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Healthy Child, Happy Child

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Health is wealth.  In fact, possibly health is the only wealth we can successfully build in a conscious manner. I often tell my son it is sort of like a life insurance account – unless you put in, you can’t take out. You’ve got to invest constantly to build on and benefit from, in the long run. Miss a premium, and we pay heavily in doctor’s bills, not to mention the physical suffering. And we cannot deny that a healthy child is a happy child.

The last couple of weeks have been somewhat “in limbo” for us, what with falling sick one after the other. First it was me with viral fever combined with food poisoning where I found out how it felt to be a total rag. It was a drag. Then it was Sury taking over, like a relay race, and he’s recovering now. And now, it is the light of our lives, Vidur, who is suffering his own health issues with a dry cough that has turned into a sore throat.

November and December and January are not easy months where we live, because it is the time when the dust levels, allergy and pollen is maximum in the air. The school campus has the highest level and of course, we’ll find children in various stages of cold and cough as they carry on with their routine, regardless. I love that about them. A physical ailment that lets them come to school does not deter them from playing or being happy. There’s a lesson there for the rest of us.

And so, as a now regular contributor to Parentous my post was naturally about health.

Healthy Child, Happy Child

Few quotes are more appropriate to parenting than this one.

 

“Worrying is like a ROCKING CHAIR, it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere” – Unknown

 

And if there is one thing parents worry about most, it is the health of their children. I am no exception. The anxiety of ensuring that I was doing the right thing was almost palpable at home. Added to that, all the stories we heard about the negative effects of junk food – read chocolates, chips, fizzy drinks, crazy bakery products.

 

Now, my son suffered from severe wheezing until he was about eight years old. This is a common ailment in the city we live in. Every other day, we’d be running to the doctor and return home, armed with a prescription for inhalers, antibiotics and syrups.

 

Getting him to swallow that syrup was a major challenge. So I had a brilliant idea (or so I thought). I got a large syringe and used it (without the needle of course) to squirt the syrup right into his mouth. The next thing I knew – he would instantly squirt it back on me, value adding the contents of his tummy to it.

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I would love to know what you think.

I often fantasize about a world where children under five are blessed with health and as they grow up, receive the gift of a strong immune system from the Almighty. Not to much to ask, is it?

Also, my heart goes out today to the parents of the victims at the Connecticut school massacre. My thoughts and prayers are with them. What motivates a heinous act like this? How could someone bring themselves to hurt little children? I felt miserable waking up to this tragic news today and could stop the tears, thinking of all the plans, all the dreams they must have had.

Please let us consciously practice being more loving and strive for a peaceful world. It is time to:

  • Let go of grudges
  • Say our I love yous
  • Be more tolerant
  • Forget petty issues
  • Say goodbye to hate
  • Stop worrying
  • Live better, consciously
  • Be kind

I am hugging my child a little extra tight today.

P.S.: Here are some posts that have tips to cope with tragedy:

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Cathy Taughinbaugh
    December 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    HI VIdya,

    Glad you and your family are all feeling better. Our environment does at times contribute to our allergies and different ailments. Never fun. Congrats on being a contributor to Parentous. That is exciting. I will go check it out after writing my comment. It is so sad about the Sandy Hook incident. Thanks for mentioning my article. We all feel the grief of the families there. All the best!

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    Mayura
    December 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Vidya,

    Sorry to hear about conditions you are going through in these months dear.

    Ah he has wheezing? Is it natural over there with children?

    One of my friends were living is such a dusty place and recovered from wheeze when he’s about 17 years old after medication. It’s recoverable, no? 🙂

    I felt really sad after hearing about the massacre. Anger, depression? I don’t know why, but there must be a hidden reason behind this violence as the murderer claims as a “quiet” person. How cruel though?!

    Have a healthy weekend for you and your family 🙂

    Cheers…
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      Vidya Sury
      December 17, 2012 at 4:48 am

      Yes, Mayura. Wheezing is common in young kids and many of them recover as they grow. Still, during the months when the pollen is high in the air, there’s always the chance of suffering. Thank you for your kind wishes.

      Violence is something we live with, Mayura. But the school shooting is just too much – and we’ll never know the motivation behind acts like these. Let’s just pray for peace!
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    Vidya Sury
    December 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Thank you, Cathy, we’re on the road to recovery. No fun being sick, and yes, it is largely environment oriented. I am grateful we have access to medical help.

    Every time I think of Sandy Hook, I feel choked. I can’t even begin to imagine about how they’re all going to cope. I am saying a prayer each time.

    Your post was so beautiful.

    Hugs!
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    Betsy /Zen Mama
    December 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you for this Vidya! I, too, have been trying to stay well. There is nothing like good health. It’s our greatest treasure. I love your tips for a more peaceful world. Esp. be kind!
    Thank you!!
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      Vidya Sury
      December 17, 2012 at 4:49 am

      Thank you, Betsy. The heart feels so heavy, no? I am even more determined to let go of all things negative and be the best person I can be. Hugs!
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    Sandi Amorim
    December 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Dear Vidya,
    I love your list at the end of the post, especially “Say your I love yous.”

    xoS
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    Stasha
    December 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Words to live by. You are always so positive. It is contagious. And I love the life insurance ting. I will nag my husband with it tomorrow 🙂
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