Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mothers Suffering Silently

Today my mother in-law is undergoing a surgery to remove her uterus, and our joy is beyond our anxiety because we are finally removing a part of her body that has bothered her for years and couldn't share with anyone. The womb that has brought my wife and her two siblings to this world has threatened to take her own live had we not known it before it became too late.
Her uterus had prolapsed and had been hanging out through her vagina for years but because of the nature of the disease she has hidden from everyone, even from her daughter. It was during the melom chembo in Haa that her son's sister inlaw sighted it when they toileting outside. She inform my brother inlaw, who in turn took her to the doctor.
This is a common risk among elderly women who give birth at home without the assistant of medical staff, meaning many of our village mothers could be suffering silently. The woman on the next bed is awaiting the same surgery, and shockingly she has hidden the disease for 25 years.
These two ladies are lucky that theirs didn't turn into cancer, which has high probability. But not many will be lucky like them, there for I urge all daughters and educated women to check on your mothers and other elderly women in your family for any secret disease such as this if they are hiding. Your one action in time could save their lives and free them from their worse discomfort. I visited my sister last evening and asked her to check our mother though I have asked her myself without hesitation. She says she doesn't have it but I still want my sister to verify. Please verify your mothers.

To all the friends on Twitter who sent in your wishes, thank you very much, your prayers are very important for us at this hour.


Update 8th Spet 2012: 
There are various causes to this sort of disease and not just unassisted birthing. One woman who underwent the same surgery the next day had left copper T inside for 12 years. It nearly took her life. But all stories in JDWNRH this time had happy ending but not many will be so lucky if they are late in seeking medical help. Therefore please take this issue seriously and do whatever is possible within your capacity to help free women around you from such disease.
My mother in-law is doing great at home now, she is recovering very fast. Thanks for all the support and prayers during our hard times. We will "Never forget the people who help you in your difficult times"

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the kind information sir!.. Lots of prayers for your Mother-in law!..

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  2. I don't know why but this article had my eyes out.
    Lots of best wishes for your Mother-in-law.

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  3. Oh didn't know abt such disease la. Thank u la. Wil pray 4 her fast recovery.

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  4. Nice informative piece..would like you to add an advice to your readers and followers on the above piece..
    Please inform and make sure our mothers are doing their test called pap smear routinely..cervical cancer can be prevented if this simple test,easy and unpainful, is done and disease detected at very early stage..most of our village mothers either dont know about it or dont care about it..may be you can dig up a little on that test and come up wit a fresh piece So that a big number of your followers can at least spread the message la
    Thanks

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  5. Sorry its not just mothers..all women once they ve been sexually active..

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