Wednesday, September 10, 2008

practice in the provinces

Pay that is peanuts? In the provinces, sometimes patients pay not in peanuts but in saging.

But this particular bunch of bananas is not an ordinary one. It's not very obvious in the picture, but these bananas are extra large ones. They were not from my patient but from Doc Geena's. She's an oncologist and one afternoon her secretary was carrying a very heavy cardboard bag full of these jumbo bananas and we were so fascinated that I just had to take cellphone pictures.

According to Doc Geena, the patient who brought these bananas was undergoing chemotherapy for something and that said patient was now very thin and perhaps weighed even less than the whole bag of big bananas. And this particular patient hand carried the precious package from the mountainous regions of northern Negros, riding habal-habals and what nots, just to get to the hospital and see Doc Geena to thank her with these gifts.


Vk-mahalkaayo said...

sometimes, Thank you, not only showing monetary bills,

but for being thoughtfulness ........

thanks for showing the banana uy...lami ni maruyahon or banana-Q,

bisan lung-agon na, paresan ug ginamos or bulad sa....mhmhmhm

MerryCherry, MD said...

This post reminds of my patients in the barrio (and how I'm going to miss them). Some mothers walk about 3 hours to get to the clinic and they still bring ginger (luya) or banana (too) just to show their appreciation. Not to mention that they carry their infants or toddlers with them.

They are the reason why it's ALL worth it, right Doc?