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32th issue by NPUST on September 2012

Last year, august 25, 2011 I was boarding for Taiwan.  The country where I will have to study and live for 2 years of my life.  The first time ever I will be leaving my country Haiti for so long. I was as anxious as much as I was excited to go and see with my own eyes all these things I have only been able to see on TV so far.

I am Fabienne GAY, a second year master degree student in Human Resource Development (2011-2013) in National Taiwan Normal University and I am willing to share my health care experience with you.  I remember that day specially when I had to go all alone to the Taipower Clinic for a checkup because I was not feeling well.  A good thing is that people kind of understand and speak little English, but often you have to really seem not being able to express yourself in any other way for them to use the little English they know.  So, As I was heading to the counter to register in order to see the doctor, I spent around 5-7 min., trying to make myself understood by the nurse, I even used the little Chinese I’ve learnt so far and could get away with it.  After about 20 min., I was in the doctor’s office, she asked me if I could speak Spanish because she studied in the Dominican Republic for 4 years but it was too bad because my Spanish is very limited.  So we had to speak English and I must admit that her speaking was quite interesting and easy to understand.  I must say  also that it was the first time I entered a doctor’s office and saw an assisting nurse sharing almost the same desk.  Back home, we have a person outside taking care of the paper work and when you go inside to meet the doctor you are all alone with your doctor.  It took me a few minutes to get used to it and be more comfortable.

 Last semester, about two months before the end of the first year of my Master’s Degree Program at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), I strained my waste for sitting too long reading and doing assignments.

I was in very severe pain and could not even sit at ease for thirty minutes to read or do an assignment. Despite that, I did not want to go to the clinic, because the semester was about to come to a close and I did not want to waste any more time with appointments from doctors. Also, the attitude of nurses in some countries, particularly in Africa is terrible. In such countries, seeing a doctor is difficult as they attend to so many people at the same time and do not come to work on time, and nurses treat patients with so much rudeness and lack of care. However, there are a few nurses among the rude ones, who are better. All those experiences made a big impact on me as I had already been intimidated by the thought of going to a clinic. I thought with the close of the semester, I could be going for physical exercises to keep my body in shape and avoid going to the clinic. My friends keep telling me that the medical system in Taiwan is good, they have good medication and the doctors here are very well-educated and speak English, but I just stood my ground. However, after days of being pestered by my friends and classmates to seek some medical help, I finally gave in and went to a clinic in Taipei to get it checked out.