Friday, July 30, 2010

A ray of hope to alcohol addicted people and their families.

I came to know about AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) from Malayala Manorama daily, a few weeks back. Many faces of some tragic families passed through my mind that time. I think our state is first in consuming liquors, and its rate hikes especially in festival seasons. I felt it is a good organization for such people. It helps to get rid of alcoholism from themselves and helping others to relieve from this “family and society ruining” bad habit.

AA was formed in the year 1935, now they are celebrating the Platinum Jubilee. The only condition to join in AA is the strong desire to throw away alcohol. No fees are taking for this purpose. The names of its members will be very confidential also. The members share their experiences of alcoholic life and what they done to relieve from this habit too. The members concentrate in how can live “today” without alcohol. When they can do it easily, “every day passes” like this.

You can contact AA in,

Thiruvananthapuram: 9496261512

Kottayam: 9447038765

Ernakulam: 9447003384

Kozhikkode: 9847985297


Just search AA or Alcoholics Anonymous in telephone directory.

Really hope AA’s efforts can lift many awful families from their miseries to pleasure.

For more details please log on to Alcoholics Anonymous

Saturday, July 24, 2010

My experience on chicken pox during pregnancy.

Let me add some basic facts of chicken pox during pregnancy before starting my experience on it.

Some facts about Chicken Pox in pregnancy

Chicken pox is an infection caused by the varicella virus. However, chicken pox acquired during pregnancy causes an increase risk of complications to the mother and the infant, the time of infection - during early pregnancy or near delivery, determines the risk to mother and child.

Infant Complications of Chicken Pox in Early Pregnancy

Primary chicken pox infection in the first trimester of pregnancy, especially weeks 8 to 12, carries a 2.2% risk of birth defects in the infant. The most common manifestation is scarring of the skin. Other abnormalities that can occur include a smaller than normal head, eye problems, low birth weight, small limbs, and mental retardation.

Infant Complications of Chicken Pox in Late Pregnancy

If a woman acquires a primary chicken pox infection within 5 days before and 2 days after delivery, her newborn is at risk for disseminated varicella infection. Disseminated varicella infection occurs when the virus infects a newborn before the transfer of protective maternal antibodies. This overwhelming viral infection leads to death in 25% of cases.

Informations from here

My experience on chicken pox during pregnancy.

What tempted me to share my experience on chicken pox during pregnancy is that, I think, many people may be suffering with it and searching for such information on the same. I really hope it can influence those in a good way. I acquired chicken pox in my 8th week of pregnancy. My doctor insisted me for an abortion to avert any such misfortune mentioned above in my life and she gave one week time to take a decision. She was sure that my child would have some type of problem, because she was sure of it by seeing me with those bubbles. All my parents, relatives and friends also insisted me to terminate it, thinking about my good future. Me and my husband were really in a dilemma. We had heard and read about others experience on the same problem, most of it endued negative energy, but some people’s experience gave us the positive energy to go on. Even though, in a certain moment I got ready to follow my doctor.

But my husband’s thought reverted me from my decision. He said whatever may happen, it is our baby and it is our responsibility to bring it up. And blamed me, how selfish you are to pray God to give you a normal baby when lots of others suffer with such kind of abnormal kids in different parts of this world? These made me rethink. Finally I also joined with him in the firm decision to continue, ignoring all other opinions. The rest of my days were full of prayers.

I was admitted in St. Philomena’s hospital 1 month earlier than the due date because the scanning showed low weight to the baby. It was only 2kg in 8th month. So they did cesarean in a hurry. The nurses said in the previous night of delivery that the baby will be shifted to room only after few days, because premature babies will have some birth difficulties, so they will be under observation. We all were anxious in those moments of operation. I was able to see my doctor and pediatrician when she does the cesarean because I was given spinal anesthesia and so I could hear my baby’s crying after some minutes. I was relieved in some way because I had heard that a baby crying just after the birth is symptom of good health. Doctor told me you got a baby girl. But that was not the important matter for me. I asked her is she a normal one? She said yes…She was soon shifted to the room as she was quite healthy. She was good in taking milk also. Really she is a miracle baby I believe. I believe we got her only because of prayers. I am really grateful to all those who prayed for me and my baby.

I can’t forget my cousin Jeeva, who was with me from the beginning to end in all my problems to console me. Now my baby is 1year and 3 months. She is quite like other babies of same age. It is the only thing I want to say, prayers can change everything. If anybody suffering with such a problem, don’t think about an abortion immediately, just rethink of it. Usually all doctors suggest for an abortion, but there is no 100% chance for an abnormality. I cannot compel any of you, as there is a small chance of risk, but just rethink…..If it can save a wonderful life, is there any other pleasure than it? Now when we enjoy her plays and naughtiness, I really thank God for helping us to take the right decision at that time.