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one more dilemma of life

October 13, 2010

Life can change in just a few seconds.

We should be prepared for any change or any sudden mishappenings in life and also we should learn to live with the change.

This I realized a few days back

My motto of life which used to be LIVE TO EAT has become EAT TO LIVE because at this point of life living is more important.

pampering the taste buds, enjoying the food  has become secondary.

Earlier I used to always laugh away dietary regulations, discipline in life eating healthy food etc.

Eat and enjoy used to be the mantra of my life.

Now suddenly so many restrictions on husband I don’t think I will ever be able to relish all those dishes which he loves.

Now I know how improper dietary habits can harm anyone.

Blockades in the heart don’t happen overnight. It is a gradual and slow process. We are not aware of it till it causes havoc in the life.

The foundation of blockades is laid right from childhood when food means samosa. Vadas, pizzas, cheese and other such junk food.

The repercussions of hogging all these tasty, mouth watering dishes is felt when suddenly the Doctor orders _– ANGIOPLASTY/BY PASS SURGERY and there crashes the whole world.

At that moment the doctor seems like God- whatever he says and does is the best thing possible.

Everyone says that after angioplasty the person becomes 10 years younger, after all there is no risk now; all the arteries and veins are working properly.

Believing on what everyone is saying even I try to encourage my husband by the same words but deep in my heart I know the life has changed now.

The label of stents in the heart will always be there. How can one expect a person who is living with stents in heart to feel normal ever?

I wonder what is better – to live without knowing whether there are blocks in the heart (doctor says all of us have blocks, a healthy person’s angiography will also show blocks which may suddenly ring warning bells )

or to live with a so called repaired system without any fear for any sudden event for at least some years ???????????




11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2010 7:01 pm

    Can ignorance really be bliss? What if not knowing causes more and unexpected problems? Knowledge is a blessing. Changes in eating habits will benefit everybody.

  2. October 13, 2010 7:11 pm

    It is always better to know pros & cons. Controlled life style , positive outlook towards life, long walks and compulsory yearly heart check up is the mantra for normal life. I had mild attack in 1996 but 5 years back my heart medicines were stopped (except Ecosprin) because all the test showed to be near normal.

  3. Neha permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:26 pm

    i think u and ur husband can still relish the dishes ull love…
    there are healthy ways of cooking the same items…
    use a few substitues…eg..pam instead of oil…
    or take small portions of deserts instead of gorging down full bowls.
    dont completely give up… just eat in the right portions

  4. October 15, 2010 8:22 am

    Yes, with age life styles should change. Splurging on fatty and sugary foods is an invitation to health trouble but it can even happen if thyroid goes haywired or estrogen over loads after menopause. The key is moderation in eating and indulgence and more time and effort on excercising.

    It is true even healthy people have some clots (throbus) but the problem arises when these clot becomes thromboelism, a clot breaks loose and is carried by the blood stream to plug another vessel or organ like lungs, kidney GI tract, legs etc. Blood thinners like asprin helps. And stents are remedial and ideal. Just keep the stress levels under control to keep cholestrol in check.

    …How can one expect a person who is living with stents in heart to feel normal ever?…

    What choices do one has? One can stress out and live their life in fear or count it as their blessing and another chance to be kind and happy for self and one’s loved ones.

    Yeah, ignorance will be bliss in the heaven and knowledge will be bliss in this world and life time to spend quality time with loved ones.

    Please relax and monitor stress. Desi Girl sends you love and kind thoughts.

    Desi Girl

  5. October 16, 2010 6:12 pm

    My personal experience is that one must follow Doctor’s instructions.Yes, I am sounding very brave and disciplined now.I did get into trouble with my body,and now preach what I did not follow.

  6. October 16, 2010 8:30 pm

    My dad had bypass surgery recently. In that position, I would take surgery over ignorance of the situation. I don’t see fatty foods as essential to life. In fact, quality of life goes up when you cut back on some of that stuff, so long as it does not involve cutting out tandoori chicken.

  7. Jack permalink
    October 23, 2010 8:41 pm


    I am sorry to hear your husband has faced this problem. But please be assured that there is nothing to get alarmed about as long as he takes due precautions as adivsed by the doctor. Anything done in moderation does not harm one except smoking. Eat what you like but in limits and one needs to exercise, even going for brisk walks regularly will suffice. And most important is to keep mind free from stress or worries. I am now 65 and still enjoy my drink in the evening but limit it as well as intake of food. I love to walk instead of taking car if it is withing walking distance. Keep faith. Now on the previous one, you are so naive. Don’t you understand those who sin the most feel that they can intimidate God also by their LOUDNESS least knowing that God only listens to those who speak with clear heart with no malice towards anyone.

    Take care

  8. October 27, 2010 5:17 pm

    Hi anju, am here after a long time.

    Hmm, I know, restriction on food suddenly makes us feel miserable. And living with a disease needs lots of changes in life patterns. Btw, Indian men are very much prone to heart diseases. Only a healthy life style can save us from these modern diseases.

    take care


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  10. November 3, 2010 8:09 am

    nice post.
    my cousin is in hospital. She had a stroke and now admitted in Medical ICU. She is better now. Yesterday her son told me abt the restrictions she taken and still….

  11. November 10, 2010 10:55 am

    I hope he is recovering well. Ignorance is not better. Eat healthy and go for walks, thats what the docs always say. And I think we should follow that. I know a case of a cousin who was a yoga and diet freak all his life and who also had to undergo a by pass. He is fine now and has a normal diet.

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