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Archive of Dec 2009 - Oct 2010 News Letter
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Powered by PositivityI am 86 and live alone in my cosy one-bedroom aprartment in Pune. Five months ago, I slipped and fell in the bathroom and fractured my right hip. I ended up spending three months in the hospital. Hospitals are not alien territory for me as I am a doctor and have worked in hospitals for decades till I retired some years ago. I am familiar with hospitals as a patient too. I have had 16 major surgeries in my life. Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After that, I had to have my gall bladder removed, and a couple of years later I went in for hysterectomy. Last year, I slipped when I climbed on a chair to reach our for a jar of pickle and fractured my left hip.

During my hospital stays, you will find me crocheting pillow-covers, tablecloth, bedspreads, TV covers and shawls. I gift these to my friends or use them to brighten up my home. I love to see the joy on people's faces when they receive these unexpected, handcrafted gifts.

I do yoga and pranayama every morning. And I believe that as we grow older we must constantly invest in building a bank of strength. Though I suffer from diabetes, I am able to keep it under control with a balanced diet of vegetables and fruits. I also eat a handful of fresh leaves everyday- tulsi, curry leaves, methi(fenugreek) and bel.

Old age is usually accompanied by debilities. Therefore, it is important to hold on to our self-confidence and sense of humour. Recently after my 16th surgery, I was in the intensive care unit for a fortnight. When I came out, I told my brother that it was time I"went up" . He simply smiled and said,"Show me the letter inviting you there and I'll release you. " His michievous banter helped lighten the moment.

These days, I'm learning Persian. I have mastered the alphabet and will now be moving on to grammar. Learning new things and making young friends makes me feel young, happy and active.

"As we grow old, we must invest in building a bank of strength"

By Sushila Shah, Pune
Sri. Pattoo Srinivasan, Founder - President, WECARE FOUNDATION,
"Bay View Apts", 19 / 22, New Beach Road, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai - 600 041, India.
Tel/Fax: +91 44 2451 3439, Cell : +91 98400 96990
Email: spattoo@gmail.com.