08 March, 2006

Journey goes on


Trains are waiting to start their journeys. There could be thousands of passengers traveling in each train. Each one may have their own destinations to reach. But the train is destined to reach its destination. Every passenger will be having their own problems. Some may be traveling to work, to reunite with their families, to find new business, to solve their existing problems.... and so on. Life is like a journey. Why all this grumbles now..... Thank god I need to tell my fellow bloggers about my personal experiences.

The new year had not started in a good way for me. There had been few setbacks with my health. Though I had been a very healthy person and conscious about health, it was a shock for me when I got a call from my Doctor's clinic, to discuss the blood test results in the month of January. My doctor announced me the arrival of 'Diabetics' . Though I knew my dad was diabetic, I did not expect it so early. After this came other tests and results. The best part of the western world is the care they show on you after being diagnosed with such a disease. I was given appointment for a Chiropodist, Dietician, and Eye Screening. Diabetics is nothing but the blood sugar level increases and the insulin produced by body is not enough to control it and send it to the blood vessels and cells. The consequence of high blood sugar is well known. My rush to Chiropodist was soon, because the high blood sugar level can affect two systems quickly. The feet and eye is being given top priority. The chiropodist said that everything was alright and the dietician found that I was equally knowledgeable and finally the eye screening proved to be normal. Thank god! Everything was fine. Then started my surveillance. For few days I was bit tensed and realised that being tensed will add up to other things. Sometimes we never know what is in store for us.

My dental visits were due and when I visited the dental clinic for couple of times for a treatment then came the next blow. The dentist suspected a small white patch on my gums and suggested me to visit my hygienist. A few week of observation was followed and there was no improvement even after those visits. So last week my dentist referred me to another hospital. I think she suspected it to be Oral Cancer and wanted to clear her doubts. The best part is they do not tell us what they suspect, but want us to consult a specialist to be cleared about their doubts. The whole family was tensed and we were waiting for the day.

We were there at the right time. I was called in and the dentist happened to be an Asian and asked me to be seated. He started his questions and I started losing my courage. For a second, I held my breath, and brought in all the courage to answer to his questions. He started examining me and I was looking at my wife. She was in great pain too. I could read her face since I could not read my own. After a thorough examination, the Dentist said that there is nothing of serious concern, and the cause of change in colour of my gum is unknown. He brought his Senior for additional review and the Senior suggested a X-ray. The X-ray results were OK but revealed a long time secret, that one of the tooth extracted long back in India, was not removed properly and had its root still inside. I have to take up those minor issues with my Dentist. God... a big relief. I am back to normal.

Though I am not a smoker or alcoholic, I became aware of many things in the recent days. It would have been very tough if I have had any of those habits. So honestly I would suggest, if anyone of you are a smoker or alcoholic to give it up slowly. They trigger all diseases at later ages when you really want to live for your family. Sorry if I am trying to be a bit nosy! It is just out of concern.

If you had found me a bit irregular in blogging these were the reasons. Sorry for that. Hope everything settles down. I heard from one of my relative that I am having 'Ashtamathula Sani'. I hope he will leave me soon.

The picture in this post was taken at Manchester station in a early morning. There is great freshness in those early mornings.

I am wishing to start a Tamil blog from Tamil New Year's day....

25 comments:

வேதா said...

hi,
dont worry, though u have to go thro such mental tension in the first phase of this year,there is lots and lots of happiness in store in the following phase. all the best for the starting of the tamil blog and i am happy for it. tamizh velinadugalil vazhgirathu,valargirathu. convey my belated women's day wishes to ur wife and daughter.

Jeevan said...

Doctors see this Diabetes as descent (parambarai) disease. They hope if anybody has diabetes in there family they should face in future, my grandma have diabetes, 5 years back my dad diagnosed, that he has diabetes. Hope your tension will be reduced and continue you’re routine. For your good mind, nothing will reach you :) I think I will chance my computer from Win 98 to Win XP before you start your Tamil blog.

Dubukku said...

easy a eduthukonga...with the awareness you already have dont allow that to impact your happiness

Tamil blogaaa...congrats vanga vanga :)

Barbienan said...

Hey cool buddy. I am happy one way that you are in the right bunch of doctors so that all these are found at the first stage and take my word for sure it can be cured. My mom had this problem of sugar popping up but with treament now she is fine.Imagine for her age and you have long more to go. Enjoy buddy. I also have the plan of just starting (infact in the building stage already) tamil blog which will start with Manadhil Urudhi vendum for Bharathi. And pls listen to that song and you will be back to spirits.

revatechnic said...

balaji.. sometimes our parents leave some unasked sotthugal for us.. but no probz... listen.. everything will be fine..
I hope your kids are not too stressed by these small changes in your lifestyle.
Vittu Thallungeh... Doctors-naa adha idheh thaan solluvaangeh..

ada-paavi!!!! said...

well neengal romba aware and conscious, dont worry, apporam inward, into out culture to imporve ur mental health, yoga edavathu pannungo, it cured me of my flem and breathing problems

arvindh said...

Sorry to hear about the setbacks. I am glad that cancer was ruled out.
Looking forward to reading your Thamizh blog!

Prabu Karthik said...

Balaji Sir,

Abba! thank god u r fine..

Diabetics during middle age is common among indians...

the estimate is like 0-12% of chennai population is diabetic.

India is the diabetic capital of the world... infact i was thinking abt writing a post on that. neenga vena research panni eludungo...

dinam vendhayam edhuthkongo, it controls blood sugar levels amazingly....

catch u in yr tamil blog soon:)

Prabu Karthik said...

0 shud be 10

the estimate is 10-12% of chennai population have diabetic

susubala said...

So sorry to know about the diabatic thing and from now u should be more careful in eating stuffs. Anywayz, if have clean food habits, its not at all a problem for diabetic. My mom is diabatic, but she loves sweets a lot and now missing all those. Even she is scared to eat fruits, but i tell her to eat certain fruits limitedly.

Even I was tensed to know about your tooth gum problem and I cant imagine ur wives status when u were waiting for the result with Doctor. Though I know confirmingly that you will not have any cancer problem, but still, some corner of my mind was inquisitive ! Thank god nothing serious was traced.

By the way, welcome to your Tamil blog ! Iam eagerly waiting to see that !

Nice photograph and I know the Morning hours are always pleasant !

I wish you the rest of your life be smooth and no more tragics like this ! I wish your family too and be cheerful always !

Narayanan Venkitu said...

Life goes on da, All these issues are related to 'Midlife Crisis'.!

Hang in there.!! Things will be ok.

Look forward to reading to Tamil Blog.

Don't forget your cartoons :)

WA said...

Glad to hear that you are okay. Look after yourself. Looking fwd to the tamil blog

Amrita said...

hi balaji,

was sorry to know about ur health problems, but sooner or later, we all fall prey to these thing; don't we. don worry, eat healthy, exercise well and stay happy. all the best for rest of the year.

Ram Viswanathan said...

Balaji

Not to worry.. with clean habits and regular exercise, you can control diabeties and lead a normal life. I have been in the borderline for a few years now. But then I took to regular exercise and that seem to have helped.

Looking forward to your Tamil Blog...

visithra said...

good to know it wasnt so serious - diseases seem to be affecting everyone this year - my mom just found out she had high sugar in her blood as well not yet diabetics but - shes feeling a bit bugged coz shed escaped it all this while - the point is go for regular checks - which ure already doing n do whatever the dr tells u - no matter what ur habits as u grow older u will get some of it

Uma Krishna said...

Hi Balaji,

Uma from Basingstoke (fm Pongal party). I do read your posts atleast once a month although not regularly. I was very tensed while reading thru this post. Glad that with your health now.

Take care and kind regards to Mithu, Aakash and your wife.

Uma Krishna said...

Sorry typo in prev comment. I'm glad that you are okay with your health now.

Balaji S Rajan said...

Veda - Thanks for your wishes. I have conveyed your women's day wishes to my wife and daughter.

Jeevan - Yes diabetes is genetic but the chances are only 15%. Keep your computer ready for my Tamil blog.

Dubukku - Thanks. Wait until Tamil New Years day.

Barbienan - Thanks buddy for your kind words. I shall listen to that song.

Balaji S Rajan said...

Reva - yes you are right. This is one of those which is not written in the will but still hereditary. Thanks for your wishes.


adapavi - Thanks for your idea. I shall try to do Yoga.

aravindh - Thanks for your wishes and words.

PK - I shall take Vendhiyam. Thanks for your tips. I am not worried about it any more.

Susubala - Thanks for your lovely kind words. I hope everything will settle soon. Life is full of ups and downs. Anyhow, we need to face both of them in a balanced way.

Balaji S Rajan said...

NV - Thanks da. Yes I do understand the mid life problems. I am glad that I am slowly overcoming them.

WA - Thanks. Keep looking for my Tamil blog.

Amrita - Thanks for your concern and kind words.

Ram - Oh..yes. I know that once we cross certain age we are bound to face these sickness. That too if it had been genetic then no escape. I am also a keen fitness freak and for a while I have stopped my exercises and then arrived all these. I have started back my routine. I am sure that I will bring it in control and my doctor is going to be surprised. I have not been advised any medicines since the doctor feels that I can bring it under control through exercise and diet.

Visithra - Be glad that your mom's blood sugar has not resulted in diabetic. But I would advise to be under surveillance.Thanks for your kind words.

Uma - Thank you very much for your concern. No problem. This was one of the reason for me not being very active in the Pongal party. Anyhow I have overcome this and confident that I will be back to normal shortly.

Suji said...

Sorry to hear about ur health problems. Take care.

Balaji S Rajan said...

Suji,

Thanks. I shall take care.

Vanathi said...

Take care...

Chakra Sampath said...

take care Balaji... am sure everyhting 'll be alright sooon.

looking fwd to your tamil blog.

Balaji S Rajan said...

Vanathi - Thanks.

Chakra - Thanks. Yes, I am taking care. Slowly coming out of everything.