Tonight I miss SVG, especially the smooth living conditions…wifi, light, running water, great variety of food, easy shopping et al.
My life was so simple and easy to organize.
You don’t consider how blessed you are until you have to do without one or two conveniences.
Those seemly insignificant things I enjoyed and often took for granted, have become a luxury since returning to Nigeria.
Things as simple as listening to music while in the shower, taking a walk or doing some chores, have been next to impossible.
In the last few days/weeks especially, I’ve been on a battery-saving regimen for all my electronic gadgets as the light situation in my current neighborhood is almost non-existent.
Governor Ambode, pls epp us na!
To be honest, this is one reason why some of my posts for this blog challenge are being delayed or canceled altogether. Talk about a very “challenging” challenge.
Anyway I’m not here to whine or complain because despite the situation…
I’m thankful for God’s goodness and lots of small favors.
Especially the ones I often take for granted:
1- Shelter: Nothing fancy, but an affordable, accessible and safe place to live in.
2- Food: it doesn’t matter whether or not I eat rice, bread or noodles every other day of the week. Thank God for eggs, beef, fish and fried plantain. My meals are never dull.
3- Clothing: Thank God for “wash and wear” attires (60% of my wardrobe can do without ironing) and a durable, multipurpose footwear that goes anywhere and everywhere. Black flats are bae!!!
And believe it or not, I’m thankful for street vendors (every basic need is within reach), okadas/kekes (fast and affordable means of transportation), the local fetchers (I can buy water at a token fee), my power bank (to augment power supply) and yes, a plastic hand fan (to keep heat, flies and mosquitoes away).
Lest I forget, I’m also thankful for pure water!!! (cheap and clean water to drink)
Again, thank God for small favors.
In the words of Apostle Paul, (I can say by faith):
“I know what it is to be in need and what it is to have more than enough. I have learnt this secret, so that anywhere, at any time, I am content, whether I am full or hungry, whether I have too much or too little. I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.”
Philippians 4:12-13 GNB
Let me also add that I’m glad to be back in Nigeria. There have been numerous testimonies. God remains faithful while the enemy is continually defeated.
You know it’s one thing to be alive, it’s another thing to be up and about.
Today, I’m especially thankful for my health…not that I’ve never been sick, but that I’m hale and hearty enough to help to take care of other sick people.
Because ultimately, Doctors treat but it is God that heals.
You see, when you spend a good part of your day in the hospital ward like I do, there are two things involved; you either become really detached or get really sober andI’ve been on both extremes.
It’s tough to see the intensity of other people’s pain and not ponder on how fragile the human body is.
One moment a person is going about his/her usual activities, the next moment he/she is down with a stroke, or heart attack or some trauma…on the other hand, he/she unknowingly contracts a disease, or is diagnosed with an autoimmune condition or a malignancy, the list is endless.
Have you ever been worried sick about the state of your health?
I have. I blame it especially on the medical knowledge I accumulated over my years in medical school. Experts refer to it as Medical Student Syndrome(Hypochondriasis of Medical Students). What have I not diagnosed myself with? Uterine Fibroids? Myasthenia gravis? Migraine? Hypothyroidism? There’s always one unexplainable disease or the other that I have…lol.
But thank God for God.
There are at least 30,000 known diseases in the world today, according to the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) andonlya third of them have known cure.
Sickness can present in diverse ways but the characteristics are the same:
1. Sickness is debilitating. It makes the patient exhausted not only physically but also mentally and financially.
2. Sickness is disabling. It leaves the patient unfit to do certain things, including simple everyday activities, walking, eating, cooking etc
3. Sickness is distracting. It keeps the patient preoccupied from other important stuff, like hanging out with friends, completing a particular project or even contributing to the society.
4. Sickness is disrupting. It usually disorganizes the patient’s life. Kids miss school. Work is neglected.
Often other important aspects of the patient’s life (like work and family) become secondary in relation to the ailment.
In short, sickness changes one’s priorities and that’s why it’s really important to consistently intercede on behalf of the sick.
To be in health is not just the absence of any illness, but the presence of physical, mental and even spiritual vitality.
Life is not just about the quantity (how long you live) but also about the quality (how well you live).
Your health not only contributes to the length of your life, it also contributes to its depth, that is, how much impact you make in your lifetime.
Sound health is theplatform for fulfilling every purpose under heaven. It is true that there are many physically challenged people doing exploits in our world today, howbeit with some help, because there is a limit to what a physically or mentally impaired individual can do.
The beautiful thing is that the rich cannot buy good health, only God can give it and that is why I’m super grateful for mine.
Having said all that, there’s still a lot we can actively do about our health. Using medical terminology, there are modifiable and non-modifiable factors to healthy living.
The obvious non-modifiable factors include: Gender, Age, Race, Family history of illnesses, and Genetics which can contribute to some illnesses.
The modifiable factors are usually related to diet and lifestyle and in one way or the other, we all can do something about that. It’s called INTENTIONAL living.
Here are three universal tips for good health:
1. Eat a balanced diet.
More fruits, less junk. Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption. Water is good but drink moderately.
2. Sleep well.
Your body needs it. 7 hours a day is the minimum recommendation for adults.
3. Keep fit.
Ensure your Body Mass Index (BMI) is within normal limits. Run if you must, skip if you want or dance if you can.
What matters is not the shape of your body but the state of your health.
Remember, HEALTH IS WEALTH.
So what are you thankful for today?
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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.
But I didn’t hear my alarm ring, which is quite unusual (or did it?).
Its default setting is 4:25 am for weekdays. (I’m an early riser, just like the Proverbs 31 Woman..lol)
Oh and I love my alarm tone, by the way…it’s a favorite song “OVERFLOWINGGREATNESS” by Lekan Oyekanmi. Y’all should listen to it here.
I especially love the part that says “my future is calling me, I arise“. It gives me a reason to actually get out of bed.
For my Quiet time, today was one of the days I was wide awake enough to transport myself from my bed to the couch. Hallelujah! Relocation is one of the tools I use to wage WAR against laziness especially with regards to Prayers and Studying!
So here’s the passage I read from:
My devotional focused on how we all tend to focus so much on safety that it has become an idol. Instead of stepping out of our Comfort Zone into the unknown like Peter did, many of us prefer to sit back in the boat like the remaining disciples and miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
The message of the cross isn’t safety first, infact Jesus says “Whosoever will save his lifewill lose it…” (Matthew 10:39). For God to be able to do some things through us, we must be willing to trade what we know for what we don’t know. So my question is this: how safe is too safe? Think about it.
And because I’m not quite done with Easter yet, I worshipped with this song– Hallelujah, Jesus is Alive.
(I’m a big fan of Ron Kenoly’s music. He used to be famous in our house when I was growing up, and I still get sentimental whenever I listen to some of my old favorites).
But really, perhaps you and I can take some time to reflect on the lyrics:
“Hallelujah, Jesus is alive,
death has lost its victory,
and the grave has been denied,
Jesus lives forever,
After my devotion, my morning went thus, in a nutshell:
–I took my bath (which lasted about 10 minutes or so. I like to time myself while in the bathroom, by playing a favorite song. That way I know if I’ve stayed too long or not. This morning, my choice was OCEANS, where feet may fail. You can listen to it here).
(Don’t you just love your bathroom? Well, I love mine. Most of the time. It’stop priority. I take real efforts to ensure it stays relatively neat and odour-free. My ideal bathroom would be so awesome that I should be able to have a cup of tea in there…lol.
PS: I find the picture frames a little amusing. It seemed a little out of place at first though).
(Ehm, I know it’s not all that impressive but I’ll get there someday! Hehe.. I’ve always loved calendars with daily inspiration quotes and that’s one right there.)
–Studied a bit, along with a quick Breakfast (A piece of Bread with a mixture of corned beef, mayo, butter, onions, mustard, etcetera; AND ol’plain WATER! I’m not a fan of Morning Tea).
(Yes, I’m a very light eater).
And I was out of the house like a breeze!
So, I beat my own record by leaving the house that early (6:45 am being my daily target).
And I also had to take out the TRASH, wastes are collected on Tuesdays in the area where I live. I once wrote a related piece here.
(But no trash pictures…lol).
(I enjoy the morning walk from my house to the Bus stop. It helps to burn some calories from breakfast, and helps with building my physical stamina too. I’m currently off my workout regime. Let’s talk about this later).
I arrived at the hospital.
The Ward was almost empty surprisingly, I guess most patients didn’t want to spend the Easter weekend in the hospital. I wouldn’t want to either, emergency or not, lol.
So we had a very brief wardround followed by a presentation by one of the medical interns. The topic was Placenta Previa, a very important obstetric indication for Cesarean sections. I won’t bore you with the details, but here’s a link you can read from if you’re interested.
A couple of medical students, starting their O&G posting joined us today. Of the 5 students in our group, I’m now the most senior, since it’s my final week.
(Yes, I love to POUT ☺️😉).
The day went pretty fast, as we busied ourselves. I got to clerk just one patient, then the Senior Registrar told me I could go home and STUDY! (Yeah, my end-of-posting exam is in 48 hours and it was a privilege to get off early).
(Writing, the part of medicine I clearly enjoy the most, next to conversing with a patient…lol)
I left the hospital.
I was home within 30 minutes. The first thing I did was to put up the curtains, I like to have a well-lit room, a habit I learnt from my mum.
I then went to relax on the sofa a bit, and happily munched the patties I had bought, as I browsed through my phone to see if I had messages pending via email or social media.
Soon enough, I went to bed.
(Yes, mum got me this Teddy. I’ve always loved teddies. One of my dreams is to have at least 3 different teddies behind the backseat of my car. Cool, isn’t it?)
I’m back from La La land.
My siesta was quite refreshing and I was prepared to face the evening. Oh yes! My Roomie was back and I could appreciate the aroma from the plantain she was frying. What to have for lunch, I asked myself?
I eventually decided: Some Potato Pie with grilled Turkey breast, and some chilledSprite to go with it.
I know right, I promise not to taste any food till tomorrow morning. It seems I’ve been eating a lot more these days, perhaps it’s the after-effect of the Easter festivities. At this rate I hope I don’t end up adding a pound or more.
(PS: I’m still watching my weight o, abeg…like I tell anyone who cares to listen, my bride–price never complete, so I can’t shout. Pun intended. By the way I’ve been off my Workout regime for over a month now, I’ve not been serious. I plan to resume SOON, it can be as SOON as next week. I hereby call on all the forces of SELF-MOTIVATION and DISCIPLINE to aid my cause..lol).
Studying has since commenced. The travails of a medical student. Nobody told me the road would be easy, so I can’t give up now.
(PS: That fine handwriting doesn’t belong to me o. It’s a friend’s. My writing is BAE abeg…hehe).
Shortly after, I needed some motivation to study, so I decided to chat with my wonderful friend and we ended up having this long conversation, of more interesting stuffs than just books.
My Roomie and I had our evening devotion where we sang, and shared what we had studied during our quite time respectively. After that I led the prayer and we shared the grace. It all lasted less than 20 minutes.
Not too long after, I went to iron my scrubs in readiness for tomorrow. It’s O&G surgery day! And it’s going to be my last one for this posting.
Still booking. And yes, I’ve transferred to the couch. Chewing some gum (thanks to my Flatie) as we speak, cos the book must enter by FIRE!!! Lol..
Took off some time to visit Facebook and attend to Whatsapp messages, and resumed “booking”…lol. I’ve now switched to solving practice questions. Maybe we can do this together, hehe…if you’re medically-oriented, can you kindly answer the question below?
Yippee! Done with the books for tonight, glory to God. I’ve since performed most of my bedtime rituals: Clearing the dishes and cleaning up, brushing my teeth and washing my face.
it’s diary time, which will be followed by reading the scriptures! No better way to end the day than with God’s word. (I’m currently on the 13th Chapter of The Acts, and it’s been an interesting read so far).
And guess who just messaged me? It’s none other than Ma Mère one and only super AMAZING Momma of life. Here’s a snapshot of our convo (trust me, it’s only a tip of the iceberg).
I know right, I’ve entered another day already. Ok, I’m done. My mum has asked me to go to bed and I have a long day ahead. 12:11 am
Finally in bed, it’s lights out. Sweet dreams, everyone.
Thanks for staying tuned people and I hope you found it enjoyable. Till I come your way again sometime in the near future, I remain yours sincerely,
bride price- a sum of money or quantity of goods given to the bride’s family by that of the groom, especially in tribal societies.
I’m not supposed to be blogging this evening. Instead, I’m meant to be studying like the serious medical student I aspire to be someday. I have a presentation in 2 days and it requires as much commitment in time, as possible. In between, I have to study and attend to lots of other things too.
But right now, permit me to rant for a while. I promise it won’t take too long.
Yours sincerely is hungry. And I mean really hungry, like food-hungry, not something a cup of tea with biscuits can fix. It’s not for lack of money or food. [Thankfully, I have enough cooked meals in my fridge, and some foodstuffs as well.] And NO, I’m not being lazy to find something to eat either.
My situation is just weird. Pathetic may be a better word, not in the tragic, pitiable kind of way though. I really don’t know how best to communicate it to you, so let’s leave it at that.
I alone know why I’m hungry. And this is not the first time. For those that know me well enough, I try to plan everything that relates to me in advance. And I mean detailed planning, especially what to eat or wear for days, weeks or months ahead. (Ok, so I wrote something about that some time last month, HERE). I’m not so used to the spur-of-the-moment thing anymore. I didn’t know how weird that was until I started hearing from some of my folks. Well, it’s okay to be weird sometimes.
Back to my situation. I’ve had my two “planned” meals for the day already, so I don’t understand exactly why my body wants more food (maybe that wasn’t enough, well I’m trying to watch my weight… 😑😟). Now I know what to eat for breakfast tomorrow, and then lunch/dinner too (depending on when I eat). But for now, it’s sad because even though I’m acutely hungry, I’ve made no provision for anything extra to eat for today. That’s one of the setbacks of me trying to be as organized as possible. There is hardly room for what-ifs. You see why my situation is pathetic. Just opening the fridge to get the next available meal is not that simple, since that would affect my meal-plan for subsequent days.
I know according to Matthew 6:34, I should take no thought of tomorrow (what to eat, drink or wear), because tomorrow will take thought for the things of itself.
But how else can I be efficient and effective with my resources? I’m not a chronic worrier per se. At least I’m learning not to be. I guess I’m missing something significant, how to draw the line between being ORGANIZED and staying SANE. My mind tries to convince my body that I shouldn’t be hungry, but I know I am. And instead of getting something to eat, I’ve been here, thinking for over an hour on what options I have: Should I eat tomorrow’s dinner? Should I go out for some KFC? Should I find something random to cook? Should I ask my neighbor for food? Or should I just go to bed?
The problem is that the more time I spend thinking about it, the more likely I am to go for the last OPTION.
Anyway, who knows? Perhaps, I might be a bit SPONTANEOUS tonight. I really need some Food to Function.