September 7, 2015
Last year this day (September 7, 2014) my mother, Sathiavathy Gnanadhas, attained eternity. We are unable to make it to Chennai for her first anniversary but my brother is organising a prayer meeting at my home in Kilpauk this evening.
She was only 76 and could have lived longer had she paid greater attention to her health.
She had more faith in homeopathy than allopathy and will hardly take advice to the contrary. She blindly believed allopathic treatments caused more harm than good.
When you have heart and other serious ailments indigenous medicine can only expedite your death. This is what happened to her.
When we did persuade her to take allopathic medicine she was always half-hearted and irregular. It did not help that she lived alone with none to ensure she kept her intakes – except during the last three months of her life.
A Cardiologist Friend’s Lament: That was a period when she was attended to by a cardiologist from Malar Hospital and other doctors. But it was too late. A senior cardiologist, who was a close family friend, visited her often at our home and his lament always was that she never followed medical advice.
When I spoke to him from Singapore during her last days he said there was no hope then, almost chiding me for not paying attention to her.
As the eldest of her two sons, I cannot disown responsibility.
It will haunt me that she gave up without a fight. She will remain in our memory for ever.
G Joslin Vethakumar