Braveheart – for our heroes on World Health Day

This poem celebrates all health care workers on World Health Day 2020, as they put their lives and time with loved ones on the line to keep us healthy. It is hoped that we all recognize the sacrifice and appreciate it by working together with them, following their guidelines, supporting them and help them to help us.

Braveheart

Sacrifice and duty

Passion and diligence

Are the traits that 

Drew me closer 

In an abstract way 

I knew you would face 

Battles and be at great risk

And you would love it

It is intense to support

as you head straight

Into harm’s way

Every day a close shave

Not afraid to catch it as 

You drag back lives from

The hands of death on the wards

and hallway, you give your all

What we have is more

Than gold and strong 

Enough to weather this

Yet I can’t stop the chills

I can not hold you

This space is for my safety

Yet all I want to do 

Is hug you tight

Armed with bravery and the oath

You set forth into danger each day

Leaving me at the window

Dying inside from the terror

  • Oumissa

This poem was recently published in a collection Love Stories in a Pandemic by Folábòmí Àmòó

Download a free copy here.

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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