I would like to begin this post on a personal note. When my mother-in-law was unwell, she welcomed visitors with a smile and literally entertained them talking about pleasant times they shared. Her attitude was no different when our family doctor made a house visit. When he enquired about her health and her complaints, instead of reeling them away, she would ask about his family and when he insisted on a reply, she would dismiss it by saying she was no exception to the age related health problems. ‘When they call for attention, I just choose to ignore and now ‘they’ have realized the futility of repeatedly trying to gain my attention’ she would say making the doctor as well as all of us laugh.
But I feel my m-in-law has been more an exception in today’s world where people prefer privacy and solitude during their sickness, irrespective of its nature. One should respect their sentiments and leave them alone as long as they wish instead of causing discomfort to them (patients) and embarrassment to themselves as well as to the care givers.
n.meera raghavendra rao