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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 379-380  

With gain and gratitude, I am retiring

Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Rajasthan Hospital and Asthma Bhawan, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Date of Submission21-Aug-2020
Date of Acceptance21-Aug-2020
Date of Web Publication31-Aug-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Virendra Singh
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Rajasthan Hospital and Asthma Bhawan, Jaipur, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/lungindia.lungindia_682_20

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Let me share one of my dream with all of you. In 2009 I was elected for the post of chief editor of the journal Lung India and I envisioned Lung India as the best respiratory journal of the country. Not only circulation increased three times but also citable articles increased from 14 to 100 per year. Citations also gained from 0.07 to 1.0 per document in 2019. With the help of advanced software, the problem of plagiarism has also been controlled substantially.

While remaining chief editor for 11 years, I tried to serve the pulmonary community with dedication and diligence along with bringing a strong vision by improving the quality of the articles and increasing annual issues from 4 to 6. It improved the visibility and impact of Lung India tremendously. Such efforts broadened the scope of Lung India and improved the national and global ranking of the journal. During this decade, Lung India was transformed from a small local journal to a widely read international journal having almost quarter articles from foreign authors. On the eve of my retirement, I am proud to announce that we never compromised with the ethical principles of the journal.

In this Corona crisis era, I devote my farewell editorial to those warriors who are in the forefront of the corona battleground to save humanity. Among medical professional who sacrificed their lives in the dreaded Corona battle, many were pulmonologists. Lung India started online preprint of the corona articles so as to obviate the publication delay. I express my gratitude to the pulmonary community in India and beyond who chose Lung India as journal of their choice and sent their articles for publication to us. I am thankful to Dr. Parvaiz Koul editor and Dr. Bharat Bhushan Sharma, executive editor of the Lung India, who worked day and night to improve Lung India. My gratitude to the whole editorial team and members of ICS and publisher Mednow-Wolter Kluwer for their continuous support. My thanks to Indian chest society governing body for selecting a worthy successor: Dr. Parvaiz Koul as new editor.

At the end, I wish to share something personal. The best way to perceive pain of a patient is to become a patient. I got this rare and unique opportunity last month. Fighting from the forefront in the Corona battleground I got injured; here I share my experience after being detected COVID positive, and with this poetry-blog I conclude my retirement editorial.

My Corona pain, gain and gratitude

Corona Has Taught Me to Live, Not to Feel Bad.

Three months ago, my wife Sarita and friends said,

”Stop seeing patients, save yourself first.”

But aware as I was of being a soldier in this war against Corona,

How could I stop treating patients?

As soldiers are bound to get hurt in battle,

I too got tested positive for Corona.

I got 15 calls, on the first day after diagnosis;

From the survey team, local police station, CID, CMHO, others.

All asking the same question, wanting to know where I live!

It felt good to get flowers from the CMHO doctors, when I got isolated at home.

Soon realized the truth.

Several people walked daily on the street in front of my house.

I got worried when I didn't see them now.

A quick call revealed, they have now changed their path.

Others walked on the pedestrian track near my home.

They've now changed track; they walk on the other side.

The sweeper no longer comes home or answers our calls.

We asked our washerwoman to not visit us anymore.

She called the next day to inform us, everyone else has refused her entry too.

Though she wears a double mask, wife Sarita still holds her breath,

Every time she comes into my room to give me food, water.

Corona has taught me to live, not to feel bad.

I look at the raindrops out of my window, they haven't boycotted my house.

I look at the sunlight. It still visits my home each day.

The monsoon wind brushes against my body lightly, it's still with me too.

From my window, I look at the green plants and trees.

They are standing tall as they have always been, greeting me.

Corona has taught me to live, not to feel bad.

For the first time in life, I've realised what contempt is!

When I look within, I find myself guilty of it too.

For I've harboured contempt.

Earlier for the wealthy returning from abroad,

Then for the Jamatis returning from Delhi,

Now for the labourers coming back in buses and trains.

Today, I'm being shown contempt the same way.

In fact, whenever a Corona patient would come,

Out of fear, contempt would reflect in my behaviour.

But I've decided now. I will only exude empathy, never contempt.

Corona has taught me to live, not to feel bad.

Calls from patients give me purpose of life.

Calls from Nationalist Nishant and relatives bolster courage.

Calls from well-wishers boost morale.

Calls from my children, parents and family touch my heart.

Calls from friends elate, entertain, give me immense joy.

Corona has taught me to live, not to feel bad.

Today when I and my family were tested negative,

I realised, this is what social distancing is all about.

The result? No one got infected from me.

Now, I can care for patients better.

Even donate plasma.

Corona has taught me to live, not to feel bad.


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