House MD: a Gift Idea

A new doctor in friendlist! I didn’t feel like stopping at a mere congratulation, this is a rare event I must celebrate!

But what will I gift her?

A fake “ID” card? Fake prescription template? But what will make them unique?

That’s when my friend, kutti doctor’s sister called her “Lady Greg House”. I had no clue who it was, Google gave me Dr. Greg House from House M.D. Eureka.

That was followed by marathon House MD Season 1, thanks to Christy Varghese.

Then this happened.

ID Card
Front: Plainsboro ID card
Front: Plainsboro ID card
Back: Plainsboro ID card
Back: Plainsboro ID card

I played a bit with bar code and ID number – both translates to “Kutti Doctor”, what I call her. Barcodes can be generated for free online, for example, http://www.barcode-generator.org/ (choose Code-39 for text codes). For ID number, I used same idea as Facebook’s 92FACEBOOK number (typing in a T9 keypad gives their phone number, 9232232665), for the same text. Each item is in a different layer in RAW XCF file, or if you are not a pro, just use the images in this post (are of fairly good resolution for and ID card – actual sizes are 1/4th of what is there in image).

Prescription
Prescription Model, Concept from House MD
Prescription: Size: 1/2 A4

It had to be a bit “Indianised”, specially prescription, moving away from small square chit in House MD. (The prescription is shown in one of the episodes when elderly lady comes to return the prescription to House). There are two pages in file – print it as two pages in one page A4 for correct dimensions.

The paper folder
Folder and Prescription Printed

Now instead of binding the prescription papers, I made a folder, when folded, will give you half A4 size. I hope you will figure out where to fold/cut and stick. Also, little care should be taken to make sure that the prescription papers fit into the folder well before sticking. I also cut it along the border on top and it looked better than a square folder.

Copyright

You are free to use it as you wish. The logo of Princeton Placeboro et al should be the copyright of studios making House MD, so please don’t use it for mass printing. Raw files are in GIMP’s xcf format (I use GIMP), I can convert it for you if you want (leave a comment below). I’d be glad if you leave a word here in comments if you used the template, it’s really encouraging to know that it came to use for someone!

Raw Files:

Check out Google Drive Folder

A Dark, Disabling Secret

[this is an extract from a mail to my pen friend]

Dear Lipsa,

I woke up today morning ready to reply to your mail. Then something that happened here invoked the biggest insecurity in me, distracting me for a while.

I am at a friend’s place and in morning, his mom prayed that “There are many with disabled children, thank you God for giving us healthy children”. I won’t blame her – it’s a common thing that nearly everyone thanks God for though I logically disagree with the idea of “thanking God for some harm that never happened to [me]”.

As I have told you, I am partly disabled. The first thing that ran in my mind is if my mother will be able to say the same. How hurt she would have been if she heard someone pray like that the days she was still syncing in to the fact that I am partially blind. I don’t know if my friend read my mind – he intervened then and there and told her not to do it.

My disability is one of my deepest insecurities, which I am in a constant struggle to overcome. I fear it. Subconsciously my eyes tear up when I am requested to explain why and how I became almost blind in one eye, things I can’t do because of it etc. The attempt to overcome it so far were all futile.

It’s deep-rooted, and that makes it a hard thing to get rid of. I’ve been called “kannu pottan (blind)”, “cyclops” (Greek mythological giants with one eye) many times while I was in school, though it was for fun, it did hurt me. You might understand why I cried when the person who stood up for me that day and told them not to do it passed away two years back. He was and is always a hero in my eyes.

On a bright side, I realised calling a weak person “dumb”, as everyone does in our society is actually also referring a real deaf and dumb person as weakling. I have been, ever since the revelation trying to stop using such words in my day today conversations.

The only thing that helped me a bit so far is looking at the bright side of it – how it helped me develop some of my good skills, and understand the need of someone who might not have had any exposure to encouragement much as me or those who have much higher disadvantages than me.

While in proVISION ASIA, even in most of them who claimed to have overcome this fear seemed to hide this inmost fear, insecurity in them, which popped up at times.

I must actively start hunting this insecurity down now I think – I want to root out it’s origins!

I hope I am not boring you – this is something you’d notice in almost every disabled person’s eyes the next time you see them, though they may sound confident enough to conquer the world.

It helps a lot to speak up about one’s fear. In fact, I think this is the first step towards conquering it.

[and some more content, irrelevant to the topic of this post].

Write soon!

Jesse P Francis

The Book List

This is more like a diary for myself, list of books I’ve read (and I remember that I’ve read it, only good ones)

  1. If only they could talk – James Herriot (2014)
  2. Dork – Sidin Vadakut (2012)
  3. Service with a Simle – Wodehouse (2016)
  4. That novel about attempted NASA Rocket launch mishap that I got from trash, returned to trash (I don’t remember it’s name!) (2012)
  5. 1984 – George Orwell (2017)
  6. The Bible – A lot of people (2014-2016)
  7. To Sir, with Love – E. R. Braithwaite (2015)
  8. The Alchemist – Paulo Cohelo (2016)
  9. The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren (2014)
  10. The Cross and the Switchblade – David Wilkerson
  11. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling (2017)
  12. In His Steps – Charles M. Sheldon (2015)
  13. Back to Jerusalem – Paul Hattaway (2015)

Malayalam

  1. Almost All Basheer (2000 – 2010)
  2. Randamoozham (Sometime between 2002 – 2006)
  3. Malavikaagnimithram – Kaalidasan

(will keep expanding the list as I remember)