I visited my 70-year old uncle who lives on a Japanese island and still works as a primary care doctor. My aunt talked to him about my research in advance, and she recommended that I talk with him in person. I got an appointment and visited his clinic.
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, even though he has been unwell and had several operations for his knee joints. I sat down on the patients’ seat and we started talking like a doctor and patient.
It was the very first time in my life that I was in the room with him, even though I used to live at a nearby house for a while when I was little. He told me about some of his stories from when he visited England a long time ago. He said he has experienced difficulties physically, academically and with everything since his 40s. He has a pretty 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 in two years. It is always wonderful to see that my family are all fine and to recognise that there is a home to go back to.