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Before we go into any real depth on this subject, you should be informed that all medical services performed by any neighborhood Dr. Wak-wak are not covered by any medical insurance up to and including PhilHealth or Obamacare (If still in the US). Their services are strictly cash. So don’t bother filing any claim.

These folks can cure you

These folks can cure you

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Dr. Wak-wak is schooled in the arts of healing using old but tried and true cures passed down from generation to generation. This is not quackery. If my blood pressure spikes, my wife will go to the yard and get some lemon grass and boil it like tea and within 10 or so minutes it (Blood Pressure) drops back to normal. And it tastes kinda’ good too! I still take my prescribed medicine every morning but I have a funny (But true) story about that…

Two years ago I was prescribed a medicine for my hypertension, which was a bit of a shock as to why I would be troubled by that? It’s not like I have any stress in my life. Also I was prescribed a pill to lower my cholesterol. Both medicines were on the same script.

Dr. Wak-Wak has no office hours

Dr. Wak-Wak has no office hours

90 days later the script was refilled but an error was made (By whom I don’t know but I’ll accept the blame) and for the next 1.5 years I took the cholesterol pill everyday and not the one for hypertension. While at lunch with friends we guys were sitting on the outside veranda partaking of adult beverages, and the ladies were discussing the old guy’s medical ailments and the pills we each took, when our friend’s wife said she took the same pill I took, but hers was for cholesterol. So I never really took any Hypertension medicine. (Maybe I never needed it?)

But if you’re wondering my cholesterol levels were fantastic. But I can only guess that Dr. Wak-wak and her Lemon Grass Tea is the only reason I never had a stroke. I’ll let you decide, because I just don’t know.

All is right with my meds again, but don’t assume for a millisecond that I’ll give up my morning Tea.

This week another medical problem has raised it ugly head, true I have Tri-Care from my Navy days, and the Bay Point Hospital has an excellent staff that I trust very much. But Dear God it’s a full two days of going here for this test, and upstairs for that test and the lab for a bunch of more tests. Well you know what I mean. The only test that is really required is a blood test to verify my white blood cells are fighting an infection, which I already knew. But what ailment are you yammering on about, you long winded Paul?

I woke up one morning and there growing on my “BACK” (No, not my Gluteus Maximus)! I have the most painful boil I’ve ever had, (Hell it might be the first I’ve ever had I really don’t know, but damn it hurts) it is the size of Mount Pinatubo and equally as hot and burning. The discomfort is preventing me from my required social time with my friends. Oh the humanity!

But to the rescue arrives Dr. Wak-wak, first the affected area must be poked and prodded looked at and studied. Paul, it’s a boil, but they had another name that I let slide by as like with Typhoons, one name for it, was enough.

The remedy is a poultice, made of secret ingredients and magical potions. Hey, I saw the Aloe Vera they carried into the house, blow smoke on someone else’s ailment. I know Aloe Vera is good stuff, I’ve been to Hawaii.

A fresh application every three hours, reexamined each time and Dr. Wak-wak called for a consultation. (No charge) I later found out that the person they called had the same ailment last year and they were checking to find out what her cure was. Well for the first time that made sense to me. But I do wish the poking and prodding would stop soon.

I’m confined to my house, with no canned consumables in my future, as long as I’m on the mend. (Once more) Oh the humanity…

Dr. Wak-Wak never attended school here.

Dr. Wak-Wak never attended school here.

For my long and fun years in the Philippines you could fall through the door of any apothecary, druggist, chemist; or pharmacist and mumble the name of the cure (drug) you wanted and just purchase it. But economics has reared its large and greedy head, and the kibosh has been put on that. Schooled Doctors teamed up with the government and even for an anti-biotic a prescription is required. It seems that Doctors were losing “Money” the old way. But I found my Dentist has the power to issue script, and a phone call and send someone down to pick it up works well under the “New Normal.” There is always a way or a shortcut in this land of enchantment.

If you’ve noticed over the years I normally include pictures with my LiP articles, but I could not fathom anyone wanting to see that thing festering on my back? (Not my Gluteus Maximus!!!) I mean even I have no need to see that.

Herbal medicines are not available yet in the Philippines

Herbal medicines are not available yet in the Philippines

I have not yet gotten old enough to sit with the boys at the American Legion and compare ailments BM’s and operation scars over a cold beer with each other. And by all that’s holy may a Jeepney strike me down if I ever do. That reminds me of Florida with the retirees’ at the Shuffle Board Court.

Now a list of my particular “Dr. Wak-Wak’s: Of course my wife and all her sisters, my Daughter, with consultations from my Granddaughter and a couple of nieces and a few Purok ladies. I’m not sure if the male gender can join in? Anyway they would just prescribe a Red Horse and then soak it.

So if hit with any non-life threatening medical situations, don’t panic, Call Dr. Wak-Wak, you’ll be fine!

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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john.j.
john.j.
4 years ago

Kaolin pultis was the treatment for boils when I was a kid. Heat it up in a pan of boiling water and slap it on *~@%”& did that hurt. It seems here, whenever you see a doctor your BP is very high sir, need to give you medicine, last time they gave me BP meds I nearly collapsed because there was nothing wrong. So I just stick with the good old daily Asprin.

gezel
gezel
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

I’ll try the lemon grass tea. I went to the doctor for a painful hand ends up with high blood pressure and high cholesterol so I’m taking 3 meds now 1 for my BP and 2 for the cholesterol as for my hands he just gave me painkillers and I never had problems in the UK only in the phils. Take care
Ps: It took 3 days of consultation.

john.j.
john.j.
4 years ago

May the SMB and boat drinks continue to flow.

Lenny
Lenny
4 years ago

My Best friend got an infection on his face and into his ear..Was Ugly scabs and such…Went to a whatever u call them Doctor here …after no help from local doctors and he gave him a cream to put on the area …one week and fantastic results…..??? There u go….

AJ UK
AJ UK
4 years ago

Hi Paul I was having a chuckle to myself when you were describing the boil. An old joke about Quasimodo sprang to mind when someone asks him how he got the hunchback. Quasimodo replies “It started with a cyst”. But the joke is only funny if you know Hot Chocolates song It Started With A kiss. Sorry, you had to be there! On the subject of of the Wak Wak cures, a lot of so called Western medicine is based on the medicines, such as a poultice, used by the old village quack. When I got an infected finger from… Read more »

Bob New York
Bob New York
4 years ago

Good luck with the boil removal Paul. Is that the same or similar to a cyst and also like an oversized pimple that can be popped and drained ? It is interesting that these things seem to happen where you can not see them. I had a cyst on my shoulder that when surgically removed was just a bit smaller than a gold ball. A few years later it came back so had it removed again. And you mention an all cash situation, Here in the USA doctors don’t give complete physicals the way they used to. If they spend… Read more »

Derek
4 years ago

Hi Paul, boils are painful had one last year on my backside hurt like hell, glad you’re
Better, blood pressure I’ve had that past 4 years take one tablet a day and one for cholesterol I think most people have high blood pressure best to get checked out
See my doctor every 3 months how I look forward too that,
It’s more fun in the Philippines Paul and a cold beer helps,
Derek in pasig.

Derek
4 years ago

Hi Paul, yeah it give me a shock when I was told I had high blood pressure ,
Still like to eat some western food, ? But I eat a lot of vegetables and fruits now
So were the high cholesterol came from I don’t know,
Still that won’t stop us having fun, Derek in pasig.

Jay
Jay
4 years ago

Hi Paul, While I am no expert being only a visitor, I think all doctors in the Philippines expect payment in full upon service rendered. I have had to take my boys to the doctor on some of my visits to Bohol. I have been generally pleased and the full cost of the visit is about 20% of the copay in the USA. The pediatricians I have visited have seemed to be very competent. I have no experience with Dr. Wak Wak, but one time our son had a mouth ulcer and we just went to the pharmacist and mentioned… Read more »

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