The Experience of Oman Patient in Treating Diabetic Nephropathy in China


“You see, these are all I collect photos of the Great Wall of China, and I particularly want to go to climb the Great Wall. Do you know? The Great Wall is one of the seven wonders of the world. As my condition becomes better, I must go and have a look!” In the ward of Beijing Tongshantang Hospital of traditional Chinese medicine, Syadi, from the kingdom of Oman, was excited to chat with the translator. In fact, this time to treat disease in China, Syadi also wanted to take this opportunity to travel around China and realize her own Chinese dream.

Syadi is a diabetic nephropathy patient from Oman. This year she is 36 years old and she has had the disease for 15 years. In the past 15 years, she has accepted various treatments at some hospitals in Oman. But diabetic nephropathy is refractory disease, her condition always repeated again and again. Fortunately, she has actively accepted treatments, under the care of her families.

“Illness comes in by mouth”, in Chinese was “Bing Cong Kou Ru”, Syadi spoke the four words in Chinese with an accent. Speaking of these four words, it’s because the doctors want Syadi to pay attention to her  diet, especially after she come back her country. In Oman, there is a big difference between Oman food culture and Chinese food culture. Chinese food is so rich that it can serve dishes with various tastes. However in Oman, people are particularly fond of sweet foods, and most dishes contain sugar. For Syadi’s condition, it is a complication of diabetes. When she came to the hospital, her body was obese like puffed up with air.

It was half a year ago when she found out the disease. Due to severe back pain, she could not work continuously. “I thought it was because overwork or diabetes and high blood pressure, I had enough rest for several days. But later obvious foams in urine appeared.” And then she had examination in hospital at once, the doctor told him she got Diabetic Nephropathy and admitted in hospital at once.

Syadi was working at the airport. One day, she felt dizziness and fatigue when she stood up during she working. After had a rest for a while, she still could not go on working due to back pain. “I thought it was because overwork or diabetes and high blood pressure, I had enough rest for several days. But later obvious foams in urine appeared.” And then she had examination in hospital at once, the doctor told him she got Diabetic Nephropathy and needed to be hospitalized immediately.

After a period of treatment in Oman, Syadi’s recovery condition was not as smooth as she had hoped. Friends learned that she had been in the hospital for so long, and some of them visited him in the hospital. Once, one of the friends chatted with him in the ward, they talked about the Oriental culture and “the Belt And Road”. The friend said, “you are so fascinated with China, with the opening Chinese economy, let’s go to China to do business.” A joke reminded him, she said: “do you have friends treat disease in China?” Through the introduction by her friend’s friend, she came to Beijing Tongshantang Hospital of traditional Chinese medicine.

With the help of her friend, after getting the visa to China, Syadi went through more than 20 hours on the way and came to the hospital. When she came to the hospital, she had so severe Edema in the whole body, especially lower extremities. The robe could not cover her swollen body. The doctors then made a thorough examination for him and told the nurses to pay more attention.

The sense of responsibility of the shealth care team has inspired Syadi. Usually doctor, nurse and interpreter three persons accompany him to do treatment, which never experienced in Oman. First time touching Chinese medicine fumigation, Syadi was surprised “fumigation feels good, it make my body sweat a lot, as if every cell in the body does sports. Can you help me to arrange other Chinese medicine treatments? It is amazing!” Syadi said to the nurse.

After more than ten days of characteristic traditional Chinese medicine treatments, her edema was eliminated and urine output recovered to normal. According to Syadi’s diabetes, the doctors added indoor sports on the treatment plan, except for special meals a day. Her blood sugar is controlled and the diabetic nephropathy is solved either.

“After came here, I just know completely different pattern between Chinese medicine and western medicine. The disease explanations of doctors answered my a lot of confusions and taught me a lot of knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine. I also made so many lovely Chinese doctors friends,” Syadi said.

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