It feels like ages. Let’s just say life has been happening to me behind the scenes. Thank God I’m back.
I believe y’all have enjoyed the blessings of July so far.
We’ve had a pretty wet weather here in SVG.
But I’m thankful for the showers and God’s numerous favors.
So many of you are familiar with the song MY FAVORITE THINGS from the classic movie The Sound of Music (1965). That’s where I got the theme for this post from. I’ve wanted to share it since like forever, but no time is as good as the present.
Like everyone else, there are a few things that cheer me up on ordinary days and lighten my mood when I’m having a not-so-good day. I refer to them as my favorite things.
I have decided to write about them (in no particular order) in a 10-part series, which will extend over a couple of weeks/months. I hope you enjoy reading the post and subsequent ones…let me have your feedbacks, pls! ☺️😊
Part 1- Throwbacks.
I’m a naturally retrospective person, which is why I’m absolutely big on throwbacks. I love to reminisce about old songs, old places, old movies, nursery rhymes, childhood games etc
My close friends and family members know that I enjoy talking about remarkable moments/events from my childhood/teenage years with a notable glint in my eyes. The nostalgia such memories bring is heartwarming. Some days I want to cry or laugh, and I’m not even sure which one to pick.
Anyway these are the top favs on my throwback chart. Enjoy!
1. My favorite cartoon’s theme song: CODE LYOKO. This show made my day in those days and of all the things I liked about it, the theme song was the best. The lyrics are quite profound too. I still have the soundtrack on my phone by the way, and it used to be my ringtone at one time. *facepalm*
A close second is Disney’s DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN? From the movie FROZEN. I literally shed tears whenever I listen to that soundtrack, cos the lyrics portray a period in my life when I experienced the pangs of loneliness 😭😭😪.
2. Stories from my Secondary School days. I wrote this series MY FEGGO DIARIES, around this time last year. Anyone that went to a Nigerian boarding school can relate to it.
My dad would not allow us to take any other type of biscuits to school, but we did behind his back anyway..😆
And here I was in elementary school, over a decade and half-a-decade years back.
(My innocent face and chubby cheeks…lol).
4. Mount Zion Movies’ Soundtracks. Back in the days, the trend in my house was that my mum bought practically every single movie released by the MOUNT ZION FAITH MINISTRIES (MZFM), one of the popular producers in the Nigerian Christian film industry. I was more into the soundtracks than the movies themselves. Here are some movies whose soundtracks I especially liked (and still sing):
– APOTI ERI
– AGBARA NLA
– CAPTIVES OF THE MIGHTY
I also enjoyed the soundtracks from the local Radio/TV stations. Growing up in Ibadan, Nigeria in the days when Satellite dishes/Cable TV weren’t common, listening to RADIO O.Y.O and watching NTA and BCOS TV Channels was the norm.
Oh, the soundtracks of programs like TALES BY MOONLIGHT and the TV series SUPER STORY were on point too. I miss those days!
PS: Here’s the YouTube link to the soundtrack + first episode of Super Story’s Oh Father, Oh Daughter. Enjoy!
5. Secular songs from the early/mid 2000s.I know this is weird, cos as a general rule I don’t do secular music. But there are days when I just want to go back in time and relieve some of those songs. I’ve caught myself on YouTube a number of times just browsing one old song after the other. Songs like Styl-plus’s “Olufunmi“, Eedris Abdulkareem’s “Mr. Lecturer” or Daddy Showkey‘s “If You See My Mama” will always remain a part of my growing up memos.
6. Classic Nursery Rhymes/Elementary school poems. Ok, so we all know this one:
“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,
How I wonder what you are…”
Not only can I recite it offhand, I actually do sing it every now and then. Well, it’s really good as a lullaby you know…😴
Another poem I like love, is MR. NOBODY. This is how it goes:
Of course I sing that too as a song. Pls don’t judge…😔😬
7. Ringtones/Message tones of old Phones. Yes, you heard that right. I started using a mobile phone around the age of 15, and I’ve used a couple of them since then. Before the era of smartphones, I used the likes of Trium, Sagem, the famous Nokia 3310 and an unforgettable China phone (I didn’t take note of its model) which was the best of them all. I miss my old phones..😢 and the different phases of my life they represented. I can literally hum some of the tones from my sleep. I found this link about Nokia 3310 ringtones on YouTube, and it makes me a bit nostalgic *dabs tears*
Ok there are a few more on throwbacks, but I will stop here.
Having throwback moments are good opportunities to reflect on the past and show gratitude to God for how far we have come. We can also choose to laugh-out-loud at silly moments in the past and perhaps shed a few tears at some fond or bitter-sweet memories. In summary, Throwbacks are super refreshing.
If you don’t know how/where to start from, I’d suggest that you go dust off your old photo albums and post a couple of pictures for a #ThrowbackThursday on Facebook/Instagram. Baby pictures are generally cute, while others may appear quite awkward, but I bet you and your friends will have a good laugh.
So do you have any remarkable throwback experience that makes you happy? Pls share in the comment box.
Till I come your way next time,
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light.” (Matthew 6:22 AMP)
Know your eye anatomy:
The gift of sight is one of the best gifts from the creator. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to behold the beauty in the world around us.
There are several preventable causes of blindness and visual impairment, so the need to take good care of your eyes cannot be over emphasized.
Welcome to the Ophthalmology Clinic.
Now Ophthalmology is one of the most fascinating fields of Medicine, but it takes only an insider to appreciate what really goes on in there.
The average person sees an eye doctor as the doctor that examines the eyes, and recommends eye glasses or contact lenses. But there is a lot more to what eye doctors actually do.
Let me quickly clarify these job descriptions:
a. Optician: A technician who is trained to design and fit lenses and frames for eye glasses, as well as contact lenses, as prescribed by an Optometrrist or Ophthalmologist.
b. Optometrist: A healthcare professional (also known as a doctor of optometry), trained to perform eye exams and vision tests, prescribe and dispense corrective lenses, detect certain eye abnormalities and prescribe medications for certain eye diseases.
c. Ophthalmologist: A medical doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. An ophthalmologist is trained to diagnose and treat all eye diseases, perform eye surgery, and prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems. Furthermore, some ophthalmologists decide to specialize in fields dealing with the Cornea, Retina, Glaucoma, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Neurophthalmology, or Plastic surgery.
To be honest, in my first week, a lot of the terminologies used in the clinic were pretty foreign to me. Thankfully I worked with an amazing Preceptor, Dr. Grant-Ledger, who was more than ready to put me through any question I had. In retrospect, the posting was one of my best.
The outpatient clinic ran like crazy from around 9:30 am upto 2 p.m. on some days. Then we had surgeries on Wednesdays. Unlike in most other surgical sub-specialties, we get to actually sit down during Ophthalmology procedures.
Thankfully, we had Fridays off.
I saw a good number of cases ranging from Blepharitis, Pterygium, Stye, Cataracts, Strabismus, Esotropia, Cellulitis, Glaucoma, Amblyopia, Conjunctivitis to Traumatic Eye injuries.
My Preceptor was super student-friendly and she allowed us to clerk patients and perform their eye exam/vision tests. It was a memorable experience in all.
Maybe it’s time to visit your eye-doctor 😅😄
I’ve frequented eye clinics more than any other clinic for the past decade, because of the myopic condition of my eyes (I wear prescription glasses).
So there’s a big maybe as to whether I’ll like to consider Ophthalmology as a specialty. And I personally admire female Ophthalmologists. They are usually nice and easy to relate with. Aside from the nitty-gritty details of microsurgery and the long hours in the Operating Theatre, I think Ophthalmology is a field I wouldn’t mind exploring.
Shoutout to all Ophthalmologists out there, thank you for the beautiful job you do.
CHAPTER 9: INTERNAL MEDICINE POSTING.
Welcome to the Internal Medicine department, where you learn pretty much everything you need to know for your basic practice in the medical career.
The Internal medicine posting is quite demanding. A good student has to be on his/her toes at all times. Basic knowledge in Physiology, Pathology and Pharmacology is essential.
The specialty has a number of subspecialties like Neurology, Immunology, Cardiology, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Hematology, Gastroenterology, Oncology etc
It was my most intense rotation, but I’m thankful for all I got to learn, which was a lot. To be sincere, I didn’t feel quite prepared or excited when I started. Here’s an excerpt from my Journal the night before my FIRST day:
I’m starting Internal Medicine Tomorrow. How do I feel?
Sincerely, I don’t feel enthused. But I know I’m not supposed to be moved by how I feel. Joyce Meyer’s message this evening was really encouraging. Knowing is better than feeling.
I know who I am. I know in whom I believe. Through him I can do anything, I can do all things…cos it’s him who gives me strength. Nothing is impossible to him that believes. I know it’s time to overtake…this race is not to the SWIFT nor is this battle to the STRONG. It will be a long ride but at the end of it all, I shall testify. His favor & blessings, his goodness & mercy follow me.
Anyway, I got used to the stress and demands of the department as needed and 12 weeks went by pretty fast. I worked in the Male Medical Unit and occasionally got to see patients on the Female ward.
There were quite a good number of cases, and numerous admissions and discharges. The mortality rate in the department was also the highest all through my clinical rotation which is quite understandable, as some of the presentations were terminal cases.
Here are some of the conditions I saw:
Ø Autoimmune conditions like Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE).
Ø Endocrine conditions like Diabetes Mellitus.
Ø Gastrointestinal conditions like Gastritis, Gastroenteritis, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Ø Heart-related conditions like Congestive Cardiac Failure, Atrial Fibrillation, Hypertensive Urgency, Stable Angina, Rheumatic Heart Disease, Myocardial Infarction, Complete Heart Block.
Ø Hematologic conditions like Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).
Ø Kidney conditions like Acute Kidney Disease, Chronic Renal Failure.
Ø Liver conditions like Hepatorenal Syndrome, Liver Cirrhosis, Leptospirosis.
Ø Musculoskeletal conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Ø Neurology conditions like Headaches, Seizure disorders, Cerebrovascular Accidents (Stroke), Transient Ischemic Attacks, Bell’s Palsy.
Ø Respiratory conditions like Congestive Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) exacerbation, Exacerbation of Bronchial Asthma, Bronchopneumonia.
Other presentations include: Suicide attempts secondary to poisoning, Delirium Tremens, Major Depressive Disorder, Deep Venous Thrombosis.
Outpatient clinics were for Mondays, Journal club for Wednesday mornings and Continuing Medical Education on Wednesday afternoons.
My Preceptor, the Registrar, Medical officers and Interns I worked with were on point and did their best to show my colleagues and I the ropes.
Here are some typical activities I engaged in during those 12 weeks:
History taking & Physical Examination.
Writing discharge notes.
Semi-calls (where I stayed till evening with interns to help admit patients and run errands. I never did an all-night call *smiley*)
Assisted with Bedside procedures like IV line-setting, blood draw, urinary catheterization, EKG etc.
On the day I completed Internal Medicine, I put up this Facebook post:
I find my Preceptor’s words on how to be a sound medical student very useful:
My Study Recommendations:
· Kochar’s Clinical Medicine for Students (easy-to-read & concise)
· First Aid Q & A
· Case files Internal Medicine
· First Aid for the Internal Medicine Boards
· Harrison’s Principles of Internal medicine
(I used soft copies of all the books, so you can search for and download them online).
Here are some free medical applications you can check out too:
· MEDSCAPE (my BFF)
· Clinical Skills
· Differential Diagnosis
· Clinical Sense
· Figure 1
On the choice of specialty, I’ve noticed that Internal Medicine seems to be the most likely from my interactions with a good number of my colleagues. Personally though, I feel Internal Medicine seems to be a vast world of its own and apart from taking an interest in a particular subspecialty, it would be way too demanding. On that note, I’d rather take on a more streamlined specialty.
That said, a BIG UPS to all the doctors working in the Internal Medicine specialty, they make a good bulk of the medical career and without them there’d be nothing like Medicine.
Thank you for coming so soon. I don’t know if anyone else thinks this year has been pretty fast, ‘cos it has for me. Some events from last year still feel like yesterday.
So this morning, yours sincerely didn’t feel like doing anything…for no particular reason. I was just like…
But I knew I needed to cook ‘cos I’ve been feeding on hotdogs and bread for the past couple of days *face-palm*
I’m usually not lazy about cooking, so today was an exception. Thankfully, by divine providence, there was a positive turn of events with an issue a couple of us have been trusting God about.
In no time, I was in a jolly cooking mood.
And with some help from a friend, I came up with these yummydelicacies…alllocal Nigerian dishes.
So to the main post.
Since this is the 7th month of the year, here are 7 things I’m especially thankful for:
I’m thankful for the gift of life. It’s a super privilege to be alive and kicking. To breathe in fresh air every single moment. Each new day is an opportunity to live right and serve God. I’m grateful for the amazing gift of righteousness too. The life of God in me makes all the difference.
I’m thankful for God’s goodness and grace. His love is so amazing. His mercies are all encompassing. He is a father and a friend. No matter how many times I fail or fall, he is always ready to pick me up and give me a fresh start. He instructs. He directs. He guides. He cares. He provides. He protects. He defends. He corrects. He forgives. He listens. Psalm 23 captures all of these so perfectly:
I’m thankful for my journey through medical school. The last 3.5 years of my life have been the most amazing. I had my struggles and fears, but I was victorious through all of them. It’s my childhood-dream come true. I’m now in a position to take care of other people’s health and it’s a huge responsibility. I’m so grateful for all I was able to learn, which is a whole LOT. I’ve shared some parts of the journey here.
I’m thankful for sound health. Both Physical and Mental. There’s nothing as beautiful as being hale and hearty. As a newbie Doctor I understand what it means for patients to be on their sick beds. It’s quite disheartening. I’m so thankful for divine health and divine healing.
I’m thankful for friends and family. I’m grateful to everyone that has contributed to my journey in life so far..my parents, siblings, extended family and my entire bunch of friends. It’s amazing to have such constant support over the years.
I’m thankful for all the challenges in 2016. It has been a year of many lessons and of personal growth- intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. I’m grateful for every single experience I’ve had, including my mistakes. I believe God is using all of these to mould me into the person he wants me to become.
I’m thankful for the FUTURE. I know it’s so bright and beautiful. Last month, I wrote about some of my concerns about the future here. I’m content in knowing that his promises for me are sure and steadfast.
Two Saturdays ago, I went for a swim with a friend. It was the first time I stepped into the water. At first it was a little scary, I didn’t feel bold. But with my friend’s encouragement, I was able to step in, submerge and even float in the water.
Following that experience, I have the assurance that I can step into the future knowing that…He (God) makes me brave, he called me out beyond the shores into the waves and no fear can hinder the promises he made.
I really love the song YOU MAKE ME BRAVE by AMANDA COOK.