Chapter 26 - Save the mother or the baby?
Chapter 26: Save the mother or the baby?
Translator: Legge Editor: Legge
Early in the morning, Ren Xiaosu opened the clinics door and observed the surroundings. This was probably the first time in many years that he found the morning air in town refreshing.
After The Cataclysm, the sky was covered with a strange haze most of the time. The schoolteacher, Mr. Zhang Jinglin, said that a huge amount of dust particles were blasted into the sky during The Cataclysm. It not only blocked sunlight for photosynthesis, but the climate also became extremely cold, and acid rains were a frequent phenomenon as well.
The situation had gradually improved in recent decades, with the sun being visible for most of the year now.
Ren Xiaosus clinic was across from the grocery store. The moment he opened his door, he saw Wang Fugui coming out of his store with two freshly baked sweet potatoes in his hands. "Xiaosu, come, have some sweet potatoes!"
Ren Xiaosu couldnt help but sigh. Before this, he found it difficult to even ask for a free needle to sew his clothes with from Old Wang. Even free thread for sewing clothes was impossible to get, let alone a needle.
But now this scrooge took the initiative to offer him sweet potatoes...
Ren Xiaosu looked at how cheerful Wang Fugui was. Since someone gave him a gift, he should probably give something back to reciprocate, right? He smacked his lips and said, "I dont have much to give in return, but Ive got plenty of anesthetics to go around. Why dont I give you a free shot of it?"
"How can you offer to give me a shot of something like that?" Wang Fuguis expression darkened. He asked, "Say, you havent been out to gather any medicinal herbs for the past few days. Would you happen to still have any of that medicine left?"
"Yes, Ive got anti-inflammatory pills, anesthetics, and cough and mucus medicine," Ren Xiaosu said with a smile.
"I mean, do you still have that black medicine available?" Wang Fugui was slightly embarrassed.
"Didnt you just buy some not long ago?" Ren Xiaosu asked knowingly.
"That was for the big shots in the stronghold, so stop acting dumb. If I didnt send the medicine in, do you think you would have taken over this clinic so easily?" Wang Fugui complained. "To tell you the truth, I was only planning to give it to Chen Haidong at the beginning. I dont understand how it made its way into Boss Luos hands in the end...."
Wang Fugui did not really understand how the black medicine made its way up the ranks. He wondered how many more dosages were left by the time it got delivered into Boss Luos hands.
"Here." Ren Xiaosu took out two small porcelain vials. Yesterday, he bought a small vial of black medicine to treat Yan Liuyuans fever. There were still two dosages left, so he separated them into different packaging a while ago. "1200 yuan, and not a single yuan less."
"Ill be sending one of these vials into the stronghold." Wang Fugui stared. "Dont you feel embarrassed about how much youre charging me?"
"Take it or leave it." Ren Xiaosu prepared to put the black medicine back into his pocket.
In the end, Wang Fugui did not hesitate. He decisively held Ren Xiaosus arm and completed the transaction with cash. After that, Wang Fugui even thanked him!
The man grew furious. "Youre a quack, right? My wife is only experiencing some stomach pain and you asking me whether I want to save the mother or the baby? The problem is, my wife is only four months pregnant! Where would I put the baby if I chose to save it?!"
Ren Xiaosu thought it sounded quite logical.
This time he said with a sigh, "Im really sorry to the two of you. I was in the wrong. To be honest, I dont know a thing about gynecology. If I continued fooling you, that would be unforgivable. The previous doctor also wouldnt know how to treat her since he really was a quack."
It had to be said that Ren Xiaosu could easily kill someone without blinking his eyes if they deserved to die, but he couldnt do something against his conscience like lying to an expectant mother.
Ren Xiaosu continued, "My suggestion is that you go to school and borrow some books from Mr. Zhang to read and let your wife eat and drink well most days. Then it will depend on fate for whether she gives birth smoothly or not. I wont con any money from you two. On top of that, dont go around buying random medicine from other people. I know that you shouldnt take any medicine when youre pregnant. Theres a high probability that it will lead to malformation of the child in the womb. If you dont believe me, you can check with Mr. Zhang or borrow some books from him on how to prevent a miscarriage."
The couple looked at each other as they did not expect Ren Xiaosu to say something like that. The man thought for a while. "I feel that youre a little better than the previous doctor. The last time I got sick, he was so afraid that I wouldnt buy his medicine. However, my health did not improve even after taking his medicine. I had to pull through and recover by myself."
The pregnant woman stood up and said with a smile, "Thank you, doctor."
"Gratitude received from Qin Jiajia, +1!"
Ren Xiaosu was taken aback. He did almost nothing this time, but he still gained a gratitude out of the blue.
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