Music has been in existence for a long time. Listening to songs played using various musical instruments such as the flute and guitars has been known to bring a calming effects to individuals.
Jeremy is my closest friend. One Saturday evening, Jeremy’s wife who was nine months pregnant and almost due began complaining of stomach aches. Jeremy rushed his wife to hospital for checkup. He thought that it was the labor pains but after diagnosis, the doctor told them that she was suffering from serious pregnancy complications.
Jeremy’s wife was then immediately booked for theatre to undergo surgery in order to save her and the unborn baby. Unfortunately, the operation was not successful and Jeremy’s wife succumbed to pregnancy complications. The doctors were however able to save the daughter. He called her Stacy.
After breaking the news to me, it was hard to accept that she was no more. I had however to be strong enough to help my friend Jeremy during the trying times. After the passing on of his wife, Jeremy was left with the role of being a mother and a father to Stacy. He had to ensure that she feeds, she is clothed and lives like other children with a mother and a father.
Jeremy was ready to take up his new parenting roles. Considering that he was alone, he decided to quit his job so that he could give his newborn daughter the required attention. Jeremy was a full time accountant and a professional guitarist who played in a Christian metal band where he was the lead guitarist. Jeremy had learnt playing the electric guitar since he was a little boy.
He decided to quit the accounting job and concentrate on parenthood and playing the guitar in the band since he could do it on part time basis. He would leave her daughter under the care of a nanny whenever he went out to play the guitar with the other band members.
After two months, Stacy became colicky. She was crying way too much. Jeremy was concerned and went to the hospital to have his daughter checked by a pediatrician. The doctor to him that Stacy was suffering from reflux, a condition that made her cry profusely.
After the treatment, he thought that she would stop crying. However, the condition seemed to worsen with time. Jeremy tried several tricks to sooth her daughter but none seemed to work. He took his daughter to several other pediatricians and she was diagnosed with the same condition.
One day Stacy cried profusely for a long time. After trying to sooth her with no avail, he remembered that he had an acoustic guitar which his late wife had bought for him as a birthday gift. It was a seagull guitar, one of the renowned brands of acoustic guitars.
He fetched it and played some melodious tunes for Stacy. The child soon quietened down and cocked her ear to the music. After realizing that this new trick was working, he played the guitar until she was lost in her sleep.
Jeremy had discovered a new way of soothing his daughter whenever she cried. He would play it whenever Stacy cried and she would stop crying. With time, she improved and after two months she had grown out of the colic condition.