Hiccups are believed to arise when somebody remembers you. When your family or friends think of you, you experience the so called hiccup. That’s what I heard from others’ about its regard with the myth and superstitious belief. Thus when it happened to me, I thought I am experiencing it for I am either on my family or friends mind. But here, I am being bothered by bouts of hiccup for so long; it continues for hours normally and a day long occasionally. So, if that’s how hiccups are caused I got to be certain that those people whom I know and with whom I am acquainted are in no way free and leisure enough to waste their valuable time thinking about someone when they have lot and loads to do with their own life, jobs, works, obligations, responsibilities, etc.
At one time, I took note of the belief and
called my mother [my first suspect …lol] since I could not converse with her over
phone for couple of months due to my exam preparations. Even after spending
hours with her on phone, this irri-hiccup continued to stick with me. Later I checked
on every suspect who I presumed to be missing me and found it to be futile. Even today
as I write this post, and as I pack my luggage and ready for the night long
journey towards Delhi, I am hiccupping.
Some advised me to drink water and others told me to wear warm clothes and stay warm and few to take long breaths, but even after taking gallons of hot water, staying the warmest possible way and taking the longest able breath, I am still hiccupping. And I can stubbornly say nothing is as irritating and troublesome than a day long hiccup. It just takes away your peace of mind.
With consistent hiccupping I was worried and visited a clinic. There, surprisingly the so called Doctor (works at government hospital and sits over time at his clinic), whom I thought may have some scientific reasoning’s too was with the same belief. Nonetheless he prescribed me few medicines that subsided hiccup for a while but not for too long. After finding temporary solace in medicine, was bit curious and worried at the same time thus I Googled for an information and following are what science got to say about it:
Hiccups are sudden, involuntary contractions of the diaphragm muscle. As the muscle contracts repeatedly, the opening between the vocal cords snaps shut to check the inflow of air and makes the hiccup sound. Irritation of the nerves that extend from the neck to the chest can cause hiccups. Although associated with a variety of ailments (some can be serious such as pneumonia or when harmful substances build up in the blood for example from kidney failure), hiccups are not serious and have no clear reason for occurring. Rarely, their presence causes health problems such as speech changes or interference with eating and sleeping. Many conditions are associated with hiccups, but none has been shown to be the cause of hiccups.
The very line which reads “associated with a variety of ailments (some can be serious such as pneumonia or when harmful substances build up in the blood for example from kidney failure)” made me think hard but not to the extent of craziness. I can ascertain myself I am free from all ailments especially building of harmful substances up in the blood, for only a month ago I donated blood and they did carry out my blood test. At present I can only pray nothing serious will happen and looking forward to thorough check up and fun filled vacation!