Saturday, May 18, 2013

Inherent Danger in Ignoring Warning Signs

Manisha felt tired.
 Come to think of it she had been feeling tired for as long as she could remember.
She slept fitfully and woke up feeling groggy.
She had a full time job, children, husband and house to look after. She was constantly juggling to keep her head above water.
The pressures of her life were such that she did not have any time to think of herself.
She mentioned it to her mother in passing during their daily phone conversation.
Her mother asked her to go and see a doctor to find out what was wrong.
Manisha was irritated at this as she knew that this was the right thing to do. She still did not want to do this due to the fear.
What if the doctor said she had a serious disease?
 What if she had to be admitted to hospital leaving her children at others' mercy?
No, No. She could not do this. She was sure she will be fine soon.
The very next day Manisha fainted in the bathroom. Her little daughter found her flat on the floor.
There was much panic and running around.
 Manisha regained consciousness in a little while but now there was no getting around it. She needed to go to the hospital.
She was a human being first of all and needed to take care of herself if she wanted to live a full life.
A medical check up revealed that her red blood cell count was below normal. Way below normal. This was the cause of her feeling constantly tired and irritated.
The entire family was relieved at having had a lucky escape  from a more serious potential problem.
Manisha was put on a suitable diet cum medication plan. The doctor suggested certain life style changes to ensure that she had more time for herself and relaxed.
She decided never to ignore any warning signs in future and to take necessary action well in time.

This is an entry for the Colgate contest. My healthy speak blog at

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