CMA has helped me to complete my dream. I remember when I am a child, I watched television and saw “ Medecins Sans Frontieres”(MSF). Their selflessness and passion make me became a doctor today. In 2003, SARS attacked Hong Kong. At that time, Chinese medicine rose. My affection to Chinese culture makes me I decided to learn Chinese medicine. It is a pity that Chinese medicine did not have a organization like MSF.
After graduation, I started my practice. In order to earn a living, I worked hard everyday. I was anxious for quick and good results. I just rushed to treat disease and forgot that Chinese medicine is a people- oriented medicine. Until this year, I saw promotion of this service trip to Philippines, my heart felt pounded. I recalled my memories, the day when I was a student learning Chinese medicine and my dream to help others by my skill. So, I applied to participate in this event .
During this trip, I kept questioning myself“What are we chasing for in our whole life?”. Hong Kong is a prosperous city. Citizens in Hong Kong pursue of money and neglect their health and soul. We can see people looking at their mobiles, video games, televisions. They have everything except happiness.
Infanta is a poor village. Under the natural environment, they are self- sufficient. Some locals did not have any income. They lived in wooden house. There was a public television. No one had I-phone, PSP, even hot water supply.What they asked for is having enough food and a healthy body.
I looked at them and thought back. I was blessed but pity.
I thought of Hong Kong people and my past. Then I started to look ahead. I felt regret of my past and worried about my future. So, I decided to grasp what I have now.
We came and helped to treat their diseases. I found the value of my existence. I also wish all the practitioners in this trip could grasp the chance be energetic. Their hopes are in our hands.
(Wrote after the trip to Philippines.)
On 21st August, 2010, we ,9 young Chinese medicine practitioners ,set off from Hong Kong, and started our service trip at Philippines. Traveling from manila, we spent 5 hours to reach Infanta. There was all rugged roads .Besides the mountain roads, there were a lot of wooden houses. What behind the wooden house was a big cliff.
The wooden houses there made by irregular wood planks and scrape iron. There was no full cover of the wall. We could see the poor facilities in house through the wall. They did not have any electrical appliances but only florescent lamp tube. Under this living condition, when the wind blows, people lives could not be protected by such a house.
This was my first impression of Philippines.
On the third day, we paid a visit to a healthcare centre and hospital, in order to know more of the medical facilities there.
There was only a doctor on duty in the healthcare centre. He conducted the consultation in small room. He treated over hundred patients a day. We chatted for a while, I found that he was sad about the inadequate medical facilities. He signed that no one would like to help him.Also, the government could not meet their needs.
In a hospital, eight small towns, that is 13 million people share the limited resources. There were only 4 doctors. Every day, only one doctor on duty and was responsible for all the duties and patients.
Each patient could just being treated basically. If they need operation, they had to spend 5 hours in transportation to Manila. And they could not afford the fee of transportation.
The wards were simple and crude
Like 10 years ago, in a consultation room located at a small village in mainland China,I recalled the odor of beaching watering mixed with patients’smelly bodies. The anxious atmosphere touched my nerves. Within these grey-white walls, the cold drip transfusion, went into blood drop by drop. The indifferent facial expression of patients shaked my heart.
At this moment, I have strong feeling about this trip.
Medical service should not be a luxurious. People should have a proper treat no matter they are rich or not. To serve the patients is the duty of a doctor.
In the coming four days, I have treated over a hundred patients. Two of them impressed me most.
First of all, this 4 –year –old girl was my first case.She was brought by her mother, sitting on the bed with questions.her legs did not move well,it was difficult for her to lift up her legs. Her ankles and feet got no feelings when we did the test.
She could not walk for sure.
We did the diagnosis, asked about her history. She could not walk when she was born. Luckily, she had no sign of muscle atrophy. Kids are afraid of pain. When we started to swab the alcohol on her, she started to cry loudly. This was my first time to do acupuncture on kids. I just quickly pricked the 4 needles in.
On the routine,I asked my little patient to move, her leg could lift up now.
After 30 minutes of treatment, she back home with her mother. Next time , she would walk on her own and sealed me a kiss.
The second case was an old man who had stroke 2 years ago.
It was difficult to treat stroke patients with 2- year history. At the first time, we looked at each other with dismay. His indifferent made me feel embarrassed.
2 months after stroke happened was a golden treatment time for stroke patients. Once after 2 months, it was hard to treat. And it is even more difficult to treat him as he had 2 year history already. His legs would not move well, he walked like a duck. A small step after one, and he needed support every step. His urination became uncontrollable.
I did the treatment for him for 3 days. On the first day, he felt easier about his legs. On the second day, he could control his urination. On the last day, he would walk himself without any support from others.
This case made us became popular in the village.
These two cases, I thought of a Japanese episode, JIN, the leading actor said “The challenge given by GOD can all be pulled through”. In the past thousand years of medical history, human being cannot control the disease and fate. It is fragile of lives when facing the diseases.
In all these difficult situations, human being, could overcome all these.
And the obstacles in this trip, we also survived.
This service trip makes me have more confidence in Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Nothing is impossible.
I wish to share everything and the efforts with all the fellows.
I hope there will be more young Chinese medicine practitioners join this event next year.