A DAY IN THE LIFE || A NAIJA DOCTOR’S DIARY


*How my day started*

4:52 a.m. It’s too early, please go back to sleep.

5:17 a.m. No baby, still too early…go back to sleep. 

5:23 a.m. Sighs. Okay…you can get up now. Na work dey rush you. 

5:30 a.m. I’m already in the bathroom when my alarm rings.

After having my bath, I put some food on the gas cooker, then went back to bed to have my quiet time.

I had a quick breakfast of cereal (which will keep me till noon at least)

I also took an antibiotic thanks to a recurrent ear infection I’m battling with.


Then I packed some lunch because no satan is tempting me with stupid hunger at work today.



Finally stepped out of the house around 7:20 a.m. as I’m doing the 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. shift today.

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7:35 a.m My pre-work glow.
Getting a few minutes of me-time.


8:15 a.m. Work has officially started but I’m yet to see my first patient which is very unusual

The first patient I saw was a toddler who had some episodes of vomiting and loose stool, and managed a case of enterocolitis with antibiotics and oral rehydration solution. 

The second patient was a newly diagnosed hypertensive who I spent a considerable amount of time counseling. 

*4 hours later*

12:25 pm It’s LUNCH TIME…yay!!!💃💃💃


1:45 p.m. After attending to a new admission on the ward, my energy level is like 30% . I don’t know where all the food I ate went o. Sighs.

2:00 pm Phew! Just saw my 12th patient for the day.

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So I was called to see a patient in the Emergency room.

A little girl had a laceration inside her upper lip following a traumatic fall, thankfully the blood loss was minimal and her vitals were stable.


After cleaning out the area, I infiltrated with Xylocaine solution then sutured using vicryl 2.0.  

Though my surgical skills are pretty basic, I did a good job anyway. 



5:50 pm

I just finished reviewing a pregnant woman on the labor ward who is being induced. Every bone in my body feels tired. 

6:00 p.m.

Finally, my shift is over and I can officially take my leave. 💃💃💃

My extremely tired after-work look.😂😂😂

So here’s a list of all the cases I managed today:



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Thank you for reading. Did you enjoy this blog?

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MAY|| Bounce Back + Life Lately.

Hey there, 

It feels like ages since I last visited this space. 

Like Nigerians would say, a lot of water has passed under the bridge.

The bridge, which in this context is my life. 

So much has happened (the good, the bad and the very ugly..😪😪😪) but the Lord remains good. 

He has never and will never fail.

So where do I start from?

||WORK

Practicing as a medical doctor can be super exhausting.

I thought being a House officer was hard, but the M.O life is NOT beans either. 

I literally work my butts off for every kobo I earn. 

Las, las, Adulting itself na scam, but we will all be alright. 

Still I’m super thankful that I have a job…cos we don’t complain, we give thanks. 🙌

||CURRENTLY LOVING 

Maybe I came a little late to the party, but in the last few weeks I’ve found myself binge-watching a number of VLOGS majorly by Nigerian YouTubers (Home and Abroad)…and most have super interesting content. 

My favorites include:

Let’s just say I found myself a new hobby😀


||HEALTH CHALLENGES

Satan is such a Sadist though. 

And a big liar too.

Yours truly seems to have taken more medications in the last few months than I have taken in an entire year of my life.

It has not been a funny experience, because almost every week there’s one ailment or the other to address.

I don’t know if it has to do with my work environment, stress level, immunity or poor dietary/lifestyle choices, but my health (both physical/mental) has taken a downward spiral lately and that is giving me serious concern. 

Please, pray for a sister. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾


||WEDDING FEVER😍😍😍

Well…I have finally arrived at that phase of my life, where the idea of planning for a wedding doesn’t seem so ridiculous anymore.

I’ve been checking out Asoebi colors/combo, prewedding shoot scenes, wedding gown styles and researching a bit about wedding planning budget. 

Now don’t get too excited.
There’s no wedding date or anything yet. 

It’s still all in my head but it may be sooner than you expect…hehe.


||2019 GOALS

Let me just say, IT IS WELL.

And this is more than a cliché, it is REALLY well.

I started 2019 with the mindset of smashing my goals, Left, Right…and Centre.

Now it seems to be the other way round.

Some of my major goals seem to be mocking me right now. 

Like attaining the FitFamLife.

How hard can it be to make fresh fruit smoothies once a week?

It is really well with my soul.

God reminded me of the word he gave me at the beginning of the year:

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.us/1/psa.37.4-5.kjv

So help me God.

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Now that you’re upto date with my life, what have you been up to lately?

Please share.

Thank you for reading.

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APRIL|| 5 Ways To Stay Thankful. 

Hey there,

Welcome to the month of April.

It’s such a great privilege to be alive and I’m thankful for my 2019 journey so far. 

The second quarter of the year is another opportunity to take note and count every blessing God has bestowed us with. 

I have listed some profound ways to stay thankful below.

Enjoy!

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1. Live light. 

Happy people are not necessarily problem free individuals, they are just people that have discovered ways to be consistently thankful. A thankful life is a stressfree life.

Complaining, grumbling, or hissing, only makes an already bad situation worse.  

Rather than complain about the things that don’t work, give thanks for the things that do work. 

You’ll be surprised at how quickly your perspective concerning so-called challenges will change. 
2. Pay it forward. 

For every act of kindness that has been shown to you (no matter how long ago it was), make an effort to sow an act of kindness in return. 

Be the reason one person smiles each day.

Serve others without expecting any renumeration. 

What better way to say thank you for a gift than by sharing it with another? 


3. Work hard. 

Gratitude is not just an attitude, it’s also a lifestyle. A thankful person takes each day as a privilege and not a right. 

A good way to show how grateful you are is to live responsibly and work hard, making the most use of all the opportunities and resources you have.


4. Make a memoir. 

Keeping a gratitude journal or jar, is a brilliant way to stay thankful because you have to name and count each blessing one after the other.

Like a photo album full of beautiful pictures, a memoir is a collection of sweet memories worth treasuring for a lifetime.


5. Celebrate people. 

Learn to celebrate the people God has placed in your life – Friends, Family, Neighbors, Colleagues etc. 

Give honor to whom honor is due and Accolades to whom accolade is due. 

Let people know you truly appreciate all they do in your life.

A Feedback is a great way to inspire them to do more.

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Cheers to a great month!

:::requ1ne:::

Housejob Chronicles: Memoirs of an Ex-Houseofficer (4)

1. Can we meet you?

I’m Dr Suberu Peter Omeiza. I graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State in February 2017.

2. What was your favorite posting, and why? 

O and G, by a thousand miles!

The grimace on the face of a newborn when they let out that first sweet cry. The dramatic change in countenance of the mother immediately after delivery. 

Then I like the finiteness of ObGyn stuff. Unlike other specialties, you can finish knowing O and G. And as person wey no too like book, na ObGyn be the way. 

And finally, something in my heart draws me there!

3. What was your least favorite posting, and why? 

Surgery, of course. The work was too much. 
That posting temporarily “destroyed” my cooking career and made me indulge in lots of junk food, much to the detriment of my finances.

4. Your best call ever?

Calls where I slept all through, in which the “God of calm calls” manifested his power. 

And yes there’s a God of calm calls, they that know this shall eat the fruit thereof. 


5. Your worst call ever?

Any call I did not have time to prepare for psychologically. 

(A word for the would-be Intern: Never accept sudden calls, and avoid extra calls by all means, they will drain you).

6. Nicest chief you worked with:

Dr Palma Dennis

A humble and very approachable Chief. When he rebukes he does so in love, he is stressless and apt to teach. 

7. Most admirable consultant 

Dr. Temitope Odi, Paediatric Surgeon

One of the very few consultants I worked with that wasn’t fault-finding. 

He had a way of relating with residents and interns not as subordinates but as colleagues, and created a relaxed atmosphere for his team to work in.

I also admire him for his empathy. One morning after a busy call, he noticed how tired and unkempt I looked and instructed rage SR to give me an hour for me to freshen up. 

By his example, I know a man can rise in the medical profession as a Christian without giving in to pride.    

8. Most likely specialty, and why? 

O and G. You know why. 😀😇

9. Most unlikely specialty, and why?

Surgery. You also know why😏🙄

10. Three life lessons from housejob:

i) Money is a defence.

Most of the preventable mortalities I saw during Housejob were patients that were either illiterate, poor or both. They usually present late and cannot afford their medications and investigations. 

And the broke patient is the nemesis of the House officer, they make the HOs work harder. 

My counsel: Do whatever good it takes to become wealthy; it can and will prolong your life.

ii). Relationships are golden.

The good things of this life come from God but through men. A good relationship can sometimes prove more valuable than even money. 

I remember when my younger sister was sick and managed at the A&E, I’ll never forget the kind of favour we were shown by my colleagues and the other health workers.

Getting my housejob slot itself was a miracle of relationship. It came from God, but through two men. God helps men using other men, neglect this to your detriment. 

iii). We are pilgrims

When all is said and done, we shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ to give account of lives. 

There is a world that is to come. Having watched some patients die, I have the consciousness of this world that is to come strong in my mind. 

My counsel: Strive to be great not only in this world, but also in that which is to come, because this world is temporal and that world is eternal.

11. Thankful about:
 

The people I met.

12. Most embarrassing moment during Housejob:

A presentation on Urethral Catheterization I had in Urology unit, where the Consultant lysed me with stuff. 

Despite my supposedly adequate preparation (we’ve been moving stuff on this topic since 400l na), it was a bloody experience! 😭😭😭

13. Happiest day during Housejob:

The day it all ended October 31st 2018. I felt free, relieved and lifted.

14. Something to miss about Housejob:

No, someone I’ll miss; Dr Adeniran.

15. Rate your Housejob experience on a scale of 1-5:

3 (It was pretty fun)

16. Call food: Yay or Nay? 

Nay.

17. Longest day during Housejob?

Can’t think of one🤔


18. Unforgettable patient?

None in particular. 

19. Any regrets?

Three things.

1) Not starting a Houseofficers Christian fellowship.

 A one-hour weekly or fortnightly fellowship would have helped in fostering togetherness and the fear of God among us. 

2) Not prioritizing savings over investments. 

Before investing you should have accumulated money in a savings account for at least a year.

The bigger the money, the easier it is to multiply it, the more careful you’ll be and the less the chances of losing it. 

3) Choosing NPMCN ObGyn primaries over IELTS. 

Raw waste of 90k. 😩😫

20. New skills learnt?

– Composure (ability to remain calm however bad the patient’s condition is. Fretting is dangerous)

– Responsibility 

– Several basic medical and surgical skills.

21. Favorite mantra:

“This life na standing fan”

A quote from one of our colleagues, Dr Ibenu Joshua. He says it playfully to imply that things in this life (good and bad) go round and come around.

I find the mantra interesting because of how accurately it applies to success and opportunities. 

Opportunity doesn’t come but once. It moves around like standing fan. Whether or not you are ready for, it will come. 

If you miss it once, it’ll go and come again. It’s an act of God’s mercy. But blessed is that man that opportunity meets prepared, he is made for life.

22. If not Medicine, then what?

Business (Website development, software development, graphic design, digital marketing) and Word Ministry.

23. Shout out to (tag 3 HOs):

My first shoutout goes to my roomie and friend, Dr Muluh Idris. A kind and tolerant person and very easily one of the nicest people I know. 

Then Dr Adeniran Eunice. She was my go-to person for gist, word, fun and comfort. Being around her lifts my spirit, always. She is the perfect blend of beauty, wisdom, spirituality and love. A real friend. A feminist whose feminity is very much intact. 

Also, Dr Ameh Emmanuel, a gentle man to the core. Almost always smiling. He works with a lot of dedication. Working with him in OnG posting was one of the pleasant moments I wouldn’t forget in a hurry.

24. What next after housejob? 



I’ll wait on God to receive strength and Word for the assignment that lies ahead (during NYSC). 

After service, I’ll go wherever God wants and do whatever He wants, be it the PLAB/Canada pathway, residency in Nigeria or full time Word Ministry.

25. More important as a HO, skill or stuff? 

Skill joor, who stuff epp? We’ll get the stuff when we come back for residency.


26.  Thank you for sharing your Housejob experience:

<Smiles> It’s my pleasure.

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Editor’s Note:

Dr. Peter fondly called SPO, is an enthusiastic, self-motivated and multitalented friend. My go-to person for everything technical, a world class personal financial coach in making, and a generally lovely person to hangout with.

He’s a dynamic young man whose faith in God is beyond the tangible things. His passion on almost any topic is contagious and you can hardly miss his voice when you’re together in a room. 

When he’s not reading a good book, he enjoys playing a soccer game, listening to a sermon/music or watching an action movie. 


Cheers!

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Book Review|| Lioness arising

Author: Lisa Bevere

Genre: Christian, Non-fiction 



How I came about the book?

It was one of the several books I got as a gift back in TFSA days.

Expectations: 

I heard about Lisa Bevere for the first time from the amazing CoachE, our mentor at the TFSA. She gushed so much about her that I knew without a doubt that I’d get blessed reading one of her books.

Lessons:

Who a lioness is:

A lioness is more than a companion to the lion. She has something which is fierce, wild, and at the same time beautiful.

She rises to gather strength, greet/groom others, hunt, move the young to safety, confront the enemies that threaten the pride and walk alongside her king. 

A lioness is at ease with strength and at rest with power. She lives in the light and hunts in the dark.

A lioness knows her beauty is revealed in her strength. It is captured in what her body can actually do, not merely in how it looks. Her attractiveness is undeniable, because her power is unquestionable.

She’s not overwhelmed by the need to lose weight; she focuses on the need to gain strength.

On embracing our stretch and engaging our strength:

We will reach no further without a stretch. The ability to stretch produces flexibility. It is time to enlarge the way we see and interact with life.

The lioness knows she must stretch, before she attempts a pounce. Your strength is not to be feared, it is to be embraced.

We are called to be both virtuous and capable. We need to be capable of whatever is necessary. 


Our call to spiritual warfare:

There’s nothing more dangerous than being in the presence of lions wide awake.

We are truly frightening to our enemy and he has done everything in his power to contain us. He knows he cannot get close enough to capture and chain us if we are fully awake and mobile. To counter, he sedates us so that we might not do the things God has called us to do. But we must wake up, rise up, remember who we are, and confront the evil in this world with light- Lisa Bevere.

When you are awake to what God is doing, then you will know what you are to do! 

Our mandate as women:

We are not some group of straggling, struggling, fatherless refugees who are overcome by sin and wondering if there is a God. We are the collective body of Christ, and as such we are destined for triumph, victory, and signs and wonders. 

God encourages daughters young and old to bring our solutions to the world’s problems. The world is yet to see what it looks like when Christian women, individually and collectively, are fully awake and dangerous.

Ask God to fill your mind with the idea of a lioness in whatever shape, form, or container he wants to use to inspire you.
The world needs you, lovely lioness sister, not to merely wake up, but to give expression to your God-given, fierce side. 

When you are awakened, you can’t help but respond. Don’t confuse being awakened with being upset.

God does not reveal himself as limitless in order to limit us. God did not save us to tame us.

Confusion happens when our focus is on avoiding bad rather than on doing good. Evil is overcome with good. Evil is not displaced by rules or by hiding from it.

God is not looking for people who act like Christians. He wants us to be Christians! The word Christian means “anointed or Christlike one.” Jesus did not go around “being good”; he went around “doing good”.

In light of this charge, God does not need a band of domesticated daughters who spend their days baking and behaving well. Nothing wrong with baking, but if that is all we do, God won’t use us to change history.

Jesus’ concern for us is holiness and not hygiene.

On becoming pillars of strength and raising others up:

God uses hardship as a catalyst for making his people pure, precious, and sustainable.

Just as physical activity decreases rather than increase muscle strength, so spiritual busyness does not build spiritual strength. It distracts and drains us from God’s work.

Allow the weight of God’s Word and the tempering and training of the Holy Spirit to quicken and develop the weak or injured areas of your life.

Shift your focus from how you look in your clothing to who you are in your spirit.

None of us will truly find fulfillment until we realize our place as one who lends strength to many.

Our strength is for service and not status.

Turning back or waiting for others slows you down, but only at first. The deliberate extension of goodness, generosity, and wisdom always wins out in the end.

Sometimes those who falter simply need a glance back from a sister who is already safely there. The look back is enough to communicate, “Hey, sister! I am out here, and not only is it all clear … it is all good!

We would be wise to learn the truth: taking less now does not mean having less in our future. 

If you forget your fierce and fearless nature, then all who look to you for protection and guidance will be at risk. 

On mutual gender responsibility and service:

Healthy lions and lionesses know they need one another. They would never dream of doing life without one another. In their world one strength is no less important than the other.

Consider this: the prefix sub means “under,” and mission is an assignment. Put them together, and we can draw a conclusion that submission means “under the same assignment or mission.”

God wants us all—male and female—to tell everyone what he is doing! 
Lionesses understand they are under the same mission as the lion. What is their mission? Their mission is to establish a generation of lions with legacy and strength.

Gender alone does not qualify a man to lead, just as gender alone should not disqualify a woman. Virtue qualifies both male and female. In the lion world, there is no gender confusion. Lions are not trying to be lionesses, and lionesses are not trying to be lions. 

Neither gender copies or competes for the role of the other. Both are comfortable in their skin and celebrate the unique strengths of their respective gender.  

Healthy lions and lionesses know they need one another. They would never dream of doing life without one another. In their world one strength is no less important than the other. The lion protects; the lioness provides.

Dear lioness sister, men are not our problem. This issue runs much deeper. Satan is our enemy and a deceiver who strips both genders of their dignity.


On accepting others and the folly of competition:

The lioness greeting and grooming is symbolic of how we show acceptance and belonging to one another.

No one can rush a sunset or delay the sun’s rise, so lionesses are patient and intentional.

Prowess cannot be forced or faked, but it can and should be developed. If you have it, you own it.

Prowess is what makes the lioness powerful. She’s not frightened by her strength. On the contrary, it comforts her.

Lionesses hunt together, without competition and without breaking rank. No woman’s portion or contribution is more significant than another’s.

Individuality is not born through comparison, copying, or competition.

No one invites you to their world in order for you to pretend to be someone else. They want you.

God is inviting us to be part of the hunt, we are not called to live in isolation. Boundaries are important, but God is safe to invite in. 



On following God’s leading:

Darkness complicates and confuses what is simple and obvious by light. Not only does our God want us to live in the light; he wants us to live light.

Where there is light, there is revelation.

God longs to have a people who will turn the world’s attention to him.

Sometimes it is okay not to know it all but to simply believe that there is a much grander drama going on behind the scenes than we can fathom.

As God’s light increases, there will be a divine prophetic awakening. God will give us eyes to see what he is doing, ears to hear what he is saying, and the boldness to speak his Word with authority.

When we are filled with God’s light, we will truly extract the lost from darkness. 

People have the same needs everywhere, but not all people have the same resources.

Let us be faithful stewards and multiply our prosperity well. You are blessed to bless others. Countless places need the blessing you can bring. 

 “You have been preparing your whole life for this moment. You are well able to do this and do it well. You will do this in an attractive, godly, irresistibly wise way.” This is the attitude we should have when God calls us to do something extraordinary. 

God wants you to live in a place of amazement and wonder, not in a domain of rules and duty. Allow his voice to stir something profoundly untamed and deeply wild within you!

In order for you to be effective, you must be settled in the reality that God is right there with you. This postures you not to fear, no matter what others say or do.

There are voices from your past—voices of family, voices of disappointment, and voices of fear—that intermittently yell and whisper, “Turn aside! Turn back. You might fail. You might get hurt.” These voices urge you to protect yourself.

The devil is neither a true sheep nor a true lion. He’s a wolf who sometimes pretends to roar as a lion and sometimes clothes himself in sheep skin.

Jesus is both a true lion and also the lamb upon the throne.

Why roar?

We were created to hear the voice of the creator. A God-whisper is sacred and worthy of our attention. Everything out loud starts with a whisper. Whispers are the dialect of mysteries and foretelling.

Sometimes those who sought to listen no longer have the ears to hear because God sounded different from what they were expecting. 

When God whispers, it’s in our best interest to record it, the method we use doesn’t matter.

Don’t ask others to tell you what only you can hear. God is willing to speak to all who are quiet to hear.

Seasons of quiet listening are uncomfortable but it is a process we must go through if we’ll find ourselves connected to God.

Being connected with others who have heard the whisper is amazing, empowering and freeing.

What we hear in a whisper must be spoken out in kindness, clarity, strength and anointing. 

A roar is not a super loud shout, it is a fearless proclamation. 

We are not the lion, but it has fallen to us to give voice to our Lion’s roar. Jesus alone is the Christ and the Lion of Judah. We are his followers who echo his roar.

The lion roars to proclaim and protect its territory, which terrifies invaders and sets boundaries in place.

Observation:

This was such a captivating (but long) read, and especially a timely reminder that as a woman, I carry so much within me. 

I’m not ordinary, I have divine assets to deliver solution to specific challenges in my generation. 

Conclusion:

Now that we are awake, we must pray that God will multiply our efforts as we magnify his light. 

Prayer is our most powerful reason for gathering. We will need heaven’s protection, wisdom, and strategies to wage this war.

“We roar to call in the lost. Our sound will guide the young and wandering safely home. 
We shake the air to check the movements of trespassers, enemies, and thieves. 
Together we raise the roar to protect our young from death and destruction. We will not face the darkness in silence.”

Recommendations:

Every daughter of God who wants to gain an insight into what only God can do through her. 

Thank you for reading! 

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The Girl’s Guide: DIY- Foot Soak and Scrub.

Hey ladies,

Welcome back to the Girl’s Guide. 

Like I shared in the maiden edition of this segment, there are lots of interesting posts to look forward to here. 

For this post, I’ll be sharing tips on caring for cracked feet.

Having well groomed feet is something that boosts my self-confidence because I struggled with feet calluses while in boarding school and it was so embarrassing.

Taking care of your feet is easier and cheaper than you can imagine. 

Before…


Here are the materials you’ll need:

i. A Pumice stone or Foot file. 

Image: Pumice stone.

ii. Some lotion (Here I used my hand lotion actually) 

iii. Warm water 

iv. A small towel 

v. A medium sized lemon

vi. Olive oil (coconut oil or baby oil can also be used).

Method:



Step 1: Put some warm water into a bowl or bucket, add a tablespoon of the oil of your choice. 

Step 2: Cut the lemon into two halves, then squeeze one half of the lemon into the warm water and oil mix.  

Step 3: Soak both feet for at least 10 minutes, while listening to music or reading a good book. 

Step 4: Take the remaining half of the lemon and rub on the heel of each foot, then discard. 

Step 5: Scrub underneath each foot with your stone or file, for about 3 minutes each, starting from the heel. 


Step 6: Re-soak both feet for another 5 minutes, then wipe dry with a clean towel. 

Step 7: Put a generous portion of lotion in your palm, then rub and massage each foot for at least 2 minutes.

Step 8: Your feet are as good as new. You may decide to trim your toe nails and paint them.

After…

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Taking care of your feet is as important as taking care of your face, because when all is said and done, happy feet contribute to a healthy body. 

Here are other footcare tips:

  • Wash and dry your feet well. After thoroughly washing your feet with soapy water, ensure you dry them well to prevent infections like athlete’s foot. 
  • Cut your toenails carefully. Cutting your toenails at an angle can increase the risk of ingrown nails. 
  • Wear the right shoes always. There’s an appropriate shoe for every outing. 

How healthy are your feet and how do you care for them? Please share.
Cheers,

:::requ1ne:::

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March|| 5 Survival Tips For Your Next Level

Hello fam,

I have some Goodnews!

Yours truly recently landed a job. 💃💃💃

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know I’ve been job hunting (post housejob) for a while now.

Remember the job offer one of my friends called me about in this post?

Well…I got it (miraculously, cos the job needed me too..haha) and I’ve since ported to Ilorin.

Tbh, the move came with mixed feelings cos I was already comfy with living at home and being involved in my local church.

Sighs.

Still, I’m thankful the job came when it did cos baby girl was quarter to being broke…😂😂😂

The first few days of my job were very challenging because there was so much to learn.

Private medical practice is just so different from working in a Government hospital. 

Here, you have to find the fine balance between pleasing your employer, pleasing your clients and doing your job.

I panicked a few times and actually thought of quitting *face palm*

But God was gracious enough to send me his word which gave me so much peace and a sense of direction.

Whether you just landed a new job like me, you recently got married or you’re a first time parent, being in the next level can be so overwhelming that sometimes you feel like returning to your old life just like the Israelites in Numbers 11:5

Can you imagine???😱



From my own experience, here are a few survival tips that can help you transition into your new level:

1. Pray:


A period of transition, is an intense opportunity to pray. Among other things:

  • Prayer gives you clarity and focus.
  • Prayer gives you strength and stamina.
  • Prayer gives you resources and divine strategies.
  • Prayers gives you leverage over your contemporaries through the help of the Holy spirit.

 God wants you to succeed in your next level, so no matter the challenges you may be facing, he cares.

“Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:7 GNB

2. Relax:

Now that you have arrived at your next level, don’t be on overdrive.

It’s natural to want to prove your worth. But you don’t have to prove anything in your human strength.

Here’s Gods promise for you:

“Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.”

Isaiah 66:9 KJV

The Lord who brought you to your next level is able to sustain you. Trust him and keep learning.

3. Retreat

To retreat is to withdraw to a safe and quiet place. A time of transition is a perfect time for solitude. 

When you retreat, you conserve your energy, time and even your money.

As a newbie in your next level, you’re still trying to figure out a lot of things, so you can’t be going everywhere or doing everything like before.
You may even need to let go of some friends, habits or hobbies. 

Stop wishing for your old life, a new phase is here. Give it the attention it needs so that you can blossom.

4. Plan:

The next step is to Observe and Strategize.

You need to put in a lot of hardwork into planning and executing than you did before. 

Don’t just sit and allow life to happen to you, make a conscious effort to happen to life.

What worked for you last year may not work for you this year.
What worked for you in your old job may not work for you in your new job. 
What worked for you as a Bachelor may not work for you as a married man. 

However, this is not to cause you despair, because not everything can be to your disadvantage.

In fact, something has to be working in your favor. Look for that one thing and make the most of it.

A new level demands a new you. 


5. Adapt.

The last step is to adapt  i.e. make the necessary adjustments.

So what is your action plan?

Now that you have arrived at your next level, what vital steps are you willing to take so that you can succeed?

Are there some adjustments you must make to have a more productive lifestyle?

Here’s my action plan for my new job:

  • Be Punctual to work (as much as possible)
  • Have breakfast everyday (a hungry doctor is an angry doctor 😜)
  • Stay cheerful (no matter how stressed out I feel)
  • Learn something new daily (within or outside work)
  • Find time to rest and play (all work and no play…)

Of course there will be challenges in this new phase of your journey, however,

 Challenges are not meant to frustrate you, but to motivate you.

Finally, the goal in your next level should not just be for you to survive but to thrive.

Cheers to the new you and Happ new month!

:::requ1ne:::

Housejob Chronicles: Memoirs of an Ex-Houseofficer (3)

1. Can we meet you?

My name is Deborah Okonji, but everyone calls me Deby

I’m a Medical Doctor and I finished from University of Benin, Nigeria, in 2017. 

I did my internship at FMC Lokoja from 2017-2018.

2. What was your favorite posting, and why?

Surprisingly Paediatrics

I say it’s surprising because I didn’t like the posting as a student, it was tiring and we had lots of wicked Ogas (senior doctors).

However during housejob, many of my chiefs were easy going and there were lots of hands-on experiences too.

3. What was your least favorite posting, and why?

Surgery. 

It stressed every living cell and even the dead cells in my body. 

Thankfully, it lasted only 2 months (thanks to the  JOHESU strike). 

Then we had to work from 8 a.m. till 10 p.m. on an almost daily basis which was really annoying.

4. Your best call ever?

My first 48 hour (weekend) call in pediatrics with one of my favorite chiefs ever, Dr. Owa. 

It wasn’t so busy and I even ate chicken during the call.😀

5. Your worst call ever?

Another call I did in Paediatrics 😱 with a certain chief (whose name I won’t mention), that particular call seemed to have come from the pit of hell. 

At the end, I was drained both physically and mentally.

6. Nicest Chief(s) you worked with:

i. Dr Owa (Pediatrics): He was kind, patient and had a lot of skills and stuff. He always made sure that I was learning and allowed me the freedom to take some patient centred decisions at my own level.

ii. Dr Kayode (Internal Medicine): He was a fun guy. He taught me the importance of being careful and looking out for myself as a doctor.

iii. Dr Adedigba (Pediatrics): He made the posting a little more relaxing. He also allowed me a lot of hands-on experience.

iv. Dr Ibrahim (Surgery): He was also fun and had a way of making me calm down. In short, he was a breath of fresh air from the wahala in Surgery.

7. Life lessons from HouseJob:

i. Humility: Be humble enough to learn, anybody can be your teacher.

ii. Patience: Be patient with your patients, sometimes all they need is reassurance.

iii. Friendship: If you are approachable and show yourself friendly to others, you’ll find yourself making lots of friends. And who knows where the friendship will lead?

8. What are you thankful for about your Housejob experience?

i. Great Friends like Ifeoluwa, we went from complete strangers to roommates to friends then sisters.💋💋

ii. Opportunity to learn without tension. I was able to approach and ask my senior colleagues lots of questions.

iii. The courage and encouragement I got to do take certain courses and even write some exams despite the stress.

iv. The opportunity to serve as a Treasurer in the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), FMCL Chapter. It was an eye-opening experience. 

9. Your most embarrassing moment:

I can’t think of any, maybe because I selectively forget bad memories…lol

10. Rate your HouseJob on a scale of 1-5:

3.5 (between pretty fun to awesome because I was able to make a lot of friends, some crazy ones at that!!)

11. Call food, Yay or Nay?

Nay. 

Although half bread is better than none. Cos I learnt that some centres don’t give their doctors call food. 

12. Longest day ever?

One of the very busy weekend (Sunday) calls I had in in Internal medicine.

Nephrology unit was usually stressful. Being on a Sunday call to resume a very busy Monday was simply horrible.

13. Happiest day during Housejob:

I can’t lie, I don’t know. 

14. New skills learnt?

– Sharper clinical acumen

– Management of critically ill patients

– Practical surgical skills

– Balancing my relationship with other members of the healthcare team. 

15. Any regrets?

I finally didn’t learn how to set a central line. 😬

16. Most admirable consultant(s):

i. Dr. Umoru (Gastroenterologist)

Pretty easy going man, really nice to work with. He never rushes over any step while with his patients. 

ii. Dr. Taiwo (Paediatric Surgeon)

A wonderful and skilled surgeon with great leadership skills. 

He is not insultive (unlike some others), instead encourages one’s efforts despite mistakes. He also doesn’t lord it over his younger colleagues.

17. Likely specialty and why?

Paediatrics, Psychiatry or Emergency Medicine.

I’m yet to make up my mind. I like all of them for different reasons.

18. Most unlikely specialty. Why?  

Obstetrics and Gynecology. I just find it annoying. 😒

19. Unforgettable patients: 

i. A baby we managed for Meningitis, who was on admission for 3 weeks and fought through it. We thought she wouldn’t make it but God still works miracles. 

Truly we treat but God heals.

ii. Another unforgettable patient was a woman who was treated for advanced ovarian cancer and had surgery. 

A month after her discharge, she looked so healthy that even I couldn’t recognize her. 

Again, God answers prayers and he is ultimately the healer.

20. Something to miss about Housejob: 

Well, I’m glad I’m no longer at the bottom of the doctors ladder. (Lol).

I miss my friends, colleagues and some Chiefs. They made life bearable.

21. If not medicine, what?

I’d probably be making clothes, or be a Public Speaker since I like talking.

22. What next after Housejob?

NYSC of course. And then I can go on living my best life.

23. More important as an Houseofficer, skill or stuff?

I’d say skill is a bit more important especially if you’ve built your stuff overtime from med school. Housejob is the time to integrate your knowledge with reality.


24. Favorite mantra? 

Life can only be understood backwards, It will all work out in the end.

25. Shout out to (tag 3 ex-HOs):

Permit me to tag like 5 or 6, biko. My Shout out goes to :

– Dr. Sarah Oloruntoba, 

– Dr. Fortune Kwushue, 

– Dr. Efosa Aimien, 

– Dr. Solomon Anighoro, 

– Dr. Emeka Orji-Udeh 

and of course, 

Dr. Eunice Adeniran. 

Thanks for making my housejob experience fun. I love and miss you all. 😍😍😍

26. Thank you for sharing your Housejob experience.

It was a pleasure😉

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Editor’s Note: 

Dr. Deby Okonji, or Debyo as I like to call her, is one of the most inspiring people I know.

A woman on fire, she’s intelligent, diligent and passionate about life. 

She doesn’t believe in watching life from the pews, but ensures she is a part of the race. 

Her charming smile, “out-of-the-box” mindset and leadership skills are her greatest assets. 

Debyo loves God, chicken (fried or roasted) and chocolate cake.

You can follow her on @AshD_O (Twitter) or @docdebyo (IG)

:::requ1ne:::
    

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A Day In The Life…(01/02/19)

This Blogpost was initially titled- A Day in the Life of a Jobless Doctor😂😂😂

Enjoy!

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5:38 am I wake up without planning to. I had roughly 4 hours of sleep with three weird dreams like that.😱 
It’s pitch black. No light. Nothing unusual. This is Naija.


5:40 am My Alarm rings, and I switch on the rechargeable lamp in my room then drag myself to the bathroom.


5:46 am Back from my bathroom trip, where I peed and washed my face. I’ve also taken some water. Time for devotion. 


6:30 am
I’m done with my quiet time- sang from my hymn book, read the bible and prayed. I have a prayer schedule, today’s prayer was on spiritual warfare. 

6:37 am  I filled in my daily planner. Here’s what the breakdown looks like:

  • 6:00-7:00 am Read two books 
  • 7:00- 8:00 am Edit Blog draft (February: 4 Secrets to waiting well)
  • 8:00 – 9:00 am Work on a project (on my laptop)
  • 9:00 – 10:00 am Study  
  • 10:00 – 2:00 pm Hangout with Niyot/Go to the supermarket 
  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm Study 
  • 6:00 – 8.00 pm: Publish blog post 
  • 8:00 – 10:00pm: Telegram group discussion 

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7:05 am I’m done with the first book (Model Marriage by Deg-Heward Mills). It’s a new one. Interesting read so far. 

7:24 am I’m done with the second book too (Jumpstart Your Leadership by John C. Maxwell). 

I’m sleepy, I should have my bath. 



7:42 am
Fresh out of the oven, sorry bathroom. Can you smell the fragrance of my soap? It’s delicious. #TeamJoySoap

7:53 am Now editing the blog draft I want to publish this evening. 

8:51 am Done with the blog draft. It looks like it’ll rain, which is a perfect excuse for a quick nap. I’m sleepy. 

9:02 am I want to sleep but there’s so much to do. I bring out my laptop to work on my project instead. It has started to rain, I love the smell of rain. 



10:05 am I’m done working on the project for today. I shutdown my laptop. The rain has stopped, sadly.  
It’s time to check the social media. But before that let me get breakfast…

10:15 am I’m back from the kitchen. Breakfast is nothing serious, just bread and boiled egg. I’m not a fan of morning tea. I don’t like bread either, but what choice do I have?

10:32 am Finished breakfast and spent quite some time scrolling through my messages on whatsapp. I almost forgot I left some cake warming in the oven. It’s for the friend I want to visit (as peace offering) because I’m about 30 minutes behind schedule. 🙈

10:51 am I brushed my teeth, got dressed, used some makeup, wrote a shopping list and tidied my bed. 



11:05 am
Leaving the house finally. First of all, selfie time. 


My dad was kind enough to let me use his car and driver (No, I don’t have a car yet and I can’t drive to save my life). I just called my friend, and guess what? She just left her house too…haha. I think I’ll just go and shop.


11:43 am I just finished shopping, interestingly, I left my shopping list in the car but thankfully I remembered everything I wrote but I spent more than I budgeted. All the same, I’m Thankful for God’s provision. 


11:56 am I’m at my friend’s place, and she’s not even here yet. Sighs. Her apprentices are here sha. What to do with my time? Try to study or just press my phone?


12:16 pm
My friend is here at last. She goes to sort out one or two things while I wait in the lobby. I’m trying to go through my tutorial notebook. There’s a radio playing in the shop, I can’t concentrate on what I want to study, so I give up. 

14:37 pm Still at my friend’s place. We just had lunch. Noodles and egg (again, I know). Of course we’ve also gisted non-stop for the past 2 hours or so. 

Meet the CEO, Beracah house of fashion.

Okay, so the purpose of my visit was to try on two of the attires she made for me, oh did I mention that my friend is a fashion designer? Yup, and she’s really good.


15:59 pm
I’m leaving my friend’s place now, my dad’s driver came to pick me. I’m exhausted but it was a time well spent. Yet to study anything today. I know I’m not serious enough and my exam is in about 2 months. 

16:10 pm On my way home a friend calls about a job offer in another town. Yeah, I’m job hunting.

She asks me to write an application letter, send it via whatsapp, and she’ll print out and submit herself. 

16:23 pm Home and very exhausted. I should get some rest, before thinking about what to fix for dinner. Yawns. *So tired*

16:39 pm My friend calls me back again for a detail concerning the job offer. We discuss briefly then I put my phone on silent mode. I really need this sleep, I’m beginning to have a headache. 

Sleeping beauty…

18:07 pm I’m awake. Just like I expected, I have 4 missed calls. 2 from my friend, 2 from an unknown number. I call my friend who told me she succeeded with submitting the application. Then the unknown number calls back, I’m expected by 9 am tomorrow, in Ilorin. For an interview, maybe? To go or not to go??First of all, it is time to fix dinner. 

18:31 pm It took a while, but I finally figured out what to make for dinner. Semo/Okro/Chicken stew. I’ll be going to Ilorin tomorrow BTW. Just discussed the details with my mum. Mixed feelings but what choice do I have? I do need a job. 

18:45 pm Dinner is almost ready. My target each night is to have dinner served by 7pm. While cooking, I’m trying to publish the blog post by adding the necessary images. 

Dinner prep…


19:25 pm Dinner is ready! Yummy!!


19:37 pm I’m done eating, time to plan for my trip. Oh wait, I should publish the blog post first. 

20:04 pm I’m done publishing the blog post. Here’s the link

I’ll skip the tonight’s online discussion cos I need to pack for my trip (who knows maybe I’ll get the job on the spot). 

21:29 pm  Packing, Ironing and Laundry all in progress. I’m exhausted tbh, but I have to try. 

22:29 pm I’ve brushed my teeth and washed my face. Laundry and Ironing completed. Almost done with packing.


22:54 pm Done with packing. I’ve noted my expenses for today (thanks to my Requine’s journal expenses tracker). I want to reply a mail now, then log out of social media. After which, I should read my bible, pray then sleep. Tomorrow is a long day. 



23:04 pm Here’s my Goodnight video…


 Ooops, lights out!!!

It’s pitch black, again. Sighs.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this?
:::requ1ne:::

FEBRUARY|| 4 Secrets To Waiting Well.

Hey Friends,

It’s February already.

Whether you’re waiting by the bus stop to get a cab, or waiting for a friend at a designated place; Whether you are waiting to get an admission offer into college, or waiting for your PhD thesis to be approved, waiting always comes with mixed feelings.

Tension.

Hope.

Apprehension.

Faith.

Doubt.

Expectations.

And the morbid fear of worst case scenarios. What if I never get married?  What if I never have a baby?

Waiting can be tough, and I would know because I’ve been out of a paid job for a while now (49 days to be exact!).

Like for most people, job hunting has its share of dread (what if I spend all my savings and go broke?) and anticipation (maybe there’s a job offer in my spam folder).


Since I was in a similar phase of life [i.e. Pre-Housejob placement], not too long ago, I now know that it is unnecessary, in fact a total waste of time to stress myself over my current lack of employment.

Because it’s only a phase and it will pass. Still this is easier said than done.

So what are the secrets to waiting well?

1. REMEMBER.

Has God said it? Then he will do it.

Numbers 23:19 GNB

God is not like men, who lie; He is not a human who changes his mind. Whatever he promises, he does; He speaks, and it is done.

Hebrews 10:35‭-‬36 GNB

Do not lose your courage, then, because it brings with it a great reward. You need to be patient, in order to do the will of God and receive what he promises.

2. REJOICE.

Since you’re certain that your miracle is on the way, why not show your gratitude in advance?

Philippians 4:4‭, ‬6 GNB

May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice! Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.

3. REACH OUT

It’s funny how we can be so consumed about our own desires that we ignore the obvious needs around you.

You don’t have a job, yet? Pray for your friends who do and ask God to strengthen them physically and mentally, and give them the wisdom to do their work in such a way that will glorify him.

Still awaiting your college acceptance letter? Then tutor your neighbor’s son after school or make dinner for the family.

Now that you’re available, endeavor to make yourself available.

I tell myself, “You can’t be jobless and still be useless.”

Galatians 6:2 GNB Help to carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will obey the law of Christ.

Philippians 2:4 GNB And look out for one another’s interests, not just for your own.

Hebrews 13:16 GNB Do not forget to do good and to help one another, because these are the sacrifices that please God.

4. REFRESH.

You know how a PC gets stuck after it’s been in use for a few hours, and you have to refresh a particular application, or reboot the entire system?

So is your Waiting Season.

God doesn’t waste our waiting periods, he uses them to train us.

With God, Waiting time is Training time.

Revisit the things you’ve already learnt that will make you better equipped when your waiting is over.

Trusting God for a life partner?
Now is the time to develop yourself mentally, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

Trusting God for the fruit of the womb?
Now is the time to invest in godly parenting books, and even volunteer to babysit your friends’ kids.

No matter what you’re trusting God for this season, I bring you this word of encouragement, it will come to pass. 

Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭GNB‬‬

“To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of: to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Here’s my prayer for you this month, listen and be blessed!

Have a Testimony-Filled February!

:::requ1ne:::

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