Image courtesy: https://mydiaryofaquarterlifer.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/is-there-such-a-thing-as-part-time-depression/ OOUTH’s very robust medical school curriculum made sure that we had more than our fair share of exposure to psychiatry. To ensure that we received the full dose of the sub-speciality posting- call duty and all- we were actually fully domiciled in a dormitory at the Neuropsychiatric Hospital at Aro for eight … Continue reading Talking depression depresses me, but talk we must
If your loved ones ever needed to see a doctor too Could you pray the person be a doctor like you Would you desire one who went the extra mile And received them with a welcoming smile Would you rather that he mirrored their furrowed brows And listened to their histories with a disdainful scowl … Continue reading A doctor like you
Yes, he lost a limb. He was barely six weeks old. He wasn't involved in a road traffic accident neither did he suffer any other form of trauma, yet the lower half of his right limb is gone. His only accident and crime was that he chose to be born in a country-perhaps the only … Continue reading He lost a limb
So I arrived in January 2019 with the dawning of the sad reality that I wasn't immune to writer's block afterall. Yeah, writer's block, that affliction that is to every writer what common cold is to every human- universal. I had always been inspired to write whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to. But want … Continue reading Of WANTS and NEEDS
My reward for passing my first MB exams in medical school was a brand new Littmann Classic II stethoscope. It was at the time my most priced pessession. Never mind that I wasn't entirely clear, then, as to what exactly I was supposed to be listening to with it, or what to do with what … Continue reading The dying art of medicine
A number of things I learnt as a child made lasting impressions on me. An example which readily comes to mind is a song from “Sesame Street” (is it still on Nigerian TV?!) from which the title of this piece was coined. The song is about a little kid who drops a piece of trash … Continue reading If every kid did it
When I joined the Facebook community some eight years ago, I did so by accessing the internet at a now- gone- into-extinction cybercafe. I had gone to open an email address actually, and the young nursing student who had accompanied me as my internet tour guide had introduced me to the Facebook community. As it … Continue reading Of Facebook “friendships” and other related matters
.”"Young man! Be careful and think it twice Before you choose to use, to use your device So you dont have raindrops falling from your eyes......." From "Raindrops" by 2face Idibia My first post residency job was such that i functioned both as a university lecturer and a hospital Paediatrician. The very first group of … Continue reading Not #Metoo.
I have never done a three-part blog post before now. I reckon doing one on the Sickle cell disease (SCD) theme underscores my passion for this subject. I find it particularly distressing that hardly a week goes by that we do not have a new SCD case referred to us with one or the other … Continue reading Sickle cell Disease: the essential to do list
The previous post on SCD highlighted pre-marital and prenatal determination of haemoglobin types as a couple of important steps that could help break the sickle cycle. Prevention is afterall better, safer and cheaper than cure, and it must be the central theme in educating the public about SCD. But for those already living with the … Continue reading Taming the sickle monster (Part 2): Five to fear!
Ever wondered about the seeming sudden attraction to the bottom of the Lagos lagoon alluded to in the preceding blog post on depression? (click on link) Suicide ideation is a telltale sign of depression, a most perilous sign, and there is a tendency for a person already on edge to find a convenient escape route … Continue reading Still on depression: the werther effect and related matters