Web of life (and death)
I was surprised to see this extensive web, day before yesterday evening. Initially, I thought of clicking a picture with my DSLR the next day but my instincts pushed me to click a picture with my digital camera at that moment. In retrospect, it was a great decision because the web got washed away in the rain that night. This incident reminded me of this quote:
The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.
– Barbara Sher
Can’t get sweeter than this
A very old breast cancer patient came to my OPD one day and started crying. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer at a hospital close to her village but because she could not afford treatment in a private hospital, she came to Delhi for free treatment. After examining her, I explained to her the treatment plan and got her investigated for surgery.
Within a couple of weeks we operated her and she went on to receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy afterwards. Following the completion of her treatment, I did not see her for a few months.
Then one day I reached the OPD slightly late as I was taking care of a sick patient in the ward and as I was approaching my room, I was greeted by the same lady with her short curly hair (this is what chemotherapy does to the hair…will write a post about this sometime later) and a wide smile on her face.
Once I settled down in my chamber, she came rushing in and put this huge packet on the table and said that it was for me. When I told her that I could not accept it, she became very sad and said that she had carried it 150 kms specially to gift it to me and insisted that I open it in front of her. I eventually gave in to her request and what I saw when I unwrapped the packet was really overwhelming. Inside it was a 2 kg fresh jaggery cake, which this lady had carried specially for me and I was very touched by her gesture. It truly was the SWEETEST GIFT I have ever received from a patient and that too from someone who was having difficulties funding her own treatment.
Sometimes the smallest gestures turn out to be the sweetest ones.
Colors of Nature
All those who love Nature she loves in return, and will richly reward, not perhaps with the good things, as they are commonly called, but with the best things of this world-not with money and titles, horses and carriages, but with bright and happy thoughts, contentment and peace of mind.
JOHN LUBBOCK, The Beauties of Nature
Clicked this beauty from a moving bus during the Scottish Highlands tour. It perfectly displays the various colors and shades of nature and has a feel good factor associated with it. This is one of the background pictures on my computer and it inspires me every time I look at it.
Skydiving in UK
Like most of us during childhood, I also wanted to fly and as I grew old I thought that Sky diving is the closest I am going to come to flying. During my visit to UK for my MRCS convocation ceremony, I decided to pursue my dream and booked a jump at Hinton Airfield (close to London).
The whole skydiving experience was amazing but it taught me a very important lesson about TRUST, which I felt was applicable during cancer treatment as well. Although comparing skydiving to cancer treatment would be like comparing apples to oranges but I would try to draw some comparisons to make my point.
Jumping from an airplane at 14,000 ft strapped to an instructor whom I had met for the first time that morning was a terrifying proposition but to fulfil my dream and I had to trust him. I was completely dependent on him to make it a ‘once in a life time experience’ and MORE IMPORTANTLY get me to the ground ALIVE. Similarly, a patient diagnosed with cancer approaches an unknown doctor (unless the patient comes from a family of doctors) to help them battle the disease and help them live. Trust in both cases is of paramount importance. In my personal experience, I have seen patients who have trusted the team of doctors doing well and suffering from less anxiety and side effects as compared to patients who shop for doctors and delay their treatment because of that.