A Physician Heads Home: To Heal A Chronically Ill Patient-His Home Country

img_3865.JPGThe world has changed. Or perhaps, it always was the same. It is us who changed. Our awareness, as a people, have just caught up with it. And these are manifested by better tolerance towards one another, dual citizenships, expatriates, Web 2.0, immigrations to wherever, boundless backpackers, bloggers, emigrants, the internet and its wonders, better diplomacy, further education, further medical training, wider coverage, detailed news on affairs worldwide at our fingertips, a wider interest on quantum theories, space weddings…all these among others, when we peel through them, is just about living our dreams, to be truly free. A being with a meaningful life, doing no harm to others, and for many, treading on with God’s love.

—In the process, beyond just a flicker, we are elsewhere or everywhere. We receive and give. A spiral instead of a circle. Like a spiral, we expand ourselves, and then we realize, the world around us too expands as a consequence. To observe it is just timeless. For many moments, a wonder. To be a part of these world motion is exciting. To note that welcome and openness is the game. And freedom is the order. Wherever we are. Whoever we are. We hope and continue to hope. It too is my bliss as an ordinary folk just trying to live life.—And with this, it is so too that wherever we are, almost instinctively we call home and like calling home we are curious how everyone is doing and how things are going…—


While I live my journey away from where I was born, where I pursue a dream; where I currently live my day to day, here where my good “neighbors” and many of their tv channels are talking about their current hope while the citizens further discern if it shall be really Mr. Barack Obama or the others, I sit with my husband, our laptops propped and balanced on our laps, in our living room couch munching on our Soy Crisps and screens opened to each of our favorite reads on a Sunday while we exchange conversations on just about everything in between, I clicked on a link sent by another Filipino physician-blogger based in the Philippines, Dr. Emer, and posted a comment on his interview with yet another physician.

Dr. Martin L. Bautista, a gastroenterologist for 17 years in Oklahoma, is running for a seat at the Philippine Senate this May. Here, he writes about his journey back home to the Philippines, while others challenge his so-called “moral victory”, his and his party’s labeled quixotic dream. He runs with two others and all together, they are, as the party’s blog site states, “ordinary Filipinos turned non-traditional politicians hoping to bring back decency and integrity and honesty and even the fear of God into Philippine politics!”


The Philippines is a democratic country. And just like any democracy or any country for this matter, it has its issues. So many issues. Deep and chronic. I would liken the country’s issues to wounds, in mutiple areas of the body, in different stages of healing if I am optmistic or progression to more worsening conditions if I am otherwise. That if you begin to peel through one by one, you may wonder if it is doing so because in order for a succesful healing, with the formation of granulation tissue, neovascularization must take place, and etc.. etc..In the country’s case, while its granulation tissue forms, before neovascularization could even be possible, it has been wounded again, and so it is inflammed again, it starts its healing mechanisms again. But before it could go on, some bacteria comes in and messes with its function and balance…feeding on the very wound that now we fear may be hard to heal. We do not want the infection to spread, we do not want the infection to eat up the body entirely. With the use of many treatment modalities as again part of our existential evolution, the advances of research enabling manufacture of better drugs, better medical training to capacitate a doctor to address that serious wound, let us say, continues to be available. The key is the implementation and truly the art of healing. For the infection in this physical body, we have a waterfall of antibacterials as we know. For the resistant ones, we came up with the higher generation groups. Most often successful, sometimes defeated. When an actual wound ensues before us we know from first year of medical school, that it would go through the stages of Inflammation, followed by Epithelialization, then the Formation of Granulation Tissue, Neovascularization, Wound Contraction (and extracellular matrix reorganization). And as much, we want to avoid Abnormal Wound Healing. And same with the country, we hope to avoid further rot and despair. And so in its own case again, there are solutions, even alternatives, just like the solution to a wound. There must be someone, something, a product of the world’s own evolution, who can apply, implement, respect, go beyond the unfortunate aspects of tradition and heal. The country definitely needs it.


And so like the body, the country too has a skin. And that is democracy. According to an article from the New England Journal of Medicine, the skin’s primary function in the body is to serve as a protective barrier against the environment; understandably having potential harmful materials in relation to the body. “The loss of integrity of large portions of the skin as a consequence of injury or illness may lead to major disability or even death.”… The Philippines is still protected, though many times very fragile, by this skin.

And this is what makes me hope and continue to dream of a better day for this first home. The democracy we have in hand as the skin, knowing it to be part of its integral ability, can and will protect us. As long as we all allow it to be. As long as we respect its function in our communities and lives. And with a good and able doer, a healer (with a principle beyond the academic) for the case in point, disinfecting, warding off infections, applying the necessary work, can and will work WITH and allow the body, the country to proceed to heal.


With the world changing, evolving, awareness and consiousness broadening, I guess it has also manifested in principles of individuals that such huge expression of the dream as to heal a nation is quite possible. Neovascularization, which is the proliferation of blood vessels of a different kind than usual in tissue., is a very vital component in a wound healing process. It is in a way an expression of change both in the body and for this blog’s point, the country. It is necessary. We all know, it occurs given the right environment. And so we work our best to achieve and provide that kind of environment. The Philippines’ wounds need this neovascularization.

Okay, before I confuse you or myself further, here is a summary of my analogy for this: The body is the country. The skin is democracy. The wound and potential infections are the various issues the country has. The cause of the wound and infection is multiple and repeated injuries just as the country has experienced—all leading to the weakening of the body. The optimal environmental factors in the case of treating a wound or infection is the current work and process that this so called party of non-traditional politicians is aiming for —a necessity both in actual wound healing and in the democratic equation to let the people they want to serve understand their cause. Needless to say, that they will be given confidence by these people to carry their “politics of virtue” to the appropriate seat in legislature.

And so, is Dr. Martin Bautista and his party the “blood vessels of a different kind than usual” then for this? Is he the country’s one step farther from decay? Is he a better example of change? I would like to hope so.Before I head out, here is a letter from the doctor to us.


~ by Karina Descartin on 13 March 2007.

9 Responses to “A Physician Heads Home: To Heal A Chronically Ill Patient-His Home Country”

  1. Bravo.

  2. Bravo to you, Sir. All the best!

  3. good day po!
    thansk for reading my blog underside. sure, you could link me up. can i link your blog to mine as well? thanks po.
    god bless.

  4. Maraming salamat Nina! Sure you may link me too. πŸ™‚ God bless.

  5. nice website

  6. Thanks Tracy! See you next Saturday πŸ™‚

  7. hey blogger, very nice piece, reminds of politics and pathology…tnx for that fiipino tx (both of you munching in your workroom). hope I’ll see you guys again with my whole family.Good luck and more power!!!

  8. you’re very welcome! and thanks for the visit renn! It was great.

  9. salamat po,’healing’ matagal ko na nga pong hiling yan! kasama kayo sa aking ‘patuloy na healing prayers’

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