January 22, 2009

The drag

I actually noticed it on the Chennai trip, but it started becoming more obvious now even inside the city. The car tended to drag to the left and I had to consciously keep the steering a little to the right to keep it straight. I rechecked tire pressures and they seemed OK. On New Year when we parked for lunch I realized that the front left tire showed some uneven wear and it dawned that the car probably had a serious problem. I checked with the GM guys and then left the car at the service center for a thorough check up. Within 24 hours the diagnosis was finalized - the front left suspension strut was stuck and damaged for good. Fortunately they said they would replace it free of charge under warranty. The tire was damaged and had to be replaced - also to be done free by GM. It took about a week but the car was brought back today spanking new and sparkling. It drove as straight as an arrow and steering was so much easier. Well, cars too do let some illnesses I guess.
I'm thankful that inspite of my severe lack of auto and car knowledge I could find out the problem and everything could be repaired free of cost!

January 14, 2009

A thank you note

This is one of the best perk in being a doctor - when you get a thank you note from one of your patients. And when the thank you note is attached to a large pineapple cream cake, the joy is enormous. Ananthara came to us more than a year ago for a simple check up when I found out she also had delayed developmental milestones and a squint. Since then she has made immense progress and the mother has been faithfully bringing her for therapy and they have made a couple of visits to CMC.
Today was her second birthday and she came and gave us this beautiful (and delicious) cake.
Incidents like these really encourage me to continue to be more thoughtful and wise when treating the many children I see. And at the end of a tired day its just the perfect way to put a smile on my face!

January 1, 2009

The winds and the waves

Although I was on duty on Jan 1st we managed to go to church in the morning. The speaker was Freddy Joseph (I've already blogged about him a couple of times).
For the sermon he had chosen the story of Jesus calming the storm while his disciples were in the ship.
One of the highlights of his message was his thoughts on this verse
The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"
He said, " You can see the waves but cannot see the wind. Both of these obeyed Jesus - Jesus had control over both these elements. Similarly in our lives Jesus has control over the seen and unseen problems in our life"
A very simple truth made so obvious.
I hope that you allow Jesus to take care of both seen and unseen problems in your life.

If you would like to know more about Freddy Joseph visit his website @ http://www.freddyjoseph.com/