By Uchenna Ezenwa Akujobi
OK, after they took mama out of the casualty unit to the reception area. I could still hear her screaming and calling on her God. I wiped my tears and closed my eyes and took a deep breath…”Dear Lord, if it is by only me, this poor girl dan die finish. But it is not by me and nothing is difficult for you Lord. Lord all I ask is that you use me as your instrument today, to the glory of your name …”
Student Nurse: “Dr.!! Dr.!!! Her systolic is 50mmHg, I can’t get the diastolic”
Head nurse: Shhhhh!
Everywhere was silent again.
Now I was distracted. I stretched my hands to check her pulse. I could barely feel it. I opened my eyes. Chie!! My poor little Virginia, she was so pale, lying lifeless before me. I touched her and she was becoming cold.
Any Doctor who has at least completed an internship can actually tell when someone is dead just by looking at them. Yeah of course You’d still examine your patient fully, battle and resuscitate; but finally person wey dan die dan die.
But there was a systolic BP, a faint pulse and most importantly a very big God. But still, my Virginia was looking very dead and if I didn’t know any better I’d be pulling out my pen torch to look at her beautiful pupils. So I gave student nurse a look. The message in my eyes was clear as crystal “If you interrupt me again, you will feel raw wrath, if na devil send u, tell him you’re not feeling fine”.
So I closed my eyes again and started afresh, I completed my prayer with thanksgiving.
Student nurse must’ve been wondering why I wasn’t running helter-skelter, she must’ve been wondering why I wasn’t freaking out…I could see fear in her eyes and I understood and appreciated her concern but I’ve learned from experience that this was the most important part of my work; The short prayer before anything else. I’ve learned the hard way that taking on some medical emergencies all by myself is a recipe for packing.
I understand why surgeons always say a prayer before any procedure. It’s not beans something ooo.
When I opened my eyes I knew it was as good as done. But Devil na bastard sha, even when the battle is won he’d still put up a useless fight. Na him know sha, me I wasn’t gonna let my guard down.
Me: Oya nne set me a tray. I’d need an airway, two of all the sizes of IV cannulas you can get and get some normal saline drip. I’d need some ergometrine and call me the lab. I need at least 2 pints of blood, I was blabbing.
Head Nurse: Dr there are no veins here ooo I think they’re all gone.
Shebi una dey see devil korokoro.
Me: Ma but I didn’t ask you to look for veins for me na, where did they all go to, a night vigil?
Well since we’re all tryna be useful, set me a tray for femoral cannulation.
Student nurse was back, “Dr. there’s a problem. The lab said our blood bank is empty”.
Ghen ghen! which kind wahala be this?
Soon the lab scientist walked in “Dr they said you need blood”
Me: No my brother, I don’t need blood, I’ve a patient who needs blood.
“Well doc, we don’t have, our blood bank is dry. You know we’ve had a very busy week.
Me: Don’t worry my brother, I’d meet you in the lab so we can check together.
Lab Scientist: Check where now? We don’t have oo Doc.
I didn’t answer him again. He probably wanted to discharge me and go back to bed but we were going to find blood in that bank any which way.
True true no veins oo. Well what did I expect sef. I no even get time to waste dey find peripheral veins so… Before long I managed to cannulate her left femoral vein and we were rushing some fluids in. Then I went to the Lab to scatter the place for blood.
Lab Scientist: “Dr U, you no dey #HearWord”, as I ransacked the blood bank.
Me: Oya Oya Oya, call your donors, let them come.
Lab Scientist: Chief, you dey look time? Which donor wan come by this time?
Me: Oya come and bleed me.
Him: No na, you donated just last month (He opened his books and checked) next time we’re bleeding you is in a month’s time.
Me: See I need blood now!!! Sorry, my patient needs blood… And I’m going to get it, either you bleed me or I bleed you or I bleed myself but there must be a bleeding and there would be blood.
Lab Scientist: Doc I can’t bleed you, you know it.
Me: Oya call your madam, make I talk to her. I know it’s too early but I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t desperate.
He called madam and unexpectedly she said “No way!!! no one is bleeding her donor twice in two months”.
We tried other options ooo. We gathered virtually everyone on Night shift to the lab for screening but for one reason or the other they were not eligible to donate. The Lab scientist himself donated about the same time I did. How I managed to convince them to take the blood from me was just a miracle. These lab scientists can be rock solid on what they know is right. Well, that one dey sha, nobody wan lose him license.
At this point Virginia was already in the procedure room. We had managed to clinically rule out an ectopic pregnancy well, Kind of, maybe I was just ahead of myself. I really hoped it wasn’t an ectopic though’.
Got something doing now, let’s wrap this story up, later, I need to go feed my ? ?.
Any similarity with persons in the above story and any other person living, dead or in between is surely a coincidence.
Uchenna Ezenwa Akujobi studied Medicine and Surgery in the University of Port Harcourt. He is a stock trader, a practicing doctor; and writing happens to be one of many things he is very fond of. He is passionate about sharing authentic and useful health information with the public in forms that are very interesting, easy to read and relate to. When not relating with humans he spends time grooming and raising his dogs.
Going back to the basics.
By Nimi Stephanie Ekere.
Last year, we were woken up to the news of a student who tried to poison his colleague because she was doing better than him, academically. This was to say the
least, frightening. That for me, set my mind wondering what the home environment of the said student was. If a child in Secondary school could think of something so terrible, it clearly showed that his family, which is the smallest unit of the society was in a wrong state. The reason is that the family forms most of a person’s values, at least at that tender age.
Recently, the suicide rate in the country has become so alarmingly high and particularly scary amongst young people. Young people take their lives for the flimsiest reasons. It’s either you hear that they took their lives because they were heartbroken in their relationship, they failed an exam or someone spoke to them badly.
In the past, we were known for our resilience and ability to adapt to even the most unfriendly situations, so what suddenly changed?
I would like us to look into the family setting and review our parenting styles and strategies. A lot has changed. Yes, I think a lot has changed so much; and this does not mean that our parents were perfect in the past. They made their mistakes but to a very large extent, they did a lot of things right.
Many modern day parents are so concerned about pleasing their children that a lot of areas are left unattended to. There seems to be no standards and values which are the bedrock of effective parenting.
The twenty first century parent is caught up in the web of an extremely busy schedule in the pursuit of money and when they make it, throw it at the child and fail to invest quality time with their children and lose the opportunity to discover their children and what they are growing up to become.
For many of these children, integrity means little or nothing, and the child having nothing to emulate, seeks help from his peers and the television.
Nannies have taken over the place of mothers in the lives of these children. And because parents are not always visible, and even if they are visible, they are unavailable, there lies a wide communication breakdown. And if a child cannot talk
or discuss everything with his parents, there usually are deadly alternatives for them.
Parents try to compensate for these deficiencies with wonderful vacations, gifts, expensive clothes and shoes and other luxuries. While these are wonderful, they do not take the place of deliberate, intentional and effective parenting.
Also, a lot of children are suffering from low self-esteem because of the unrealistic expectations and pressures from their parents. ‘Have you seen Linda’s results?’
Why can’t you come first place like Jonathan?’ This is all the child hears and gradually, his self-esteem completely gets eroded and he starts seeking for validation from external sources. He begins to have envy, hatred and unhealthy competitions as part of his everyday life.
This begins to manifest in his behaviour towards others. An example is the case of the seventeen year old boy that was left to drown by his friends because they were jealous of him. There are multiples of examples to buttress the fact that we must go back to the basics.
Parenting must be done right if we want to see this generation of children do better than us. There is a vacuum that must be filled. We must listen to these young ones. We must try to create time for them. Our values must not be thrown out, they must be instilled in our children. We can love our children without necessarily giving them everything they want. There should be discipline
in parenting. Sometimes, giving them all they want is not to their advantage. We must learn to know when to draw the line.
Their strengths should be celebrated while their weaknesses worked on. Unhealthy competitions are really unhealthy for them. We must know that every child is unique and is created differently with a special gift to change her world.
Prayer is an inevitable tool in effective parenting. Every word of prayer said on our children’s behalf is a seed that will germinate and yield fruits, good fruits. This said, prayers must go hand in hand with hard work as even the Bible admonishes us to intentionally, train up our children in a way that they should go and when they are old, they would not depart from it.
Thank you for reading this, I hope to get your feedback.
Dr Nimi Stephanie Ekere is a wife, mother and Family Physician. She enjoys writing, reading and attending to her patients. She is a life coach and teacher, who is passionate about children and young people walking in the right course and path to achieve their full potential.
Her Foundation, Ekom Charity Foundation mentors young people and also cares for the less privileged.
Sex: The Naked Truth, through my eyes…
By Excel Agoziem.
So I got to know Dr. Ovundah Nyeche on Facebook. I always found myself reading his beautiful posts. So, after he published Sex, the Naked Truth, I got an autographed copy directly from him and had an amazing read.
This book carries so much of Dr’s God-given wisdom, being a balanced combination of God’s standard for sexual relations, embedded in stories and actual life experiences.
While I initially thought it had teenagers as target audience, when I began reading, I found that I needed it as much, (everyone does) and even parents as well, for the sake of their children.
Sex, the Naked Truth, first teaches that it is God who made sex and all kinds of pleasures, so just as a manufacturer has his user manuals of everything invented by him, so God has His own guidelines on what He made. Yea, of course He made sex.
This book will open your eyes to various truths and expose certain repercussions of not having it God’s way- those consequences you know aren’t all there are, get this book and you will be amazed at what humans expose themselves to, for not having it God’s way.
You will also find different people’s stories shared in it, for your instruction.
Above all, you will learn that you are a priced possession and your body isn’t yours. You will learn how to glorify God with your body.
You will learn that not everyone is being defied, (a lot of people think and say that everyone is), and that just as God had 7,000 uncorrupted prophets in the time Elijah, (Rom 11:4, 1 Kings 19:18) He still has chaste sons and daughters in this age.
You will learn self control.
and the fear of God.
PS: To get this book for yourself, children and friends, just everyone, you can click on the links below.
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Money Matters Part II
By Olamide Falase.
The Million Dollar Loaf of Bread…
Remember when I told you earlier https://ovundahnyeche.com/2019/01/08/money-matters-part-i/ that there are some boring terms about money that you need to remember?
Let me ask you this question.
Which is more important, how much money you have, or what you can purchase with what you have?
To a Zimbabwean, that question is a “no-brainer”, he’ll probably say, “Of course it is what you can purchase (You see, there was a time a loaf of bread cost Z$35 Million – in case, you were wondering what I wrote, it’s 35 million Zimbabwean Dollars. You don’t believe me? Check this out https://www.jasonhartman.com/price-of-a-loaf-of-bread-jump…/ )
One very vital way of looking at money is to always think of it in terms of “its purchasing power”.
If someone offered you, US$10,000 or N3 Million which would you accept?
Remember that 3 million is a lot more than 10 thousand (in fact, 30 times more) however, a simple exchange rate comparison will have you opting for the US$10,000 precisely because the US$ is a better STORAGE OF VALUE than the Naira.
Of course choosing between the US$ and the Naira is, to most, a simple decision, but imagine if you had to choose between getting N3 Million right now, or N3.5 Million in 2 years’ time (Both amounts are guaranteed).
Now the choosing becomes more interesting, although I suspect that most Nigerians will settle for the N3 Million today, but I am also willing to wager that it is not for reasons that has to do with understanding how money works.
Make I digress small!!
Always remember that no matter how much or little you earn, you are someone’s “gbogbo bigs boy” or “gbogbo bigs gehs”
What this means is, there is ALWAYS something you can set aside from your current earnings and still maintain a standard of living.
It helps to imagine that there is someone, somewhere, right this minute, who may not even live too far away from you, who can subsist on what is left from your earnings after you have set some of it aside as savings.
Trust me, it is not hard to imagine it, and even much more easier to experience.
You just have to make up your mind to do it.
The toughest part is overcoming the false notion that you are as rich as what you wear, drive, eat or live in.
Truth is, you are as rich as what you cannot do without. The fewer the things you cannot do without, the wealthier you are likely going to become.
Saving money wouldn’t make you wealthy, but you cannot become wealthy without developing an attitude of savings..
I had to jump a whole lot of steps in my “money series” to get here, and so, there will likely be many people who wouldn’t understand what on God’s planet I am talking about; for that I apologize profusely.
I just thought I needed to say this to someone who would need the encouragement to develop an attitude of needing less than they earn.
Olamide Falase has nearly 18 years industry experience, which spans the Banking, Food Services, Civil Construction and the downstream sector of the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry, most of which has been in management and leadership positions. He presents industry related issues in a relatable format, easy for a broad range of people, not only to understand but to also relate to.
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