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Monday, May 20, 2013

The Five People I Meet Everyday


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Have you ever been to ER? Sadly, I have been and it's the most chaotically organized place. When you are in the Emergency Room, you feel there are so many sick people in the world. But the moment you step out of the hospital, world seems all hale and hearty. That's surely not the case. A closer look at the people around you would narrate a different story. Someone had a tragic accident and lost his limbs; many have lifestyle diseases; some are terminally ill. May be, it appears ordinary on the face of it but a peep into their lives would tell you a great deal about their problems and how modern healthcare helped them in leading a normal life.

I keenly observed people around me and some of them have a story worth sharing. Read on…

Broken, Not Shattered - I truly believe when God takes one thing away, He blesses you with some other thing in abundance. I see this boy everyday maneuvering his fully automatic wheel chair across the street. He met with an accident, lost his right arm and his ability to walk. Must be a tragic blow for someone who had just passed his high school.  His arm was so badly crushed that it was amputated. Prosthesis has given his arm back and his mobility is secured with a motorized wheelchair. Unlike earlier days, now artificial limbs are light weighted and easier to operate. My mother doesn't have left hand and when she tried artificial hand in the early 70s, she couldn't adjust to the bulky limb which restricted her arm movement. Thankfully, for this young man, modern healthcare has better ways to help. He is inching closer to a normal life. He is working and is independent.

Less Sugar, More Spice - He talks a lot. He offers you unsolicited advice on diabetics. What to eat? How to take insulin? How to test blood sugar? And he introduced the concept of Insulin Pumps to me. He says it was not easy when he found out that he is diabetic in the late 80s; but now, treatment and cure is much more easy and economical. He checks and monitors his blood sugar levels at home with one touch monitoring devices. What's amazing is that he keeps a log of all self checks on his iPhone app which he shares with his doctor during regular check-ups. My grandfather died at a young age as back in those days it was difficult to keep a check on your blood sugar. He thanks modern healthcare devices for keeping him full of life and vigor in spite of developing the most acute lifestyle diseases of our times. 

Mother of Two - I first spotted her when she was pregnant. Her pregnancy was visible and we met everyday during our evening walk. We became friends and she told me that after six emotionally and physically difficult years, she finally opted for IVF. She was suffering from PCOD and test tube babies was the only option left. IVF is a blessing for couples. Nothing is more beautiful than bringing a new life to this world. With a surge in infertility rates in recent times, IVF has brought smiles on the faces of many couples. Now, we have company. She gave birth to twins in December; two pretty girls and it's an absolute delight to meet those bundles of joy in the park.

Not So Old Lady - She looks like a monument, trust me. But she is super active. I always thought, may be she is not the same lady but when I met her in the lift, I asked her, 'You live in the building?' 'Yes, honey!' pat came the reply. I complimented on her agility. Then I learnt how Tele-health services help senior citizens. They can get all the consultation on phone or via webcam. What more, medicines are delivered at their doorsteps. I learnt how the more advanced version of such services help doctors around the world to connect and help their patients. This aspect of modern healthcare has helped not only in curing people but also as a preventive aid. Even I get mails from my hospital informing me about check up dates and new discoveries.

Young at Heart - His spirits don't match his age. He has been given a brand new life, he says, after his Bypass Surgery. His life was difficult before, he couldn't do much of physical work. Initially, he was apprehensive and a little scared going for it. But with Minimal Invasive Coronary Bypass Surgery, he was back in action in very little time. He spent less time in hospital and there was less pain and faster recovery. He maintains a healthy routine now, exercises and plays with his grandchildren.

Each of these stories has one thing in common - Modern Healthcare has blessed their lives. But, if you ask me, 'why' modern healthcare is able to touch so many lives, the reason is it's economical and is easily available. It not only cures the disease but helps in prevention too. It educates the patient and helps us in maintaining a healthier lifestyle. One field of it helps in bringing new life to this world using IVF and another field assures that not-so-healthy parts of your body are taken care of. Not only patients, it helps various medical professionals from around the globe to connect and serve the society in a better way. It touches everyone in the way they need.

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94 comments:

  1. Modern Health Care is a boon to the present generation. Thanks to the new-age technology, Health Care system has taken a quantum jump from what it was decades back. Even premature deaths due to terminal deceases get postponed due to the advent of new medicines.

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    1. Yes, there's an overall growth in the medical field. It is indeed a boon. Thanks for reading Sir.

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  2. Marvels of modern day science and medicine has made what was considered impossible as I' m ' possible:)

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  3. so true !! Modern healthcare is a blessing and today there is no denying mortality rate has diminished . thanks to the achievements of healthcare industry.
    Operations that could kill before are done in minutes hassle free !
    Very nice read as usual !

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    1. Yeah, field of surgery has progressed a lot. Now, it is much easier and quick. Thanks for reading dear :)

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  4. Great post Saru. Rather than choosing one story, you just said so many with one. All the best for the competition.

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  5. Modern healthcare indeed a blessing for us.. great post, Saru.

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  6. Unique and well pointed Saru! BOL :)

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  7. Modern healthcare is indeed a boon but only hope that it is not only for the rich like it is now.

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    1. Yeah, it can reach to the masses, though it is still affordable as compared to earlier days.

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  8. That's so very true. Healthcare has definitely improved for good in the recent past and of course economical considering the luxury they offer along with treatment packages.

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    1. These all are welcome changes. Now foreigners come to our country for treatment.

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  9. So true - modern healthcare has made the quality of our lives so much better.

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  10. Modern healthcare should reach to the poor people also. It has definitely changed the way of treatment and care post treatment.

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    1. Considering the advancements in technology and it becoming cheap day by day. Hope that happens soon.

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  11. Very well written, Saru. Research in all fields of technology has advanced manfold. There is hardly any problem which cannot be treated.

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  12. Nice one... Well composed post... My best wishes for the contest....

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  13. Loved the way you flowed through the different stories ... all the best buddy :-)

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  14. That's a unique post on the topic... liked it a lot :D

    Bets of luck! :)

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    1. Thank you Namrota and welcome here :)

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  15. That's a different take on the topic! Good luck :)

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  16. Very nice one Saru. Nice illustrations. All the best for the contest :)

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  17. modern healthcare right now is only for elite class with lots of money,it will take some more time to reach to the masses,hope for coming of that day soon.

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    1. But thankfully middle class can afford it now. It is a slow progression but it will happen for everyone.

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  18. Very nice and engaging post saru....all the best for the contest.

    Swati

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  19. Modern healthcare facilities have brought smiles and cheers to millions of people curing them of the worst forms of their afflictions. You have dealt with the issue with compassion and awareness. Thanks for a great post.

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    1. It has done a lot of good to the society. Thanks for reading Kajal.

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  20. oh that was a nice way of telling multiple stories....good creativity there

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  21. Advancements in technology have come a long way, but it's in healthcare where it helps the most. It gives many people at least something of a life. Great post, very inspirational.

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    1. Yes, it has touched us in many ways. Thanks for reading and for your comment dear. :)

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  22. Yes Saru modern health care is truly a blessing as you say.
    All the best!!!!!

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  23. Health care has grown by leaps and bounds. But, can everybody afford it?

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    1. Not everybody but slowly the number of those who can afford it is increasing. Thanks to technology.

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  24. Engrossing read Saru. You always bring a refreshing flavour in all your posts. All the very best for the contest :)

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  25. Amazing peace. A nice take on it. May you win!

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  26. Impressive...not only you gave references of how Modern health care are a boon to our society but also about people who with these modern facilities are daring to lead a life which they might not even thought say 50 years back...!!!

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    1. You said it well, Anjan. Thanks for reading dear :)

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  27. Great observation Saru. I would know having been to ER many times. Thanks fully as a Doc

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    1. Even being a doctor it's very difficult. And thanks on behalf of everyone you ever treated. :)

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  28. Nice post with informative links.. :)
    Good keep it up
    New post up on http://modonika.blogspot.in
    M♥

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  29. Modern Healthcare thrives on the thought...impossible = i m possible...very informative...and totally nailed the topic...great post..:)

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  30. Indeed modern healthcare has come a very long way in maki g lives easier . Hope someday it finds a cure for dreaded diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's !

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  31. very informative post a Saru :) Loved the read and the way it is written :) All the best for contest:)

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  32. Very true! It's only after we visit a hospital we realize the value and the blessing of good health. Thought provoking post and all the best for the contest.

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    1. Indeed. Thank you for reading and welcome here.

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  33. Great to read something on the positive note for modern healthcare.
    Best of luck for the contest. :)

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  34. Many happy stories here.
    Best wishes for the contest! :)

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  35. Lovely post saru...quite different of all I have read..
    All the best for the contest..:)

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  36. Yes, it's really a boon, but for those who could afford it. Unlike abroad, people are busy making money out of this noble profession. Sigh!

    Good luck! :)

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    1. At least now more people can afford it. About people making money out of this profession, I know a lot of doctors who serve needy for free. Dr Devi Shetty is a great example for the society.

      Thank you for reading and your wishes Gayatri.

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  37. i remember while i was in johannesburg, discovery healthcare was instrumental in taking care of my health and providing regular updates on checkups and stuff .. but i really don't see such things happening in India at this moment .. especially in remote locations.... its a long way to go!

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    1. Yes, it is a long way to go but happy to see things happening in our country. Thanks for sharing your views here :)

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  38. Saru did you read Inferno, Dan Brown's latest book. This is somewhat related to this topic.
    Summarised from the book:
    Our earth has grown expotentially in that last decade population wise.
    Modern medicine gives hope and life to our near and dear ones.
    But humans themselves by reproducing abundantly are going to get thier species extinct.
    So is modern medicine correct?

    No my thoughts, but from the book. I dont support it, because if it is my near and dear one, I wont care about the groing human population! But this thought did get me thinking. The book shows how one can counter that as well, with the support of modern medicine itself. And the end has amazed me.

    The boy in the wheelchair, highly motivational. Gives life a diff perspective.

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    1. No, I haven't read the book. I think there are different opinions. We find something and later we counter it as the discovery has some side-effects. Life is so complex that we can't put anything in one bracket. For example, for serious problems we take steroids which are not good but we take it to solve the current and more grave problem. Even in doctors opinions vary, I have witnessed it myself. And yes, that boy is such an inspiration. I say hello to him and he has most infectious smile. :)

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  39. You covered everything ....Awesomely said :)

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  40. Saru jee - This post was a prize winner easily. Sometimes I wonder what goes on in Indiblogger. :) :)

    For what it's worth, my sincere appreciations on your post. It's truly beautifully written. I am sure everytime you read the post, you get satisfaction more valuable than any prize. You have the art of expression. Please keep writing..

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    1. That's incredibly sweet of you Vikas and very motivating. As you said, I feel immensely satisfied after reading the comments, not the post that much. I always crave for appreciation and your comment just made my day. Thank you so much :)

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  41. Healthcare has taken a very big step and now evolved as Modern Healthcare. Its providing best service to save lives but are only in reach of rich people for now.

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    1. I agree. Real success is to make it affordable.

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