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.😉

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. 😅

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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DAY 13: TGIM!!!

Welcome back,
It’s the start of another working week.

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And I hope you’re EXCITED.

For a lot of people, Mondays are dreaded…it marks the beginning of another stressful week.


Most folks are like, “can I have an extra day to just chill, please?”



Haha
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To be honest, I get that feeling sometimes too.

But today I’m thankful for Mondays and for every day I get to make a difference.

Because what I do matters and sometimes I forget that.

It’s easy to feel pretty overwhelmed by the sheer pressure and stress of work that I’m not mindful about how I’m making the world a better place.

Medicine to me, is more than a Profession,
It’s a Passion to see people live whole, mentally, socially and physically.

The Hippocratic Oath

For me having a medical degree is a Privilege I do not take for granted, and it’s humbling when patients listen to me as I share my medical knowledge with them.

I know I’m no genius, I’m who I am by God’s grace. 

Ultimately, it is God who heals.

I’m especially grateful because what was once a dream, is today a reality.

God brought me from here,

That tiny girl with a timid face
To this point…

The confident doctor with a cute smile


He makes dreams come through. 


I may not always feel like it but I’m committed to not just the Hippocratic oath but God’s word:

“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV

I’ve been given a trust and I must prove faithful. So help me God.

Again, thank God for Mondays.

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In whatever job you do, don’t just leave with a paycheck, leave a legacy.

  • Be Passionate
  • Be Proactive 
  • Be Productive 


For you trusting God for that dream-job or the next phase of your career, don’t stop believing, don’t stop persevering…

And if you already have that dream job, remember you’re there to make a difference. 

So keep your dreams alive, the world needs it.

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What are you thankful for today?

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Stay fervent,
:::requ1ne:::

LESSON 10: KNOW WHEN TO STOP!

I realize this is an unusual piece, but I will try to put my words together the best way I can, so that the message would be passed across with simplicity. 

Success as an entity has two distinct phases: the START phase and the FINISH phase. While it is good to concentrate on the journey itself and not just the destination, we must be careful not to miss the point in our lives, when we can say like Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race…” (2 Timothy 4:7).

I know how ambitious we all get and how determined we often are to achieve our goals in life. Take Education for instance, we put in hours and hours of studying, just to get good degrees. Many times we push ourselves beyond the limits, overcoming every possible obstacle along the way in our health, finance, relationships etc Majority of us conquer our fears and setbacks, and succeed against all odds. But we don’t stop. We only bask in the euphoria momentarily. Then we move on to the next goal; Career, Marriage, Business, Ministry…the possibilities are many. And even when we are old and grey, we still go on to pick up new hobbies and task ourselves with endless expectations, hardly slowing down. Until the grave calls.

For a lot of us, success is a non-stop cycle and we are unknowingly enslaved to it. Society largely contributes to the fallacy that if you don’t reach a particular peak in life, you are not  really successful. The world we live in is full of such unhealthy competition, and a lot of lives are being trampled daily under the feet of those set-out on the mission to achieve some form of success or the other at any cost. It takes a bit of discretion and a lot of self will, not to participate in that rat-race. 

Success is something you must learn to define by yourself. If you allow the society define what success is for you, you will never measure up to it. A man who finished from a community college shouldn’t try to measure his success by the standard of one who graduated from an Ivy League School. They are not the same, but they both might be actually successful. And even so, the former more than the latter. Success largely depends on individual goals and expectations. And especially whatever God has called you to do. That’s why the place of discovering and living out one’s purpose as ordained by God, is crucial. Your Purpose (Assignment) often determines the Process (Training) you pass through.
  

To be truly successful, knowing when to STOP is as important as knowing when to START. Know when to Stop.

Even in the basic things we do on a daily basis, like studying for instance, we need to apply wisdom in both starting and stopping at the right time. It’s foolishness to study while you should be resting, just as it is foolishness to play while you should be studying. 

There is nothing wrong with trying to do your best everytime, but don’t become carried away by what others are doing that you don’t even realize that you have been able to achieve your own goals.

Be like Jesus who at last was able to say,  IT IS FINISHED! (John 19:30).

This year, as you understand better what your unique definition of Success is, pls know when to STOP. Even when the temptation to continue is strong. 

Cheers,

:::requ1ne:::