Much more so when you also realise the pressure in your head is no more. That pressure you had first felt at your mum's favourite clinic in Kg. Tunku - the clinic with the still pretty late-40's early-50's lady doctor whom she likes so much.
You remember marveling at your 82-year old mum's tenacity after she slipped on a rug and fell, hitting the side of her face on the terazzo floor, when she was all alone at her house.
You wince imagining the difficulty she had getting herself up off the floor, she who would take about 10 to 15 seconds to push herself off the lounge chair, she who had for the last couple of years opted to modify her prayer prostrations by sitting on a dining-chair.
You were proud of her spirit in administering her own first-aid by wrapping ice in a kitchen towel and placing it on her face. But you were aghast at her not informing anyone immediately preferring instead to wait until grandson came over as had been promised earlier.
But you were NOT surprised that she still wanted to make her monthly trip to her kampong house in Ayer Molek in Melaka despite her swollen cheek and bruised eye and cut upper lip. And balik kampong she did, after insisting on cooking a full course meal to take along for the evening's dinner when she and your brother arrived there.
You remember the doctor saying what an inspiration your mum was. Your mum had only decided to see the doctor 5 days after her fall after returning from the kampong, when the bruises had begun to fade, and her cut had begun to heal, and her cheek no longer tender to the touch.
She is an inspiration indeed, you feel proud of her, Alhamdulillah she has taken care of herself quite well: blood sugar at 4.5 and blood pressure at 135/70 are very alright for an octogenarian.
And you think how miraculous it was she didn't break any bones falling on the hard floor and how she had told you and your sister that she has been taking calcium supplements for the last 18 years - "Makan kalsium, budak-budak oii, engkau orang dah berumur dah!"
And you think would you even reach her age? And you hear her say - "Baki umur kau nak buat apa lagi? Dah tak kerja buat lah amal ibadat banyak-banyak".
And you feel your headache getting worse, with gassy burps building up, and you think should you ask the pretty doctor to take your blood pressure? And you think naah... what if your BP's higher than your mum's, that would be embarassing.
And you start to think of reasons - maybe it was the half-dozen raw petai you had at dinner, which was tenggiri asam pedas with blanched kailan and braised lamb cubes. Maybe that was a lethal combination, or maybe it was the peanut butter sandwich you had for breakfast sans coffee. And you think it'll get better after some coffee at your mum's when you all get back.
And you feel some relief for the rest of the day after popping a panadol with the nescafe.
And then of course you simply can't go to bed early after the afternoon cuppa.
And when you finally do, you get up again after a mere 3 hours with the thumping up there again, and you pop another panadol and go back to bed.
And when you get up after a couple of hours, you decide to go over to the Thai massage place for some deep pressure-point treatment and to be manipulated into a wrestling hold and swung like a pendulum.
And you have a whopping of a time in pleasurable pain being thumb-pressed and elbowed and kneed and kneaded and stretched all over your body from head to toe.
And as you eat your healthy lunch at this place called ZEN, you feel the heaviness in your head slowly lifting. And then you reward yourself by shopping for new inner wear, partly because there is a sale and also because you need a new band-size from all the push-ups you have been doing of late.
And you feel extremely pleased because in the middle of shopping your "vowels" nudged you for the second time that day and then you realise how true it is that every sickness originates in the stomach, even a headache, and how Thai makes things move.
And that's why you are in a good mood and that's why just learning 3 little new things make you elated. 3 letters of the Russian alphabet:
"Ю" looks like a head severed below the shoulders - it sound's like "YOO"
"Я" looks like an R viewed in the mirror - it sounds like "YAH"
"Ы" makes you want to go blearggh - but it sounds like "IH"
And so Ю Я Ы sounds like YOU YAH IH
And somehow you are reminded of this song:
And you think you must get to bed now - there's pocho-pocho class to attend in the morning and the dentist to submit to in the afternoon. Can't allow a headache tomorrow.