I went ice-skating for the first time during a trip to Japan with my family recently. I have to admit that I was a bit scared of getting on the ice, since I had thoughts of falling and cracking my head. When my wife asked me to wear a helmet, I didn’t act like a tough guy like I usually do.
When my wife and I lived in Japan we were expecting our second child. But we had a hard time finding a hospital that offered anesthesia during labor. Eventually, though, we found a place but the anesthesia doses were kept to the absolute minimum. It was as if Japanese doctors felt that experiencing some pain was necessary or even good for you.
The word I remember hearing most often from medical staff in Japan during that time was “Gambarimasu.” It means to persevere; to persist; to keep at it; to do one’s best.”
During my last physical examination, the doctor asked, as they normally do, about my family’s medical history. You know the routine questions about your health. How you are feeling? Do you get enough rest? Are you exercising? Do you smoke and drink alcohol? Blah, blah, blah… I’m okay with these questions. But then she asked … Read more