I was going back to the doctors for a check up after the incident last week.
"Again?!" My host mother said.
"I don't believe in doctors. They're always wrong." The son, Ariel said.
I went to see two doctors, the first was my doctor from last week to see how I am. The second one, was for my asthma which has been getting worse due to the air pollution here. Unfortunately, my BSL interpreter had to go and renew my VISA so I was left with the FSL interpreter.
Obviously, the quality of FSL interpreters are so poor, I knew I would struggle with this one. The doctor spoke to him in Tagalog, so I couldn't tell whether the interpreter was telling me the correct information or whether he was translating my information correctly. I was amazed at how the six weeks has led to me being able to work with an FSL interpreter though, with my FSL getting smoother and clearer each day.
The appointment went okay, but then he gave me 7 different prescriptions; some tablets, sprays for the mouth and nose and more tablets. And then the inhaler - which was all I wanted. It's clear the doctor is trying to make more money; then I thought of what Ariel said.
So at the moment, I'm living on 16 tablets a day... My dad congratulated me for having more tablets than him! Thanks dad!
In the meeting today we discussed our aims for our work placements. And for my work placement, me and the other volunteers agreed that in the next 6 weeks, we will try and ensure that;
- teachers will not walk out of the classroom when they are in the middle of teaching (they always walk out, leaving them with nothing to do).
- children should not use their phones during lessons (they use them a lot and there is absolutely no discipline at all!)
- their FSL will be improved with the help of us volunteers!
- in English classes, they should use as many visual aids as possible; drama and roleplay is essential!
- children should be encouraged to read (I've not seen one deaf Filipino read yet).
- more equipment for P.E lessons should be provided.
- we carry out a communication skills class; children should learn how to take turns to speak and listen when in group conversations.
Hopefully this will be achieved, or at least most of them at the end of November! However, the most important thing is that it continues, and their old habits don't gradually come crawling back.
We went to visit the mountain top view in Cebu, and the view was absolutely breathtaking! We arrived before sunset, so we got to see the entire city during the day and night time. Any tourists in Cebu (even though I barely see any), this is recommended!