I visited my 70-year old uncle who lives on a Japanese island and still works as a primary care doctor.
There were nurses who I have known since my childhood and we were very excited to see each other for the first time in 25 years.
I entered the consultation room and met my uncle for the first time in three years. He looked well, though he has been unwell and recently had several operations for his knee joints. I sat down on the patients’ seat and we started talking like a doctor and patient.
I used to live at a nearby house for a while when I was little, but it was the very first time in my life that I was in the room with him. He told me about some of his stories from when he visited England a long time ago. He said he has experienced difficulties physically since his 40s.
He has a very sensitive and gentle personality and usually speaks with a small and serene voice. He said to me that I shouldn’t be harsh to people and I should just be kind to others. I thought that these might be the requirements for a good primary care doctor in a community. I fully enjoyed the conversation with him and promised to come back again.
It is always wonderful to see that my family are all fine and to recognise that there is a home to go back to.