Rebellious Me, I Broke the Taboo Connected with Period!


In our country, attaining puberty is a matter to hush and is wrapped in covers, just like sanitary napkins delivered in opaque packs or newspapers.
Decades before, there were many myths and taboos attached to periods (monthly cycle in fertile girls or women). It was considered impure and there was a long list of BIG NO’s that the girls and the women of the family had to follow in practice.

I was raised in a large family with three generations staying under the same roof, sharing the common kitchen. Each generation had their own set of rules and formulas and the kith and the kin had to follow silently. Raising a voice was next to impossible even in wildest dreams and questioning elders were out of the question.

In my early years of childhood and early teens, I could not understand why the weird rules were followed by my immediate siblings, aunts, mother and other young females of the family.

The weird rules were uniform for all young woman though the dates differ. One thing I could make out that it lasted for 5 days for a single person.

What were the Weird Rules?
 
Sleep on the Floor or a Cot – Exclusive bedding was allotted and no one else shared the bed with her on her special 5 days in a month.

No Entry in Kitchen Zone – She, the poor soul could not enter the kitchen zone, neither she was allowed to cook or take food for herself.

Don’t Touch Pickles – She was not allowed to touch pickles. It was believed that they will rot if touched.

No Hair wash – On the 5th day, she was allowed to wash her hair. It was believed that she will catch a cold or her flow will be affected.
 
No Entry in Puja Room or Temples – She was not permitted to perform any religious rites or enter into the area of worship. On the 5th
day, all her clothes, beddings and washable belongings were separately washed and she had to wash her hair to be allowed to roam freely throughout the premises. It was believed that she was clean after the 5th day of periods.

This separation was noticed by all the male fraternity of the house as well as the outsiders. It appeared as if she was an outcast and in exile.

I found these rules weird, unhealthy and humiliating for the people who had attained puberty and thereafter until She was fertile.

I, the rebellious raised voice against such practice. I wasn’t a rebel but on watching these inhumanities against women fraternity, emotions stirred. I could not raise voice to my other two generations in the hierarchy but the immediate hierarchy, My Mom had to face my tantrums.

My periods started later than my siblings and friends of near my age and women of the house were planning to take me to the lady doctor. I was 15 plus and well understood all the things related to periods and ovulation.

I kept a condition to my Mom that I would not see the doctor if these weird practices are not abolished from the house. Further, if my ovulation starts, I won’t disclose to anybody because I find these practices humiliating and
unacceptable.

I even added that my periods were delayed just because of watching these tantrums…it was my pace of emotional blackmail to evade emotional
atayachaar
.

My mom and granny had a discussion under the covers and they disclosed that the day, I am blessed, they will stop these malpractices (It’s
my way of saying to taboos practiced).

God heard my words and I did not have to visit the doctor for the investigations and I was blessed within a quarter of discussion. It declared that I was fertile and healthy.

All the practiced taboos vanished except for two weird rules that still existed. My prayers were heard by them and so I too had to hear and accept two rules, which did not prove to be a hurdle in my life.

Don’t Touch


Pickles
– It did not bother me because I am not fond of pickles, so it hardly
mattered.

Don’t Enter Puja Zone or Temples – I believed in God and could not strive courage to break the barrier, being God-fearing Still, I don’t enter Puja zone.

The rest weird practices were non-existent and it gave freedom to all women of the family and even my Mom and Aunt were benefitted. All congratulated me for the courage shown and the lives of all women fraternity improved, it was women liberation.

No more exile period and it added glow on their faces and they thanked me profusely for the bold step.

Attaining puberty for a Man and a Woman should be celebrated as a moment of pride. It proves scientifically that they are fit, healthy and fertile.

These days, various platforms have started to create awareness about ovulation and periods.

Now no more, it is considered a subject to be kept under covers or discussed in a hushed tone. It is a natural process and adequate hygiene should be
maintained. Various departments are working towards it and are arranging
sanitary kiosks at public places for the women fraternity.

Still, the practice exists in many regions and families and the women suffer. People need to understand that it a moment of Pride and nothing to be ashamed of.

More and more awareness programs are required to educate the bizarre and rural population and the movie Pad Man proved to be useful to promote period awareness.

Donate Organs #AtoZChallenge

 
Donation of organs is a noble thing and each one of us
should enroll for the donation & all the organs that can be used should be
retrieved.
My heart comes to mouth when I recall the news of the Bangalore youth, who was crushed to death and in spite of been in pain, he declared that his organs should be donated after death…humanity exists on earth, this incident proves it. 
In ancient times, people had religious perceptions and could not think of donating organs but now when the technology has advanced and
awareness programmes are carried by different schools of thought, many people have enrolled for the same. 
Still, it is lacking and many people are leading a life in the deficiency of organs and many lose life in the waiting period.
I have got my family enrolled for the organ donation and request all to come forward to donate the organs after death and give life to different lives and brighten their life.
This is the noble cause and one should enroll for it and even who haven’t enrolled, their family members can come forward to donate the organs to the people who are leading a life in pain.
 
A person can brighten the lives of 8 people, isn’t it great?
 
You still live a Life after Death.
 
Spread the message among your relatives, friends, society, and place where you reside.
 I have done my part, Now it’s Your Turn

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How to Diet & Exercise Post Bariatric Surgery?

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Obesity is the state of being extremely overweight with Body Mass Index above 28.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is an index to classify underweight, overweight and obese individuals. It is calculated as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in metres (kg/m2).
Obesity is on rise in India and it’s posing lot of health issues in obese people.
Bariatric surgery is a durable & reliable surgery in a way to reduce weight & it acts as a savior for the people suffering from obesity and it reduces or eradicates major health problems, such as BP, Diabetes. High cholesterol, Sleep apnea, Heart Disease, Knee Osteoarthritis, Stress Urinary Incontinence, Fatty Liver, Depression and even gives moral boost to the person and reducing the girth, a person looks attractive and fit, as a whole there is substantial improvement in the quality of life.
For Bariatric Surgery, you can contact Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore for weight loss surgery. They have improved faculty for Bariatric Surgery & Pre and Post Surgery Care with reputed Bariatric Surgeons. For the people residing in Bangalore or the outsiders, Manipal hospitals provides the benefit of online appointments, taking care that you don’t lose time for getting appointments.
There are immense advantages of weight loss treatment through Bariatric surgery and a new chapter of life takes its advent which needs utmost care and attention to maintain proper health after surgery following the healthy tips as suggested by the attending panel of doctors. The person should be careful in diet & exercise post operation and continue the regimen in life to remain fit & fine.
Surgery is an option to reduce the fat but the person should be determined to follow proper regimen of diet & exercise to keep health issues at bay and gain advantages of Bariatric Surgery.
Durable surgery doesn’t mean that you take your health for guarantee, you need to follow the advices and adopt healthy style of living which includes best diet & exercise to remain strong & healthy.
Just after the operation, extra care is required to start feed to the patient.
For the first week of surgery, patient need to be on
A. Clear Liquid Diet which includes;
1. Water,
2. Fat free milk,
3. Fat free broth,
4. Sugar free jello & Popsicle
B. Pureed Foods is started gradually in smaller quantities throughout the day. Pureed food is easier on digestion and even 60-70% protein in the form of protein shakes, egg white & non-fat cheese is prescribed to be consumed by the patient in a day. Intake of clear liquid is advised and care should be taken to have one hour gap in clear liquid & pureed diet.
C. Soft Food is started thereby and is recommended to eat 1 to 2 ounces of protein each day while eating three to six small meals on an average. Food recommended are lean chicken, lean turkey, fish, egg whites, non-fat cottage cheese, and tofu and boiled or mashed vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, avocados and bananas.
D. Solid foods are advised thereby and it is recommended to maintain healthy balance of proteins, vegetables, grains & sugar. Fresh home cooked food are advised with ample green leafy veggies in the diet and intake of lot of liquids is advised throughout the day to be hydrated at all times.

Now we move to the Exercise regimen which has the same importance as diet and it has to be started with minimum or no strain in the beginning and gradually increasing the pace & different types of exercise. Extra care and extra effort is advised, just after the Bariatric surgery.
Initially one should start with easier exercises during 2-4 weeks of Surgery, such as Sitting Exercises, Leg lifts, Shoulder rolls, Arm rotations & Walking.
After 1 to 3 months after surgery on the advice of practitioner, person need to start on Aerobics and Cardio exercises which includes Cycling & Water Aerobics.
After 4 months of surgery with the doctor’s permission, one can start strength training exercise to build muscle, burn more calories, and improve balance. Squats and lunges are the best low impact strength exercises and Yoga.
If the patient follows advisable diet & exercises, it will be highly beneficial for the person. One need to focus on this & follow the regimen religiously. Start at low pace and increase the timings gradually, never over-strain yourself. In case of discomfort, do consult your bariatric surgeon.
Your efforts will pay to keep you fit, supple and fine following new lifestyle in structured personality and it will boost you mentally & physically.
(Inputs from Web)


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Don’ts for Swaddling – #Healthcare #Manipal Hospitals

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Swaddling is an old technique wherein the new-born baby is wrapped in a blanket or soft fabric as per the climate of the region. It is wrapped snuggly around baby’s body resembling the mother’s womb and it soothes new-born and calm the crying or irritated baby and induce them to sleep for long hours without giving discomfort to new mother and the people attending the baby.

For safe and effective swaddling, the baby should be on the back and it
should be wrapped in a befitting (neither loose nor tight) way that the baby
is able to breathe properly and can ease their limbs and thus, it was
advisable for swaddling of newborn under trained medical personnel
because a faulty wrapping can result in SIDS or Sudden infant death
This technique was advisable for just born to two months of baby’s life, but
the people benefited from this technique as they had to be less vigilant for
the baby so they continued the swaddling process for a longer duration
thereby posing threat to the child’s life.
The medical research and studies on swaddling have concluded that it is
fatal and one of the major causes of SIDS or Sudden infant death
syndrome, hence the medical fraternity are against this practice and
strictly discourages swaddling in view of the well-being of child and parents
thereby reducing the risk of Sudden infant death syndrome.
These days even newborn babies are active and curl on sides on their own
and it’s a sure risk if babies are swaddled. There are chances that the fabric
gets entangled with their bodies or cover their faces and they succumb due
to suffocation.
If a swaddled baby lies down on his stomach, the risk of SIDS is enhanced.
Swaddling raises the heat of the body and can lead to medical emergencies
or SIDS can occur due to overheating.
Wrong swaddling can damage his proper development, endanger his health
and can constrict breathing increasing the potential risk of SIDS.
Many companies are coming up with varieties of blankets, fabric or
fastener to swaddle the child to keep baby calm but it’s better to refrain
from using techniques revolving around swaddling and enjoy the bliss of
motherhood and parenthood.
A healthy crying child is better than an inactive sleeping child.
The new-born do keep the parents on toes but there is a magical bliss in
achieving the feat of been blessed by a child and this bundle do bring in
joys and cheers in life.
  Avoid swaddling, discover joyous moments in the cries of a baby.
The quote of APJ Kalam holds true, “The only day in your life …Your
mother smiled when you cried.”

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