A gratitude post

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About two weeks back I landed myself a sore throat. Nothing that couldn’t be cured by warm water gargles and mugs of ginger tea, I thought. However within a day my throat turned to sandpaper making swallowing difficult and I felt The Wheeze come on. 
If you’ve ever had it you’ll understand the capitals. Within the space of a day breathing becomes a chore, lying down impossible and sleep a mere dream.
This hadn’t happened to me in the last ten years. The twins seemed to have scared it away! However this time it was back.
I gave up oral medications and took on inhalers. Soon enough the breathing eased. Within a week I was feeling human again.
I remembered my childhood – those long painful nights with my mum sitting beside me rubbing warm mustard oil and garlic on my chest while I struggled for each breath and prayed for the night to be over. The days weren’t ever so bad for there were distractions. Nights, on the other hand, were dreaded monsters. Propped up by pillows I would struggle to pull out each breath from my clogged lungs. 
Those nights were truly dreadful.
It was this dread that made me reach out for shawls and sweaters at parties. This dread made sure I was always unfashionably bundled up at weddings and get-togethers when everyone else was flaunting their silks and georgettes. And it was this dread that made me completely immune to friendly jibes from friends and family. 
It would take sometimes, a month for the congestion to go.
This gratitude post today goes out to scientists, researchers and doctors who have made our lives so much easier that a mere ten days later I was back at my Zumba class with just a memory of the wheeze.
Thank you with all my heart. Oh and from my lungs too :-).

Linking up to Vidya’s Gratitude Circle Blog Hop. Do click on the link and head on over.
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25 thoughts on “A gratitude post

  • April 1, 2016 at 5:02 pm
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    Loved this different gratitude post! Oh yes, we have a lot to thank the scientists, docs, researchers for making our life so blessed. Glad that you are fit and fine now.

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  • April 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm
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    I can easily relate to this post today. I am suffering from a throat infection myself, though thankfully it is not as bad as the one you describe here. I really hope to be better soon! I guess only when we fall sick we realise what a blessing good health really is. And to be grateful to all those who work in this very difficult field of healthcare. Good to know you are back to feeling yourself again. Take good care!

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  • March 31, 2016 at 9:43 pm
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    Agree with you Tulika, I know how hard it is with soar throat. Really we should thank doctors for speedy recovery, though you suffered quite a long time.

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  • March 31, 2016 at 6:31 pm
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    I will not tell you we have a connect here because with whosoever I talk about connect, it gets jinxed and the spell gets broken. What I will tell you is courtesy my mother who used to feel extraordinarily cold, I and my brother were the ones overtly dressed in woolens, scarves and caps. Now I have this habit of overdoing winter because of the fear of catching cold that I used to reach office in overcoats while others used to be in single full sweater and the official joke in the team was 'Dilli main aaj barf gir rahi hai.'
    I take your gratitude filled words for doctors, researchers and scientists who have come up with life saving medicines.

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  • March 31, 2016 at 4:48 pm
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    loved your post, so important to remember doctors, researchers, scientists who definitely have made our life so much easier and comfortable. Very thoughtful post !!

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    • April 1, 2016 at 1:31 pm
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      Thank you Angela. This is one thing I never take for granted.

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  • March 31, 2016 at 8:01 am
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    I know how irritating these bloody colds can be! They mak elife miserable for few days rt – Mommyhood has made me weird like this

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    • March 31, 2016 at 7:34 am
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      Lol! Thanks Bikram. Oh yes colds ate terrible. They render you totally useless yet get you no serious 'respect' for being sick.

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  • March 30, 2016 at 8:51 am
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    I understand. It is the simplest and most common of illnesses yet the most irritating and draining!

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    • March 31, 2016 at 7:33 am
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      So it is. I cannot begin to imagine how tough it much be for people with asthma or chronic lung diseases.

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  • March 29, 2016 at 3:03 pm
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    Good to know you feel good and the condition you just described, I guess, I'm starting to have it.. Its in the initial stage but it has started.. i hope to get better soon 🙂

    Cheers

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    • March 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm
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      Oh do take care Geetika and get well soon.

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  • March 29, 2016 at 9:38 am
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    Oh! I am glad you are feeling better. Yeah – science and technology is to thanked for.

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    • March 29, 2016 at 4:22 pm
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      We've come a long long way and it's a relief to discover there is medication available for things you once struggled with. Thanks Parul for your wishes.

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  • March 29, 2016 at 8:11 am
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    Now, that's a different gratitude post. And we're grateful to those meds and docs too – we've got you back 🙂

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    • March 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm
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      Aw thanks Sid. I had no time for doctors till the kids came along. It's since then that I've learnt to be consciously grateful to their tribe.

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  • March 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm
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    Indeed… I can totally relate to that… This makes me grateful too… to scientists and doctors for reliving all the discomfort. Take care.

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    • March 29, 2016 at 4:23 pm
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      Isn't it just magical when medicine can ease your pain?

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    • March 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm
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      Thank you Vasantha. One small shock is enough to remind you to be grateful 🙂

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  • March 28, 2016 at 4:50 am
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    Gratitude is something that makes life beautiful and I can relate with this post of thanking our stars:)

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    • March 29, 2016 at 4:19 pm
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      Sure is Vishal. Only, we need to pause and think a little bit.

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