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Significance of Saturday

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The thought of an approaching “SUNDAY” fills you up with joy, doesn’t it? Ah! Those endorphins! Oh, Wait!! Did I just hear endorphins? Trust me that emotion will only last from the time you leave your office premises on Saturday evening till you wake up on Sunday morning to find yourself buried under a pile of house chores that were supposed to be done during the week. It is also the day where you were looking forward to spending some time with your family, and that too flies away in a spur of the moment when some unwanted guest barges in unannounced. Can you believe it? In the only day, you thought was yours is now “poof” gone.

Isn’t it frustrating? By the time you manage to finish all those chores, you! My friend; would have missed the boat of “Me” time. And before you have realized what’s missed, you will have to start catching up with your very mundane life at the office, at the same time still serving the needs of the family at home. So, forget about something called personal life, space, and entertainment.

If you folks are working in India, I bet every single one of you would have had these thoughts at least once. If not! You are simply a “Workaholic”. However, how nice would it be if we had two days off in a week? On Saturday, we finish our chores, visit relatives, spend time with family etc, and Sunday can be the day to have some “Me” time.

Most of the developed countries have been following this work culture for years. And people there are more excited to go back to work after a nice relaxing weekend. Not only does it elevate their ability to focus at work but also makes them more productive.

It is high time we learn from them. These days, this kind of work culture is starting to take hold in many metropolitan cities around India. However, many private companies still have a conservative attitude towards changing their ways.

A private company’s ideology is always focused on profit and often tends to forget their diligent employees who enabled them to make a profit. They should understand that a stress-free employee at work is far more productive than a work environment filled with disgruntled people who are fighting hard to manage time between home and work. I am not implying that giving weekends off to employees is a universal solution to all the problems in a company, but it would be a good start towards having a peaceful work place and productive weekdays. “If the companies want their men to do best, then they have to give their men some rest”.

Why use a pen, When you can print.

Prescription

Why most of the Indian doctor’s handwriting looks like noodles in a bowl? Is it because they are not good at remembering the mammoth sized medical terms? Or, is it because they can cover their ass when they screw up the diagnoses?  The good news is that “No one can read”!

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Well! Let me tell you that one day I went to see my specialist and he penned something down on the prescription and asked me to visit him after 4 months with the test results.

Since I couldn’t decipher what was written, I decided to pay a visit to my general physician. I believed that he could read what was written on that prescription. However, neither he nor the laboratory guys could understand what was written. Ha-ha! That’s a bummer; a doctor cannot interpret another doctor’s handwriting. With no options left, I made a call to my specialist asking him what tests he may have prescribed. Any guesses as to what came next? He himself couldn’t remember what tests he has prescribed.

Now, here is what I would suggest to all Indian doctors. Wake up! It’s time to go Digital. These days every doctor carries a laptop or has a desktop in their clinic, now how hard is it to type down the details of a patient and their prescriptions?

Digitalization makes life easier, it will help the doctors remember the patient’s medical details, will help when suddenly a patient calls and ask about the test prescribed. Every patient’s medical history and ongoing treatment will be just a click away. Thus, if a printed copy of the prescription is provided to every patient, with dosage information, it will not just make their life easier, but it will also save energy and time for Doctors and Pharmacists.

Here, let me share some of my good experiences with the German medical system. In Germany, almost all the doctors provide a printed copy of the prescription. Which we can file and carry it next time we visit the doctor. However, if we happen to forget to carry our prescription. No problem! our doctors have already stored it for us in their computer.

PS: This is how a prescription in Germany looks like.

EB3How would you feel if your doctor provides a prescription like this?EB31.jpgEB32.jpgThese are the printed prescription for Pharmacies.

 

 

 

Eating Our Way To Extinction

 

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I don’t understand why we still show this particular interest in cuisines serving exotic animals knowing the fact that it’s only going to threaten our own survival if they go extinct.

We “The Homos-sapiens” came into existence some thousand years ago, and with our basic survival instincts we hunted, but the big turn of events came about with the discovery of “Fire”, which enabled us to cook the raw meat, eventually leading to lower rates of mortality. The onset of civilization began with the practice of agriculture which finally made us settle down and form ourselves a so-called “human society/settlements”, thereby increasing the rate of development in all aspects of life.

Before the invention of farming, geographical locations with cold weather were not so conducive for cultivation. This meant that grains, fruit, vegetables containing the essential nutrients for a healthy living could not be grown in these environments. Thus it made humans of that particular habitat dependent on the consumption of meat; also they were not able to transport the food from another part of the globe. But now with the technology in hand, we are not just able to farm and grow stuff which is not even native to that particular habitat, but we are even able to transport food in just a matter of days to any corner of the world.

These days farming is not just been confined to fruits, grains, and vegetables, but we have also started farming other species of animals too viz. Chicken, Pig, Fish and so on. Thus we have practically taken ourselves out of the food chain.

In the normal course of nature, when an animal is sexually active it will look for a partner to reproduce with. Once it goes through all the subsequent processes of mating and birthing, it takes a certain amount of time to raise its offspring, and once the offspring have learned the art of survival they become independent and seek their own future, leaving its mother to get back into the reproduction cycle again. In the case of the farmed animals, we control the reproduction cycle, we take away the offspring from the mother and force her to go back into reproduction cycle early, and with the current advances in genetic engineering, we have been able to increase the yield from animal husbandry.

However, a whale, which still plays by rule of nature, in its whole lifespan produces only a certain amount of offspring, and if it is killed for the pleasure of our taste buds, we are not just diminishing the number of calves in the aquatic world, but by doing so we are disturbing the whole ecosystem and putting that particular species on the brink of extinction. Well!

It works on the same concept of “Deforestation”. A tree needs years to grow and become fully matured, but the rate at which the trees are being brought down is faster than the rate at which they grow. A single tree might take several years to grow to its maturity, but it only takes few minutes to take it down, leading to various issues related to climate change.

There is no scarcity of food in this world. We get enough yields from what we farm. However consuming non-farmed animals or so called “Exotic Meat” is undoubtedly going to hinder the perfectly functioning ecosystem and for the better good of our own human society, now is the time to open our eyes and realize the consequences of our actions. Thus it’s wise to stop eating “Exotic Meat”.

 

 

 

 

What happens when Doctor’s don’t inform.

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Every patient has a right to know about the medicines they are being prescribed with its possible side effects, and what lifestyle to adopt while on the prescribed medicines.

Today I would like to share my experience with Doctors in Germany. I don’t know what to talk about, was I simply unlucky? Or the doctors were really ignorant about their profession. However, my rugged journey with them begins like this.

 I decided to pursue my higher studies (Master’s) in Germany and I worked my way up towards it, managing to secure my place in one of its University. I flew there in October; everything was going as planned and my transition of life was smooth till the month of January, where I took my first class test flunked it. Now you must be wondering what has a class test to do with German doctors. Well! It had to do with my health condition; I am an Autoimmune Arthritis patient and I have been suffering from it for nearly 10 years, it was a tough call for me to take a risk studying abroad with this condition. However I had an only objective in my mind, which was to pursue PhD, and make a career in the research world. Sigh! that dream never came true.

So back to my class test, yes I flunked it and my course coordinator called me for a chat, that’s where I informed her about my condition, and told her about how I ran out of my medication which spiked up my pain level. On the other hand, I carried only two months of prescribed medication with me, assuming that the German medical system and technology would be top-notch, and I would get better treatment. Well! That’s where I miscalculated; my coordinator suggested a Rheumatologist from University Hospital a.k.a Uni-Klinikum, since I asked for a doctor who can converse in English. However, it takes months in Germany to get a direct appointment of a specialist and I didn’t have the luxury of time. So I asked my coordinator to look for another Rheumatologist in the city, luckily she did manage to find one private doctor with an appointment in February and so does my appointment with Nightmare.

I asked my friend, who was proficient enough in German, to come along with me to meet my Rheumatologist. I took this precaution because I was unsure how proficient my doctor was in English. We went there and the lady at the front desk asked us to wait, and that’s where I encountered another annoying system of appointments. So it’s like the patient has to be on the given time and date, but they have to wait hours to get a short meeting with doctor. Yeah sure! Patients have an ample amount of time to spend in the clinic; they got nothing else to do. Anyways, after a long wait. I did get to meet my doctor, just to find out that she speaks very little English. Lucky me! I had my friend tried to explain her about my medical history and pain level, she asked me to get my blood test done leading me to realize another flaw in the German medical system. After taking your blood they will never say when to come in to get your report, unless if you ask them or provide them your email address. Coming back to conversation, little my friend knew about medical terminology, the doctor would have misunderstood me and him or maybe she understood it right, but she prescribed me with steroids (Hydrocortisone) which I was totally unaware of. She even made me sign a disclosure form which contained the information about the drug written entirely in German which neither me nor my friend could decipher, and she didn’t even take any effort to describe what was actually in the document. For past 6-7 years I was kept on Methotrexate and I was very satisfied with its results, and so did my body. Anyways so I started taking steroids unaware of what really I was taking in. I never questioned her about new medication, since I trusted her judgment.

Almost a month passed by and I started noticing a gain in my body weight, I thought maybe it’s just I am not eating right. So I started to make some changes in my diet. However, that didn’t work either, eventually leaving me with a gargantuan appetite. I gained 20 kilos in just a span of 3 months. And trust me; gaining that enormous amount of weight in such a short period of time comes with a price. The price was the side effects of steroids. When I went back to my doctor, I told her about my weight gain and thereafter she explained me about the behavior of Hydrocortisone. In relation to that, I tried explaining her about my comfort issues with her prescribed medicines, and so in response she asked me to stop taking it.

The same day I went home and started looking for information about all the medicines she prescribed on internet. I realized that I cannot just stop taking steroids abruptly; it has something called “taper off” dosage.  Where you reduce the level of dose on weekly basis etc., if fail to do so, it will lead to other complications. After knowing all about it, I went to my doctor’s clinic and demanded to meet the doctor who was treating me, before I could realize what was happening, the receptionist started yelling something in German which I hardly could understand. I went back and asked my friend to accompany me. This time again the receptionist started yelling, as if she was trying to shoo us away. She replied very rudely saying the doctor who treated me has not come to clinic. And told me, something about how’s it difficult for them that I am not able to speak their language.

Luckily In those 3 months I met a general practitioner who was able to speak reasonable amount of English. So I asked her to call my Rheumatologist again in order to know what’s going on. Finally I got the information that; the doctor who was treating me has left the job, which came as surprise to me. Leaving me furious, and with a feeling of having been cheated. Nonetheless, I was recommended a new Rheumatologist who was far worst then my previous one. She used to ask me what medication and dosage I want, yeah sure!! If I knew why would i be at her clinic.

Hence, thereafter my journey begins from variety of specialist namely, Endocrinologist for my steroid induced hormone imbalance, to Dermatologist for skin scaling, to ENT specialist for swollen lymph node, to Ophthalmologist for headaches, Neurologist for migraine, and finally to Physiotherapists. Thus I spent half of my academic time spending in clinics with side effects throwing me in depression, lowering my self-confidence, which eventually affected my grades. However I did manage to graduate with all these struggles, but I couldn’t acquire enough grades to pursue my dreams. Now I am back in my country, living Unemployed.