Olds are Golds!

We had old age home visit today. Our bus reached the place and we all got down. I took my phone out and found that there was no network! What?No?!! No internet, no calls, no WhatsApp for entire day? Not just me but all of my batchmates had the same expression.

Do you know how these old people live? They live a meaningful life. They live with nature, they live with peace and most importantly they live with each other. They don’t need internet to pass their time, they don’t need a smart phone to communicate. They are free from today’s materialistic world! We might feel that how come they aren’t getting bored living in the same room away from the digital world. But the reality is, they know better ways than us to live each day beautifully. Their entire day schedule includes watering gardens, taking walks amongst tall trees, chit chatting with each other, reading beautiful books, caring for each other, spending time with each other. And today in our busy life, we keep longing to go out of town on a vacation to do these things!

It feels so good to see an aged person smile. Their smiles are more beautiful than anyone! In these old age homes, some are abandoned by their own children because they have some age-related diseases, some are just kept there because there’s none to take care of them. How can even people do that? Leaving their own parents, who sacrificed their lives for them! Some have disorders, some are fed up being alone at home and thus came here to stay at old age home. But these are the places where they are truly happy. Always a smile on their face! And of course the smile never fades away as they have amazing people who actually care for them. They make best friends at this place!

I lost my grand-dad 14 years ago and my granny 4 years back. When they were with me I could never percieve the care they need, the love they feel. And today after seeing these pure souls, I can see my own grandparents in them. It’s truly a worth learning experience we get by visiting such kinds of places. And let me tell you that it’s not just learning in terms of medical point of view but we get to learn a lot about life! These are the people who have experienced the most of their entire life. These are the ones who still wish to live despite of their extreme age or any disease. And it’s our responsibility to give the highest respect and love to these old souls rather more matured souls in our society.

The Best Gift!

Small or large gifts doesn’t matter. What matters is how affectionately is the person gifting.

Being in medical field, specially in Physiotherapy field we spend a lot of time with our patients. We see many patients in the entire day but those who come regularly to the OPD are always remembered. And again a few of those, maybe a hand count number are the ones with whom we develop a great bonding.

Yesterday, it was my last day of the month in the hospital. We we’re supposed to go for new postings in another hospital. Being in the same hospital for a month we had developed a good and an affectionate bonding with the patients. And there was this one 70 year old man , of almost my grandfather’s age whom it was not even 10 days, I developed a beautiful bond! A very thoughtful person. It is the duty of every doctor to be a good listener more than a speaker. And frankly I always love to listen to all the patients I treat. Because that’s what helps you touch the hearts of patients. Sometimes it might not really be that relevant to condition but patients at least feel that they have someone who pays attention to them. He shared with me a lot many things about himself, his family and much more. He knew it was my last day. And he gifted me a Book on Attitude towards life along with a letter for me saying how grateful he was !

What can be a better feeling than this? For any doctor a patient satisfied with his treatment and showing great results is the Best Gift! I won’t remember this patient because he gifted me something but I’ll remember him more for he encouraged me to work better and harder and treat every patient affectionately! I rather thank God for having me encountered to such wonderful people.

The Pride being Physio!

“Why didn’t you take MBBS if you wanted to anyways be in Medical field?” asked my friends

“Why don’t you become a lawyer like your Dad?” asked my relatives

And I never had one answer. Because I have multiple purposes to be in this field! Before letting you all know the answers to why I love being in Physiotherapy field, I would like to tell you all my real life story.

Around 11 years back in 2006 , during my childhood,my Father had witnessed a local train bomb blast. The blast occurred in the same compartment he was in. He went through first aid and surgeries in hospital. And out of the 3-4 people who survived, my dad was one of them! Being a fifth standard kid who had never ever been to hospital and who had no clue why dad hasn’t returned home for a week, first time went to visit him. After a few days stay, he got discharged from hospital. Returning home, his medications were still going on but I used to observe , that there was this one guy who used to come home and give some exercises to Dad. I never saw him in white coat, never saw him with a stethoscope around his neck but still all used to call him ‘doctor’. I remember him very well!

After my 12th exams when I was supposed to make a ‘career building’ decision, I got to know about Physiotherapy and the entire incident just went through like a Flashback. Even today my dad remembers that physiotherapist. He might have forgotten the surgeon’s name but he still remembers the physiotherapist’s name as physios are the ones who spend the maximum time with their patients. That’s when I took the decision of becoming physiotherapist! Today when I treat patients, I always remember how efficiently that physiotherapist had treated my Dad and these patients too are someones’ Parents, Children, Grandparents, Friends. And it’s my responsibility to treat them well and get back to their functions.

As said “A surgeon gives life to the patient, but a physiotherapist makes that life worth living”.

Many people have still never understood who are Physiotherapists? What do they exactly do? In fact, physiotherapy is a field which has its domain almost everywhere. A typical mentality of a human is ‘If I’m ill or if I have any pain , I shall visit a doctor’. But why not follow the ancient words of wisdom which say ‘Prevention is better than Cure’. People need to understand that just because I do not have any disease or disorder , doesn’t mean I’m healthy!

Long hours of sitting in wrong postures during office work- Physios shall prevent the future likely to occur disorder.

Pain, unable to walk due to arthritis- Physios shall relieve the pain and get you back to your activities.

Weakness due to paralysis- Physios shall get your strength back.

Exhaling difficulties due to respiratory disorders- Physios shall help you breathing efficiently too!

No movement after surgery- Physios shall get you back on your feet!


Image: my article in newspaper in local language

( This article is the translation of the article I had written in the local newspaper on the occasion of World Physiotherapy Day. A few edits and points added up!)

-Natasha Tungare

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