Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The uncle who had a dream, passed away in my dream

The uncle who had a dream, passed away in my dream

Last night, I was in a car ride with an uncle. This uncle has the sweetest smile, great wisdom, can see his kindness from his smile. You see the old grown wrinkles at his face, but he has never complained that he is old. He was sending the children home, and I was as a companion to be with him since I have nothing to do.

The kids in the car were laughing and playing, and I told them to be quiet. There were silence at a moment, but they end up started back again. Talk about kids, they were distracting yet adorable.

After send all the kids home, I and uncle had a short chat. Uncle said, “ you know, kid, life is short, but I feel great that I can live in such a long life and I am grateful to god for letting me be it in the world with everyone I know or maybe , whom I don’t know, to feel what is it like to be in a life. Life can be up and down, but we should not give up life easily, take everything as a challenge.”

Out of curiosity, I asked,” why when it comes to feelings, human can be selfish, angry or being so lifeless sometimes?” “well, it is part of the life cycle, it is you yourself to overcome such challenges, just let it go, cross the line for a better life, do not cross the line that leads you to death or bad ending, learn from mistakes, human never stop learning. God create us for some purpose.”

I just keep silent; my mind was gone blank a while. Suddenly, some school girls passed by our car and knocked our window. Uncle stopped his car and winded down the car’s window. “Please, can you help us to buy some candies? We are in need of money.” “Oh well, if they are candies, candies will make me and my friend smile sweetly, why not?” Uncle replied. Uncle bought some candies, and I can see the girls are smiling happily, seeing the money they received from uncle.

“Child, I will be having my long holiday that I had been dreamt of, will you stay good for me?”

I said: “come on, of course I can!”

As we were stopping the car by side and resting, suddenly, uncle looked pale. I went shocked and I tried to call uncle, but he did not response. I shouted for help, but no one came to help.

I shake his body so hard; do not know what to do to save him. “Uncle, you told me you wanted to go for a long holiday that you had dream of, wasn’t it? Don’t you want to? Please wake up, please!” His pulse was so weak; I only can hear him whispering. He told me to come towards him and listen to him.

“Listen, my child. There are times when things gone wrong, and we need to accept the fact. Life is unpredictable, but we are the one who decide on our own life. I want to go and leave now, I will let myself go. Do not feel sorry and do not feel guilty. I had seen beautiful wonderful world. You too, shall enjoy the every moment of your life. Live with no regrets.”

Those are the last thing he told me; and I woke up crying in the early morning. It was a dream but the pain of death touches my heart so much. I do not know him but he was in my dream, and he is gone. Death is human fear the most but relieved the most at the same time.

Please live happily, and achieve your dreams while you can, and help people who really needs help, talk about humanity and moralistic values.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

fate?never ending pain of everything?

I was waiting but there it goes, empty promises...and it gone by the wind. Is it fate? Or it was meant to be?

Was it really my wrong, or it is someone who do not want to listen to my explanation?

I was sick lying on my bed, no one to turn to, feel so helpless, but my mind tells me to bulk up and wait for you, I had waited for two days continuously, I did not expect much in return, but there was no news from you.

Was this a punishment? This is so painful, but who would listen to my cries? Ever since that days, I cannot sleep well, I just cannot, it was a burden in my heart. How long will this be going on?

When I almost give up everything, when I keep on cheating myself not to fall for it, but in the end, something came up and make everything change again. But why would this be happening?

Can you tell me? Why would I fall for it? Even me myself, I was so confused, I am so sad and heartache, why it can so mean and cruel?

I am being stupid myself maybe, or I am cheating myself all the while. But whenever you need me, I will be with you; just that when I need you, you weren’t here, and it hurts..really hurts…

Monday, December 13, 2010

A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist)

A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist)

The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.

Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?

1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise - Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control blood pressure and sugar

Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?

Ans: No

Qn: It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?

Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?

Ans: Yes

Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?

Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?

Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints

Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?

Ans: Mother Theresa , who was my patient

Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?

Ans: Extremely rare

Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age (I'm currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?

Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart?

Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?

Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?

Ans: Yoga helps.

Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?

Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.

Qn: Which oil is better - groundnut, sunflower, olive?

Ans: All oils are bad.

Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?

Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?

Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position, place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?

Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.

Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, s edentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?

Ans: Yes.

Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?

Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child

Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart ? What precautions would you recommend?

Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?

Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?

Ans : No.

Qn: How would you define junk food?

Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala dosas.

Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?

Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?

Ans : No.

Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?

Ans : Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?

Ans : No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?

Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?

Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?

Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?

Ans : No.

Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?

Ans : There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.

Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?

Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45

Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?

Ans : Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise every day, do not smoke and, go for health checkups s if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended) ....

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