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A Cocktail of Sleepiness and Driving – the OSA Saga

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The numbers of vehicles have crossed over 5 Lakhs in many urban centers of India. This means that there is a lot of traffic on road at any given time. It also means that there are more drivers falling asleep on the wheels of their car – either due to exhaustion or a medical condition. One such condition could be OSA (Obsessive Sleep Apnea), a condition where a patient stops breathing for small periods of time!

DNA-Sleep Apnoea- Dr Amit Panjwani

Cases like these are not very uncommon among medical practitioners. This should make us all the more aware of the dangers that one puts himself into and also the risk that is posed to others. Snoring when sleeping, disturbed night of sleep, changing positions when sleeping, being forgetful, late are all indicators that one can be suffering from OSA.

OSA, can strike at any time. It happens because of an obstruction to the flow of air in the airways, especially in the upper part near the throat area. It can occur at any age, including children, albeit it is more common in middle aged obese or overweight men. Studies have shown the prevalence of it being around 10-12% of the population.

The risk of driving with OSA increases the possibility of a car crash by as many as 12 times. To avoid such instances from happening, it is suggested that one visit their doctors.  With improved medication & treatment techniques, this can easily be treated by qualified practitioners. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is one of the most effective treatment options for OSA, which involves a mask when the patient sleeps. Early diagnosis prevents any long term complications, reducing chances of fatality.

Proper treatment not only improves driver performance, but also makes a person alert & active. This is for the good!

The simple joy of food!

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I heard it once again on FM– the show ‘kya baat kar rahe ho?’ a girl had to wait for 12 years to open her mouth.
 
No doubt, that this had been a pretty rare case, but to hear it again and again through different mediums, just tells us what we as humans are capable of achieving.
 
The girl is 14 now. She is more than happy as she can eat (read: chew) whatever she likes. Ness, a Nigerian had flown down to Mumbai with a disorder called Mandibular Joint dysfunction.
 
It was an accident that led to such complication. When Ness was 2 yrs old she had fallen and got a jerk in her jaw which was not visible or painful at that time. But slowly with her age, her mouth opening became smaller and one fine day Ness stopped eating solid food.
 
This created a lot of worries in her family, seeing that a child could not even consume basic solid food. It made them run here and there, in search of a solution so that Ness could leave a normal life & enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Eating food was one of her top priorities.
 
 
Thankfully, Ness and her family found a very good maxillofacial surgeon in Mumbai who specialized in treating such kind of defects. Over a period of time, with all the facilities & equipment’s made available, the surgery was successfully performed.
 
Finally after a long wait of 12 years, she was able to open her mouth and enjoy her long outstanding desire – that to have good solid food!
 

The Musings

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Planet Earth. Asia. India. Mumbai.
A blink of the eye from the deep blue skies above.Millions of people, millions of thoughts – all inter-weaved like a giant spider web, yet clear as that of the rails that run across the length of the city. Every morning – people meet, acknowledge one another yet are lost in thoughts – in their own parodies – at times enjoying, at times dreading. This is what the citizens of Mumbai have come to become today, where commerce declares the flow of run-ins.

There were times, in the early 90’s, I still remember – chirping sparrows, tree-lined avenues, whistling trees, families strolling around gardens and occasionally a big red colour (ad free) double-decker bus rumbling through the streets. Buildings hardly taller than 4 stories, brimming to the forth with content faces, enjoying the small things of life. The city had a very clean look to it, the noxious vapors were also significantly lesser. The pressures of peers, work were also manageable.
 
– Mumbai in Motion | Image By: Jeet Ghosh –
 
Time travel through to the early 2010’s – stuff has changed and how. Malls the size of Olympic stadia with coasters and all – brimming with activities, restaurants vying over each other, serpentine queues of motor vehicles humming away aimlessly, a thinning line between man and machine. All within city limits we have come to so love.
A land of opportunities, a land of sorrow, a land for equals yet a land divided.
Hoping for the very best of future! The lost golden era. Come soon.

The Musings

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Planet Earth. Asia. India. Mumbai. A blink of the eye from the deep blue skies above.
Millions of people, millions of thoughts – all interweaved like a giant spider web, yet clear as that of the rails that run across the length of the city. Every morning – people meet, acknowledge one another yet are lost in thoughts – in their own parodies – at times enjoying, at times dreading. This is what the citizens of Mumbai have come to become today, where commerce declares the flow of run-ins.
There were times, in the early 90’s, I still remember – chirping sparrows, tree lined avenues, whistling trees, families strolling around gardens and occasionally a big red colour (ad free) double decker bus rumbling through the streets. Buildings hardly taller than 4 stories, brimming to the forth with content faces, enjoying the small things of life. The city had a very clean look to it, the noxious vapours were also significantly lesser. The pressures of peers, work were also manageable.
Mumbai in Motion
Mumbai in Motion
Time travel through to the early 2010’s – stuff has changed and how. Malls the size of Olympic stadia with coasters and all – brimming with activities, restaurants vying over each other, serpentine queues of motor vehicles humming away aimlessly, a thinning line between man and machine. All within city limits we have come to so love.
A land of opportunities, a land of sorrow, a land for equals yet a land divided.
Hoping for the very best of future!
The lost golden era. Come soon.