“Last Wednesday morning, my wife Prathibha had severe pain in her lower abdomen and we went to a renowned hospital where we were directed to the general surgeon. The usual drill followed where she was subjected to blood and urine test and ultrasound (Rs. 4,500). The doctors informed us that they found some fluid in her abdomen and took her for CT scan (Rs. 8,000). It was evening by now and the doctors got back saying the same that some fluid was found in her upper abdomen and it was causing infection leading to pain, and they also found pelvic inflammation that needed to be further investigated. They said a laparoscopic surgery was needed to remove the fluid as medicines would not help and that sample to be send to lab for further diagnosis. The insurance guy steps in with estimates of Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 90,000 depending on the room we choose.
Finally, on advice from our parents, we decided to take a second opinion though the doctors at the hospital kept persuading us to go ahead with the surgery which they planned to do first thing the next morning, stating that they knew better and things would aggravate if delayed. However after further consideration, we decided to take a second opinion and visited a gynecologist the next day. It turned out that it was nothing serious and the fluid they kept referring to was blood clots that is formed in some cases post ovulation, and it heals on its own without any medication. Prathibha is doing fine now.
I would have left the whole incident behind happy that nothing was serious until I learned later that there was no need to schedule a surgery in such haste when she had no fever and the pain in fact went down rather than aggravating as the day progressed, which suggests that they should have observed a bit further and be 100% sure before taking such decisions. It seems the intention was just to make money out of our ignorance and the fact that we work in IT sector with healthy salaries and medical insurances. It makes me wonder if these doctors have targets to meet and practicing medicine is just business. Every time I think of it, the fact that these doctors (don’t intend to generalize) wouldn’t mind cutting someone open to make some money fills me with rage and I wish there are authorities to look into such cases and take necessary action as it is someone else’s life at stake. “
The Logical Indian requests our community members to always take 2nd opinion or if the case is really worrying then more opinions, it is very important to take second and third opinion where cutting of our body is the option. We want to emphasise that the intention of the post is not to malign doctors, we just want to make our community members aware of malpractices few of the doctors do.
As the clock ticks and the day starts ending, the only thing on the mind of every woman is to rush home. From literally sprinting to informing of their location every minute to the family members, women do it all. All this for just one reason – it’s not safe to be outside after the sun sets. If by chance there is even a slight delay, the family also starts fretting.
Why is being outside after a certain time considered to be unsafe? Well, the answer can be found in the question itself. It is because, as it starts getting darker, lesser women step out and hence roads are perceived to be unsafe.
Volvo beautifully addressed this via a video, set at the background of a popular old Hindi song, showing three women and sending out a simple message that more the women on the streets, more safer it will become. This video struck a chord among a lot of people, especially women who could identify with it.
Volvo, in a bid to encourage women to step out and reclaim their city spaces, organised a night walk. Mumbai Night Walk which was organised by Volvo under the #MakeYourCitySafe initiative in association with CrossBow Miles invited all the women to participate in a great number
The mood for the symbolic march, which was held on May 19, was set up right at the beginning of event with some soul-stirring music and talks by various artists who champion the cause of equal rights for women.
In the final leg of the movement, which was the midnight walk itself was joined by Srishti Bakshi, founder and campaign champion of CrossBow Miles, who also holds a unique feat of walking 3,800 km from Kanyakumari to Srinagar in 230 days for raising awareness for women empowerment through financial and digital literacy. She is of a strong opinion that small steps lead to bigger changes. Problems like misogyny and gender stereotyping cannot change overnight and only sustained efforts towards completely removing them can bring change.
Bakshi joined the enthusiastic crowd of women marchers who walked from High Street Phoenix to Mahalaxmi Racecourse. The event had performances by spoken word poet Simar Singh, singer Abhilasha Sinha, singer-songwriter Aarifah Rebello, rapper Sofia Ashraf and award-winning singer Rekha Bharadwaj. The event saw some really acclaimed personalities like Sushmita Sen and Dia Mirza in attendance too.
This is not the first time that such a night march is being organised by CrossBow Miles. Earlier too, public night walks were organised in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Gwalior and New Delhi which were attended by 200-15,000 people in each city.
The Logical Indian congratulates Volvo on the grand success of their initiate #MakeYourCitySafe. We also hope that women leave their apprehension behind and unitedly reclaim their city spaces.