#NaNoWriMo. Validated. Won.
Rather neat, eh? It is dated December 1, 2011 because that’s when they expect us to reach the finish line. Except that I beat myself to it.
Although I like to have a go at fiction once in a while, I am passionate about seeing my first book as a reference book that people can go back to, frequently, as a trust-worthy source of information. The inspiration for this was my own experience combined with what I saw. This is why I started writing my health blog “Your Medical Guide” which am building as a resource for better mental, physical and emotional health and fitness. On this blog, I share Health news. Health tips. Information about diseases, symptoms,treatments, drugs and medicine.
There are wonderful doctors and specialists, but it is not always easy to make an appointment and talk to them about how you feel. Most of the time, doctors have to rely on what the patient tells them, if indeed they do listen, and if the patient is articulate. Thorough clinical examinations are not always popular because of overflowing clinics and time constraints.
I can’t keep track of the number of times we’ve gone to a doctor, waited for a couple of hours to see him and then realized our minds had gone blank by the time our turn came. Often, I have also suspected that we developed most of our ailments in that very waiting room. And let me not even get started on the fortune we’ve spent that we could ill-afford.
What started as a lung fibrosis (cause unknown) for my Mom led to various other health problems as a result of the strong medication she had to take to keep her lungs functioning well and survive. I’ve lost count of the number of doctors and specialists we’ve seen, the hospitals and clinics we’ve visited and the hours we have wasted sometimes, just because we were not well-informed. Sometimes I can’t help thinking my Mom would have lived longer, if only the doctors had managed her symptoms, pain and medication better. Sigh!
Knowledge is Power
Knowledge is Power. I’ll tell you why. Let’s take a simple example. Your visited your doctor and you now have a prescription for a couple of blood tests. In the hope that there will be a quick diagnosis, you arrive at the lab, only to be told that you can’t have the tests done today because they must be done on a fasting stomach. Which means you must plan it the day before, because “fasting” tests mean no food for at least 10 hours before you have the tests done, or it will screw up the results. So you wish the doc or the lab had told you, right? Then maybe you could have planned better.
Know what I mean? I’ve learned a lot of things the hard way. Thing is, although I appreciate the service that hospitals, labs and doctors provide, they tend to assume that you know a lot of things. Now, why on earth would it have to be that way?
I’ve gone crazy getting info beforehand each time we had a doctor’s appointment scheduled simply to know what questions to ask. When my Mom was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis in 2007, the doctor did not give us any advice about how to take care of her, her diet, medication, etc. Thanks to the Internet and being an information junkie, I did learn a lot. But then, we all know how hazardous information overload can be.
I could go on and on – but suffice it to say that my experiences with life and as a caregiver, exposure to many health conditions both at home and in friends’ families inspired me to write a health guide.
Why women? Good question. As women, we go through all sorts of things and have earned the reputation of ignoring ourselves, our health (and our souls) after we start families. And then wonder where the years went. We pray that we’ll get well when we’re sick, just so we can continue to do the things we do on a daily basis. I know people who will try all sorts of home remedies for a yeast infection and make it worse. I’ve been one of them. I know women who’re going through menopause and have no idea what the heck’s happening. In one word, women worry. There’s no doubt we’re smart, but when it comes to self-care….well…enough said.
My book, The Complete Health Guide for Women hopes to be women’s best friend, in a conversational and informal tone. It will contain tips and information about various health conditions, what to expect, natural ways to handle them, guidance on when to see the doctor, when not to panic, the first line of action to take, and so on. Naturally I will add snippets of home remedies that work, mostly from the kitchen shelf.
I am also compiling a “Tips” type of short book that I hope will be amazingly useful. It will be along the lines of “50 uses for lemons”, “50 uses for vinegar” – that sort of thing. As I discover something each day and enjoy those “a-ha” moments, I find that I want to put it all together and share it with everyone. I have lots of other topics in mind, that I plan to work on. My head is brimming with ideas.
So, as we come closer to November 30, I am filled with a warm feeling of happiness and am grateful for the encouragement, motivation and inspiration I received on a daily basis from my real and virtual friends. I am grateful to the NaNoWriMo for igniting the fire in me. I am particularly thankful to my dear friends who are kind enough to read what I write and appreciate it, giving me the impetus to go on. I am also indebted to my son, Vidur and husband Sury who believe in me and are convinced I can do anything. I am blessed to work with people who have unshakeable faith in me and keep telling me I am the best. (Tears).
I know everyone faces “low” days and “high” days – but I have to say that November has been a constant state of “high” for me, thanks to all the great people I have had the privilege of connecting with, but especially these fabulous ladies; without them, my November would not be what it is.
And oh, by the way, I’ve nominated Betsy, Angela and Sheila for the “Top Personal Development Blogs of 2011” – so, I request you to please, please go vote for them. They’re fabulous people and I am so lucky I know them.
And if you’re still with me at this point, reading this post, one big hug to you! Thanks!