The C2S blog draws on the arts, the social and biological sciences to explore the many meanings of health and "dis-ease." Designed to be a locus where patients, their families and professionals can meet on a level playing field, it is the natural off-shoot of the Cell 2 Soul Online Journal. We encourage the submission of ideas, essays, poems, stories, humor, and timely reviews relating to the humanities and health care.
I was suffering from what the famous Himalayan explorer, Tilman termed as ‘mountaineer’s foot’, the inability to put one before the other! The stones and boulders were loose and the moraine walking difficult. The sun had disappeared behind the clouds and the atmosphere looked threatening. Dark clouds were gathering on the highest mountains on Earth. The rumble of avalanches could be heard in the distance. I was on my way back from the Everest Base Camp, walking fast on the Khumbu Glacier trying to reach shelter before the snowstorm broke. A few snowflakes were beginning to fall. The temperature had dropped by around 10 degrees Celsius and the wind was picking up. My body temperature was also beginning to drop... Download Two Good Samaritans
Ravi Shankar is an occasional contributor to Cell 2 Soul. He is a medical professor who spent over twelve years teaching in the Himalayan country of Nepal and enjoyed trekking in the wonderful hills. He is at present a faculty at the Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba, Kingdom of the Netherlands. Photos by Dr. Ravi Shankar. You may contact him at: Shankar PR