Recently we had the World Health Day celebrated and I was wondering about what ‘health’ really meant. Has it got to do with the general health/ well being of a person I asked myself. Or has it got to do with the mental health true to the saying ‘He/she is as old as he/she thinks’ or ‘You are as old as you look or if I may add Talk? or your health depends upon whether you are able to dictate the function of your arms and limbs or they dictate you with their limitations for what ever reason? The questions can go on and on considering that there is a specialist for practically every organ and vein in our body not to speak of the mushrooming Scan and ‘Fitness Centres’ all over the city.
Talking about specialists, sometimes the experience patients have are amusing for the questions they are asked. One such patient consulted an Ortho for pain in her legs and the doctor asked her to take a few steps in his clinic. When she took her seat, he asked her how old she was. Instead of replying she had asked him to guess her age and he promptly said she must be past 75.
‘yes, doctor, you are absolutely right, that’s the age of my legs’!
You could well imagine his reaction.
I n another case a middle aged lady consulted a specialist for an eye problem. As expected he wanted to know how old she was and she said she was past sixty.
He had scrutinized her from top to bottom and said, ‘Well, madam, perhaps cataract is setting in, it normally happens around your age, he stated. (The lady had deliberately quoted a wrong age, increasing it by 10 years!).
Yet another lady went to an Ortho for pain in her shoulder. He asked her whether she was a working woman. She told him she worked as a cook in three houses.
Amma, I think working with your hands so much is the cause of the pain, the doctor had said and advised her to reduce her work load!
n.meera raghavendra rao