Tuesday, November 22, 2016

How,Not to Double Our Troubles

If there is one thing we cannot control in life,it is upcoming situations which suddenly erupt.It is a given that health problems and unfortunate events too,will crop up from time to time.The way we tackle them determines whether or not we will double our troubles.Any untoward event or a trial on the horizon does give us the jitters,but it is in our own hands to panic or sustain our composure.

Recently I had to undergo an eye surgery.This was going to be my first experience under the doctor's knife.We asked our family doctor to recommend the best clinic and went there.The doctor who first examined me cautioned me that I should not expect full recovery,it might be only 20%.

We went to another clinic for a second opinion.This one is very well known for its various achievements,it is all over the local newspapers.They assured me of good recovery.But I did not like that place--it was more like a mercenary establishment.Their package too,contained hidden charges while the first one was all upfront and honest.

So we went to the first one.At least they had been honest with me and our GP too had recomended them.I chose the first possible day to be operated upon because I wanted to minimize the period which might have been claimed by the heebie-jeebies.

Opthalmic procedures require you to sit for long periods with your eyes closed.I had to undergo many such sessions.Those who have read my earlier posts know that I don't like to sit idle,twiddling my thumbs.So I devoted such times to meditation.It was very calming.

The preliminary investigations and the running of my home kept me busy.But when the day dawned I could sense butterflies in my stomach.I concentrated solely upon how bright and shiny the world will look after the operation.I also reminded myself that since I had taken all necessary precautions,there was no need to panic.

The operation was slotted at 8pm.Throwing myself into all kinds of chores kept me busy till that time.I went along with my BH and son and that was that.Now I am back fully satisfied,happier and healthier than I ever was.

Suppose I had searched the internet for what could possibly go wrong,or the percentage of failures,I would have given a free run to the worry-horses.Cyberchondria or the tendency to search the internet for the outcome of every disease can easily turn us into a hypochondriac.It is true that the internet does come handy when the problem is opaque or we are skeptic of the treatment being meted to us,but half knowledge or too much of knowledge too, can sometimes be counter productive.

At the end of the day I would say that anything which has the possibility of keeping us on tenterhooks should be dealt with at the soonest.Staying active,refraining from imagining the worst,having faith in a decision taken after due consideration,and the support of our loved ones makes it easier to sail through a rough patch.

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  1. Agree agree agree. Such a lovely write up Induji. Felt good to read this. I want you to trust me on it. :) :)

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  2. I am becoming that I think...what you called hypochondriac or cyberchondriac... :) Happy to hear that you healed well and back in vigour. Good you trusted your instincts and see it worked out well. Actually, if a hospital is very successful of all its treatments, they don't have to advertise at all and come in the papers. It will become popular by word of mouth and everyone would want to go there itself.

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    1. Very happy to hear your views Latha.You are so right about these money making machines which come in the guise of hospitals.

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  3. totally agree with you, some people have the habit of searching internet to know the outcomes of a disease but i did not know what it is called.

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    1. It is true that we often give in to the instinct to know more about what is happening to us,but too much of everything is bad.
      Thank you Jyotirmoy :)

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  4. I underwent Lasik surgery to correct my shortsightedness nearly 10 years ago....Ophthalmic procedures have advanced by leaps and bounds now....I know how scary it can be though....We were a lot better when the only information we had was what came from the doctors mouth!

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    1. Yes Jaishree,there is tremendous improvement.I don't know how it was earlier,but I did not feel a thing during the surgery :)

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  5. So happy that you have recovered well after the procedure. Do take good care, Induji:)

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  6. Good to know that all went well, Indu. I completely agree. Better get it over with or it weighs on the mind.

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    1. Thanks a lot dear Rachna,always nice to see you :))

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  7. I am glad for you, Indu. And agree, it's our unfounded anxieties and hyper-active mind that adds to our worries.

    Love you.

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    1. Aww Purba,this is the best part of falling sick.
      Love you lots.

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