“Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, and look it squarely in the eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.” – Ann Landers
Sometimes one looks at this quote and ponders.
Can we really do that?
Is it possible?
Last two weeks have been the most tumultuous in my life, as if an earthquake just shook my life and the whole world came crashing down on me.
One would wonder what I am speaking about. Phew! Let me give a background to my incoherent gibberish. Around two weeks ago my aunt suffered a massive heart attack. She was rushed to the hospital and the doctor declared that she won’t survive. The ground beneath our feet seemed to have shifted. In reply to the doctors statement, my mom said here speak to my husband (My dad is a surgeon) and we can discuss if she will survive or not later. He delivered the emergency treatment and was shifted to the ICU. Her treatment continued and she remained critical for almost one and a half week, post which she stabilized slightly. At the moment, I can say she is stable and will be discharged from the hospital on Friday (3rd Aug 2012). Although the doctors say that she has a month to six months of renewed life, not more. I hope she has more life ahead.
Now, moving to the part that brought turmoil in our lives were three aspects.
1. Running to the hospital
2. Managing her business
3. Managing the NGO
She is a fairly active lady and has loads of activities lined out for the year. Firstly the IT returns had to be filed, we had go and figure out what is kept where and then get the returns filed. This task was assigned to me. Since I have never filed a business return, it took me quite some time to understand the nuances of it. Finally with the help of the chartered accountant we successfully filed the returns.
In addition to that, we had to check her e-mails reply to her clients and so on. The list of work seemed endless but we somehow managed finishing it.
The second task was running the NGO activities on schedule. Most of the activities have been planned and needed execution. This had to be arranged for; three activities are planned for August itself. Phew! I have asked anyone and everyone whom I could get my hands on to help out. I kept reminding myself delegate and execute. On top of this, the inspectors from the FCRA committee came for inspection, in between the tasks we had to provide them with all the details for inspection. God save me has been the word on my lips..
The final part was running to the hospital, we adopted a shift system of sitting in the hospital. As we recruited a full time nurse and a maid, they need to be supervised. Leave them alone and they will play havoc. So in all it has been a troublesome one and a half week. Today is my last shift at the hospital, hope things normalize a bit over the coming period.
These are just a few of the activities in addition to my already hectic life. I have been on my toes and am a bit tired, sleep deprived and cranky at the moment. Hope this phase passes soon.