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My Backpain

Not for Thee
by Ben Huberman
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received that you wouldn’t give to anyone else? Why don’t you think it would apply to others?

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About three months ago I was having severe pain in my lower back. In my mind I tried to find out a reason for it.

Having no insurance, I kept putting off a visit to a doctor. The pain was getting unbearable. It was at its worst in the mornings when I got up from bed.

My first thought was to change my bed, and buy a new one. It was bought a year back, so probably there was nothing wrong with it.

Finally I couldn’t ignore going to a doctor. The doctor turned out to be a very sweet person. She allayed my fears of my kidneys giving up on me (my chief worry).

She prescribed two sets of pills. One was to be taken at bed time only, and the other twice a day as long as my pain persisted. I took the medicine for a month. I was sleeping day, and night.

I couldn’t exist that way for the rest of my life, I discontinued the use of the medicine. The pain returned.

I was talking to my daughter on the phone (a daily ritual), I grumbled to her about the whole thing. She came up with a solution. She told me not to put weight of one leg over the other one. She told me to extend my top leg, while sleeping on my side (as in fig. B).

The next day I felt better. I can’t give this advice to someone else. The symptoms, or illness may not be the same. But my daughter’s advice worked for me.

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Fasting

We started our fasting yesterday that’s July 10th, the first day of Ramadan. I am prone to kidney infections. To keep my kidneys giving up on me I need to drink a lot of water. Our fast begins after the morning Azan, the call to prayer. Yesterday it was 5.15 am. We get up a little earlier. Have our breakfast plus a lot of water. That’s me, of course filling my stomach with water. (As if I can retain all that water rest of the day)

We break our fast in the evening with the Azan for the evening prayers. Eating dates and something from the Iftari spread which consists of Pakoras, Chana Chat, Samosas, Fruit Chat and Dahi Balay. This varies from day to day. Two things are always there plus lots of Shorbet and me needing my water. We say our evening prayers and then return for dinner. At that moment you don’t feel like eating anything because you are all ready stuffed to the brim with what you ate earlier. The boys and my son depart for their Taraweeh. Taraweeh are special prayers added to the Isha (night prayers) prayers in the month of Ramadan.

For those who don’t know, we have five prayers daily. Morning prayer called Fajr prayer, before the sun rises is the first one. The second prayer is called Zuhr. It’s about 1.30 pm at noon. The third prayer is Asar which is about 5.00 pm. The fourth prayer is the evening prayer called Maghreb and it is after sun down at about say 8.30 pm. The last prayer is the Isha. You can call it the night prayer.

My son after returning from office, the first thing he did was to check up on me, to see how I was faring in my fasting. I assured him that I was feeling as right as rain. Masha Allah. (Thanks to God) So he went off to get his much needed rest. Lately he hasn’t been okay and I am worried about his health.

Last year I didn’t fast because of my operation. In lieu of that I gave money to the poor. If my kidneys started paining I will have to stop fasting. I am hoping it won’t happen. Wish me luck.😐

In the mosques free food is available. So here is a cartoon based on that.

Cartoon courtesy of Web.

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