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I'm your host Chung Lao.|
is Jaeson (my bro in law's) sister. She currently resides
in Calgary, Canada, and is a single brown female seeking
but seriously, she was recently
a General Surgeon, and I've found her to be extremely down to
earth and fun to be around. She's not the type of person
to brag or boast about her position in life, and I've always
admired that about her.
January 19, 2004
Hey Jessica, how art thou?
Jessica: I art fine.
Chung Lao: As a newly christened surgeon, give us a glimpse of your
Jessica: Well, it all depends on what is scheduled for that day
like the O.R., clinic, Colonoscopy/Gastroscopy, Lumps and
Bumps, or call...so, if it was a day in the O.R. and I was on
call...the day would usually start at 6:00 or 6:30 and the
usual morning routine, in the O.R. by 7:15-7:30 and have 5-7
cases....if there was call, then you usually keep getting
consults from either the emergency department, family docs in
the city and some calls from family docs in little towns that
are serviced by the larger community...usually, you have to
run down to emerg in between cases and see the consults and
get them booked for the O.R. if needed...so the pace is pretty
hectic...the O.R. usually ends about 3-4pm and then you see
the patients you operated on, make sure they are fine before
you send them home (for smaller cases like gallbladders,
hernias) and admit them for the larger cases (like bowel
surgeries)....call will go on until 8 am the next day...you
never know what it'll be like, usually there will be another
emergency and several more calls/consults and sometimes it'll
be a quiet evening, but that's rare. If you weren't on call,
the day would end by 5 or
50 cent or Ja Rule?
Jessica: 50 cent, no question. Any guy that's been shot 9 times
and still survived, has my vote although he stated his dislike
of materialistic women and then proceeded to date Vivica Fox
so maybe the jury should still be out on this one!
What do you think of IndaPhatFarm.com?
Jessica: Is that a website?....just kidding...I really like
it...it's so well organized, user-friendly, has a variety of
interesting topics, the articles are well-written
and thought-provoking...I'm glad Jaeson married Christine,
giving me an in to the site!...just send me the cheque in the
Chung Lao: Name some of the things you want to teach your children,
as they grow up in today’s world.
Jessica: Sacrifice, compassion, kindness, honesty, empathy...
What was it like growing up with two brothers, Jaeson and
James? Give us the details.
Jessica: Well, the word brutal comes to mind...seriously, we get
along pretty well, especially after we got older!...I would
say we have a good relationship and support each other now,
but growing up...they were like bullies! Jaeson more than
James...details?...there's not enough space!
What is your take on interracial marriage?
Jessica: I have a similar approach to interracial marriage as any
other type of marriage...I believe the most important thing is
to know the true and perfect will of God...I've always
believed that God has one person out there that He has meant
for us to be with....so, I don't personally view it as wrong
as long as the individuals have heard the voice of God
regarding it and are 100% sure that that is the person God
intended for them...
Chung Lao: As we all know, the # of poor countries in the world far
outnumber the rich ones. Gives us your take/solution on this
Jessica: I can't say I have a great solution to this problem. I
don't think this problem will ever be solved. There are so
many factors contributing to this crisis, not the least of
which is political corruption. It seems that to arrive at a
real solution it would require a combination of efforts
including the absolution of debt of poor countries by rich
countries and the elimination of political corruption which,
of course, is easier said than done.
On a personal level and in the overall scheme of things, from a
Christian perspective, I can only do what God calls me to
do...on a daily basis we can show kindness, generosity and
compassion and 'make the world a better place'...of course,
this is a real cliche, but that's the least everyone could
do...some are called to go above and beyond this...ie.
missions, charities, other non-profit organizations...etc.
Chung Lao: So I keep hearing about the “Gong Show?” Splain.
Jessica: I'm gonna have to talk to Jaeson about this one...since
it's his term, he should explain it...but basically, he uses
it to describe the atmosphere in our house in Calgary when the
whole family is around...just that it's really funny and the
conversations are hilarious...
Chung Lao: Can you cook, and if so, what’s your specialty?
Jessica: Yeah, I would say that I can cook...but I don't really
have a specialty...I mainly started cooking in the last 5
years to survive during residency! I would say that a lot of
my cooking is really cheating and adding crushed red chili
peppers to cover up for the lack of proper spices...
Chung Lao: What is your favorite place in
Jessica: On the shore by the
Bow River...doesn't sound glamorous, but it is mainly a
peaceful area to sit at and ponder life, read the
Canada vs the U.S. Give us the pros/cons.
has a large economically powerful neighbor/ally...Canada is a
peaceful and somewhat tolerant country, accepting of people
from different walks of life. From what I've heard, there may
be more financial incentives and tax breaks in the U.S., but
don't quote me on that. One of the real positives in Canada,
however, is its universal health care. cons...Canada can
have harsh winters but the fat of a big seal or walrus can
warm up the igloo pretty well...
Chung Lao: Favorite movie?
Jessica: I know this is not a popular choice but I have always
liked The Sound of Music...it's pretty clean and I love
Chung Lao: What advice do you have for young people today, in terms of
Jessica: I strongly believe in edification. So, I believe that a
person can achieve anything they want according to the will of
God. In an ideal world, we would be surrounded by peers,
family and friends that encourage us, build us up, provide
constructive criticism appropriately and never belittle or
This really goes for any relationship. If we find ourselves in a
situation where someone is not providing that environment for
us, then I suppose one would have to rely on the
knowledge that we are all capable of realizing our potential.
I remember when I was in Grade 12, one of my high school
counsellors telling me that "people like you don't get into
medical school"! I, of course, didn't find that very
encouraging. However, I was pretty determined to pursue it,
since it has always been a dream of mine. Luckily, I matured
more spiritually...enough to seek God deeply regarding
it before going forward with it.
Chung Lao: Define the ideal church, even if its not realistic.
Jessica: The ideal church would notably be absent of corruption,
greed, condescension and strong in areas of edification,
support, encouragement, spiritual meat for some and spiritual
drink for others...i.e. a place for people of all spiritual
walks to a) find the Lord b) revel in His goodness c) grow in
scriptural truth and doctrine d) acquire the fruits of the
Spirit and obtain the gifts of the Spirit which are crucial to
one's closeness with the Lord e) be able to tell others of
the 'hope that is in them', an answer to anyone who asks for
the reason for their happiness...
Chung Lao: Would you consider adopting children? Why/why not?
Jessica: If it was the will of God in my life, I would definitely
consider it. I think it would, undoubtedly, be extremely
challenging but it almost seems more responsible considering
the number of unwanted children in the world...
Chung Lao: Are we living in the End Times?
Jessica: It seems that we are, especially considering the level of
corruption in the world today...the desensitization to sex,
violence...the changes with certain governments, ie. the
Chung Lao: What is the nastiest thing you’ve ever tasted?
Jessica: layhyum (I don't know how to spell it), but it is this
Ayurvedic medicine from
India...quite disgusting and it didn't work!
also, bittermelon is high on that list...
Chung Lao: What is the best thing you’ve ever tasted?
Jessica: Any combination of our rices, curries, vegetables, ginger
curry or puchedi (yogurt with spices) and pickle.
Chung Lao: Name someone you admire, and why.
Jessica: Jesus Christ...for the obvious reasons. If you mean
someone in human form today...then my mother would be that
person...she has always been an incredibly sacrificial
Chung Lao: What is something you can’t stand in a person?
Jessica: Dishonesty, insincerity, and selfishness.
Chung Lao: Describe your ideal house.
Jessica: hmmm... large house with vaulted ceilings and an unique
architectural design, walkout basement, backyard is a lake
with a personal dock and motorboat, close enough to wooded
areas to be able to go quadding...I guess I should wake up
Chung Lao: What is your favorite verse or passage from the Bible?
Jessica: Hebrews 11:1...."Now faith is the substance of things
hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Chung Lao: Name someone you would like me to interview, AND list one
question you want me to ask that person.
Jessica: Michael Jackson. Why?
Chung Lao: Ok, we’re now 10 years into the future, your married, and
have a few kids. Tragically however, you lose a child to a
drunk driver. Fast forward 5 years from then, and your called
in on an emergency trauma case. As you are scrubbing in, and
the case details are being reviewed with you, you turn around
ready to operate, and to your amazement the patient is the
drunk driver that took the life of your child. There are no
other surgeons available. What do you do?
Jessica: Your good, Chung. That's a real tough one but I know
that initially I would have been very angry for what had
happened. I think that by God's grace, during those 5 long
years, I hope I would have prayed enough for forgiveness to
that person to have attained it. Still, I know it would be
really hard to do that operation, but I would do it and deal
with the emotions afterwards and try to see that patient as
Jesus would see him/her.
Chung Lao: Finally, leave us with some advice.
Jessica: I'll leave you with something the Lord has been teaching
me for the past few years. Whatever you do, whatever
decisions you make, no matter how large or small, always seek
His Will regarding the matter...know His perfect Will and then
proceed...this way, there will always be peace even if the
road ahead is difficult...so, basically, work on your
spiritual life first (Matt 6:33) and the Lord will take care
of the rest.
Chung Lao: Much Love Jessica. Next up on The Tonight Show is
Blossom M. Stay Tuned.
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