What a strange life it is

Each time I need a boost, I have been turning to my blog. This space means so much to me. But I have kept something away from this space for a long time now. As I type this, a lot of things are going on in my mind. All my thoughts are about my Mom.

She is a 58 year old woman and the best-est mom in the whole world. I have mentioned about her a lot of times in my blog. Some posts are here and here.

Couple of years ago, my mom came to the US of A to visit us. That was the time she had to travel alone out of country for the very first time. But she was all fine. She reached here safe and sound. The first 1.5 months she was here went away so quick. We had so much fun.

She got up one day with severe leg pains and lower back aches. We all initially thought it was due to all the hard work she had been doing at home and from traveling a lot. But then she got so weak one day and had difficulty walking. Ultimately, we had to prepone my parents tickets to go back to India and  get treatment. That decision was made after a lot of deliberation.

She was admitted to Vijaya hospital in Madras. The initial check up results left us completely shaken. Her blood glucose (sugar) levels were tested. And the reports from the lab confirmed a diabetic problem.   She had severe leg pains too. We were advised to consult a neurologist immediately. From then on, it had been a downhill.

The doctors first gave her insulin and got her sugar levels under control. A biopsy was done to diagnose the cause of her nerve pains in her legs. The results suggested that she might have a CIPD. I still do not know what the hell that is. She was discharged after her blood glucose levels were controlled and was given pain killers for her leg pains. She started getting better and was going back to work.

6 months passed. And then the leg pains started again. Based on advices from some of my parent’s friends, she was admitted to Malar hospital in Madras and all the tests were repeated again. Only to find Nothing. The doctors did not know what was causing the pains. One thing they knew for sure was that a bunch of nerves branching from the spinal cord to the lower part of the body were weak. A random urine test also revealed that she is losing protein in the urine.

I have been in a state of shock ever since. Mom and dad managed to come here this year and stay with us for few months. She is taking her medicines but there are no much improvements. Her blood glucose is under control. But we are not sure of her nerve problems. She can walk but needs support. She can go up and down the staircase but will have severe pains after.   

For what possible reason should my mom suffer like this?  For how long should she suffer with pains? She was supposed to be working now. She was supposed to get promotion at work after 30 years (more than 30yrs, actually!) of service. Instead, she was forced to take voluntary retirement. I hate all this. It has been 2 years now. And yet we don’t have a solution. We do not know what the cause is.

As of now, they are back in Madras. Mom still has her leg pains. We need to find a good Neurologist and figure out what line of treatment she needs. I am not sure what exactly I must be doing. I have been reaching out to friends to suggest some good doctors in Madras. Now, I want to reach out to all you bloggers. Please let me know of any good Diabetic doctor / Neurologist in the Madras area.

I am surprised I kept this away from this space for such a long time. Today I knew I couldn’t keep this any more. I sincerely hope one of the doctors diagnose the cause and treat her well. All you reading this post, please keep my mom in all your prayers. I want her to walk like before and have no pains.!

The month that was

Mom and Dad are here. They reached safely more than a month back, on June 2nd. Below is just a flashback of what happened on that day they arrived and about Lime’s 2nd Birthday Party.

It was 5.30 AM. My first alarm rang. I struggled and opened my eyes and I traced their flight-trip in my phone and found that they were still in London. I realized I had 12 more hours to see them and so I went back to sleep.

It was 6 AM. My second alarm rang. I struggled again to open my eyes. I wanted to get up but din’t feel like it. So, I slept again.

It was 6.30 AM. My third alarm rang. Lime woke up this time and cried. He cried loudly. So, I woke up finally with his loud yell.

Lemon had a training to attend that day and did not want me to pack lunch. I was all happy but lazy to cook for me and the lil’one. So I just made a cheese sandwich and hurried to work.

I left early from work that day, picked up Lime and reached home by 3.30PM. I realized I was tired as I stood there in the kitchen. I had so much of cleaning to do before their arrival. Thankfully, I managed to finish all work and leave home on time. I was very anxious about their arrival. This is their second trip to the US of A and first visit to our apartment after we moved North of Boston . My mom is not well and I had thousands of questions running in my mind about their trip and their safety. I waited for them right next to the door they were supposed to come out. Everybody seemed to come out except for them. I was checking the time every two minutes and was just asking Lemon if everything would be alright with them.

I saw them finally. I waved. I called. I shouted. They never saw me. I stood right there. Very near to Lemon. But then, they noticed him and not me. huh! After a little bit of more waving and calling they noticed me and smiled.

Lime recognized my dad in no time and ran to him. He was so happy with his grandfather. And that made me smile.

This time, things are different. I’ve been super busy since their arrival. We celebrated Lime’s 2nd birthday party on the 21st of last month. That week was super hectic. MIL arrived on the 18th. The day before his birthday, I had an all day meeting in the Crowne Plaza hotel. It was a meeting with all my company’s executives. Though I was bored most of the time, it was a good learning experience. Come Friday evening, I was damn busy. Mom, Dad, MIL, Lime, Lemon and I were at home. I had to cook for 6 people. Imagine that. My SIL and BIL arrived Friday mid-night and Saturday morning I had to cook for 8 people. Ah – it was such a great cooking experience but they all loved my food.

Saturday afternoon we all (except our parents) went to the party hall for decoration. I Lemon forgot the birthday banner at home and Lemon I had to make a trip back home. Only to find that the banner was in my car trunk all the time. Big Sigh! We finished the decoration in an hour and went back home to get ready. As usual I had choices to make and there was lot of confusion. I knew I’m wearing my favorite new red salwar. But what about my hair? What about the Jewelry? Last minute planning sucks. I have learned my lessons though.

The guests started arriving around 6 PM. We had a good comfortable crowd of around 50 people including kids and it was a wicked awesome evening. Lime was sleepy initially but later enjoyed and played with the kids. We ordered a Thomas Train cake and Lime loved it.

Here are some pics from the party…

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The Thomas Train Cake!

 

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The Moment!

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What fun it was!

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The entire gang!

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Sunday evening we all went to the Hampton Beach in New Hampshire. And then dinner at an Indian Restaurant was a perfect end to a great evening. 

That's Lime playing with his Aunt and Uncle!

That’s Lime playing with his Aunt and Uncle!

And that's him exploring the beach sand! ;)

And that’s him exploring the beach sand! ;)

 

#100happydays (Day-18)

4 years. 180 posts. 37035 visitors ~ Happy b’day to my bLoG ! :)

Happy happy birthday to ‘My corner of the World’ :) :) :)

Aww.. I can’t believe its already been 4 years. It’s kind of really hard to believe that I have managed to accomplish something like this. 4 years. 180 Posts. 37035 Visitors.   

Blogging has been so much fun. It has been with me through all my ups and downs. It has been supportive. I share a special bond with my blog and I love my blog!

I am an introvert. Writing is something very real to me. As most of you already know, I prefer writing to talking and reading to listening. No doubt, writing about me has been so much fun so far. Taking time to write about all that’s happening in my life was hard. But I’m truly enjoying this experience. Blogging has not interfered with any of my other activities in life. Sometimes, I write a post in office during my lunch time. Some other times, I write while I’m watching TV and at other times I just think of what to  write while driving back home and then finish the post after dinner. It is so much fun you know. I think interest and the desire to write is all that matters.

And WordPress – Thank you so much for this.

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All bloggers who have been reading and commenting in this space – Thank you! Especially her, her, her and her. I thank all my other regular readers as well. All of you who have been reading but not commenting – thank you too! ;)

Take care and stay tuned for more posts! :)

#100happydays (Day-17)

Is it time to go home yet?

It’s all about me and my office bestie!! We do this —- Every Day. Every SINGLE Day. AND Especially EVERY FRIDAYS.

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After lunch we get so bored and sleepy and wait for the evening to go home! ;)

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We go for a walk around 3 and we do a countdown again to go home! ;-)

#100happydays  (Day 16)

Sunshine Award

Yay!! Award time, it is! I welcome you all once again to a celebration.

Sunshine Award

Rules Of The Sunshine Award

• Display the award on your blog.
• Show your gratitude and link back to the person who nominates you with the award.
• Nominate up-to 10 of your favorite deserving “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.
• Link the nominees in your post and let them know they have been awarded.
• Write 10 interesting things about yourself

BM and Arch presented this award to me.  Thankooo so much girls. Hugs! :)

So this award came with a tag…. I got to write 10 interesting things about me. Hmmm… Will it be interesting? I don’t know! Anyways, here you go..

~ I love maggie noodles. Any day, any time I can eat and live with maggie and only maggie noodles. I try various versions of it though. I add chat masala / garam masala or even sambhar podi for taste. Lemon hates it but he cooks it for me. And when he does, it tastes extra good!

~ I am not the person who says ‘Oh no! I dont drink coffee’. I drink coffee. Once. Every morning. To me, drinking coffee is not a bad habit. You just need to limit yourself to drinking few cups a day.  Did I already tell you that I hate people when they do all drama about not drinking coffee and all that?

~ ‘Pillaiyar’ used to be my favorite God. But, when I was in college (4th semester) I once wished for something that he refused to grant me. So, from that day on, ‘Hanuman’ has been my favorite.  

~ I still do not know how to fix Lime’s car seat. I struggled with it for 20 minutes in my parking lot yesterday but couldn’t figure out how to fix it to my car. Sigh! High time, I need to learn this.

~ Some days I feel like I must make my blog private. I don’t know why I get this feeling. I just locked my previous blog and started all over here just to stay anonymous. I wrote in isolation for a very very long time… Have a look at my history… You will find posts with zero comments… But then, some day, it all changed. I do want to write about certain things here but I can’t because this space is not so private now.. So, I am just confused. Should I go private?  

~ I love lux soap. Even though I get all fancy products from Bath and Body works, I use only Lux to wash my face. I don’t know why. Don’t ask me any reason.  

~ I love WordPress’s blog stats.. All you people, I know where you come from, what you click, your IP address, what you read and everything. It’s again so fascinating to know! Really.

~ Lemon and I at least fight 6 days a week.

~ There was once a time, when I was listening to Radio Mirchi in office. The RJ was talking about something and  it was  so funny. I couldn’t stop laughing. While laughing, I remembered something that happened in my past and that made me laugh even more. I felt so stupid. But thinking about that incident makes me laugh even today. 

~ My parents are going to be here next Monday. I am so excited and happppyyyyyy. :) :) :)

If you like me, you can read more here, here, here and here.

Ah – This tag was so much fun! :) Most of who I know around here already have this award.. so, forgive me for not passing it on!

#100happydays  (Day 15)