“I fell flat on my head. I touched rock bottom”

Avanika Mote recalls how a wonderful morning turned rainy and one little misstep led to a brain injury that changed the way she saw life forever
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A CT scan image of sudural hematoma image courtesy: wikipedia.org
A CT scan image of sudural hematoma
image courtesy: wikipedia.org

It was a weekend and we were jamming till the wee hours for a concert. The twilight at dawn was ethereal. It was so beautiful I ran up to the terrace with my camera to shoot the sky. The moment, however, seemed to be fickle – soon dark grey clouds seemed to come out of nowhere. Before I could shoot the next picture, it started to rain. I clicked a quick one and started walking down the staircase. The rain was terrible. The entire staircase was wet. With the intention to save my camera from getting wet, I walked fast and fell off an entire flight of stairs. Flat on my head. I touched rock bottom. I have no memory of what happened next.

The next thing I remember: lying in my bed, trying to breathe. My head didn’t feel like it existed. The pillow was stained with blood. I regained consciousness and realised I had hurt my head real bad. The inflammation was such that I felt like I had three heads. Weird and awfully painful.

I was lucky to have my friend around. He applied Soframycin on my head injury, which was still bleeding. Since it was a Sunday, most clinics had shorter days and it was tough to locate a doctor nearby. By this time, while the local bleeding had stopped, the pain was excruciating.

We finally managed to get an appointment with a doctor I often go to for minor events like muscle sprains, fevers, etc. He inspected my injury, gave me a tetanus shot and a few painkillers. I was okay with the tablets as they reduced the pain, but the head cramps and disorientation haunted me. Continue reading “I fell flat on my head. I touched rock bottom”

11 must-see doctor movies that entertain and educate

docmoviesWhen you feel tired and jaded, and have little inclination to move around, there is one thing that you can do: watch movies. Let the frames move and transport you to a world of imagination, inspiration and plain entertainment. Let your body loose with something to drink and munch on (we suggest popcorn with little butter and a glass of juice) as you unwind. Since health is what concerns us the most, we decided to recommend a few inspiring doctor movies. Here’s the quick list of 11 must-see doctor movies:

Ek Doctor Ki Maut
This is one of those Hindi flicks that win awards but get lost in the commercial clutter of Bollywood. A beautiful movie about a doctor who does not do too well in med school, but becomes a researcher who finds a cure for leprosy that is ‘suspected’ to have a curious but positive side-effect: it makes women fertile. This becomes a serious issue, and he is brought down methodically by the jealous medical establishment. Pankaj Kapur plays the lead with Shabana Azmi in this 1990 film directed by Tapan Sinha. Simply beautiful! Continue reading 11 must-see doctor movies that entertain and educate

Do you need glasses? A really quick guide to tell how your eyes are doing

image courtesy: eduguide.org
image courtesy: eduguide.org

In this day and age, with so many screens to stare at, stress, falling diet quality, pollution and so many other similar factors  (including genetics), eyes are hit just as hard as other parts of the body. The problem is, we rarely recognise it and may put off going to an ophthalmologist till the problem has a reached a point of aggravation that could have been avoided with a little bit of foresight.

Here is a really quick guide that will help you figure out that the time has come to read those famous alphabets that you see in an eye specialist’s clinic: Continue reading Do you need glasses? A really quick guide to tell how your eyes are doing

Can’t recall that film you saw last week? Don’t forget that cup of green tea, coffee

Benefits of Coffee
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Nobody likes that frustrating feeling, when you ‘know’ the name of the film you saw last month but can’t really bring it to your lips. That’s your memory not matching up to your needs. It makes one thing clear: it needs preservation too. After all, you are not getting any younger.

Coffee and tea are two drinks you can rely on to keep your memory in the game. It also helps keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay, according a study in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.

According to the study undertaken by French and German researchers, caffeine in coffee positively affects particular protein deposits in the brain that are connected to Alzheimer’s. It not only keeps your memory healthy, but also cuts the risks of other cognitive disabilities. Continue reading Can’t recall that film you saw last week? Don’t forget that cup of green tea, coffee