Thursday, March 27, 2008

Illnesses --> Poverty --> Famine --> Illnesses

Here come a sad story to share.. How should I start huh?? Ok, here it goes.. As usual this morning I’m running my Dietetic Clinic.. Then at around 10.50am a patient came to me as being referred from Medical Clinic.. In my first impression I thought the patient is BWN (Bukan Warganegara), without review his referral form and medical record.. But I’m totally wrong, he is actually a Dusun.. (I’m too judgemental huh)..

Okay, this patient have a very malnourished/ cachexic look.. Usually, I’ll obtain pt's anthropometry data first but as I knew this pt’s BMI is low, I didn’t do the measurement.. This pt was diagnosed of having unstable angina.. But after I review his medication, he took anti-hypertension, oral hypoglycemic agent, lipid lowering drugs and so on (sure already got multiple complications) and Dr refer to me just for low sugar and low CHO diet as his FBS (fasting bood sugar) was slightly high..

When I obtained his social and background data I found out that he was from a low socio-economic family.. He was married, unemployed and has 7 child.. Only his wife is working but as he mention “bini sy cuma tanam tabasan ja, itu pun menumpang tanah orang”.. Another touching words are:

“tu la saya sakit, tidak dapat kerja mau kasi makan/sekolah anak2”

“selalu pagi2 saya makan nasi campur garam ja, x sayur”

“kalau ada duit lebih baru dapat beli sayur d pasar, kalu x pun makan sayur hutan ja”

So when I asked weather he consume any sugary foods or drinks, this is what he answered..

“Ada juga la kadang2 sy minum tu Nescafe 3 in 1 tapi itu pun 1 pek bagi2 sama anak2”

I’m so blurred that time.. I don’t know what to advise as nothing that I can help in term of dietary intake as he just consume that kind of foods everyday.. So, I just advice him

1) to eat regulary more frequent as to increase his body weight
2) continue avoiding sugary foods and drinks
3) increase vegetables intake..

I'm wondering why poverty still occured in our country eventhough we are now well developed.. Yeahh, I know poverty do exisits everywhere but I cannot accept to hear the situation that occured in Africa do occured in our own country.. Adakah kerajaan terlepas pandang golongan sebegini? Where were all the TV programmes BERSAMAMU, TABUNG DAFUR and all that?? We still have citizen who really in need but why must we help others out of our country..?? Is that due to the sense of humanity or it is just totally about political things??

I still remember my lecture class regarding The Vicious Cycle Of Poverty back in USM.. The explanation is almost the same with what this pt experienced now.. I just can't imagine myself in that place.. Commit suicide mangkali awal2..

This situation really awaken me.. I always sighing about my life, my work and what I become now but still I'm always happy... I finally realized that I never give thanks to God for all I have now.. Never be grateful..!! Poor Fred!!!

12 comments:

tajau said...

pergh... so kesian oo..

TABUNG DAFUR - yes it's totally bout politic.. that's PM idea ...dush3x..

org kg mana ba dia tu... napa adun tu tampat inda peduli... jgn c 'JG' suda.. ku lasing tu dia...

FredDass said...

Dia bilang dia tinggal d Kg Ria.. Masuk adun Liawan la tu kan.. Ntah la tu, belum ada peruntukan lagi mangkali...

tajau said...

alalaa.. c sairin karno punya org.. patut dia 'turun padang p meronda bai tu'...

tajau said...

fred ko punya post yg baru tu.. comment link hilang so x bleh comment lar.. hehe.. mgkin ada ko ter'off' masa setting td sbb ko punya verification pun nada suda...

kaDus_Mama said...

:( kesian oh! But i know there are still many people living below the poverty line d Sabah! Kenapa teda bantuan segera untuk dorang ah??

urang ranau said...

betul tu..susah2 kita, ada lagi urg yg lebih susah...

Nick Phillips said...

Gosh, I always complain that I don't have enough of everything, but after reading this post I feel soooooooooo ashamed of myself!

FredDass said...

Kadus_Mama: Tu la, pity them.. belum lagi tu org yang tinggal d ulu2.. mesti lagi ramai.. kesian juga owwhh bila sa dgr dia punya cerita tu.. Trus sa mcm mau tutup clinic that day..

Ntah la ni, org terlepas pandang ka atau pun sengaja tutup sebelah mata ja..

FredDass said...

Urang Ranau: Thanx for dropping me a comment.. Betul tu, sa ingat sa la org yg paling susah.. Tapi bila dengar cerita dia baru sa sedar.. Syukur la suda dpt hidup mcm skrg.. Kira senang suda.. Actually lebih dr senang suda ni..

FredDass said...

nick philips: Yaa, I oso feel the way u felt..

Anonymous said...

1st i wanna say hi 2 u.maybe u didn't recognize me but for sure we r close b4 n not 4get 2 congratz 2 u as u become a successful person nowadays.diz is very touching story i was read.i was around there b4 n as i saw many people still in a poor condition.most of them complaining bout de accomodation n facilities.wen i took their complaints most of them ask 4 de 'bantuan kebajikan' n 'rumah pprt'.sometym de tear seems to fall down wen they told their story life.some of them lives at de zink house only.poor them.i hope their lives will change 4 future..

Anonymous said...

1st i wanna say hi 2 u.maybe u didn't recognize me but for sure we r close b4 n not 4get 2 congratz 2 u as u become a successful person nowadays.diz is very touching story i was read.i was around there b4 n as i saw many people still in a poor condition.most of them complaining bout de accomodation n facilities.wen i took their complaints most of them ask 4 de 'bantuan kebajikan' n 'rumah pprt'.sometym de tear seems to fall down wen they told their story life.some of them lives at de zink house only.poor them.i hope their lives will change 4 future..