Drawing inspiration from nature!!

Clouds and the sunset!! Means different things to different people. What do the clouds in this image look like to you?

Clouds and the sunset!! Means different things to different people. What do the clouds in this image look like to you?

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better

– Albert Einstein


A Doctor’s Experience With Nausea – What the Patient Must be Experiencing?

I come across patients everyday complaining of terrible nausea & vomiting after chemotherapy and I try to console them by saying that it will get better with time. Sometimes, I feel that unless you have experienced something yourself, you cannot explain the feeling to some other person.

I have been fortunate enough not to encounter chemo myself, but my understanding of post chemotherapy nausea and the helplessness which one feels in that situation came during our recent whale watching trip in South Africa. Me, my wife and her sister were in a small boat along with 5 other people searching for whales off the coast of Knysna, South Africa. The three of us suffer from motion sickness but we never anticipated that this boat ride will give us a tough time. The initial 30-40 minutes of the boat ride were quite comfortable, as the water was calm. The problem started when the boat started getting rocked by huge waves in the middle of the ocean. My wife was the first one to get started, followed by her sister. I was sitting in the middle, passing the bucket around from one person to the other. They must have vomited at least 5-6 times during our two hours whale watching trip and there was very little we could do to help them out. In fact, towards the end of the boat ride, I also experienced a terrible pang of nausea, followed by a bout of vomiting. It is at that time I realised what cancer patients must be feeling every time they undergo chemotherapy. It is such a terrible feeling and no amount of medicines or consoling helps at that time.

The only saving grace for us was that we had an excellent whale sighting during our trip and every time someone on the boat vomited (5 out of the 8 members on the boat vomited), the whale used to come out to check on us 🙂 🙂 (attaching some pictures)

Concerned whale checking us out :)

Concerned whale checking us out 🙂

Whale 1

Sprinkle Joy & Happiness

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”  – Thich Nhat Hanh

Sprinkling Joy

I clicked this picture during my visit to a resort. It was fascinating to capture the water sprinkler spreading drops of water (joy for the grass and plants) all over the place.

As a Breast Cancer Surgeon, I have realised that we might not be able to treat a patient’s problem always but a simple smile and some words of encouragement can go a long way in helping the patient tackle her problems.

Related posts:

Smile Language

Spreading Joy by Counselling Cancer Patients

Celebrating World Photography Day

“ Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. – Matt Hardy

Shades of Green

Shades of Green

“ Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment. – Elliott Erwitt

Celebrating World Photography Day by remembering some of the pictures I have clicked over the years. 





Happy friendship day!!

Three musketeers

Three musketeers

“Silence makes the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts.”  

– Margaret Lee Runbeck

Enjoying the company

Enjoying the company

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.

 – Thomas Aquinas

Serious discussion

Serious discussion

Best friends never have the same nature. They just have the best understanding of their differences.

Happy friendship day!! 🙂 🙂