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!  πŸ“·

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/AirtimeπŸ˜‚

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

Getting a HOUSEJOB. Whoop!πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ

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.πŸ˜‰

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!πŸ˜‰

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-upπŸ’‹, even the heavens can testify.πŸ˜„

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”)πŸ™†

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.”

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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:::
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Housejob Chronicles- Coping Mechanisms!

Hello Everybody,

It’s CHRISTMAS!!


And I’m glad even though it doesn’t really feel like Christmas around me.

While everyone else was busy planning special activities for this Yuletide season, my routines were pretty much the same.

Sleep, wake up, go to work, sleep, wake up, go to work…” 

Everything else from cooking to cleaning get lumped into each day. 

I’ve really missed my very organized self. 😒

There are days I don’t even have the time to eat one proper meal. No kidding.

On such days I’m doubly thankful for Coca-Cola. 


It’s an essential tool for preventing hypoglycemic shock.πŸ˜‰

So my birthday was a couple of days ago and among other things, I’m thankful for God’s MERCY. He is the reason I’m still STANDING.


The latter part of this year has been trying for me spiritually (erratic with no functional church, dusty bible syndrome et al),  but his MERCIES kept me. So the song on replay for my birthday was this:

I won’t even lie, my last few postings have been increasingly hectic. I just switched from Orthopaedic to Neurosurgery, and every other day there’s at least one RTA patient waiting for me in the Emergency ward. 

At several points, I almost broke down (Physically and Mentally) and there were days I found myself in tears (I know, “too much water” in my tear glands..haha). In the midst of all that, God has been teaching me some vital lessons for this season which I’d like to share:  

1. PRAY MORE, NOT LESS.

This sounds obvious right? if only you know how hard it can get. 

Everyday feels like a marathon as I try to race against time (I can still hear my Reg’s voice, “IPR starts by 7:00am”. Yet I’m in the hospital till after 10 p.m. on some days even when I’m not on CALL but that’s no excuse not to have a quality time with GOD (my Father): who is the Source and Centre of it all. 

From my experience, the less I pray, the more irritable, tired, anxious, distracted and restless I get.

Pray as if your life depends on it, because it does.

I’m learning among other things, to:

– Pray for MYSELF, my COLLEAGUES, other CO-WORKERS and especially my PATIENTS.

– Pray for the WISDOM, COURAGE and STRENGTH to face the challenges that each day brings. 

– Pray for the PATIENCE to deal with trying circumstances, irate patients, annoying co-workers and every other kind of evil that the enemy wants to bring my way.

– Pray that I’m a BLESSING to my Team and not a BURDEN to them. I don’t want to be labeled as a Lazy, Undisciplined, or Disorganized Doctor. 

*IPR: Intern’s Pre-round.

2. TAKE CARE OF YOU, SO YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF OTHERS.

This is soooo important. 

I recall one day, I was so physically exhausted while running some errands, that some nurses around took time to lecture me about the importance of taking proper care of myself. 

When all is said and done, there will always be patients. But I’ll only be here for a season. 

Wisdom teaches me that to give my best, I have to build stamina. Because I can’t give what I don’t have. 

So these days, when I find myself getting worked up, I take a break. 

When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m tired, I rest. 

A hungry Doctor, is an angry Doctor. A sleepy Doctor, is a snappy Doctor. It’s that simple.

3. CONNECT WITH YOUR SUPPORT NETWORK. 

Your Friends and Family are especially important during this Housejob phase. 

It’s easy to become so consumed with the work that you don’t have the time to reach out to others. 

I know this because I’ve been there. 

It’s even more tough when you have a significant other who is not in the same location with you. 

So here’s a suggestion that works for me (It’s called the PTCV Principle):

  • Pray for them always.
  • Text whenever you miss them.
  • Call when you have the chance. 
  • Visit when there’s the opportunity.

4. DON’T JUST COUNT THE DAYS, MAKE THE DAYS COUNT.

Housejob isn’t beans. I’m sure you know that by now.

And if you’re like most people, you just want it to END already. So you can move on with your life. 

Before you know what’s happening, the days have turned into weeks, the weeks into months and the year is over.

Of course you don’t want that year to be spent merely seeing patients that are anicteric, acyanotic, afebrile, not pale , well hydrated and without pedal edema. πŸ˜…

That’s why you must be INTENTIONAL about everything you do on a daily basis. 

I’m often reminded that if I want to make a difference, the time is NOW.

5. LIVE. LOVE. LAUGH. LEARN.

No matter how tough a day is, you can always find time and creative ways to enjoy it. For me that includes:

  • Reading a good book.
  • Eating a good meal. 
  • Listening to uplifting music.
  • Hanging out with friends 
  • Watching a funny movie 

And of course connecting with patients and co-workers

You don’t know how much you have in common with others until you’re willing to have casual conversations with them. 

I’ve made a number of acquaintances with people who speak my local dialect, share my first name or birthday, similar beliefs and the likes. 

It’s an AMAZING something!

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Again, it’s MERRY Christmas from me to you.

I hope y’all don’t forget the REASON for the celebration- Christ’s BIRTH!

Here’s my all-time favorite Christmas song: 

Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::
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Housejob Chronicles- 7 Rules For The Naija House Officer!

DISCLAIMER: Shebi you know I’m barely “3 weeks” into this Housejob thing? These are strictly self-made rules o! You don’t need to take them “hook, line and sinker.” Thanking you!πŸ˜…


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Dear New Naija House Officer,

Congratulations!

I’m so glad you made it.

You worked so hard to get here, spent countless late nights studying in medical school and slaying all the GIANT exams along the way. 

However, there are new hurdles to cross and your “Housemanship” is one of them.

As a newbie Naija house officer, I’ve put together some really simple suggestions to help you get started and maximize the Housejob experience.

1. Apply yourself. I can’t over emphasize this one. 

And it’s a phrase one of my consultants used while having a conversation with me.



Don’t just count your days, make your days count.

Housejob can be so stressful that you’re in a hurry to complete it. If you’re not careful you’ll just keep counting each day that comes without making the most of it.  

2. Don’t be a fraud i.e. Avoid synthesizing stuff that don’t exist. 

Sadly, I have been a victim and it wasn’t funny. The pressure to impress the “Ogas” can be so real, that you begin to generate values for your patient’s vitals, randomly state their clinical status and so on. 

Don’t say/write what you don’t know, even if it makes you look stupid sometimes. Trust me, you will find yourself in such shoes someday. Let your MOTTO be: “Integrity over Impression.”

Whatever you do be you, but always be a PLUS wherever you go.

{Tip: Have a small notepad and a wristwatch to document everything you do for a patient even when you don’t have access to the case note.}

3. Know your lane and respect others.

You’ll meet many nurses, lab scientists, attendants etc and often the respect you give them, is the respect you get back.
Forget the stereotype rumors you’ve heard. There are nice people (doctors, nurses, security etc) everywhere. And nobody is out to get you if you do what you ought to do well.

4. There’s such a thing as “Hierarchy syndrome.” Don’t be caught in the web.

It’s safer to be on the sidelines. Don’t let anyone belittle or intimidate you. Respect your seniors, but don’t fear them. It only destroys your self-esteem.
Sometimes you really want to help your patient but you can’t do much, because you have some “Ogas” at the top that are ready to ridicule you whether for doing nothing, doing too little or doing too much.

5. Learn all you can, while you possibly can.

From unit posting to unit posting, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time flies. If you don’t make a conscious effort to learn, you won’t learn a thing. The goal of Housejob is for you to gain a level of independence in medical practice. And achieving that goal largely lies on you.

6. Remember, PATIENTS first. They are the priority of any healthcare institution, and they should be your priority too. 

That’s the reason you’re there in the first place.

So in whatever decision you make, ask yourself “what are my patient’s needs and how can I help to fulfill them“?

7. Just chill, in the end you’ll be alright.

Oh, there’ll be tough days but there’ll also be the not-so-tough ones. Don’t let anyone trick you into believing that everyday you will be called upon to resite IV lines at 1:00 am or to prepare a patient for surgery at 10:00 pm. 

There are days you’ll have few to no patients on the ward, canceled surgeries, missed appointments and so on. When such days come, enjoy them! 

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As a closing thought, here’s an adapted thought from a fellow blogger (Omooba):

“Don’t let yourself get distracted. FOCUS is a slippery thing. You are going to live long. You are not going to spend even up to a quarter of your life doing HouseJob. Give it your time, and mind. The less things you entertain in your life at a time, the better the overall quality.”

I’ll be honest with you, there are things you love that just have to give up for a while, to be able to maximize this new phase. It might hurt at first, but it’ll be worth it in the end.
So don’t forget the first rule, APPLY YOURSELF!

Here’s wishing you an “extension” and “extra call” free, housemanship year.

Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::
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