July 24, 2007

Dessert!

Oh! The joy of mixing and matching and ending up with something awesome.... and the joy of sharing it with someone you love! I was hit by a brainwave after lunch and whipped together dessert from whatever we had at home. Heres the menu:
1. Slice bananas brought from the local streetside market into cute looking cups.
2. Take the few pieces of cherry still lying in the fridge and throw them in.
3. Scour the kitchen cupboard, locate resins a few cashew and some walnuts and literally chip them in
4. Top up with honey stolen from Motherin-Laws house in Kodaikanal.
5. Place them strategically on the table, take a picture as proof of the effort.
6. Offer it to someone you love with a smile, snuggle up on the sofa and enjoy!!
Thats it - the best part was showing off the skillz and the dessert to Becky and polishing it off with her!!
I'm sure looking at that pic has your mouth watering - hope your keyboard is water-proof!
For more pics about my kitchen adventures click here

July 22, 2007

Weekend in Kodaikanal

On friday Praburam said he wanted to be on duty this weekend which left Becky and me with nothing to do over the weekend. So we decided to surprise her parents with a trip home to Kodaikanal. We spent Friday night hunting around for a cordless phone which we finally got just as the last shop was closing!! We hurried through Saturdays OPD and soon we were on a frightfully slow bus to Dindigul where we barely caught the connecting bus to Kodaikanal!! Soon we were climbing the winding roads and felt the wind start to chill!! As we took a taxi home I made a hurried phone to Athai with a story about my friend who wanted to drop off a gift for us at home so she would open the door at home without expecting us. The watchman unfortunately blabbered out the truth to Athai when she opened the door, but the surprise still worked!!
It was awesome!! We spent a loooong time chatting and eating a relaxed dinner and slept well.
Sunday was gonna be awesome as Athai was preaching at the CSI church and we felt really lucky to be part of the congregation.
You can listen to the sermon (in tamil) here
It was certainly a blessing as she was so practical and down-to-earth.
There was a food sale at the church for fundraising and we had a blast! Then there was lots of walking picking up our niece "Pretty" from school before we all had lunch at an Italian joint and did some carpet shopping etc etc etc. In short - an extremely enjoyable and refreshing day. All good things come to an end though and at 7PM we took a bus back to Trichy and soon were tucked into bed at home - in Trichy!
Thank God for such awesome weekend getaways and the chance to listen to our parents spread Gods Word!

July 20, 2007

The bottle

As a responsible paediatrician, I strongly discourage parents from bottle-feeding their children. The single most important reason for this is the issue of hygiene/cleanliness. Bottles cant be safely sterilised and lots of dirt and bacteria accumulate on the rubber tip however hard you try. This translates into a higher risk of diarrhea in the children, hospital admissions and rarely severe risk to life. Every month we admit dozens of bottle fed infants with diarrhea and dozens more are treated as outpatients. Patient education works, but some people are just arrogant, stupid or think they will escape. This patient takes the cake though - a very innovative method to bottle-feed their baby. See the pic for details!!
I've never seen THAT before - a used whisky bottle with a rubber nipple to cap it off!! The parents got worried when I took the pic - but alls well that ends well! They promised not to bottle feed their baby again as there were safer options! Hope it works - i'd hate to see another baby go down with diarrhea simply because he hit the bottle!