First Do No Harm – by Dr Lawal Abisoye

In work environment bedevilled with heightened stress and sometimes difficult conditions, it is imperative to remind doctors to pay attention to their physical and mental well-being. Dr Lawal Abisoye wrote a piece doing just that below.

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Good morning colleagues, a quick reminder.

We have a noble call, which is the servitude of mankind. Alleviation of sufferings and restoration of health is what we do. This takes a lot from us, physically, mentally, emotionally, morally and even spiritually.

I want to remind us that we are humans, however “super”. Our bodies, spirits and souls need to be looked after.

Eat adequately; have your breakfast, take adequate water, let your kidneys rejoice, take fruits in any and every form, even smoothies, exercise, pace yourself. Don’t stay on a liquid diet, don’t console yourself overtly with junk.

Take time off to rest, our activities call for sacrifices and stretching, not at the expense of your good health; recognize and embrace your limits; after all, you are also human.

We make a lot of withdrawals from our emotional bank. We aren’t numb to the sufferings of our patients, every death takes a piece of us. Give yourself time to grief, talk about it at least to colleagues that understand. Get a psychologist if need be; there’s a limit to bottling up, we all need sanity. Cry if you must, weep in your closet if you have to, you’ve earned it.

Don’t let anyone guilt-trip you into doing beyond what you can; you owe yourself a responsibility to be healthy. The funny thing is that you owe this responsibility to your patients as well.

Have a connection with God our Maker and in whatever belief you ascribe to if you don’t believe there’s a God. Spiritual health is as important and physical.

First do no harm.
Do not run yourself down.
Have a wonderful day and week ahead.

Ecstacy

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Beat Malaria:World Malaria Day.

Via hellocare.ng:

Malaria is common in this part of the world. At any given point in time someone somewhere is suffering from malaria.

Last year, more people were killed by malaria than auto accidents, most of them were children under 5 years of age.

Malaria is not a joke.

Many people experience repeated episodes of malaria because they fail to complete their antimalarial doses.

These leads to increased resistance, meaning subsequent episodes become more difficult to treat.

Malaria should be taken seriously, a doctor should be consulted and treatment should be completed.

#BeatMalaria

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Vaccine Safety:World Immunization Week

Despite the fact that vaccines are among the most effective and cost-efficient health interventions, many children still die or have their development stunted due to rejection on the part of their parents.

This stems from the dual doubts of efficacy and safety. This piece explores both.

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Start Writing Today!

Don’t complain that you have no ideas. Just start. Look around you, there is so much to write about. Scenery, experiences , overheard conversations, dreams, happenings around the world, the list is endless.

Write to escape, to make sense of life, to feel better, to channel your anger and other emotions. Write to teach and inspire. (I love this word so much it’s part of my brand name).

Take these ideas and create something beneficial and useful. It’s your talent/ability/skill. Use it to add colour to life, to give unheard people amplification,to bring issues to the front burner, to shut out the noise and bring quality.

Put pen to paper….Your fingertips to your keyboard and write away! P.S.- when you notice I am in a writer’s block….Please remind me of these words.

Let’s do this together. Have a great day.

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OumissaInspire

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Lagos, Nigeria

Book Review #7

Title : The Body Politic

Author: Catherine Aird

Publisher: Doubleday

Year: 1990

Source: Borrowed

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What do Old English battle re-enactments, a fatal road accident and a Middle Eastern country rich in a rare mineral have in common?

The death of a British expatriate.

The entire book is one giant unfolding mystery. You follow the Detective Inspector Sloan as he unravels whether it is natural causes or murder. Aird weaves threads of classical poetry, medicine, life in the English countryside, politics, international relations, history into this tale. The thick suspense holds up till the very end. When the villain is revealed , it will not be your best guess.

I found this book hard to follow at some point but curiosity kept me going in addition to being familiar with many of the themes. This may also be due to the fact that it was written almost three decades ago and roughly set within that period. Insight- when the doctors talk about smallpox being eradicated and AIDS popping up not too long after.

In all, it is the kind of book that will improve your knowledge asides enjoying the plot.

Have you read this book? What was your experience like? I’d love to hear your views.

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OumissaInspire

Lagos, Nigeria

170418

Ace Your Pros – For Syncytium’17

It is close yet it feels like there is so much to read. So much more information to memorize.Some of you are more than ready, confident in the distinctions you will get. Others might still be very jittery.

Whether you are in the former group or the latter, please face this exam with all the valour you have. It is a battle and you are ready. Know that you can win this. Remember that worry ends where faith begins.

The pressure of every year spent in formal education weighs down on all of you right now. But you can overcome it and get that prestigious MB;BS/BDS degree.

Trust your choices, your work and your potential. You can and will succeed. Don’t doubt yourself or your answers starting from tomorrow. If you need last minute help, go get it.

Rest if you can because your predecessors know only too well how every second of sleep suddenly seems like a luxury. The next two weeks will be grueling but think of them as the furnace your ore must be refined by to become gold.

Bear it, endure it and come out the other side victorious. You will be medical doctors, dentists and surgeons of distinction.

I wish you all the very best and can’t wait for your induction into this profession.

Congratulations in advance to the doctors-to-be.

BarakAllah fikum!

OumissaInspire

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