I’ll Be Back
Hostage crisis happened at Manila, is one big tragedy when we were doing service at Philippines. My heart felt like weeping and this make me re-think a lot in this trip.
My friend urged me not to go as it is dangerous. After the hostage crisis happened, I kept thinking. If there is no disaster, then why we have to help? Also, owing to their poor government, it shows that they are the victims, so we have to help them. We have to overcome these obstacles. Comparing with other organizations facing the rains of arrows and the devastation of epidemic, we are just facing a small problem.
Nothing is permanent and could be under control. That makes me cherish what I have and understand that giving is always happier than receiving. After I back home, I advised my brother and cousins that when they have spare time, they should go to help others. Also, it is better to equip yourself well. So that when you are going to help others, you have certainly ability.
During the voluntary consultation session, I found it is suitable to promote Chinese medicine in other countries. Besides doing treatment, we also teach patients and local volunteers to cater simple skill like moxibustion, cupping treatment and tuna. This gave me a strong sense of satisfaction. It is more beneficial to them in a long term and could further help more people.
Infanta is a relaxing and lovely place. Although it is busy to treat many patients, I feel tired sometimes. But all of us enjoyed it a lot and looking forward to the next service trip. My body has back to Hong Kong .But my heart is still left at Infanta, keeping working for them.
In this trip, it is hard to single out a story to describe. Each patient’s story is unique, it is difficult to choose from. But their demands are the same, no matter they are old or young; rich or poor.
Our targets were those poor public, what I chose to tell is a well-off family. I hope to reflect their needs from different angles and showed that they really need Chinese medicine service.
We provided home visit service for those who have difficulty to walk. Linda and I were arranged to a well-off family. We helped to treat a sister with stroke and a brother with kidney failure.
Before her retirement, she was one of the top nurses in hospital of Manila. So she should have good connection in hospital. Her brother and she had western medical care, even the physiotherapy.
But they found that the efficacy of western medicine alone was not as expected. The sister tried acupuncture treatment, and she found that it helped. But it is not easy to find doctors who could cater acupuncture skill. And she found us finally.
But her brother was afraid of acupuncture. Every time, he yelled after 15 minutes of treatment. So in the second follow-up, we did moxibustion after acupuncture. And the healing effect was good. We could help to fix their problems. At the same time, I had inspiration from it. The advantage was his family could do moxibustion for him. Even after we back to Hong Kong, they could continue the treatment.
To the well-off family like this, treating disease is not easy. To the poor public, CMA still has a lot to help.