“What makes you go to Philippine for the volunteer work held by CMA?”
“it is very simple, I want to put my professional into practice and help the needy. In the third world country, lack of medical facilities, the medical cost is expensive. Many people cannot afford the fee, so give up the treatment finally. In the past thousand years ago, Chinese medicine can circulate until now, proved that it has its efficacy and provide another alternative for developing countries.”
“Can you describe what you do there? It is heard that you are still in clinic at 1am, it is true?”
“Yes, we did! In the morning we went to hospital and home visit to help those who could not move freely. We started the clinic session from 2 pm, until now, and I am still energetic .Many patients waiting outside clinic everyday. They come from nearby city, or even travel for few hours to here. It is already suffering when having disease, and they still have to wait for hours. I know they have high expectation on us. Therefore, we will try our best to provide them the best treatment. It is worth to sacrifice if I can help more people.”
I have to thanks my companion, Michael Chan, and founder of CMA , Vincent, Dennis, Charmaine and all the doctors served here. Last but not the least, members of ICDAI , including Father Francis, Cathy, Carina, Alex, Elmar, Cath, Jenna, Gina, Melba, Lisa, Nel etc. What you pay makes the whole activity more meaningful. I am going to share my experience and feeling in the week at Infanta.
During July 2010, I came back from Mongolia. In these 10 days, I re-thought the meaning of life and I thought it was time to contribute to the society. I saw this service trip held by CMA from facebook. I missed it last year, so I should take this chance even though it was already the deadline of application. In the briefing, I got to know Infanta and ICDAI is promoting traditional treatment, that exactly met the aim of CMA. It is a good chance to co-operate. I was looking forward to this trip!
On 23 Aug, 2010, the Manila hostage tragedy killing in which eight Hong Kong tourists died. Even now one was scared. The first crew already set off to Infanta. HKSAR government has already hosted the black Outbound Travel Alert. They are still calm and undaunted to reach there and provide locals with treatments.We are not going to show that we requite evil with good , we just have a heart and wish to help the patients in Philippines
Last year I traveled at Manila once and had a bad experience. And I kept asking myself : “Why I have to back to this place again?”
On 12 April, 2009, I went to park for sightseeing and made acquaintances of a pair of couples. They were very nice and showed me around. They cooked dinner for me, too. And we drank the liquor. Unfortunately, they had added hallucinogen in the liquor. I became unconscious. I think you all can guess what happened next. I have lost my property. Also, I lost my trust to this country. I swear I would never go to Philippines again. But after a year, I come back again. What am I thinking? My feeling is complicated.
On 10 Oct , 2010, I brought with me this complicated feeling to Philippines. Love and hate were mingled. I thought I should let go. To trudge a long distance, we had arrived at Infanta. It would be challenging and excited in the coming week.
During this week at Infanta, the cock crew at dawn and I got up. After breakfast, we went to hospital and home visit. As there was no allowance in the medical fee, some people could not afford the expensive fee of treatment and drug, so they did not get treated and stayed at home. Some even being trapped in the cage, the golden time of treatment was delayed. And it was already too late when being sent to hospital. The concept of preventing the disease was not yet intruded. Chinese medicine is comparatively cheap and easy to manipulate and with the good efficacy, too. All these can replenish the poor and inadequate medical facilities here.
The most impressive cases is a young man with mental disorder. He mumbled to himself and hit his mother before. Therefore, his mother trapped him in the cage and has trapped him for 10 years. He has never gone outside since then. It is hard to imagine living in a 50-square feet prison-like place. He ate , pee and slept in the dampness little space, it was really suffering. After a few months of acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment, his mother found his son was getting improved. She had confidence in us. Under our guidance, he walked out from the prison and started a bright page of his new life.
I cannot share this happiness with him, but I do feel grateful to him. Members of ICADI will continue do the follow-up and acupuncture for him.
Another patient got lymphomas with the syndrome of liver depression and qi stagnation. I really appreciate his endurance and toughness. When we first saw him, he was getting worse, with serve abdomen pain and ascites. The generalized lymphomas were solid. The lymphomas at the neck pushed into oesophagus, so he had difficulty in swallowing. We planned to raise money for him, so that he can get treated in Manila. A week later, he pasted away. However, heaven disposes. Or it is good for him to shed off the wretched plight and back to arm of Heavenly Father.
At the afternoon, we went to ICDAI clinic session,started from 3 pm until treated all the patients.Besides going to washroom and eating, what we did were making prescriptions, cupping, moxibustion, tianjiu or even working in pharmacy. Oh ! I have never been that busy before! Luckily, staff of ICDAI helped us in pharmacy, so we wrote in pinyin. I taught them the skill of cupping and tianjiu. That made the work flow became more fluent. I am good at treating pain by acupuncture, so every patients feel easier after the treatment. I gained my sense of satisfaction.At the last day, we broke the record and worked until 1am, that was so crazy. Watching the patients getting better and better, no matter how tired I was, I could squeeze my energy out.
In this service trip, I learn how to break out of my comfort zone. I thought I have to prepare a lot in the live show and I expected my English was not fluent .On the morning of live broadcast, I received the questions. Less than an hour of preparation, we could say fluently
all we want and no dead air. We could educate some basic knowledge of Chinese medicine to the public through the radio. With utterly fearless and mission, I could breakthrough the boundary which is so satisfying. After we finished the interview, we found that many people was listening to the radio. We promoted development of Chinese medicine in Infanta successfully.
To sum up, in this service trip at Infanta, though it was very busy, I felt calm and peace. You do not need to work for money, power, fame and profit, and do not need to worry about clothing, food, housing and transport. Someone will take care of you. What you need to do is focusing on diagnosis, putting my knowledge into practice and considering the best treatment plan for patients. As a Chinese medicine practitioner, I hope I can spread Chinese medicine to every corners of the world. And let all Asians embrace the power of Chinese medicine. It is not the end, it is just a beginning. Hoping more and more Chinese medicine practitioners will devote themselves and act with generosity and selflessness, provide suitable care to different races in the world.