That same afternoon, my wife, daughter and I went as a family on home visits with a team. On our second visit, we saw a gentleman who was sitting on the porch, grimacing, holding the right side of his head. His caretaker (sister-in-law) told us he had terrible pain in the side of his face. She said it had been for 2 years, since the removal of his last upper teeth on that side, after which he developed an infection, which was treated. But the pain never really subsided. The dentist that was with us (Dr. Sally Darling) inspected his edentulous mouth, and assured us that the pain he was having was not coming from his mouth. We briefly discussed sinusitis and other causes of the pain he was describing, while he would look up and grimace, rubbing his head. Then it occurred to me that I knew what could help him – the catheter that Dr. Wang showed me. I explained that if he could come to the clinic, there was a doctor there that could help him with his pain. He and his caregiver said he couldn’t get there; it was too far to walk. We gave him a new wheelchair we had brought along, so his family could bring him the next morning.
He showed up to the clinic first thing in the morning. Dr. Wang brought his catheter and medication down to see him, and after little discussion, treated him. Within 10 minutes, the man was smiling. We hadn’t seen him smile anytime before this. He had tears in his eyes – Dr. Wang did explain that tears are a common side effect of the treatment, but to me it was much more than that. He was happy the pain had subsided. Dr. Wang told him that if he was the only patient he saw on this trip, the whole trip was worth it.
This was truly a God sighting. I didn’t even know this catheter existed until that morning. And if we hadn’t gone on that particular visit, no one (other than Dr. Wang) would have known that this man could be helped. Everything fell into place, just as God planned. It’s more than coincidence. It was a powerful experience for me, and I am truly grateful to have been part of it.