Monday, October 17, 2005
Lost And Nowhere to Go
Imagine this, you are out of your office on a Friday evening after a long and tiresome day at work. You get on a train/bus/car whatever, then after awhile, ZAP! Your mind goes blank.
You can’t recall anything as to what were you doing in that train, you have a vague memory of where to go but do not know how to get there. You can recall your name and few things but your mind seems to draw blank every time you try to remember ?
Scary scene isn’t it ?
Well this is what happened to a guy we met this weekend.
I went to Metro to pick up my friend. My friend happened to meet this guy in the train. Being a fellow desi, he smiled and quickly got into a conversation with this guy to find out he is also from Chennai. But once they got out of the train, things got weird for my friend. The guy didn’t even know how to use the card to get out of the station, and worse he said he wanted to go to X city but was in the opposite end of the city. Initially my friend thought he must be new to the city and must have got lost but soon found out that things are not quite all right with this guy. Then he called me to help this guy out.
The young man was tall good looking and normal just like anyone.
I was little skeptical initially but once we made sure he was genuine, both of us tried to talk to him and help him out as where he wanted to go, whom did he meet last etc.. He could recollect his friend's name but didn’t have his address or phone number. When we asked if he is married or got any relatives. His reply was ‘I think I got married’!!
Then we asked for his visiting card, id or something, just like a robot he gave his wallet .We found his office id and residential id, so we tried to call his work place first, that happened to reach his own desk. Then we tried to call his home number and no one seemed to pick it up. The young man seemed to be totally lost of his surroundings and to what was going on around him.
By this time it was clear to us that the guy is in some kind of severe mental shock or suffering from some neurological disorder. The poor guy kept on wiping his face and said
‘Romba pasikaradhu. Naan saapittu, thoongi moonu nalaachu, setha thoonginakka ennakku thevailaya poyudum, I will be able to remember’ .
Unlike India we can’t just take him to a hotel or give a soda kind of thing here.
With things going nowhere, we talked with the station manager and metro police, explained the bizarre situation of this guy . Luckily the officer was a nice gentleman who assured us he would take care of this guy.
We returned home really disturbed and worried about that guy. This could happen to anyone, imagine the plight of losing your memory, that too in a foreign country.
Next day we decided to call that guy's home number, this time someone picked up the phone. And to our relief we found out that the guy has reached home safely. The friend/room mate who spoke with us told us that he is now admitted in a hospital, the poor fellow is a bipolar(manic-depressive), and was doing fine till that time. His friends had lodged a complaint with the police as he has gone missing, since Friday evening. It seems he has been working too hard at work for the past 3 days without rest, and the thing got relapsed. His friend thanked us profusely but we were more relieved and happy to know that he is doing much better now.
Our sincere prayer and wishes goes to that newly married young man.
This is one of most weird and moving incident that has happened to me.
For those who don’t know what is bipolar click here.
This is very much curable problem with proper medicine and care.
What is needed is to treat such people as normal being with love, care and affection.
Here are some useful Links regarding Bi-Polar disorder symptoms, cure and care
Note: The picture you see here is called The Scream it was drawn by the artist Edvard Munch, who also happens to have suffered from Bi-Polar Disorder.