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Friday, June 1, 2012

A Doctor’s Dilemma



I was panting for breath as I entered the doctor’s cubicle. The place was the Medical Inspection (MI) Room on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, where I was serving for my sea acquaintance after joining the Navy! Every year one had to undergo a mandatory medical check up to ensure the physical fitness and the report would go back to the headquarters to update the personal record.

The doctor was dressed more like a belle dancer, as I walked in the cabin after a knock. He was sipping coffee and motioned me to sit down and gather my composure, as he quickly got dressed.

He was a qualified pilot to fly on board an aircraft carrier besides being an expert in Aviation Medicine! After a few quick checks he asked me to lie down and reached for an aneroid sphygmomanometer to measure the blood pressure. After making me wear the pressure bandage he went ahead with the procedure. After two attempts he asked me if I had run, as he found BP to be on the higher side. I confirmed that I had run down the flight of steps on an almost vertical gangway to reach the place. He asked me to lie there for another half an hour till he returned.

This time he once again repeated the process and said that he was not happy to see the result and directed me to take ‘Calm pose’ tablets before sleeping and advised me to come after three days.

Three days later I showed up again and the doctor went about the procedure and stood transfixed!

He asked ' do you drink’?

‘No sir’ I replied instantly without batting an eyelid

‘Tell me about your daily routine and also what you eat’ he continued.

‘Sir. I get up at 5 AM then go for a jog and exercise for almost an hour, have the regular breakfast, follow the ship’s routine, have lunch, in the evening I go out for a long stroll before I hit the sack’ I replied

‘Do you smoke’? He queried one more time.

‘No sir, I don’t touch cigarette’ I said a little impatiently.

‘Damn it! Then start drinking and smoking’ he growled as he signed my medical document in desperation, declaring me fit.

PS-1. Image Kind Courtesy Google
      2. I will be taking a two week break and will try to catch up as and when possible:) 
      

139 comments:

  1. Me first! Now will read the post :-)

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  2. haha, so you were actually perfectly fit! And what an routine Rahulji. No wonder people in uniform are so fit!

    Will be here, when you are back from your 2 week break. Have a great time!

    PS: What are calm pose tablets?

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    1. Thanks Jenny for liking and best wishes. Calmpose is the sleeping pill:)

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  3. Reminded me of the last episode of Satyamev Jayte, though it has nothing to do with the doctor being corrupt, in this case.
    Nice read:)

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    1. Luck me for getting a nice doc! Thanks Akanksha:)

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  4. Haha.. It is a nice read indeed :)

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  5. HAHAHA :D So Perfect very good :D I can imagine how desperate doctor would be to find some defect lol :D

    Rahul sir, have a nice vacation and come back with loads of stories to share with us :D

    once in Air show we roamed around entire air show only to see Men in Uniform ;) after which we girl gang realized that we had totally neglected all the MIGs there!!!!

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    1. Oh so sweet, Ramya that you like men in uniform :) A huge thanks and sure will try to write even while away on vacation:)A nice anecdote about airshow!

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  6. lol!!!!! Have a good vacation! And be back soon!

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  7. Ha ha the ending was funny!! :D

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  8. hehe.very hilarious..enjoy your vacation.. :)

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  9. Excellent Sir , It takes a lot to be all fit, I use to be like that but sadly things have not worked out good ..
    but then its good it keeps the doctors in business he he he he ..

    an thank god it was a forces doctor, had it been someone from outside I ma sure they would have still found umpteen problems with you :)


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    1. An apple a day keeps doctor away! Thanks Bikram for that nice comment

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  10. Good one and enjoy your vacation!

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  11. lolz thats too funny. so u started drinking and smoking :P

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    1. None of those minor vices rubbed on me till now:) Thanks and welcome to my blog!

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  12. That was so funny! Enjoy your break!

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  13. He advised you to drink and smoke, must be really frustrated to see your result for the third time.

    Enjoy your vacation and Happy Birthday Sir.

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    1. Frustrated sure he was!A huge thanks for wishes,Saru

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  14. My God!
    A doctor advised you to drink and smoke!
    What a doctor's dilemma ...funny indeed!

    Wow! you follow a very healthy routine :)
    Enjoy your break :)
    Best wishes
    ~Simran

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    1. Thanks a lot Simran for liking anbd your best wishes!

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  15. Wow , such a cool doc! Nice post :))

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  16. Hahaha..This is so funny.


    Enjoy your vacation!

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  17. Happy birthday! May your health remain robust and your blog achieve greater heights! Enjoy your vacations!! :-)

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    1. A profound thanks Giribala for those lovely words and wishes! I will try to catch up with your blog even on vacations if possible!

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  18. Nice story, Rahul.
    Have a great holiday!

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    1. A huge thanks for being there and also liking :)

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  20. ha ha- will miss you- have a good two weeks holiday!!!!!

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    1. I will try to see if I can catch up with the nice blogs too, Anjuli:) Thank You!

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  21. Happy Birthday, Rahul! Enjoy your holidays!!

    xoxo, Alessia

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    1. Many thanks for your kind wishes Alessia:)

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  22. haha.. i was scared.. have fun time! :)

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    1. Everything remained fine Pria:) Sure will have fun:)

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  23. Ha ha! That was a nice ending. It is great to be fit!

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    1. So agree with you Kusum! Please accept my sincere thanks for following my blog! A nice holiday gift:)

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  24. ha ha! that was funny!

    visiting here from Manila. Please drop by when you're not too busy :)
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    1. Welcome to my blog Balut! I will surely go through your blog as soon as I get the first opportunity. Thanks a lot

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  25. Ha ha I was thinking something else.
    Have a good time. Enjoy

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    1. Thanks a lot Bhagyashree and am happy you liked:)

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  26. :-) I enjoyed the read! :D So did you follow the doctor's orders?

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    1. What a delight to get your appreciation Vidya! I kept away from doctors advice and managed to survive:)

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  27. I haven't read a better anti-climatic punch than that in some time!

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    1. USP,Coming from a prolific master of suspense I take it as a huge compliment! BTW I too was rattled with the advice!

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  28. Haha!...very funny post...I hope everyone follows your healthy lifestyle...

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  29. hahaha..a compliment indeed! Happy to know a fit person...enjoy your vacation

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  30. Hi Rahul, your fitness routine is wonderful. Another thing we both have in common is fitness. The doctor must have been stunned; few more people like you and he would be out of business ;)

    Enjoy your break!

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    1. Thanks Rachna and agree on similarities:) will write more after the break!

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  31. Haha...doctors can be funny too.
    Nice read. :-)

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    1. Too funny at times Vinati:) hope you are done with exams!

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  32. That was a fun read Rahul! Happy Birthday and do enjoy your vacation..BTW INS Vikrant had my voice over for visitors who came on board to see the ship.My brother was serving the navy then..

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    1. A small world indeed Sharmila where Vikarant is a common factor!

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  33. Everyone's on a break nowadays :(
    Drink and smoke to get your mind in order? Haha! Nice one :)

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  34. haha funny doctor i guess :P
    Enjoy the break.

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  35. he was so desperate to find one..
    may be he wanted a company... as he himself needed one smoke so badly :P

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  37. That was a breezy little read. :) What a surprise at the end! ;)That sure must have come as a surprise to you too! :) And I admire your fitness routine too.

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    1. Thanks a lot Raj for liking this ! It shocked me more:)

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    1. Welcome to my blog, Jaish! Thanks you liked:)

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    2. Welcome to my blog, Jaish! Thanks you liked:)

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  39. A cool guy, this doc! Funny indeed and I enjoyed it with a laugh! Have a great vacation Rahul!

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    1. Yes cool guy he was:) thanks Padmaja

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  40. LOL.. A doctor actually asked you to smoke and drink!!! He must be envious of you fitness!! Nice read.. :-)

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    1. Doc was a pilot too so he was just as fit but had small vices:) thanks Radhika and welcome to my blog!

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    2. Doc was a pilot too so he was just as fit but had small vices:) thanks Radhika and welcome to my blog!

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  41. '..Then start drinking and smoking’ haha wat a coooll guy...

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  42. Raul..." Un mèdico del dilema "

    Todo mèdico si no encuentra la razòn por una enfernedad inexistente... ha de aconsejar los malos hàbitos e inventar la medicaciòn jajja

    un beso

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  43. Ha, what a funny story.;) My BP is on the high side too and it gets very high when I am nervous, such as the doctors office. They always think something is off with their equipment.;))
    Enjoy your 2 weeks off.;))
    xoxo

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  44. hahaha a doctor's livelihood depends on sick people or enough diseases to keep his practice going :D

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  45. That is so funny.
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  46. lol! But u great sir :)
    thanks for sharing

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  47. thumps up for the doc! hahaha!

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  48. This is a nicely written post.

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  51. That is awesome. Wish more people were as fit as you. Enjoy your break. I am just returning from a break of my own :)

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    1. Thanks for the compliment Gayatri :) good to see you back

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  52. Oh - that is amazing! Having good health is treasure.

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  53. Vacations yes. But stuck in the same place, so doesn't seem like one :)

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  54. nice :) seems like a real dilemma for doc to fix this out !
    nice read!

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  55. Touchwood! And yes, I wish there were more Docs like this, who just dont threaten patients with complex and confusing names!

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  57. Thanks will surely visit your blog

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  58. HAHAHAHA! And did you heed his advice?

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    1. First time ever I gave it a pass, Purba:)

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  59. hehee! There are doctors and there cool doctors like this. I wouldn't recommend smoking, tho' :)
    You lead a very disciplined life, all you service people. Two rounds of exercise a day. Wow! That's so good.

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    1. Happy Father's Day to you. :)

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    2. Thanks Divya for your kind wishes and liking this one:)

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  60. Hope you had a great time with your family. and look at me, wishing you after your holiday :) Doctors are often surprised to find their patients fit and then go probing into some cause that might have escaped them :D Good to see you back!

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    1. Thanks Zephyr! Am still on holiday but can access net more often! Hope you had a great time :)

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  61. The docs response was funny and confusing at the same time. I wondered why it would bother him that u are fit!

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  62. Doc was too foxed so the advice was more out of frustration, Jerly:)

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  63. I am happy that he didnt try to invent some some new problem:)

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  64. haha....hillarious...congoss that u r fit ;-)

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  65. Hi Rahul, hope that you are well. I am sorry for being so absent lately...I am still on vacation and barely have time to check out my fav blogs. I will be back to proper comments next week!

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    1. Sam, it is just fine as I too was away for over two weeks and just returned yesterday:)I tried to catch up with your lovely blog whenever I got an opportunity! Have a great vacation and would love to read about it!

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  66. Thanks a lot Dipthi and a sincere thanks for following:)

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