Illustration by: Sao Pagnarith ( June, 2002 Volume 2 No.6 )

At a hospital, an old woman went into the doctor's consultation room and confessed to an embarrassing problem. "I have been suffering from flatulence these past week and I break wind uncontrollably all the time, Doctor Tira. Luckily they're silent and they have no odor. In fact, since I've been here, I've released no less than twenty times already. What should I do?" After examining the woman, the doctor scribbled on his pad and said, "Here's a prescription, Mrs. Chanpey. Take these pills three times a day for the next five days and come back to see me again next week." Then the friendly nurse in attendance led Mrs. Chanpey to the dispensary and clearly jotted the doctor's instruction on the back of the prescription chit for her before she left the clinic.

The following week an upset Mrs. Chanpey marched angrily into Dr. Tira's office. "Doctor, I don't know what was in those pills, but the problem has become worse! I'm making wind just as much, and now they even smell terrible! What have you given to me?" "Calm down, Mrs. Chanpey," said the doctor soothingly. "Now that we've fixed your sinuses, we'll start working on your hearing! Your complaint is due only to your diet and is not serious. I saw that you had a sinus problem that is obviously cured now that you can smell again, but we still have your hearing problem that we will have to attend to next. You made such loud noises when you make wind and I have had to shout at the top of my voice. Here's another prescription and stop taking too much garlic. You’ll be well again in no time."