I stare at my right leg.
It’s been a week since I noticed this weeping wound. It’s not showing any sign of improvement. I was baffled. I didn’t have an accident. No fall. Nothing. It just appeared and was getting deeper.
Now I have to do something.
The next day…
Here I am at Jaja. Waiting for my turn. Ever since I became a student of University of Ibadan 4 years ago, this is my 2nd visit. You can be sure that whatever brought me here was serious! Clinics are not my favorite places. This wound was getting pretty scary!
The doctor examines my leg. Without saying a word she goes back to her seat and scribbles.
“Take it to the dressing room”, she said as she hands me the note.
At the dressing room, my wound is dresssed. Another nurse comes in and gives a shot.
Chei! The pain of the injection! It’s like fire running down my leg. Aagh! For 5 days I endure the ordeal. But it is worth it. The wound quickly heals.
That was 20 years ago.
I got to find out that the injection I took was Procaine Penicillin. An antibiotic. In retrospect, it’s likely the wound was caused by a bacterium called Staphylococcus.
(Many myths surround Staph, as it’s commonly called. For the truth about Staph, tap here: http://bit.ly/2wPhKDV)
20 years ago, Procaine Penicillin was so effective for my wound. Today, Staphylococcus is smarter. Many have grown resistant to Penicillins. Some Staph. bacteria have even become Superbugs, resisting several types of antibiotics.
What do you think would have happened if the bacteria that caused my wound 20 years ago was a Superbug? The thought is pretty scary!
This is what is happening right under our noses. Antibiotics are no longer working like before because more and more bacteria are getting resistant to more and more antibiotics.
And it could get worse…
Unless we act.
And quickly too!
How to take action?
I remain Aunty Pharmacist!
Antibiotics have saved many lives over the years. We are truly fortunate to have them available for serious bacterial infections. Unfortunately, antibiotics are excessively prescribed, especially to children.
Yes, it’s true. Antibiotics kill bacteria. The problem is that they not only kill off the bad guys, they kill off the good ones too.
Using antibiotics irrationally destroys the beneficial germs, which significantly increases the risk of our children developing long-term health problems.
“Ma, someone would like to see you”.
I sit up straight, suddenly anxious.
“Male or female?” I ask.
My Support Staff smiles knowingly.
“It’s a woman, ma” she replied.
“It’s ok. She can come in.”
“Good evening ma.”, I greet my client as she enters my office.
“Please have your seat”
“Good evening” she replies.
Suddenly the smile on her face disappears and is replaced by shock.
“What are you doing?” She asks in bewilderment.
“Breastfeeding, of course”, I reply smugly.
“You mean this BABA is still breastfeeding? ”
“How old is he?” She still couldn’t fathom it.
“One year and ten months”
“And you are still breastfeeding!”
“Yes ma” I’m really enjoying myself. This woman has forgotten the reason for her visit to the Pharmacy. I have become home video! 😂
“I breastfed his sister for 2 years. He too is getting the same treatment”
“Na wa for you o!”
Yes, na wa for me!
I am a proud advocate of breastfeeding. I did exclusive breastfeeding for my kids for 6 months. Then I continued complementary breastfeeding till they were 2 years!
Welcome to WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK!
Stay tuned for more.
Victory is sure.
Celebration of my motherland!
A great Nation Nigeria,
Where love and joy abounds, and wealth found on the streets!
Beautiful people of a beautiful Nation!
Our hope and dreams of our nation never die for our children and the ones yet to be born!
One Nation! One love! One hope! One dream!
When it’s summer holidays and you are in a hurry for an event!
This happened to me last week. Remember the event in which I took my daughter along?
I didn’t even notice it. It was my daughter who pointed it out.
Chai! An old shoe vs a new one!
Wetin I fit do?
I bone face carry go!
That’s how I went about at Dover Hotel.
Has this ever happened to you?
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“Hello ” I reply back
“Who is speaking please?” I ask?
“I got your number from my mum who is one of your customers. My baby has cough and cattarrh. What medicine should I use for him?”…
And the calls flood in at different times of the day…
“Hello ma. What medicine can I take for breast pains? I want I stop breastfeeding”…
“Hello ma. Is it ture that antibiotics dries blood? My baby was prescribed antibiotics and I am wondering if I should add a blood tonic”…
“Hello ma. What mulitviatmin do you recommend for my baby? She is not eating”…
I see a need. Can you perceive it too?
Mothers with kids less than 10 years old are my major callers. They need answers to lots of medicine-related issues.
I am here to help
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“I need to fix this on my own.”
Now that we’re on the final day of this series on busyness, you might be feeling there are some areas of your life you want to change. You might be thinking that the solution is to somehow find a way to do better than you’re doing now–to set goals to spend your time more wisely, alter your thinking, or challenge your motivation.
When you think about how to actually make those goals happen though, your stress level rises. It feels daunting to think about tackling those overwhelming changes on your own.
Don’t underestimate God’s role in your busyness and the changes you want to make. Yes, you can make a lot of progress with strategic prioritization and some valuable time-management tips, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t turn to God for help. God invites us to come to him over and over throughout the Bible, to call on him in all circumstances. If you’re overwhelmed with the current state of your busyness, go to God. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
Ask God for his guidance as to how to move forward, for his wisdom in setting your priorities, and for his help in keeping your motivation in check. Remember that you don’t have to be perfect. God’s love for you does not depend on what’s on your calendar today. Enjoy peace and rest in that precious truth.