Renu's Week

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Report of 7 April 2019

Good evening!

The sun is shining, the sea is glistening, it will be tough to leave this tonight and head to the U.S.  However, the annual conference of the American College of Physicians is unfailingly excellent and I look forward to learning.

We are well.  There were many patients - as usual - at Kovalam last week.  The bereaved gentleman came for a checkup.  He mentioned loss of appetite, which is not usual for him.  I think he is grieving and requested our social workers and psychologists to see him.  The dosage of his blood pressure medicines had to be reduced, also; if one is not drinking or eating enough and starts losing weight, dosages of several medicines need to be redone. 

Adaikalam is also great.  One of our patients fell, sustained a head injury and had to have emergency surgery, since it was discovered later that her skull was fractured.  She also had bleeding on the brain and things were tenuous there for a bit.  She has, since, recovered nicely and was discharged last week.  I was extremely happy to see her: she is a pretty young lady and engaging at the best of times, and after her recovery, even more so.  No one is prettier than when they have recovered from a serious illness and return to the Banyan, filling all of us with joy and gratitude. 

Scott and I went to Madurai last week to celebrate my father's birthday with him.  It was a splendid time, with family - my sister-in-law, brother, nieces and nephew; 4 cakes; and lots of presents and visitors.  This weekend, he had some professional activities at the Department of Plastic Surgery, Government Rajaji Hospital, and I am sure he loved every minute of it.  He founded the department, and it has been doing well. 

Our sons Whatsapp'd their grandfather on his birthday and other relatives also got to say Hello.  All of it was nice.  We hung out with the boys this morning, and there was much chatter and laughter.  Naren has released a book of short stories and plays called "God is dead," and his writing is dark - quite unlike his personality.  I started to worry briefly, and all of us had a merry time with that discussion.  Navin went skydiving yesterday, and we lived vicariously through him, wanting every detail of this fun adventure.

We got together with my brother, sister-in-law and niece at the fine Writer's Cafe to celebrate my sister-in-law's birthday.  The cafe works to rehabilitate victims of burns and crimes, and the fare is delicious.  It was a nice evening.  We saw the Tamil movie "Super Deluxe" and it was excellent.  Thiagarajan Kumararaja, the director, made the award-winning "Aaranya Kaandam," years ago and his second feature is no less fine. 

I hope you have some fine times, also. 

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