Four nurses quickly wheeled him to the E.R.
“Keep an eye on his pulse!”
“Keep pressure on his wound!”
They finally arrived and everyone got to work. It started to beep on the monitor.
“We are losing him; hurry up people! Get me the defibrillator!”
The doctor hit his chest.
“Charge!” He did it again.
“Once more. Come on heart, beat!”
Everyone heaved a sigh of relief after the next minute of frantic rush of adrenaline.
Ted’s eyes opened weakly. Everything was a mess of a blur. He began to panic.
“Where am I?” He asked no one in particular. He stretched out his arm in despair.
“Hey…it’s okay; you’re in a hospital,” a female voice said and then he felt a soft warm hand on his.
“Hospital? What happened?”
“You were involved in a car accident. You were badly injured but thank God, you made it.” He could sense the contentment in her voice. He closed his eyes for a moment and then some of his latest memories flashed in his mind. He felt a sharp pain slash him in the heart. He groaned.
“Are you okay?”
“You should have let me go.”
“What are you saying? Aren’t you glad you made it, at least for your family and loved ones?”
“I have no loved one.”
“I beg to differ…” Her hand left his and she put the ring box in his hand.
“Your phone was destroyed in the crash so we couldn’t contact anyone. Is there anyone you’d want me to call for you?”
“No I’m good; thanks.”
“Are you sure?” He nodded.
“Not even the one whom this jewel is for?” He shook his head.
“Okay; I’ll go and get the doctor.” The nurse exited the room. Ted opened the box and the gleam of the ring brought tears to his eyes. He closed it.
The doctor came in with the nurse.
“Hello, I’m glad you see you awake. Hope you are feeling okay,” the doctor inquired.
“Oh I’ve seen better days.” They both chuckled.
“I’m Dr. Grant and the nurse attending to you is Ms. Baker and our patient here is…” he introduced, turning towards the nurse.
“Call me Ted.”
“Okay…let me check you out for a minute, all right? He flashed his little light at his pupils.
“Um…doctor, I can’t seem to see things clearly,” Ted said.
“Everything is so blur and messed up.”
“Okay; don’t worry about it. I’ll call the specialist to come and check you out. I’ll be right back.” He left.
“Is it that bad, your sight I mean?” she asked.
“I can’t make out your face so yeah, I guess.”
“It will get back to normal.”
“The CT scans show that the optic array is pretty disturbed and I’m sure it’s appropriate to say that impact of the crash has everything to do with it,” Dr. Grant was informed.
“Okay; so is it a temporary issue or should we be worried?”
“It is hard to say at the moment. Let’s monitor him and see.”
Ted was wheeled back to his room after the scan.
“There is nothing to worry about, Ted. Get some rest and let’s see what happens, okay?”
“I’ll see you in a couple of hours.” The nurse adjusted the bed so he could take a nap comfortably.
“What is happening?” he said suddenly.
“What is it?”
“My sight…everything is turning darker.”
“What do you mean?” Concern arose in her voice.
“No…” She took his hand in hers to calm him down.
“I’m losing my sight, nurse!”
“Oh no, you’re not. You’re just stressed.”
“I’m serious…my sight is failing. Call the doctor!”
“Doctor Grant!” she called out.
“I can’t see….doctor, why can’t I see?” Ted asked helplessly.
“The intensity of the crash tampered with your optic functions of your brain. There’s no need to panic, this is just temporary. You’ll have your sight back in no time,” Dr. Grant assured him.
“I can’t believe this is happening to me….what I’ve been through this past 24 hours is what usually happens to people during their entire lifetime.”
“We know this is difficult but you’ll be fine. You survived the scary part,” the nurse comforted. “Are you sure you don’t want us to contact anyone for you? You do need someone by your side at such an emotional time, Ted,” she added.
“She’s right, Ted. Emotional support counts a lot in the recovery process,” the doctor said.
“I think I’ll take my nap now,” Ted said. The doctor and nurse exchanged a glance and walked out of the room. Ted burst into laughter which brought tears to his face.
“I fell for Anita so blindly with my eyes opened and it had to take my eyes to go blind for me to realize who she really was. Life is funny,” he said to himself.