19 March 2012

And a few more

Me and my mom just had our bi-yearly checkup and hooray! everything's great! I can't explain enough the exhilaration you feel when your doctor after a thorough checkup writes on your file "No evidence of disease..." The only thing better is when he writes the same thing on your mom's file.

Me and my mom sees the same oncologist. He is a pretty fancy doctor, he is (or was) an advisor on the advisory board of physicians to the President of the United States of America (or something along those lines). He was on the Who's Who in America book some years back, and yet he doesn't have any airs, and I have no doubt he treats us any differently from his more affluent, wealthier patients, of which I know he's got plenty of. Which is more than you can say for some doctors back in Mizoram.

My mom initially was seeing some guy back home. I went with her once to see her doc. And this man, even though I was right there with my mom never even once acknowledged my presence in the room. He was curt and cold and terse (in my opinion) with my mom. I left the room seething, feeling small and belittled. So I told my mom "You're not going to see this guy again. You come to Hyderabad and see my doctor who is nice and normal." And we've stuck with this guy ever since.

And I'm sorry to say this but why do I have this feeling that the doctors and nurses out here are so much more nicer than the ones back home! Don't get me wrong. I know there are plenty of nice nurses/doctors back home too but I generally don't run into them. There was this one time I took my sick 1 year old nephew to the city hospital's casualty about a year back and more or less got my heart broken over how harsh the nurses handled him.

Enough about doctors! I've made a sudden decision to go back to Mizoram tomorrow for my grandfather's 'lung phun.' Can't wait to get out of this heat and be back at home where it's always nice and cool.

And people, celebrate your health! Celebrate the health of your loved ones. I myself, even despite the cancers still take it for granted all the time. But it is so wonderful. To be alive, for your mother to be alive, for the people you love to be alive and healthy. Diseased or not. Cheers everyone!


Anonymous said...

yeah, celebrate your health.Amen to that... I too had gone through a bad illness some few years ago.

And safe travel to Mizoram.

Anonymous said...

I totally understand u.Once my lil brother was given the wrong medication,and we almost lost him,I could've sued them then and there,but i didn't know my rights,because the doctors were so "powerful",like gods,they almost made it seem like it was our fault.im still furious now that ur reminding me:-)

Anonymous said...

good to know you're okay. great post as always. i totally agree with you about the doctor/nurse thing. it seems to me that the more 'advanced' the society, the more polite and caring they are. maybe not necessarily more capable but at the end of the day, its the human touch that is the most important.

Anonymous said...

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lawrkhawm said...

"My mom initially was seeing some guy back home"
Forgive me, but I laughed at this 'errata' :D

On a side note, glad to hear that all is well. Doctors back home chu 'personality' in kan sawi tawh kha. :D

ku2 said...

heh, reminds me of something my sister said. She was screaming through her labour pains and this nurse told her to be quiet, that only Vais screamed and that it was disgraceful for a Mizo woman to scream like that. So my sister beckoned the woman closer, then screamed looouudly right in her ear. Have heard nightmare stories about people in the medical profession. Sometimes they do deserve to be shouted. And congrats on the all-clear!

DayDreamBeliever said...

Congratulations!! You so deserve this... and your mom too! Doctors in Mizoram...yes, true....I don't even feel like dwelling on the subject. Do get in touch once you're here... would love to meet up if you have the time!

AHMET said...

a lovely description, beautifully written.

Everyman said...

Hey..it's been a long while since I've visited your blog :-) Good to know that your check up went well..My wife also had to see an oncologist once..was a very nervous few days..But yeah..celebrate while we're still healthy :-)



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