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Diabetes and drama


What will it take to get people to sit up and listen and apply very simple steps to their lives to prevent type 2. What will it take to get governments to realise that uncontrolled diabetes is financially crippling as well as a complete disaster.

These things are preventable and treatable BEFORE we get to economic crumble – which is seemingly inevitable at the current pace. Not too sure if the politicians realise the implications, however far and wide it seems the people who choose politics don’t always have the general public’s best interest at heart.

Type 2 diabetes is essentially a lifestyle induced disease and yet uncontrolled the repercussions are : amputations, blindness, heart disease and kidney failure (dialysis). The  cost implications of these aforementioned are HUGE as well as the loss of able body and minded people in the system of generating income.

Type 1 diabetes has exactly the same repercussions if not controlled and right from the get go is more expensive to manage properly. And yet with better management you ensure a healthy body that if targets are met will generally outlive the general public.

In south africa especially in the state sector both type 1 and 2 are poorly managed to say the very least and this knocks on to a growing population of patients requiring expensive treatments – that they inevitably get. It would make so much more sense to be preventative in terms of spending the money more wisely.

You don’t have to be a mathematician to understand what a log curve is. This is the current trajectory that we are on. With no sign of a slight dip of any relenting any time soon.

And yet – with simple interventions – like sugar tax and awareness we could really make a HUGE impact. Why ? Why are we not doing it? Is it because we do not WANT to??

It just boggles my mind.obesity4money

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On giving birth and what I have learnt


I believe that from the moment of conception something changes inside of you. Something that you can not quite put your finger on and something that eventually is what one might call motherhood. That in itself is a whole dimension of complicated intertwined emotion and a whole lot more.

From the moment I knew that I was essentially a “mom” I was changed and I wanted only the very very best for this little creature growing inside of me who was body, spirit, soul.

This, combined with hormones (and they were certainly not friendly to me) was a complicated mix of “stuff” to deal with.

I knew that conception is natural. I knew that for 1000s of years women delivered babies at home. I also knew the flip side (being a doctor) and that many things can and do go wrong. This was not a good combo for me personally.

I delivered two babies naturally with epidurals that only worked on one side (both times – apparently I have a filament). The first time was with a “doula” and quite an elating experience. The second was without ¬†(you can read my birth story for reason , I still wish I had had one rather). The second time around I was 39 and things really just never actually

went according to plan.

Long story short I had a near-death and out of body experience. The pain I had AFTER delivering was something I never ever wish to experience again. Despite being a doctor and complaining of pain I was treated unkindly (to say the least)(there are many other phrases I could use). I was eventually resuscitated and taken to theatre. It was unpleasant mildly put. I was not even able to really bond with my little for at least 48 hours. All of this could have been prevented. Recently I had surgery and realised that I had actually ruptured my uterus with the birth (this healed miraculously by itself). There are many miracles that happen every day. I thank God for mine.

I am writing this in part as catharsis and in part to women out there at large.

Lessons I have learnt :

1.) If you are in pain – you really are in pain and don’t let anyone tell you that you are not

2.) Pain (extreme pain ) always means that there is something not right and it needs to be figure out and fixed

3.) When you are over the age of 35 it may be better to cut your losses and have a caesarian section – provisor – if all goes 100% to plan at dates (term) and your labour progresses as it should by all means go for it. However if one requires induction, long labour etc have a caesarian section.

4.) Miracles do happen but medical science is very clever now make sure your “carers” do all they can in terms of what we know to date.

 

 

 

 

 

The Science of fun


Now there’s a concept I applaud with both my hands for a long period of time. So much of daily life depends on science but more specifically new technology and ways to make life in general not necessarily easier but liveable going forward into the future.

Also the fact that something like science is indeed fun. You do not need to convince a nerd like me of that but the sad tragedy is that by and large our children, our school going population are seemingly not interested in science and maths (do I need to mention do not really perform at it – to put it nicely).

And it doesn’t need to be this way. It IS fun and there is endless application in terms of learning, job opportunities, job creation, never mind enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Almost all aspects of human life – right from conception believe it or not – are related to science and yet attention to detail, the detail of actually enjoying it as a subject is neglected by schools at large – well that’s what it seems like to me looking in from the outside. And yet CRITICAL.

What can you do today to make science fun for your own child?

balloon experiments

balloon experiments

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science, children, fun

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