Pranay Sinha
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Watching life vaporize

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

One of my patients died today. I helped the family decide to withdraw critical care, helped them say their goodbyes, thanked the patient for the privilege of taking care of her, promised her a comfortable end, and then watched as the nurses sedated the patient and removed the breathing tubes.
 
 
As soon as they removed it, her belly started moving up and down, suddenly lively. Gradually, it slowed. The dreaded death rattle was heard...and then there was…
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Verbal Tenesmus: scourge of the single man

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 10:30pm 8 Comments

“Hello, Pranay”, she said airily when we came face-to-face. I was staggered! She knew my name? After doing my customary check for flying pigs in the sky (the ones with wings, not the ones fired from artillery guns for a lark), I smiled a sheepish smile. She was wearing a simple grey dress, had brushed her long straight hair back and was looking at me with the curious smile that pretty women reserve for people named Pranay.  Let’s just call her Helen for this post.…



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The Scary Brown man's burden

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 11:30pm 22 Comments

 

Exhibit A

I was, my mother tells me, a tender child. Strangers couldn't resist pinching my cheeks (an action I longed to reciprocate with a violent punch to the throat). How times have changed!



On the days I don the kurta, the traditional Indian/Afghan upper wear for men, and a five day old stubble, pregnant mothers avert their gaze, passersby speed…

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The Public GPS

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 4:00am 13 Comments

O bharatiya janta (Indian public), may your insatiable thirst for consulting absolute strangers never be quenched and may your sense of direction improve to the point of being only slightly dubious. But, most of all, may your ability to have impromptu debates at the drop of a Gandhi topi (hat) and reach some sort of motley consensus never erode.…

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At 10:50am on December 23, 2012, Zanelle said…

Your writing reminds me of Deepak Chopra.   Thanks for the good post.   I was a social director in a hospital and spent lots of time with people in rooms like that.   The doctors have it hard.   Someone told me just to think of them as books and that helped me.  I always tried to make them human and was disappointed when they were too busy.   I had the time and was paid to visit with relatives and offer fun things for people to do.   It was a great job.  Still is.

 
 
 

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