojila tunnel, which will be the longest tunnel in Asia, and reviewed the progress of work.

Hardik Blitz Stuns Punjab As Mumbai Revive IPL Playoff Hopes

Hardik Blitz Stuns Punjab As Mumbai Revive IPL Playoff Hopes

Hardik Pandya finally showed glimpses of his destructive prowess with the bat.

Kanhaiya Kumar Joins Congress, Dalit Leader Jignesh Mevani Extends Support

Kanhaiya Kumar Joins Congress, Dalit Leader Jignesh Mevani Extends Support

Former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was previously with the CPI(M) while Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani is an independent MLA from Gujarat and the convener of RDAM.

Advertisement