After one of the nephrologists concluded his talk, one patient got up to ask a question: It went something like this: What is Peritoneal Dialysis? What is Hemodialysis? What is the difference? What diet can a person on dialysis take? What exercise can a dialysis patient do? Can someone on dialysis eat horse gram? Can you please reduce the rate of Cresp?
All very valid questions. And I appreciate the patient's quest for knowledge. However, sir, you must understand that this is a forum where we have extremely limited time. These questions could take up almost half a semester of an MBBS nephrology course! We can't have a speaker answer these questions at the end of a 4 minute talk! To the nephrologist's credit, he gave a quick summary in about 3-4 lines!
I ended up getting a lot of undue credit. It all started with Vikram mentioning that I came up with the idea of this event. Actually, to be very honest with you, it was his (or Sandeep's?) idea. I was definitely very excited when I heard about it. But the idea was not mine. Vikram and Sandeep have this habit of giving me credit for things I have not done!
Then Dr. Gopal Kishen took the bait and thanked me for doing this. The patients that were attending followed suit. By the end of the day, almost everyone in the hall believed that I was responsible for all this. That was ok, to some extent. The problem started, when in all the commotion, even I started believing that!!
When you hear something again and again (even if it is not true and especially when you like what's being said!), you tend to start believing that it is true. But since you are reading my blog, I thought you should know the inside story.
In the end, of course, patients had a great day. We continue to receive compliments for the successful event. Of course, we intend to make Hyderabad Kidney Foundation what people expect it to be. May be I did not actually come up with this idea. I will, however, take it to fruition.