Sharing some real Life happenings / experiences …. 5 (Driving my car for the first time….)

When i completed my graduation studies and was awaiting for the final result, my father decided that i should take car driving classes under a instructor from any reputable firm. I initially took one week vehicle driving classes and it was extended for one more week after the consultation of my father with the company to have a strong solid grip over driving in the rushy areas of the city. The car i drove during the classes had a double control system with the instructor. After completing the car driving classes, i never drove my own or any other car for one whole year. May be, my father was not much convinced with the learning as well as reluctant to take risk (every parent is too careful) and never given permission to drove the car.

One day, when i woke up at about 6:15 am in the morning and witnessed my father had a paralysis attack when he was walking towards another room but was unaware of the problem he suffered (due to unconsciousness after a sleep). He had a surgery of prostate at the local hospital on the same day which was cancelled later due to the issue. Right side of his body was not working and had a problem with speaking ability. He asked me during the movement “Why you woke up so early” and i replied that i am planning to go for a morning walk. I suddenly went to my Mom’s room and informed her about the problem and paralysis attack. She immediately called family doctor and upon his advice we decided that till the  arrival of the doctor, we could not tell him about the issue and show that a minor problem has effected his one hand. My father went back to sleep and was not properly aware / conscious of the issue he was facing nor we informed him.

The doctor checked my father and informed that he has suffered a problem due to blockage by a clot in the brain. We were undecided that either we could take him to the emergency in the hospital or await till he woke up. Till that time, my families doctor and another relative consulted with his colleagues and decided that my father could be taken directly to a specialist named Dr. Javed Akram (of Medicine) had a private hospital at Jail road, Lahore instead of any government hospital (where immediate attention was impossible due to lack of facilities and extreme rush). Dr. Javaid Akram was working at the rank of Professor at King Edward Medical College  & Mayo Hospital Lahore (Asia’s largest hospital) at that time as he was an employee of the government. I took my father to his private hospital at about 4:30 pm and it was the first time that i drove my families car after taking driving classes and passing of a whole year.

The doctor arrived at 6:30 pm and checked my father by using different medical instruments and admitted him in the ICU for immediate medication. After several tests and a City Scan, he informed about the blood clots in the brain. I along with my mother awaited outside the ICU. At about 11:45 pm (after 4 hours of the initial checkup and continuous medication), Dr. Javiad Akram informed us that my father has recovered 98% of the attack and only his face will require some days with physical therapy to get back to the original position. We thanked Allah Almighty (God) for his blessings and the doctor for the services.

It was really a miracle that my father was fine and recovered from the paralysis with in 24 hours from the time of the start of the attack. My father was happy that i drove the car to the hospital on that day as he was sitting along side with me. During the 9 days till the time he was released from the hospital, i drove my car on daily basis brought food items / medicines or fulfilling other requirements.

The gained knowledge at any time of life always help in overcoming issue

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About ***** Azfar Abbas *****

My name is Azfar Abbas I am an MPA, a Development Sector Consultant & Operations Management Specialist. Worked with the IBRD (The World Bank), PIFD and international organizations. A Lahoree by birth, Taurian by Star, music freak, a writter, singer and a food lover from Lahore, Pakistan
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