(This is the fifth part of a short story - Love takes courage) Rohan was waiting patiently for his dad to return from Dr. Mehta's room. There was a knock after what seemed to him like forever. Mr. Karmarkar put on a smile to hide his worry. "Good news!", he exclaimed.
"I had a detailed conversation with Dr. Mehta. He says there is nothing much to worry. This is temporary. There is definitely a problem with your kidneys. Their function is not as good as it should be. But the best part according to Dr. Mehta is that in most cases, the functioning returns in a few days. So, we have to hang on for a few days and then everything should be back to normal."
Pooja hugged Mr. Karmarkar for what seemed like good news. Mrs. Karmarkar was also relieved. She quickly called Shweta to inform her about this.
Rohan was not fully convinced however. He managed a smile but deep down he did not believe his father. His father was generally a big optimist. Somewhere between what Dr. Mehta conveyed to his father and what his father had just conveyed to them, the facts of the matter became painted with a more positive hue.
The next morning Rohan was wheeled in to the Operation Theater for surgery. They were going to insert a catheter in his upper chest. This was called a perm-cath. This would provide an access to his veins to be able to draw out blood for dialysis and put it back again. This was the first time Rohan was having any kind of surgery and was a little nervous. His parents and Pooja were by his side. When they reached the Operation Theater, they were asked to wait outside while Rohan was taken inside.
The three waited outside very tense. They were told it is a very minor surgery but this was Rohan's first ever surgery and the entire shock of diagnosis was quite a lot for them to take with equanimity.
After about two hours, a nurse came out and told them that the surgery was over and that they could come and meet the patient. They were relieved to see him feeling fine. By late afternoon, Rohan was wheeled back to his room.
That evening when Dr. Mehta came to Rohan's room, Rohan asked the others to leave the room and addressed Dr. Mehta.
"Dr. Mehta, I would like you to tell me the truth. Please understand that I have many plans for the future. Both professional and personal. I was going to get married to Pooja later this year. I need to know the truth Dr. Mehta. What is the prognosis?"
"Rohan, I completely understand your point. Please realize however, that in medicine, there are few things that anyone can state with 100% certainty. But I will tell you what I know. Your kidneys are functioning about 30% now. There are some types of kidney disease that can be reversed. There are others that cannot. We cannot say for sure which type you have. We would need to do a biopsy to be able to do that. I will plan a biopsy after a few more days if we think it is necessary."
Rohan thought that was a reasonable explanation. When the others came back in, he seemed more relieved than before. More relieved at knowing the truth.
When you suspect someone is lying, you fear it much more than the truth. The fear of uncertainty is probably more powerful than any real fear. When you know the truth, there is fear only to the extent of the facts. When you are not sure whether to fear or not, the fear that overtakes you can be limitless.