The Great lie

In man there are myriad serpents.

So many lies compound the human heart, so many deceptions flood his mind. Man is mistaken about a lot of things, from the way he perceives himself and others to the world at large. He sees himself as flesh and bone.

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THE RIGHT TIME

…And everything on earth will happen at the right time – This love thing does happen at the right time.
At some point you begin to desire the euphoric feeling of love, the continuous care from the one you would call bae, the words of love from the lips of the precious one which drips of sweet honey. This is a good feeling which shouldn’t be ignored as the heart of a man desires to be intimate and loved by another.
Love is strong, it makes the proud humble. Love makes you see the imperfect as perfect. Love keeps you happy. Nothing can put this love out, not even fire nor flood. Love is the greatest.
Love happens everywhere and everyday but most times, this usually lasts for a very short period because the act of patience was ignored. If only you would just WAIT, this love thing happens at the right time.

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“Love is…” #2 (A series by Eki Wari)

Beautifully Imperfect. (Love is Patient)

1 Corinthians 13:4

Something I have noticed about us Nigerians is that we place A LOT of importance on appearances. From a very young age we were taught that perfection was the only option, and love was sort of a reward for that perfection. You do good, you are loved; you make a mistake and you are punished (often times in excess of the mistake). So growing up, we began to place those same demands for perfection on ourselves. We became preoccupied with keeping up appearances and looking as though we have everything together. Subconsciously, we crave and demand perfection from ourselves and others because we have been conditioned to believe that anything less than that is unacceptable and unworthy of being loved.

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Clinical Case 4 (Infectious Diseases)

An 18-year-old female patient applied to Van State Hospital with complaints of fever and fatigue beginning 15 days ago accompanied by headache, weakness, palpitation and abdominal pain, followed by diarrhoea which began a week later. The patient was transferred to the Infectious Diseases Department of the Medical Faculty of Yüzüncü Yıl University.

On physical examination, her Temperature was 39°C; Pulse rate: 92/min, rhythmic; Breath rate: 24/min; Blood pressure: 100/60 mm Hg.

She had apathic confusion, her sclerae were sub-icteric, her skin and conjunctivae pale, her lips and tongue dry and her tongue rusty.

She had a painful hepatomegaly which exceeds the costal ridge by 1 cm and she had no lymphadenopathy.

Investigation showed pancytopenia

Occult blood in stool was ++ positive, there were sparse leukocytes and erythrocytes found on stool examination.

Question:

1) What are your possible differentials?

2) What is your likely diagnosis?

3) What further investigation would you want to carry out?

4) How will you manage the patient?

Letter to my old lover

Dear Ex,
I fell in love because I didn’t know better, I was born in love with you in a world where loving you didn’t feel so wrong. With you I thought I had good times. You enticed me with things I thought were necessary but now; I realize they aren’t worth my salt. I didn’t think I was missing out on anything. O how you misled me; holding my hand all the way to destruction but I didn’t know better.
I didn’t know things were wrong until someone called out to me. I was reluctant at first and didn’t feel like I deserved him because of all the guilt and shame I felt for being with you. He got closer, introduced himself to me and the more I got to know him the more in love I fell. I knew that those things we shared didn’t matter. You only blinded me from what could have been.

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“Love is…” #1 (A series by Eki Wari)

How much love? (Matthew 22:37-40)

A while ago I had an epiphany while reading this verse. It’s a verse that I have read and quoted countless times, but I suddenly understood it in a different light. Jesus had just been asked a question about what the greatest commandment was, and the answer He gave is one that has caused me (and many other people I daresay) sleepless nights. He gives 2 commandments which He says are of equal importance, and on which every other commandment is based. The first is that we are to “love God with all our heart, soul and mind”, and the second is that we are to “love our neighbors as ourselves”. The epiphany was about the second commandment, the one about loving our neighbors. Loving other people the way Jesus does is something that has always been a struggle for a lot of us. We find “loving our neighbors” a difficult and sometimes downright impossible task.
I have come to realize that Jesus is always deliberate with His choice of words. In all His teachings, whenever He gives an instruction, He always gives us guidelines on how exactly to carry out this instruction, and Mat 22:39 is no different. When we read this verse and teach on love, we are often so focused on the first part, the “love your neighbor”, that we do not realize the gravity of the qualifier He attached, “as yourself”.

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Part II- The interview with Blessing and Charles.

This is a continuation from- “I think he would make a good husband…”

Candentia: How many years of experience is required for a person to be considered a solid partner or is experience measured by the number of partners you’ve had?

Blessing: (Laughs) I don’t think it’s about how many partners you’ve had in the past. It’s possible to have your first and only relationship. I learnt from a book I read that the price for success is always paid in full and in advance. So, if Charles decides – like he’s already doing – to learn about relationships before entering into one, it saves him a lot more than going through several relationships.

Candentia: So, you really believe in going into just one relationship?

Charles: Yes. I would just like to enter one relationship which I believe would end in marriage. That’s my plan but… I really trust God to help me.

Candentia: So, after medical school, house job and NYSC, what next?

Blessing: It’s not exactly well-planned out but, in no particular order, I would put for my residency programme in paediatrics.

Candentia: Why not medical psychology?

Blessing: Why not child psychology. As much as I have interest in human relationships, I don’t exactly enjoy the lecture contents of psychology and psychiatry. I believe the lecture content is an important thing to consider when choosing a residency programme.

Charles: I don’t have it all figured out but I really trust God that when I finish, of course I’ll go through the normal rigours of house job and youth service… service, probably… I think I’m drawn towards public health and health policy, you know… being in a situation to change the face of medicine in this country (laughs). But seriously, I feel that’s what I’m being called to do. After this degree, by the grace of God, I would like to go outside the country to get adequate training and of course, come back and make a change.

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Finding the most effective method of studying for you by Esther Azom

Like many things in medicine, it is my opinion that studying should be individualized. A lot of the mistakes people make stem from the fact that they try to ‘copy’ or do exactly what someone else says is the right way of studying.

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It will be wrong not to acknowledge the general principles that work for almost everybody however, effective studying and reading methods should be specific to a person. For example, consistent and repeated reading combined with a regular attendance of classes would generally ensure that you do well or at worse, stay above the 50-points mark (which we all know is very essential).

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“I think he would make a good husband. I think Charles is really teachable. Even though he may not have experience right now, I believe he would still do well” – Blessing Chiamaka Ibe

After nearly three months of planning, we finally did it. We got to chat with two of the brightest minds in ABUAD, Blessing Chiamaka Ibe, a 600-level medical student, and Charles Okeke, a 500-level medical student.

Over the years, these two have had major influences on the course of things in ABUAD medical school, from spiritual affairs to secular matters.

Blessing Chiamaka Ibe, who happens to be a skilled writer, has served as the CMDA Editorial committee coordinator (2013-2016) and also, as the school Editor-in-Chief (2017). Both times, she has successfully lead one of the happiest units of the CMDA, ABUAD chapter – the Editorial unit.

Charles Okeke has also been a great leader. He has served as a course rep, the CMDA Missions coordinator (2013-2014), CMDA Preclinical Coordinator (2014-2016), Assistant Prayer Coordinator (2016), School President (2017) and Ex-Officio (2018).

Now, let’s get down to the interview.

Candentia: There’s something peculiar to the two of you. In the past, both of you have served as leaders in CMDA in different capacities. What were those things that you would say were exciting about your different offices?

Blessing: One of the things I found really exciting was coming for editorial board meetings. When I first became the leader of the board it wasn’t so exciting because back then, the editorial work wasn’t something that was well-defined. After I became the leader, it felt like I had a new family. It seemed Thursdays became my best days because I was always looking forward to editorial board meetings.

Another thing was something I would describe as “a beautiful pain” because, I was having to do a lot of thinking. The thinking was painful because it pushed me to think outside the box but then it was beautiful because it made me grow. So, I think it was an exciting part for me.

Another exciting thing as a CMDA member was that I got to see people serving God not the way other people see it. It was more like people were serving God playfully but seriously.

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Episode 8 #NakedAndUnafraid

Nneka is a beautiful, working class young lady who is well to do; she has a side hustle that amps up her monthly pay and all. She is also 39 years old, pushing forty.

Since she started dating, she has been in and out of relationships for different reasons and just when she is about to give up on them entirely, she meets Oliver.

This is a young man with whom she falls in love and is ready to spend the rest of her life, and vice versa. Before he goes to meet her family, he tells her he has something to say…he then breaks it to her that he had lied earlier on about his age and that instead of 40,he was actually just 32.

What would you advice sister Nneka to do at this point? Go ahead irrespective of the age gap between the two of them and the inevitable refusal from her parents, or leave him for someone else, and why?

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Clinical Case 3 (Paeds)

A 6 year old comes to the clinic with a 2-day history of fever, acute abdominal pain, and joint swelling. The child’s mom states he had some type of sore throat recently and was treated successfully with some antibiotics. Upon physical exam, the patient had a temperature of 102°F with a new heart murmur. There was no evidence of joint edema, erythema or tenderness at the time of visit. Of the following, what would you least likely see in the patient.
A. Leukocytosis with increased polymorphonuclear cells
B. Normocytic, normochromic anemia
C. Increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate
D. Positive throat culture for streptococcus
E. Elevated serum titre of antistreptolysin-O

The Heat of the Desert: The CEC experience

It was a Friday afternoon. The sky glared and the wind— the wind was nothing but calm air. It seemed like the sun had come out to play as we perspired heavily in her stead. Our feet were keen to meet the earth at Kwali, but our lips dithered about whether or not to curse the heat that welcomed us.

A coterie of medical students (from ABUAD and EKSUTH Chapters) had that morning undertaken an eight-hour road trip that would haul all seventeen of them to a venue about three hundred miles away from the comfort of their fancy beds. (Permit the author’s transition to third person narration).

We had finally made it to Kwali, Abuja for the Christian Medical and Dental Association first CEC (Central Executive Committee) meeting for the year 2018. Led by School President, Oko-ose Oseosenaga, the Afe Babalola University Chapter was unprecedentedly fully represented. Our arrival was greeted with several exchanges of pleasantries and after completing the mandatory registration process we advanced to the cafeteria for lunch. Our taste buds were introduced to the deliciousness of the northern cuisine, Massa. Alas! What a crime it is to taste heaven once and never again. Later that evening, the ceremony commenced with beautiful music that resonated with the harmony of our souls and we could not but watch our praises ascend beyond the confines of the ceiling. Nnanna Jemie Uche, the Northern Zonal Coordinator officially welcomed all guests and delegates to the program. Subsequently, the CMDA National President, Abdulrahman Teasop Fofie, mounted the dais and gave his opening remarks with encouraging words from the book of Hebrews. The whole congregation echoed a number of inspiriting hymns. I was particularly mesmerized by the hymn, Carry your Candle. “There is a candle in every soul, some brightly burning, some dark and cold…”. And the evening of Friday ended with our retreat to our various ‘hotel rooms’. The sight of the refulgent full moon in the lonely sky kept the eyes of many who watched occupied, until their eyelids slumbered.

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Episode 2 #SundayStyle

Happy Sunday! You know what they say: life sure isn’t perfect but your outfit can be. Say hello to our style icons of today. (Photo credits to Beckley Photography)

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Sharon looks effortlessly beautiful in her ankara top.
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Fashions fade, style is eternal.
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This is Ohis trying his possible best to not look fly. (As you can see, it isn’t working)
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Everyday is a fashion show and the world is his runway.

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Episode 7 #NakedAndUnafraid

Dear CANDENTIA,

I’m so confused….
Married to a Pastor for 14 years, 3 beautiful children. My husband has always been somewhat controlling, but in the past 2 years controlling has turned into severe emotional abuse.
My Christian background keeps me thinking, save the marriage, stay by his side no matter what, support his hopes and dreams and his ministry.

One of the times I was pregnant, he beat me severely for not preparing his dinner on time. I thought I was going to lose the child. He even said the only reason he hadn’t married someone else was because I was still alive.
I’m afraid to talk to people at church about it because he is the “annointed” leader of the ministry. Everybody looks up to him as a Spiritual mentor and father.

I want to leave, I have a plan 80% in place to remove myself and my children in the next 30 days, but I just can’t help but think that God would want me to stay.

I know that GOD HATES DIVORCE, and feel very let down, but is this kind of abuse tolerable?

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How to study effectively by Damilola Jesuyajolu

Pre-read, read, and discuss.

No topic is too abstract and complex. Only the teachers feel so, and only the student thinks so. Before you pick up a topic, pre-read it casually on the internet. and grasp what you can from it. Make it interesting for yourself, even laugh about some statements they make.

Next, pick up the slides, and read line by line. chances are, the slides would be easier to understand. Try to find reason behind every statement on that slide. Afterall, the person that put it there, wasn’t fabricating info.

And the last, discuss with friends. Sadly, no matter how much you read, it can’t and will not be as good as when you discuss. Talk about the topics with friends, and therein you find where you’re lacking. They won’t know, but you’d know and correct yourself.

Medical education isn’t hard. Just voluminous.

Damilola Jesuyajolu, 500L.

Episode 6 #NakedAndUnafraid

Today on #NakedAndUnafraid…

An 18 year-old Christian girl was very unfortunate to be at the site of a robbery. There she was raped. Afraid of the societal stigma surrounding rape victims, she decided to be silent about it. Later she finds out she is two months pregnant. Her parents want her to abort the child. Her doctor also advices the same. But her pastor opposes the idea of abortion claiming it is a sin regardless of the circumstances surrounding it. What do you think she should do?

Please let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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