These days even my diary entries have become few and far between. This time, it is after a week that I am writing another post.
I had been getting acute pain in my hip and right foot, and when it was getting a bit too much for me to keep it to myself, I blurted it out to Rupa and she spoke to Raju who cast about to find another medical opinion. Good for me, the father of one of his staff members happens to be a senior consulting physician. The good doctor gave a date for my consultation and accompanied by Rupa, I visited the doctor.
I was advised to undergo physiotherapy, namely lumbar traction and short wave diathermy, which was initiated in that hospital, and I was advised to continue the same for ten days at a place nearer my home, and to report to the doctor after that. I would then be expected to go for a comprehensive medical check up.
I located a physiotherapist nearer and started the treatment.
The world is not waiting for me to catch up and things are happening. I hard a sad news of a young life having being lost in an unnecessary incident. A good samaritan provided me with some liniments, a heating cum cold pad, and a gadget for relieving pains.
I also heard that a wedding is going to take place in a relative’s family in August. And my sister Annapoorni’s grandchild’s Upanayanam is going to take place somewhere around that date. I will try to accommodate these occasions in my itinerary when I visit Chennai for my Visa Interview.
I now look forward to my visit to Chitra in New Jersey. Hopefully I would have shed all my temporary physical inconveniences so that I can enjoy my stay with her and make Chitra happy too. I plan to fly out on the 15th Oct. and be back accompanied by Chitra around Christmas. She will hopefully stay in Hyderabad for perhaps 20 days with a few sorties thrown in for a good measure.
I will write my next post sometime in my own ambling way.
Today I found a gem of a webpage which I am pasting here under:
I request anyone browsing this post to please open this link and read the words of a great saintly personality, an excellent article by the most venerable Maha Periyaval.
Now I continue my mundane post in my usual uninteresting style, because this is just a personal diary but holding no secrets that could embarass niether me nor anyone else.
I showed my hip X ray to the physician and he continued my medicine for the pain, though I have not felt any relief yet. Yesterday I had to climb down five floors which caused me acute pain in my lower leg and foot. I have a mind to take a second opinion from a surgeon. I am now planning to visit my daughter in New Jersey in October for a two month stay with her there, and I don’t want to carry my pain with me.
Rupa strongly suggests to me to go for regular evening walks so that I can accustom my feet to get used to withstand the pain and in the bargain it may even alleviate the pain. I shall start a half an hour’s walk from now on.
I have paid the Visa fees and also obained an interview appointment on September 7th. I have sent an offline message to Chitra to block the tickets and send the details to Raju, and also to send proofs to be subnmitted to the Visa authority.
The general physician assured me that my sugar level is now normal, and I have started to include sugar intake in my diet. Next month when I go for a medical check up, I will check my sugar level once again.
I have senior acquaintances who have learnt to live with their sugar problem, but I want to avoid it and also to lose the leg pain before I go visiting my daughter. I want to just grow older without the accompanying health problems.
There has been no rain since past few days and there is bright sunshine. We have acquired a few more flower plants including roses in different colours and also so ornamental plants. Our lawn is now more colourful, but it needs regular watering. Hopefully the colony gardener will help us to maintain the flowers and the lawns in good condition.
Raju is getting busier and busier and Rupa and Raju never take leave except the Saturdays and Sundays. While I am away, God willing, in October, they are also planning a few days off white water surfingfor a couple of days or so in the North.
They are looking forward to this adventure very eagerly, and I wish “Vaya con Dios” to them.
I was regularly phoning to my sister Lalitha, Annapoorni and Soundaram to update information about their welfare. Karthik has now gone to Dubai on a permanent working visa, and hopefully next year moving his wife and kids with him when school admissions start there. I am also in touch with my uncles and aunts regularly. I talk to my cousins and nephews less often.
I will be making a trip to Madras in September for the Visa Interview, and will hopefully fly to New Jersey in October of everything is all right. Chitra will mother over me for two months and will accompany me back to Hyderabad in December for a few weeks’ stay with me.
I think I will stop today’s post now, have a wash, light the lamp and communicate with Kala for a few moments and say my prayers. Vaya con Dios.
I had been there and done it. I completed my trip and am back . I was invited to go over to Pondicherry to stay there briefly. I left Hyderabad on the 30th evening and travelled for the first time by air conditioned sleeper coach. As I am unused to sleep in A/C, I was dreading the unaccustomed coolness and it did affect me. I had cramps the whole night and had quite a dsturbed sleep. Soon as I alighted, I went to the Bus Terminus at Koyambedu and promptly the bus started for Pondicherry. It was comfortable and the warmth of the day acted like balm. I was met in the Pondicherry Bus Terminus by Rupa’s father. I was a bit tired and under weather, and conditionally surrendered to the affectionate command to spend my whole time in Pondicherry and return to Hyderabad directly via Madras. By morning I was quite refreshed and regained all my energy. I expressed my wish to proceed to Madras immediately and was permitted so.
I caught a bus to Madras around 10.30 in the morning on the 2nd July. I got down in Tiruvanmiyur, and after fixing up the total fare for a big round trip of visits, visited my cousin first. I saw his cute little nascent granddaughter. Mother and child are healthy and happy. After spending around half an hour, I was on my way again. I visited maternal aunt and uncle’s homes, spent a few minutes with them, and then was on my way to my sister Soundaram’s house. She is passing through health problems and domestic worries. I gave her a few minutes’ companionship and solace.
I then visited my youngest sister and her family. My nephew is awaiting the receipt of his permanent work visa shortly and so was also around. I met them all and the kids. Then I rode to my uncle’s home and sat with them for a few minutes. I chatted merrily with my nephew Deepak who is resting after an unfortunate accident.
Therefrom I rode a long time and reached Annapoorni’s house and it was already past 6.30 in the evening, and I was already late for the wedding reception which I aimed to attend there. I settled the autorickshaw fare and sent the driver off. I freshened up, had a coffee, changed into fresh clothes and rode to function place. I was happy to meet my friend and his family after a few years, and all of them looked happy and satisfied. The recently married son whose wedding reception it was, looked quite fetching in a good suit, receiving guests . His sisters have grown up well shod and well clad, and there was happiness on all faces.
While returning to my sister’s home for the night, I was suffering too much pain in my hip joint which was troubling me for quite sometime now. I sat and chatted with my sister and brother in law, and I even had a little treat. I rested well during the night.
The next afternoon I started for home. My sister and brother in law accompanied me to the Railway Station, put me in the compartment, and took their leave. The return trip was more comfortable and I made full use of the woolen blanket provided by the railways. All except one were males in m compartment. The only girl sat opposite me and I picked up a little conversation with her. She seemed quite intelligent and I learnt that she is a Post Graduate in Economics and gainfully employed.
The fourth morning early around 5.30 we reached Secunderabad. By the time I was out of the Railway Station and came to its entrance gate, Raju was on time, as we correlated our timings, and I was home before 6.30, and Rupa was ready with my sugarless c offee.
The next day I went to the Hospital to consult an orthopaedic surgeon. He said I will have a slow recovery. He prescribed a tablet and an ointment. Now I am back to my regular routine of browsing and channel flipping.