October 10, 2013
I must admit that my life from my very childhood has been a mixed basket – with joy, happiness, sorrows, trials and sufferings. My father used to say, “Dev tor Saathi, vignaam kaay korthi? - meaning, If God is my companion, what can the trials do? This has been the philosophy we have been brought up with, and we accept whatever hat God sends us with both our hands – no complaints.
The first part of my life was exactly like this –with joys, sadness - I was clever in studies, with prizes, awards, but I was a terrible stammerer – I do not remember having answered a single question in class, even though I was standing first in studies; my classmates were making fun of me. I was helping others in their studies. That was a blessing in disguise I think – it developed my other talents – writing, poetry, reading, etc.
The second part was not much different –I was in Bahrain for 16 long years – in the Editorial section of the Gulf Daily News – with late night shifts, changed food timings, which had terrible effects on my stomach and health and by the time I returned to Mangalore, I was almost on the verge of collapse – with my Hemoglobin on 4.8. It was Dr EVS Maben, who nursed me back to normalcy with his careful supervision and medication. He had one advice – never to take any medication without consulting him.
I had one serious problem – constant running nose, with two handkerchiefs as my companions every day.
And one fine morning I saw an ad about D Cold Total – which I took thoughtlessly and which resulted in unthinkable pains – forget about the costs – The thoughtless medicine told on my stomach problem, and worsened it – resulting in continuous visits to the SVS Hospital, KMC hospital in Mangalore and St John’s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore. Now, I am back on my way to normalcy, with my Hb on 12.7, with constant remorse for my thoughtless action which brought on me such unthinkable pains – forget about the costs and worries I caused to my dear family.
I have made up mind – no more self medication – full adherence to the doctor’s word and complete trust in his words which represent God to me.