Sue has felt it has been a bit of a drain of late with many of our patients - a number of poor and needy people who have been needy needy without much visible return on time and energy investment.
Therefore, it was extra-nice to have Heng come to us. He's just the sweetest and most grateful guy - and good things have quickly happened in his life.
Heng came to the Healing Home with a few problems: he had lost 10kg of weight in December (and he seriously does not have 2kg available to lose, let alone 10kg); he had no appetite, could not sleep and a swelling in his throat.
First thing to kick in was his sleep. Literally from night 1, he slept like the proverbial baby. Then the appetite kicked in, as in KICKED in. Sreymom told me 'he eats a lot now, like he eats a real lot'! I watched him one morning from the balcony; he had gathered three of four mangoes that dropped from our well-laden tree. He wolfed them down like there were no more mangoes to fall from the heavens!
Heng at the outside table where our patients eat most of the time. One of our mango trees is directly overhead; behind him to the right you can see some good jackfruit coming on strong.
A few tests and he was diagnosed with hyper-thyroidism. That is getting treated now and quickly his throat is getting better. So, today we lost this nicest of guys - happily heading back to his home in the province.