SUNDAY MUSINGS

#Random

I’ve been so bored in the last few days, despite all the activities going on around me. 
Quick backstory.

My phone fell on the floor about a week ago and the battery was wrecked in the process. 

So I couldn’t use a smartphone for a while.

I became so restless and emotional…that I actually shed a few tears.😥

Don’t judge.

If you have a phone addiction like me…do like this 👆


No IG, No Facebook, No Whatsapp, No Music, No selfies, No e-books…😥😫

Nothing. 

…what an “amebo-less” life that was.

And it was only for a few days o.

Anyway, my SR wouldn’t hear of me not having a phone and my mom had previously threatened to come down when she didn’t hear from me in 48 hours.

After searching my immediate neighborhood for a new battery without luck, I did what any responsible adult would do and bought a new smaller, phone. 

Well, what do you expect of a phone worth N4,500? 


Just Text messages and Phone calls…abi?

The only plus was, it had space for 3 SIM cards. Not that I needed more than one anyway.

I was jejely using my new phone until one fine afternoon, a gentleman asked about my new phone and how much I bought it.

I told him.

Well, let’s just say the convo afterwards left me speechless.

Bottomline was, he thought I was too (what’s the word sef? Extravagant?) to have spent such an amount on an ordinary phone.

Tbh, I wanted an even cheaper phone but that was the best I could get then. Plus I didn’t have the luxury of time to visit more shops.

He then showed me his (alternate) phone. And I think he mentioned how way cheaper it was. 

I was stunned.

In my mind I was like, 

Bros, how is it even your business?


There I was still mourning the use of my old phone.

And this bros wants to add pepper to injury. Chai!

My Money. My Choice.

I eventually didn’t pay too much attention to how it ended, I guess I just ignored him and zoned out of the conversation.

The moral of my story is, why don’t we all learn to mind our business?

But really.

Does it take so much effort to keep our opinions of some things to ourselves?

I’ve come to a conclusion, like Courtesy, minding one’s business is a LIFE SKILL that should be learnt. 

Even the bible says so.

“Make it your aim to live a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to earn your own living, just as we told you before.”

‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭GNB‬‬


It’s annoying when people of all sizes come to tell me 

  • what to wear (including not wearing my eyeglasses all the time-not minding that I wear -5 lenses cos of Myopia, because I look prettier without it😏)
  • where to live (how I should start writing some foreign exams so I can port ASAP👣-  like I’m clueless about my own life😁,
  • what specialty to apply for (and it better not be NeuroCardiothoracic Surgery) because I’m a woman and need more family time🙄) and even 
  • who to marry (I’m always reminded not to marry a short or dark skinned guy😂, so we don’t give birth to charcoal black dwarves. Boo, can you hear them?)

A number of times I’m tempted to just shut these well-meaning but ill-informed people up and say, 

Thanks for your unsolicited advice but you’re NOT welcome. 

I’ll  be lying to say I don’t occasionally chook mouth inside people’s businesses too

Like when I randomly see someone’s wedding gown on Facebook or IG, and I’m like she should have made it longer or fuller or finer...and what not. And I do this a lot actually.🙈

Then I remember, it is really not my busines and I should save my energy for my own FUTURE wedding dress and other matters arising…😉

Gotta run now. A patient is waiting.🏩

:::requ1ne:::

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HouseJob Chronicles: READY-FOR-HOUSEJOB LIST

Hey friends,

HAPPY New Year, again!

The series is back.

To kick off this year, let me just take a moment to encourage those believing God to start their Housejob:

THIS TOO SHALL COME TO PASS!

And it will be SOONER than you think.

It’s a new year of new opportunities, new experiences and new growth.

And it’s only wise to get prepared even as we await the right opportunities.

***

So this post is for (but NOT limited to) doctors who want to do their Housejob in Nigeria.

Before I started Housejob, I drafted a couple of things I thought I’d be needing and since starting, I’ve added a few items to that list.

Please note that the list is not exclusive and can be conveniently adjusted based on the uniqueness of the centre you work in. 

For the sake of simplicity, I’ve divided the list into 6 categories.

Shall we?

1. MUST HAVES

These items are mandatory. It’s best to have them ready before you start Housejob.

– Ward coats: This is a no brainer right? Look out for a quality easy-to-wash cotton material that requires little to no ironing on most days (because we can’t trust NEPA). You need 3-4 ward coats for your peace of mind unless you prefer to do laundry every other night .

– Stethoscope: Buying a solid and durable steth makes a huge difference. I use a Classic II Littmann and everyday with it is pure bliss. So if you don’t have a good steth yet, why not save towards one?

– Wristwatch (with “seconds” hand or a digital watch): A MUST to monitor the Pulse Rate and Respiratory Rate of your patients.

– Scrubs/Scrub Shoes: Most centers have outdated scrubs/shoes in the theatre and there are days you can’t get what you need cos of logistics, so do yourself a favor and buy yours.

You might add a customized “surgical cap” to your list for special effects.


– Hand Sanitizer: Unfortunately most centers have poor sanitary conditions, with no running water and sometimes no hand washing soap. To avoid stories that touch (like Ebola or Lassa fever) just buy an alcohol based sanitizer and put in your pocket.

– Notepads/Pens: So Housejob requires a lot of multitasking and you need to outline all the tasks coming your way each day. Having a portable notepad gives you that luxury. Depending on the size, you need one notepad per posting.
You need a lot of pens/biros too (maybe upto 50 pieces), no kidding. There’s no end to an intern’s writing, except ofcourse, you work in an ICT compliant facility.
Also prepare to lend to your seniors (Regs/SRs), fellow HOs and even nurses without ever getting them back. You’ve been warned! 

– A Name Tag (Or you have the option of customizing your ward coats and scrubs).

2. SHOULD HAVES

These are items that might be found routinely on the wards but it’s safer to have yours.

– Pen torch (all CNS exams require this)

– Patella hammer (to check for reflexes)

– Tape rule (To measure Occipitofrontal circumference, Abdominal girth etc)

– Sphygmomanometer (Digital or Analog)

-Glucometer/Strips

– Pulse Oximeter

– Thermometer (For days when you need to quickly check a patient’s temperature and there’s no thermometer to use)

A Phone with flash light (for setting lines, catheterization etc) and good camera (for clinical snapshots, and of course selfies😜)

– Medical Books in PDF Versions/Resource sites like MEDSCAPE (because you’ll need all the STUFF you can get on the go): I’m currently in my Surgery posting and BADOE is a must.

3. DISPOSABLES

In the centre where I work, patients buy pretty much EVERYTHING and if it’s an Emergency or your patient has financial constraints, you will get stranded waiting endlessly for these items to come out of thin air. The GOAL is for the patient’s relatives to replace them when they finally come around.

– Non-sterile latex hand gloves: Have a pair or two in your ward coat pocket PRN.

– IV Cannulas (yellow/blue/pink/green/grey)

– Plaster (Recommended: Agary brand)

– Thermometer

– Methylated Spirit

– Cotton Wool

All for reasons previously stated ABOVE.

4. SAMARITAN PURSE

You can go a step further to keep some other collectibles (in addition to those highlighted above) that you can use for indigent patients especially those who have been rendered financially incapacitated by their long stay in the hospital.

– Water for injection

– Needles and syringes (2 mls, 5 mls)

– Crepe bandage

– Urethral catheter/Urine bag (various sizes )

– NG Tube (various sizes)

– KY/Xylocaine gel

5. PHILANTROPIST GOALS:

If donating to a good cause is one of your priorities, you will find several opportunities to do that during your Housejob.

Maybe there is no CT, MRI or Mammogram machine in your Centre, you can start a fundraiser to get one. Generations will remember you.  

Even simple gifts  like donating Hand washing soap to the wards,  or a Microwave to the doctor’s room will make a lot of difference. 

6. PERSONAL ESSENTIALS

These are items highly recommended for your personal convenience. Having them will do you a whole lot of good.

– Power bank (You know why)

– Good shoes (Ladies, flats preferably. We are allowed to put on sandals in my Centre too)

– Absorbable ready-to-wear shirts/blouses/dresses (because you can’t trust NEPA)

– Good Ties (for the guys, every day until 4 pm. Weekends are casual).

– Handkerchiefs, Face towels/wipes (for sweaty faces or wet hands)

– Water bottle/Lunch bag/Snacks (Unless you’re a big boy/girl with a FAT bank account and you don’t mind spending like 1K each day on stomach runs)

– Carry on body spray, (sorry, no air conditioning in the wards), lip gloss, hand cream (there’s such a thing as harmattan, baby) etc

– Ear piece and lots of GOOD music to keep you sane

– Durable BackPacks or Carry-On Bags for everything we have listed above 😉☺️

PS: Be sure to have Games, Comedy or Movies and a LOT of DATA (For days when you’re exhausted and need to crash in between work, TRUST ME, such days will come).
In my case, I read the books on my phone or use my Duolingo app or simply find my way to Whatsapp 😂

PPS: All images were downloaded from the Internet. 

So did I miss anything?😉
Oops! Ladies you NEED to buy Hair Wigs too. You can thank me later.😘

Cheers!
:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

HELLO 2018!

Welcome on board guys, I’m so glad we all crossed over to the new year.

I don’t know about y’all, but this new year has been amazing so far. God is good.
So this post is a kinda review for 2017, (and I literally copied and edited the format from here).

It’s gonna be a “longish” read, so fasten your seat belts and LET’S ROLL!

1. What did you do last year that you had never done before?
Huh…Attended a Driving school.

2. Did you keep your new year resolutions and will you make more this year?

Definitely
.

From saving in a piggy bank (cashed a little above 14k late November), to publishing MY FEGGO DIARIES, to committing some verses of the scripture to memory, took two creative writing courses, among others. 

So I look forward to not only more resolutions, but more goals and growth this year. Amen.



3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes o. I have two new beautiful nieces.

Ehm…no pics to share, sorry.

4. Did anyone you know die?
Sadly, yes.

I wrote this poem in memory of a family friend who died towards the end of last year:

“It’s a very sad night,
For all the lives you touched
You had a heart of gold,
And gave a smile of hope
Because of what you gave,
Our lives were so enriched
And although you’re no more,
The lives you touched remain.”

5. What new place(s) did you visit last year?

Nnewi, Anambra State….well, it was such an EXPERIENCE (one I won’t be forgetting in a hurry). The culture, the lifestyle, the language, the food…everything was so different.

6. What would you like to have this year that you didn’t  last year?

My dream Camera!  ðŸ“·

Hello Sophia, can’t wait to meet you. 😍😍😍

7. What date in 2017 will remain etched in your memory?

July 13th, 2017. My MDCN induction date.

8. What was your biggest achievement in 2017?


Again, my MDCN induction.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Ehm, Failing out of driving school. 😩

10. Did you suffer any illness or injury?

Yes…a minor RTA leaving behind an annoying scar on my left knee and recurrent tooth pain. I’m thankful I survived though. 

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Well…can’t think of a specific BEST thing atm.

12-13. Skipped.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Easy…MTN Data/Airtime😂

15. What did you really, really get excited about?

Getting a HOUSEJOB. Whoop!💃💃💃

16. What song will always remind you of 2017?

“You’re the reason why I lift my hands, why I lift my voice, why I sing to you…”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?

Definitely happier.

2017 was a good year, but this year started on a “lighter” note.

18. Thinner or Fatter?

5kg Fatter😌😢

19. Richer or Poorer?

Richer. Glory to God, I now earn my pay😎

20. What do you wish you had done more of?

Prayed more. Read more. Loved more. Served God more.

21. What do you wish you had done less of?

Most importantly…Worried less.

22-25. Skipped.

26. What were your favorite TV Programs in 2017?

Let’s see…TINSEL, BATTLE GROUND and JEMEJI. Thanks to AMShowcase, I watched them back to back.😉

27. Skipped.

28. What was the best book you read?

FERVENT (Priscilla Shirer), closely followed by UNSTOPPABLE (Christine Caine), I read both twice last year and I look forward to re-reading them.

29. Greatest musical discovery:

Does Nathaniel Bassey’s Wonderful Wonder count?

30. What did you want and get?

Haha…plenty things, a New pair of glasses. Some New clothes. New shoes. New handbags…and a Wig!😉

31. What did you want and not get?

Top on my list, a Driver’s license.😩

32. Best Movie you watched in 2017?

Well…OMUGWO was the most interesting. 


33. How did you celebrate your last birthday?

In the THEATRE, pulling some Orthopaedic stunts!

34. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?


On a scale of 1 to 10, a 6? Tbh, I improved as per my hairdo and make-up💋, even the heavens can testify.😄

35. What kept you sane in 2017?

Music…lots and lots of worship music!

36. Celebrity Figure Crush in 2017:


Nonso Bassey
(“Man’s too hot”)🙆

37. Skipped.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Quite a number faa. From my FaithRest Fam (Mamma, Dolapo, Ife, Pelumi et al…) to fellow HOs (Comfort, Osas, Ameh et al…)

39. Most Valuable Life Lesson(s) From 2017:

  • (1) If God says it, he will do it. His PROMISE, His TIMING, His METHOD.
  • (2) Life takes TIME.
  • (3) Contentment is the presence of JESUS,  not the absence of challenges. 

40. Quote a song lyrics that sums up your 2017:

WONDERFUL WONDER (Nathaniel Bassey)
“Everywhere I go
I see You right there
In the beauty of nature
You shine all around,
For You are everything
And everything is You,
Precious Jesus
Oh wonderful wonder you are.”

***

That’s ALL folks.

I hope we all can journey into this NEW YEAR with greater Joy, Hope and Peace.

Cheers to an Awesome 2018 Experience,

:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️