Excerpt from Next Book -Memoirs of A Doctor
Private practice in Ipoh was very demanding and labour intensive. I had to manage a busy outpatient clinic. Then there were cardiology procedures to do, invasive, non invasive, interventional, and emergency procedures. Then I had to be on call 24/7. My REM sleep was frequently interrupted and I was also exposed to a lot of radiation. These had taken a toll on my health.
My social life was severely disrupted. Time management was important to prevent burning out. Every few years I had to take substantial time off from my work as a form sabbatical leave to rewind, recharge, regain balance, and prevent burn out. Studying in the bible college was a form sabbatical leave.
In the course of my medical practice, I was also a market place soul winner. I shared the gospel with many of my patients using my office as a pulpit. Many of my patients came to know the Lord as their Lord and Savior a result of my sharing. I prayed for Christian clients when they come to see me as a patient.
I attended the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Ipoh. I attended weekly bible seminars and classes taught by an anointed Pastor from Kuala Lumpur. I followed him from the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation for 16 years. This gave me a very solid foundation on the Old and New Testament.
I also followed the pastor on pilgrimmage tours to the Holy land in 2005 and 2019. The bible comes alive when I visited places of the bible like Sea of Galilee, Mount Carmel, Bethleham, Joppa, Mount of Olives, Western Wall, Shiloh, Temple Mount, City of David, Magdala, Capernaum, Engedi, Via Dolorosa, Garden Tomb, Gethsamane, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Temple Institute, Hezekiah’s tunnel, Pool of Siloam, etc.
After returning from the Holy Land, the bible also comes alive whenever I read and study the bible. For the past 16 years, I also had the opportunity to preach in three local churches once every 6 to 8 weeks.
My wife and I also managed to travel locally, regionally, and internationally for medical seminars and conferences as part of continuing medical education for renewal of my yearly annual practising certificate.
Over the many years of medical practice, I was awarded Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia, Fellow of the National Heart Association of Malaysia, Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow of the Asean College of Cardiology, and Fellow of the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology.
My wife and I also managed to travel yearly to Auckland and Dunedin in New Zealand and Melbourne in Austrolia to visit my sons, daughters-in-laws and grand sons and grand daughters.
Thank God, by 2020 we had 3 daughter-in-laws and 5 grand sons and 4 grand daughters. By the grace of God, my family had grown from just 2 in 1977 to 14 in 2020. My God is a good God. He looked after me through the years, taking me through the best of times and the worst of times.