A 65 year old was admitted under our unit in the ICU. She had consumed a bottle of poison and was found unconscious. She was on ventilator support and was started on the antidote for that poison. It took around 5 days for her to regain consciousness and to be extubated.
As we were standing by her bedside, my thoughts started wandering. I looked at the old frail grandmother in front of me and my mind was questioning her. Why?? Why did you consider such a drastic deed? What were your thoughts when you reached for that bottle? I watched in silence as the bystanders questioned our unit chief about their mother’s condition. Concern was flowing in their tone and their faces begged for hope. But my mind was not convinced- Where were you guys when your mother was upset enough to attempt suicide? Why did you miss her distress call??
It got me thinking…are there people in my life who are on the verge of jumping off life’s cliff? Am I missing any distress calls? It’s important to ponder this and if someone in your life is in need and is crying out silently, try and be of support. Because it might be a single moment’s wrong thought that might pull the trigger onto life’s forehead.