HouseJob Chronicles: A Surgery Resident’s Profile.

An interesting aspect of housejob for me, is getting to meet senior colleagues from various backgrounds, with unique personalities and a wide-range of interests in the medical field. 

As part of the HouseJob Chronicles series, I’ll be featuring some residents from my centre (FMCL) who will give insights about the expectations and demands of residency (in Nigeria).

Enjoy!
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“A good doctor cares. He cares about his patients. He’s not necessarily the doctor with the greatest knowledge, [but] he is empathic and shows compassion.”

– Dr. Fola Aduloju.


Q1. Why Surgery?

Dr. Fola: I’ve always loved the idea and I’ve always been fascinated by it. I studied medicine because I wanted to be a surgeon. Apart from that, surgery is physically and mentally challenging and I loved that too. Also, surgery is very lucrative. I also like the fact that surgeons don’t rely on medications alone, they identify the problem and take it out or fix it. Even the best of surgeons would need the services of another surgeon if he has a surgical problem… he won’t operate on himself, meaning that surgeons will always be sought after.
Lastly, I love the the theater environment.

Q2. What does a fulfilled day look like for you?

Dr. Fola: As a resident, a fulfilled day for me is one in which I have successfully balanced service rendering, academic activity, family life and rest. One hardly experiences a fulfilled day as a surgery resident. There always something that gives for another. This might be different for other residents though

A Surgery Resident’s Profile
Q3. What keeps you going on tough days?

Dr Fola: On tough days, I remind myself that this was the path I chose for myself and I won’t let temporary circumstances derail me. I keep my eyes on the prize and get going. “No pain, no gain.”

Q4. Do you have a favorite mantra? Please share.

Dr. Fola: No favorite mantra, sorry. Lol

Q5. What’s the most life-changing lesson you’ve learnt as a doctor?

Dr. Fola: Life is ephemeral and one must value every day and maximize it like it’s the last. 

There’s a thin line between life and death.

Q6. If not medicine, what?

Dr. Fola: Aviation. I would most definitely become a pilot. That was my first love before the idea of becoming a surgeon came.

Q7. What are your favorite activities outside work?

Dr. Fola: I love reading about music theory, drawing and painting, programming and foreign languages. Unfortunately most of these are time consuming and residency won’t permit. So instead, I just watch TV and sleep when I have the chance.

Q8. How do you keep your “work-life” balance?

Dr. Fola: It’s difficult in surgery. The demands are enormous and time consuming. A surgery resident would always be skewed towards work. When there is opportunity, I hang out with friends and keep myself up to date with happenings.

A Surgery Resident’s Profile

Q9. What are the attributes of a good doctor?

Dr. Fola: A good doctor cares. He cares about his patients. He’s not necessarily the doctor with the greatest knowledge, [but] he is empathic and shows compassion. 

Of course, he hungers for knowledge to improve the quality of patient care.

Q10. What advice will you give to a Naija House Officer?

Dr. Fola: Naija House officers should know that the work environment is harsh and stressful. They should find ways of simplifying their tasks and reducing the stress. In other words, they should work smart.

Most importantly, they should consider getting licensed to practice in other places irrespective of their love to practice in Nigeria. This will give them more exposure and possibly better finance to have an independent and comfortable practice. There are things one does when one is younger, do them now. Lastly, they should go after skills acquisition and thirst after knowlege/self-improvement.

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Dr. Fola Aduloju, is a graduate of University of Ilorin Medical School, and a Surgery Resident at Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Nigeria. He is interested in Neurosurgery specialty. 


Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::

    ❤️❤️❤️

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BOOK REVIEW|| The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 

Author: Stephen R. Covey

Genre: Self-help, Non-Fiction



How I came about the book
A few years back, a friend read this book via kindle and what he shared was so amazing that I decided it was a must read. Last year, I bought a copy at a roadside bookstand in Lagos. It took all of N1500, and the book was worth every penny.

Expectations
From what my friend had shared, I knew reading this book was going to impact me in every way.
I especially looked forward to becoming a better version of me and I wasn’t disappointed.


Observations
Can I just say that this book is deep?
And not in the spiritual sense of it.

A lazy mind cannot grasp its many insights.

Lessons
Talk about the mind-blowing lessons in this book. 

It’s not hype. It’s real. 

To keep it simple, I have put the lessons under some sub-headings.


On Habits, Principles & Perspectives:

  • -A habit is the intersection of knowledge, skill and desire.
  • -There is no short-cut to success, the price must be paid and the process followed.
  • -Principles are like lighthouses, they are natural laws that can not be broken.
  • -Principles don’t die. They are bigger than people or circumstances.
  • -If you’re not sure people trust you, you should ask yourself if you are trustworthy.
  • -Private victories precede public victories. Every time.
  • -Making and keeping promises to ourselves is more important than making and keeping promises to others.

We are what we continously do, Excellence then is not an act but a habit (Aristotle).

On Responsibility:

  • -Responsibility is the ability to choose your response.
  • -Between what happens to us (the stimulus) and our response to it, is our greatest power- the freedom to choose.
  • -Until we can say we are who we are today because of the choices we made yesterday, we cannot choose otherwise.
  • -Many people wait for something to happen before they do something.
  • -If you wait to be acted upon, you will be acted upon.
  • -“Proactive people focus their efforts in the circle of influence. Reactive people focus their efforts in the circle of concern.”
  • -Not to acknowledge a mistake, is a mistake in itself.

That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. Heaven knows how to put a proper price on its goods. (Thomas Paine).

On Effectiveness:

  • -Success in one area does not compensate for failure in another area of life.
  • -Delegation to time is efficiency, but delegation to people is effectiveness.
  • -To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination.
  • -Effectiveness deals less with how much effort we put but on whether we are putting it in the right direction.
  • -Effective people are not problem-minded but opportunity-minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems.
  • -Not every problem that arises is important.
  • -We must beware lest we focus on winning the battle that we lose the war.

On Vision & Values:


  • -Your mission statement is your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values.
  • -Having a sense of vision about what you’re trying to be not only gives you long-term satisfaction but also short-term excitement.
  • -By identifying where you want to be, you discover where you are.

On Discipline & Time-Management:



  • -Discipline is the ability to do something even when you don’t want to do it.
  • -Not all urgent matters are important, and not all important matters are urgent. It takes wisdom to know the difference.
  • -To say YES to what is important we have to say NO to what is not important.
  • -The key is not to prioritize our schedules, but to schedule our priorities.
  • -Some important activities are more important than others.
  • -When your values control your schedule and not vice-versa, you’re flexible enough not to feel guilty when you don’t meet up to a particular schedule.

On Relationships & Loyalty:

  • -Look at the weaknesses of others with compassion, not accusation.
  • -Our most constant relationships require our most constant deposits.
  • -A quick fix is a mirage. Building and Repairing relationships take time.
  • -To make an emotional deposit, what is important to another person must be as important as that person is to you.
  • -We must be sensitive enough not to project our own intentions and interests on the behaviors of others.
  • -To do unto others what you want them to do to you, is to make them feel as good as you would want them to make you feel by doing the things they would love, not necessarily what you’d love.
  • -It’s better not to make a promise than to make a promise that you can’t keep.
  • -One way to show integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. When you defend those who are absent, you retain the trust of those present.
  • -Relational problems are a great opportunity to build relationships.
  • -Win/Win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions.
  • -No man’s success should be achieved at the expense or exclusion of another’s.

On Communication:

  • -Conflict resolution is not about my way or your way but a better way.
  • -Unexpressed feelings never die, they are buried alive and often wreck havoc in future.
  • -Maturity is the balance between courage and consideration. You not only have to be empathic, you have to be confident.
  • -We must take time to know a problem before we offer advice.
  • -Empathic listening is listening with the intent to understand.
  • -Communication is 10% of words, 30% of sounds and 60% of body language.
  • -It’s not enough to listen with our ears, we must also learn to listen with our eyes and our hearts.
  • -In an effort to understand others, we listen, and by listening, we learn.
  • -The best way to look at people’s problems is through their eyes.

On Self-Care and Personal Development

  • -Self investment is the single most powerful investment anyone can make.
  • -We can’t live without eating, but we don’t live to eat.
  • -Your physical health affects your mental health; your spiritual health affects your social health.
  • -Improvement in one habit affects productivity in others.
  • -That which we persist in becomes easier.
  • -Many of us think we don’t have enough time to exercise. We don’t have time not to.
  • -A good exercise program is the one you can do in your own home and that will build your body in endurance, flexibility and strength.
  • -The person who doesn’t read is no better than the person who can’t read.
  • -The law of the harvest governs life- eventually we all reap what we sow.
  • The world shapes human behavior but Christ changes human nature.

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Teilhard de Chardin.

Challenges
The book is such a long read that if you’re not determined, you’ll get bored after a few pages.
Secondly, the author made to really emphasize some points over and over which wasn’t necessary in my opinion.

Because I had a hardcover copy I was not able to read it on the go. So I to had to create time at home for it.

Who should read the book?
You already know the answer? *winks*
Everyone.
Whether you’re trying to be an effective student, parent, employee or boss, this book will make you sit up.

Recommendation
I’ll give the book a rating of 4.5/5
Just because it took me all of 3 months at least, to finish it.

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I hope you enjoyed this review.
Have you read this book?

Pls share your thoughts.

Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

HouseJob Chronicles: Financial Wisdom 101

Well, this series was supposed to be all fun but this particular post may take on a serious tone.

Let’s talk about that thing called SALARY!

I know my salary is my business and your salary is your business, but when all is said and done, you can be a great doctor and still be broke.

That’s why I’d like to share some of the insight I’ve acquired, mostly by experience with you.

Since I’m no expert, this post is as good for me as it is for any Newbie House Officer.

That said, let’s dig in.

Now that you have a job, it feels like you have finally arrived.

It is not funny when a few months into HouseJob you start going broke left and right, and just as you finish clearing one debt, another one accumulates.

Here are a few tips that have helped me stay financially sane:

1. BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND


Sounds cliché, right?

Trust me on this one, your salary can develop invisible wings and fly away overnight.

As a doctor, you should have clear-cut SALARY GOALS.

And the best time to decide that is before you earn your first salary!

What are your immediate Post House-Job plans?

*Port abroad?

*Write Primaries for residency in Nigeria?

*Take a well-deserved trip to Dubai?

*Get married?

*Buy a Car?

Whatever it is, you’ll probably need a substantial amount to follow through.

The average Naija Houseofficer has a “take-home” of 100k (minus taxes and other deductions).

So what will you do with all that money?

Spend it all? Or Save some of it?

What will be your Spending:Saving Ratio?

50:50?

20:80?

10:90?

60:40 is comfortable and works well for me.

So find out what works for you, and make it work.

2. HAVE A BUDGET

Maybe you never had a budget as a medical student because pocket money was not an issue.

Now that you’re earning your own pay, it’s wise for you to have a basic budget.

It’s hard to plan a budget, it’s even harder to follow through.

The goodnews is that a budget should serve as your guide and not your master.

Before that alert hits your phone, get a pen/notepad and write out your budget.

* How much goes for feeding/groceries?

* How much for utilities? transport? rent?

* How about emergencies?

Having a budget may not make sense to you initially, but soon you’ll realize its importance.

3. BE GENEROUS BUT APPLY WISDOM


Here in Nigeria, doctors are a big deal as far as an average family is concerned.

In some families, a doctor is seen as a beacon of hope to alleviate all forms of financial distress.

While there is nothing wrong with meeting some of the financial needs of your loved ones, don’t throw caution to the wind and think you can solve every money related problem that arises.

You’re not the GREAT Provider.

It is even more tricky for guys, when “baes” of different sizes and shapes are involved.

Bros, your name is not Santa Claus. Receive sense in Jesus’ name!

Before you became a doctor, there were needs. Now that you’re a doctor, there are needs.

God forbid that you lose your medical license or fall ill, there will still be needs.

Wisdom, is profitable to direct.

4. BEWARE OF 419

Everyone wants to get richer and doctors are no exception.

Doctors are easy targets to scammers in the name of investors.


If you’re a Nigerian living in Nigeria, you’ll know that Passive Income is the trending thing.

I’m no expert in the world of Multilevel marketing or Cryptocurrency, but I’ve seen people put in a whole lot of money with zero returns.
It can be devastating.

My point is, don’t say YES to every invitation to invest. Double check any idea you’re being offered and do your home work before you launch in.

May you not fall a victim of 419. Amen.

5. DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY.

When all is said and done, your present salary is not enough to fulfill all your future dreams.

It’s very tempting to want to save to the last kobo and live like a peasant during housejob.

That however is unwise.

You’re not in this world to suffer. 

You worked hard for this money (remember the many years you spent studying tirelessly in school), so you deserve to enjoy it.

Flex a little. Shop for some new clothes or shoes. Go on a mini-vacation. Give yourself a treat from time to time.

Don’t WORRY about the future. After all, no one is guaranteed of tomorrow.

Save what you can. Give what you can. Invest what you can.

And spend the rest like a boss.

6. MONEY IS NOT EVERYTHING.

You know this.

I know this.

We all know this.

But for some weird reason(s), we like to think/act the opposite. 

As if everything depends on money.

You worth much more than your pay check. Remember this. 

So even if you don’t earn enough, to save, invest or spend as you like-the value of your life is definitely more important to God than your salary.  

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For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. Ecclesiastes 7:12 KJV

Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::
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APRIL|| DISCOVER

Hey friends, 

It’s EASTER!

And coincidentally (or not) it’s APRIL FOOLS DAY



but we’re not FOOLS and we are not FOOLED.

“He is no fool, who trades what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” (Jim Elliot)


We know that Christ is risen and for this we rejoice!

His resurrection is not a myth, it is the TRUTH.

I hope you let that truth sink in for a moment.

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So moving into the new month vibes.

The theme|| DISCOVER

Image credit: WEB

So I put together a customized reverse acronym (whatever it’s actually called):

D- Dig Deeper

I- Inspire more

S- Serve selflessly

C- Communicate sincerely

O- Open up about struggles

V- Verbally affirm others

E- Excel at work and life

R- Rest in God’s promises

I just can’t wait to experience all the goodness God has embedded into the month.

WORD:

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusted in him.” (Psalm 34:8)

SONG

CURRENTLY READING:

  • School of the Spirit (Robert Liardon)
  • Preparing for marriage (John Piper)
  • The Purpose driven life (Rick Warren)

MEMO TO ME:

In line with the theme, DISCOVER, I’m reminding myself of some important things like:

My Personal Philosophy


My Core Values


My Principles


I am so convinced that:

My likes and dislikes,

My strengths and weaknesses,

My experiences and relationships,

My achievements and failures,

All that I was, 

All that I am,

All that I will be, and

All that I’ll never be…

tell a BEAUTIFUL story. 

So do yours.

Until you believe that, you’ll keep living in other people’s dream world.

So APRIL is a time for me to…

Retreat. Reflect. Refresh.

So I can DISCOVER more of what God has deposited into me, and effectively serve my generation with my unique gifts and skills. 



So help me God.

Cheers,

:::requ1ne:::
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BOOK REVIEW|| LESSONS FROM FERVENT

Author: Priscilla Shirer

Genre: Christian, Non-Fiction

How I came about the book
Similar to the book UNSTOPPABLE, it was from a library of books shared by an amazing sister in our TFSA group.

Expectations
If you’ve watched The Movie, WAR ROOM then you are already familiar with the amazing Priscilla Shirer who acted the main character in the movie.

For some reasons, I’m yet to watch the movie but was pretty excited about reading the book.

And can I just say this? I LOVE(D) THE BOOK.

Every page I turned was loaded.

I’ve read it twice already and look forward to a third read.



Observations
The book was an easy read.
The writing format was personal.
It was as though the author was speaking to me directly.

The crux of the book was PRAYER.
It is not a book that cajoles you to pray.
It is a book that compels you to pray.

“We simply don’t have the luxury of playing nice with prayer, not if we want things to change.”

You don’t even have a choice.

For every page you turn…

You Read.

You Meditate.

You Pray.

Then Repeat.

The enemy starts failing when we start praying!

Lessons
The lessons in this book are just too numerous and it’ll be a great disservice for you to think you can make do with the few snippets I’ll share here:

1- Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth. Fervent prayer is fueled by passion and fed by faith!

2- The battles the enemy wages has a personality to them, an intimate knowledge of who you are and the precise pressure points where you can most easily be taken down.

3- Satan is not God. And he is not God’s counterpart or peer. They’re not even on the same playing field. His influence, authority, and power don’t even touch the fringe of what our Lord is capable of doing. Satan and God are not mates, period.

4- Prayer: It’s how we keep our whole selves engaged and alert, trusting God for the right things, confident He’s giving them, able to sense His direction about what to do and then to take action accordingly.

5- Expect prayer to expose where you’re still resisting God—not only resisting His commands but resisting the manifold blessings and benefits He gives to those who follow him.

6- Instead of convicting you for the purpose of restoration, as God’s Spirit does, Satan condemns you for the purpose of destroying and humiliating you. There’s nothing bad in your life the devil won’t try to make worse!

7- Focus protects your goals and dreams from being consumed in small bites, stolen right out from under your nose in twenty-minute segments of compromise.

8- There is something you can’t see working underneath the surface, controlling and manipulating what you can see. Praying with precision is key. When we pray about the places where we seriously suspect the enemy is at work—that’s how we keep our prayers focused, not only on particular situations but on biblical truths that are consistent with maintaining victory in the midst of them.

9- One of the enemy’s strategies is to make you mourn who you wish you were rather than celebrate who you really are. His primary tools are Insecurity and Self doubt.

10- Prayer is a reminder to yourself, as well as a declaration to the enemy, that you know he’s there. That you’re on to him.

11- Prayer makes us aware of all the resources and strength and protection that God has already placed on our side.

12- Stop at the place where you first recognize the scent of temptation in the air. And before you touch it, remember where it’s been, where it came from and who’s behind it- SATAN!

13- God’s purpose in giving you Sabbath spaces amid your full, productive life is to help you be uninhibited in your devotion, service, and worship of Yahweh.

14- Prayer—fervent, strategic prayer—can change things. Even unchangeable things. Even things as unchangeable as real-life scenes from your past—what you did, what you didn’t do, why you did it, why you didn’t.

15- Expect your fervency to lead you to a place of rest. Because God is the One who’s fighting for you. And He will surely prevail.


Let me just stop here….you all need to get this book!

Challenges

It’s easy to forget the great lessons in the book if you don’t put them to practice immediately. To maximize this book, you can share it with a friend, prayer partner or members of your small Christian group so you each other accountable.

Who should read the book?

Everyone.

Especially, you reading this review.

Yes, YOU.

Trust me when I say your life CANNOT remain the same afterwards.


I’m a living witness.

PS: A lazy christian will not benefit from the book.

Conclusion

FERVENT literally forces your spiritual eyes to open.

You begin to notice things.

Familial Patterns, Self destructive Habits or Carnal Feelings that you might have hitherto taken for granted.

Recommendation

This book is pure Gold and I recommend it for:

Every Sister who wants to make a difference,

Every Daughter who wants to know the truth,

Every Wife who wants to live in peace,

Every Mother who wants to walk in victory,

And,

Every believer with a burden to intercede, both male and female.

And if you are thinking of going on a few days personal retreat, FERVENT is definitely a choice book to take along.

It will also help to make (or buy) Scripture flash cards and keep a Prayer journal while reading this book. You’ll be glad you did.

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I hope you enjoyed this review.

Have you read FERVENT? 

If yes, please share your thoughts. 

Cheers,

:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

HouseJob Chronicles- A day in the life of a Naija Intern.

Hello friends, 

Here’s a post showing what a typical stress free day looks like for me as a medical house officer in Nigeria. 

Enjoy!

***

Today was a good one.

Let’s call it the typical FRIDAY SYNDROME


So I’ll join Millions of People across the globe to scream


T.G.I.F

Yaaas! (Image credit: WEB)

Although I have to be at the hospital tomorrow, work is going to be flexible (hopefully), since it’s a non-working day.


Tbh, I never imagined housejob could be this hard.

There are days I love my job 100%.

Other days, not so much.

Occasionally, I get lowkey depressed.

Talk about the physical and mental stress, whether sensible or otherwise.


HouseJob in Naija takes a special kind of grace I tell you.

Anyway, TODAY started on a relatively good note.

When I woke up- which was around 5:30 a.m- the power was out as usual, and with the intensity of Lokoja heat, I had no choice but to get out of bed asap.

I was able to take my bath, brush my teeth, journal some thoughts in my diary, and reheat yesterday’s dinner (white rice and stew) for lunch- all in record time!

LUNCH PACK…Issa Lifesaver!
My dad called while I got dressed, a few minutes after I stepped out of the house, got on the first motorbike I saw and was at the hospital before 7 a.m.

Of the 15 patients- that are split over 6 wards-being managed by my team (Endocrinology Unit), I saw 6 while my partner, Dr. M, (who is definitely more hardworking than I am) saw the remaining 9 patients.

Meet Dr. M

By 8 a.m, I joined other interns, residents and consultants, for our weekly departmental House Officer’s presentation.

Today’s topic was CNS Toxoplasmosis by one of my favorite colleagues, Dr. Tony. It lasted about 2 hours. 

I’m not proud to say I didn’t concentrate during the presentation, because I was chatting on one hand, and making a to-do-list/shopping list on the other. 

Following the presentation, my team had a pre-consultant ward round. 

The team is made up of 2 House officers (Interns), 2 residents, 1 senior resident, and 2 consultants.

Thankfully, the Consultant ward round didn’t hold, as the consultant who was to do the round got called for an important meeting. 

Still wardround lasted about 3 hours. We had to take blood samples, update treatment sheets, check drug charts and the likes. At some point, I had to sneak off to have lunch (because I can’t come and go and kill myself). 

The goodnews was that we discharged 3 of our patients, which is a MIRACLE.

We were done before 2 p.m. While the rest of my team left for home/to run personal errands, I stayed behind.

Not too long after, there was a call that one of our patients with DMFS was out of surgery and my team should start him on the Glucose-Potassium-Insulin (GKI) regimen. 
It took a while to get through to one of my senior colleagues and I even got into an altercation with an otherwise-usually friendly colleague, that got me both angry and hurt. I tried to make the person understand I was only joking but I guess it was a costly one.

Maybe, I play too much. #Lessonlearnt

Eventually left the hospital around 5 p.m. after setting an iv access and constituting the GKI regime together with my Partner.



Dr. M, walked me to the hospital gate, then I went across the road to a nearby supermarket for my typical weekly shopping. It was surprising when moments later two of my cousins (who were visiting a relative at the hospital) walked in too. Let’s just say I was wowed when all my groceries were paid for by one of them.

On leaving the supermarket, my favorite bike man picked me up (he charges only N50 instead of the usual N60 or even N70). The distance between the hospital and where I leave, is roughly 5 minutes by bike. 


When I got home, I briefly went to purchase a bag of pure water from a small shop on the street. 

After which I prepared indomie (with boiled egg) for dinner, had a bath, and ate as I chatted with friends PRN. 


I plan to take a nap shortly after publishing this post.

My plan for the rest of this evening is to: tidy up the kitchen, write in my prayer journal, probably practice Spanish on my Duolingo app, go through a presentation I have in 2 weeks and catch up on social media. 

So far, it’s been a good day and I really look forward to having a refreshing weekend even though I’m on call tomorrow. 😑

I know this feeling…hahaha (Photo-credit: WEB)
Again,

We don’t COMPLAIN, We give THANKS!

For life, for strength, for health, for joy unspeakable, for peace in the midst of several storms, for unmerited favor, for victory…for God’s uncountable blessings.

Thank God for housejob.

It’s a fulfillment of one of the scriptures God laid in my heart during my waiting season, last year:

And he has been faithful through it all.

***

Cheers to a fantastic weekend,
:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

MARCH|| Favorite Things Tag.

I know I’ve been AWOL for the last few weeks.

Among other happenings, let me just say:

1. Housejob has been HARD!


2. Lokoja heat is really oppressive.

But I’m not here to whine.


Because for this job, I prayed

Also the scripture tells me that

“The LORD is my shepherd; I have EVERYTHING I need.”
Psalms 23:1 GNB

Emphasis on Everything.

God knows I have so many wants, but he so graciously meets my needs…every time.

Without further delay, let’s get into the TAG thingy:

1. EARLY MORNING|| Shower 🚿 or Bubble Bath 🛀 ?
Shower. I’d love one right now.

2. TEMPERATURE|| Sunshine 🌞 or Rain 🌧?
Rain…minus thunder, lightning and flooding.

3. ON A CHILLY DAY|| Coffee ☕️ or Tea ☕️?
Coffee…nothing beats the smell and taste of coffee. And no, I’m not an addict.

4. FOR FUN|| Book 📖 or Tv 📺?
Book…aka Bookworm.
Anywhere. On the couch. On the toilet seat. Under a tree. In the car.
Anytime. While Eating. While chatting.
Paperback or Ebook? Are you kidding me? Ebook ofcourse.

5. TRAVEL|| Road trip 🚘 or Flight ✈️ ?
Flight…it’s an amazing feeling to be up in the clouds and over the ocean…plus there’s something about the flight meals, I just can’t resist them😂

6. ACTIVITIES|| Indoor 🏡 or Outdoor⛷?
Indoor…homebody in the morning, afternoon and night. If I had a choice, I’ll happily work from home.

7. FOOTWEAR|| Heels 👠 or Flats 👟?
Flats…Excuse me, who heels epp 😏??

8. MUSIC|| Rock n Roll 🎧 or Reggae 🎤?
Reggae. Let’s just say I’m my Father’s daughter😉

9. SHOPPING|| Malls 🏤 or Open Stalls 🗽?
Malls…I love to window shop and people-watch, and I dislike the typical Naija market stress and endless bargains, no strength biko. I don’t mind paying an extra penny for my convenience.

10. SWIMMING|| Pool 🏊 or Beach 🏖?
Beach…all the way, baby. I love the freedom the beach offers and oh, those waves are delicious or something like that.

***
So I’d have loved to tag a handful of people but I’ll keep it open to everyone who is interested. 
Gracias.

Cheers!
:::requ1ne:::
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FEBRUARY|| P R I O R I T I E S

Hey Friends,

Welcome to F E B R U A R Y.

I know it’s been a couple of days already but…It’s better late than never. 

God is good!
I’m excited because this month is another opportunity for me to start AFRESH with God.
Because our God is a God of new beginnings.

“In the BEGINNING, God created….”

In him, all things are made NEW. Including broken dreams, failed relationships, missed opportunities, deteriorating health and more. 

And yes, I’ve seen all of the above happen in my own LIFE. 
Again thank God for F E B R U A R Y. 

Like a friend mentioned in her blogpost, January was a TRIAL month for a lot of us.

And in another friend’s words, 

“February is the new January.”

My prayer is that everyone reading this will have the faith and courage to start AFRESH with God this month. No matter how impressive or challenging the last month was. 

Because moving forward, we have NO EXCUSE but to do what God would have us do.

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One of the lessons God has reminded me of, in recent times is to learn to define my priorities.

My priorities determine my choices.
And each day that comes, I’m faced with lots of choices. 

Some are quite simple.

Like deciding what to wear to work in the morning, what to eat during the day or what time to go to bed at night.

Others are more complex.

For instance, I recently got another job offer (in the town where my family lives) and it was a tough decision to remain in my current workplace rather than move back home.

Some advantages I considered were:

– The new job offer is in a facility at least 4 times bigger than where I currently work, with hopefully better exposure and even post Housejob opportunities.
– I will have more proximity to my family and loved ones.
– I get to fellowship/serve in my home church, something I would really, really love to do.
– I get to spend less and save more, since I’ll be getting most of my upkeep as regards foodstuff and groceries from home.

A few well-meaning friends counseled me to accept the offer but I had to decline eventually, because I believe I’m here in this particular location for a reason, and I trust God enough to reveal that to me in due time.

Another important lesson I’ve learnt over time is that: 

Every choice has a CONSEQUENCE.

Here’s one Google definition of the word consequence:

– importance or relevance.


synonyms: importance, import, significance, account, moment, momentousness, substance, note, mark, prominence, value, weightiness, weight, concern, interest, gravity, seriousness.


In the long run,

My choices determine my destiny.



That’s definitely something to pause and think about.

If I don’t have the right priorities, I won’t make the right choices.

If I don’t make the right choices, I will face the consequences of my wrong choices.

Simple, right?

Here are some benefits of having clearly stated priorities:
1. To differentiate what is URGENT from what is IMPORTANT.
2. To conserve my physical, emotional, spiritual and mental energy.
3. To effectively manage my time.
4. To be proactive (rather than reactive) about life.
5. To focus on what I’ve been called to do rather than what others are doing.

In recent times God has also reminded me that to consistently make healthy choices, I need a Margin.

A MARGIN is defined as the difference between my LOAD and my LIMITS.

Truth is, we live in a BUSY world. There are lots of things calling for our attention from every direction. 

If we don’t put a margin to what we do on a daily basis, we would quickly exhaust the ENERGY (Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Emotional) that God has bestowed to us.

I CAN DO ALL THINGS, BUT I’M NOT CALLED TO DO EVERYTHING. 

Here are some of the things I believe God would have me do this year

1. Fruitful dieting: I’m not a big FAN of fruits. In the last couple of years, I’ve tried adding fruits to my meal plan but I’ve not been consistent. I’m highly selective (with apples, bananas and coconuts) and some days I’m not just in the mood to buy or eat any fruit. 

I’m hopeful that this year, my story will change for the better. 

2. Book Reviews: I’ve never reviewed a book before despite being an avid reader. I know it’s supposed to be simple but I keep asking myself if I can even try. No more excuses, this year (and hopefully before month end) I’m going for it. 

3. Ambidextrous challenge: Okay so this is a little funny. I know a couple of my colleagues who are left handed writers. Let’s just say I think it’s cool. Since I’m naturally right handed I decided to practice writing with my left hand too. So far, so good, I think I’m doing pretty well. 

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FEBRUARY Highlights:

💡WORD- Ps 1:2

💡WORSHIP

💡Currently Reading:

The book of PSALMS


– School of the Spirit (Roberts Liardon)


– The Purpose driven life (Rick Warren)


– Before You Say “I do” (Anonymous Monk)


– What I would do differently (Sam Adeyemi)


– Marriage Makeover (John & Lisa Bevere)

💡ADVENTURE:

 I’m thankful that my new posting is a bit more flexible. So I got to watch a really nice movie over the weekend. 

Maya the bee


***

That’s all for now! 

Cheers to a great FEBRUARY.
:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

HouseJob Chronicles: PROGRESS

Hello everyone!

Guess who just completed her SURGERY Posting? 💃💃💃

Seems just like yesterday when I started this HouseJob thing,

Look at God.


I’m so thankful for the journey so far…the good, the bad, the ugly and the extremely wonderful.

All in all, God favored me.

I worked with some of the most amazing colleagues ever. And I won’t be forgetting my surgery experience in a long, long, time.

Quick breakdown.

So I rotated through 8 (out of 9) units of surgery:

– General Surgery (2 weeks)
– Pediatric Surgery (2 weeks)
– Orthopedics (1 week)
– Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery (2 weeks)
– Neurosurgery (2 weeks)
– Urology (2 weeks)

Total: 11 weeks

Leave: 1 week

On a scale of 1-10, my preferred units were

– Pediatric Surgery (7),
– Urology/Plastic Surgery (6)
and

– Orthopedics (5.5).

Mostly because of the flexibility the units offered, the light workload or the fact that I worked with some of the most benign Residents or Consultants.

I remember when I was a surgeon…lol


Neurosurgery was the best as per clinical skills/acumen but it was quite hectic physically and otherwise.

My General surgery experience was quite hectic too in terms of pressure from superiors. I rotated twice (one week each) and barely survived 😂.

Of course, we all know I won’t be specializing in any of the fields of surgery, thanks so much.

***

So here’s my PROGRESS Report 3 months into Housejob:

PS: If you haven’t, please read this post, HouseJob Chronicles- GOALS.

PROGRESS REPORT

Others:

– Assisted in Surgery: 5
– Wound debridement: 1
– Served IM/IV Injections: 6

I’m so PLEASED with myself right now. Well, apart from no acquiring any suturing skills from surgery🙈 Tbh, I didn’t even try to…the entire suturing technique looks like magic to me.

Well, I’m in a new department-Internal Medicine-and I look forward to not just learning new skills but also acquiring lots of Clinical knowledge. So help me God.

Hopefully in another 3 months, I’ll share with you the other feathers I have added to my cap.

Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::
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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!  📷

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.”

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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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