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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Challenges & Choices

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 07:45

  4. PETER wakes up.

  5. PETER (V.O): Today is an important day in several months. I'm going to consult my doctor. I need his guidance for my well-being.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I'd report to him that I got Covid again in Jan this year. I didn't take any drugs and felt myself fully recovered in weeks.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I'd seek his referral for me to consult an ophthalmologist, as an optometrist told me a week ago that I had cataract in one eye.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): As I'm turning 70, I need a medical exam cert to renew my driving licence. I don't know if my Doc would provide such a service.

  12. Act 2


  14. Chits in hand, Peter sits in a sofa.

  15. PETER (V.O): Actually, my original purpose of coming here is to get Lipitor - a cholesterol lowering drug.

  16. Recalling.

  17. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): When the drug was first suggested to me, I was hesitant as I worried about the possible side effects.

  18. Recalling.

  19. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): But I was persuaded that I should prevent cardiovascular disease.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): One definite upside of taking the drug has been that I'd come to consult my doctor once in a while.

  22. Peter checks his chits.

  23. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): My blood pressures are reasonable at my age. My body mass index (BMI) are normal. I believe I'm reasonably healthy.


  25. Entering, Peter begins to engage with his DOCTOR cheerfully.

  26. PETER: Doc, I got Covid for a second time...I didn't take any drugs...

  27. .

  28. DOC: You did well..

  29. PETER: I don't think I need any more doses of vaccination...

  30. Dad researched in vaccines...but he had never been vaccinated himself...

  31. PETER (eyes wide open): It's his personal choice.

  32. DOC: Let me also tell you about the late Prof David Todd, who educated the older generations of doctors in Hong Kong...

  33. Peter leans forward.

  34. DOC (Cont'd):...When he was hospitalized, doctors were curious what would appear in his drug list. There was nothing.

  35. PETER: Humans possess inherent self-healing capabilities. But it seems that the cataract in one of my eyes won't go away by itself...Surgery is the only solution.

  36. Using a specialized microscope, Doc shines a thin beam of light onto Peter's eyes and examines the cornea, iris, lens and other structures...

  37. DOC: Your cataract is immature. Does it bother you in any way?

  38. Peter tries to think of an answer.

  39. DOC (Cont'd): Since you're concerned, I'd write a referral for you to see an ophthalmologist.

  40. Having hit the keyboard of his computer, Doc looks up.

  41. DOC (Cont'd): I've retina detachment in one of my eyes that affects my vision.

  42. Peter's eyes wide open.

  43. PETER(V.O): I've never observed there's anything wrong with any of my Doc's eyes.

  44. DOC (Cont'd): Surgery is one choice. But I'm grateful that my other eye still functions well!

  45. PETER: I see...How about the prospect of certifying me fit to drive as I turn 70?

  46. DOC: We used to do that. But then, the senior management has second thoughts about this non-essential service.

  47. PETER: I know private practitioners provide the service. I just thought you knew my health conditions well as you're the only doctor I've been consulting for the past 10 years.

  48. DOC: Ha! That explains why I don't see any health records of yours from other doctors! Thank you for your trust!

  49. Doc passes Peter two chits.

  50. DOC (Cont'd): What I can give you today are packets of Lipitor, and a referral. But remember, you still have one eye functioning well!

  51. Peter exits with a thankful smile.

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. BEDROOM - 22:00

  54. Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "Challenges & Choices...." to a text.

  55. PETER (V.O): Life is full of challenges. Apparently, the choices are to fight or flight, breakthrough or breakdown.

  56. Thinking.

  57. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): We all face challenges in healthcare and the choices can be hard to make, as they may not be just black and white.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): As life doesn't always give me second chances, I've learned from my Doc to appreciate the blessings I've in the midst of my health challenges.

  60. FADE OUT

  61. THE END

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