During the Double Tenth 2010, the anniversary of the Wuchang uprising, I did not go to Taiwan for memorial. I chose to attend the service trip held by CMA.I went to Infanta to serve with my companion, Sean.
When I back to Hong Kong, my friends asked me why I have voluntary work there. Even Cathy asked me in the radio broadcast. Actually, I am very interested in providing treatment in rural area. But I did not have confidence in myself, so I did not apply as volunteer. Just thinking maybe after a year or two, I will join them. Owing to absence of some volunteers, I have a chance to join this event. So at that time, I answered Cathy:” We do not have to blame the whole country because of a person’s mistake. And more important, we have to learn how to forgive. It is like talking in official jargon. But it is from my heart’s saying.
I have never been that busy in my life before! During this week, we went to hospital and home visit in the morning. From the afternoon to night, we worked in clinic. Basically, besides eating, sleeping, using the toilet. What we done were all treating and diagnosing. I doubted that if we had gone crazy. But people here really needed to get treated. Their diseases bothered them for years. Chinese medicine is comparatively cheap, convenient, easy to manipulate and with good efficacy. They have high demand of it. Watching the patients getting better and better each day, I gained confidence in myself and I am so proud to be a Chinese medicine practitioner. To be honest, we were really tried and stressed to treat so many patients each day. I work in such a principle: Don’t hurry, but have to be quick. Do not rush and be concentrate, so can make diagnosis faster. Each day, we treat around 20 patients. That was our limit. Therefore, when I back to Hong Kong, I treasure my resting time.
And I felt shocked on the fourth day, we back to hospital for follow-up that morning. An elderly had pneumonia due to yang deficiency.3 days before, I diagnosed her as heat evil on exterior, so I gave her hou pu ma huang tang. But on thursday, her coughing was getting worse. So, she had to be transferred to hospital at Manila. I really worried about him. Another 2 patients with poor prognosis were not getting improved though. I felt uneasy. And a saying came to my mind: Practice with poor skill can be a hurt to others. Luckily that, conditions of out-patients were getting better. All these experiences remind me to read more books, so that I can learn how to deal with the mistakes and the wrong steps and make it become reversible.
For patients that I could not cure, I felt guilty. At the same time, I enjoyed the nice time here. I enjoyed watching the fireflies leisurely. And it was my first time to see this endless diamond sky. It was my first time to do radio broadcast and my first time to write English prescriptions. It was glad to sit side-by-side and have a heart-to-heart talk with Sean and Cathy.
Infanta gives me a simple life here. Thanks for the invitation by CMA and ICDAI. ICADAI makes me feel that their love is irrespective of boundary. Can we have the same spirit to care people around us ?