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That Time I Ended Up In A Wheelchair

Why oh why is it that the things we love end up causing us the most pain?

Ahh, netball, the things you do to me.

Anyone who has been following this blog for a while will realise that this is not the first time I’ve been injured while playing netball- last time it was my ankle, and before that it was my knee.

So what have I done now? Ruptured my achilles… ouch.

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It happened during training- I made a turn to go and mark my player, then I heard a sound that I thought was a ball hitting the back of my ankle. It didn’t really hurt, as I remember feeling more annoyed because I thought someone had thrown a ball at me, and it only when I fell forwards while trying to look for the ball in question, that I realised that there was something wrong with my ankle.

I found it difficult to put weight on it and it felt a bit floppy, so I knew that there was something really wrong.

After two days of limping on it and pain with any attempts at weight bearing, I was finally seen in fracture clinic, where a positive Thompson test confirmed a ruptured achilles. I also had a ultrasound that was further proof that yepp, it’s mostly gone. (I cried).

So I’m currently on crutches and will be in cast for 4 weeks. After that, it’s a wedged boot for 6 weeks, and then I start physiotherapy to get me walking. I’ve been told that I won’t be back to full function till around March, so I’ve got a long journey ahead of me. I most likely won’t be playing netball again; well atleast not before the end of the academic year, as I wouldn’t want to risk re-rupture closer to exams.

Okay, enough negatives. Here are some reasons to be cheerful, despite how much this all sucks:

  1. I don’t need to have surgery. HALLELUJAH for that.
  2. My cast should hopefully be coming off the day before we start hospital placement.
  3. My hospital placement is really close to uni and my house, so I don’t have to worry about travelling far with reduced mobility.
  4. I may not be able to walk properly for a while, but this is only temporary.
  5. At least this happened now, and not closer to exams because just IMAGINE how stressful that would be.
  6. The university has provided me with a mobility scooter to get around campus, which has been both hilarious and fun.

And last but not least, I am so so SO blessed to have such good friends, who have really been a blessing. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and concern people have shown me- I’ve cried so much in the last two weeks, but happy tears! From lifts, to food and chocolate, and many ‘Get Well’ messages, life on crutches has not been too bad at all, and for that, I’m very grateful.

(Special mention to Samirah for being my ‘Carer,’ as she has been so perceptive to my needs, and I’ve felt so much less alone with her by my side whilst navigating through campus and getting into lectures. To York Girl as well, who has taken on the majority of the burden of getting me to and from campus; you are a wonderful human being.)

I’ll be posting updates on how my recovery is going, but I’ll leave you with a video of me #cruisin’ in my mobility scooter. The Keen One a.k.a. Kenny finally won me over to Instagram, so you can follow all my adventures here.

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First Month of 4th Year

I LOVE PAEDS.

This is the module I’ve been looking forward to most since foundation year, and so far it hasn’t disappointed. The last couple of weeks of lectures and primary care placement have been great, and I’m really hoping that secondary care doesn’t put me off.

By the end of this year, I’ll definitely know if paediatrics is for me because I’m the module rep for paeds, and I was also allocated paeds for audit as well, so YAY PAEDS.

What else have I been up to in the past month? An update:

Performed at the gala dinner for the UIMC (International Union of Railway Medical Services) Conference in York. Shoutout to York Girl and her family for their hospitality; I had such a great time! The Yorkshire pudding wrap was one of the best things I’ve ever had OMG.

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Nigerian Independence Day Celebrations 2017 were a lot of fun- Starbucks Girl, Bangledeshi Bae, and The Keen One a.k.a Kenny came down for the weekend! Having them here was so great; division of labour made all the cooking much easier, and it was the first time we’ve all been here together since 2015!

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I have so much more to post about because boy oh boy, it’s been quite the term so far. Stay tuned…

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I Hate The Kidneys (And Other Epiphanies)

Okay, hate might be a bit of a strong word. But I’m definitely finding renal physiology challenging. VERY challenging. Some of this stems from how I didn’t do A Level Biology, so I feel a bit behind on some of the basic kidney physiology, and I’ve had to do some catching up.

It’s not been too bad though; KhanAcademy videos have been very helpful, and I’ll even admit that I started with GCSE Bitesize and A Level textbooks to get to grips with the very basics, so those have been quite useful too. 

Epiphany 2: When you start questioning whether or not you need more than 4 hours of sleep is when you know you really need to go to sleep.

The above is quite self explanatory to be honest. New lows for me this term.

Epiphany 3: I am very irritable on limited sleep.

This is linked to epiphany 2, and it’s not much of an epiphany because I already knew this, but my cranky levels have sky rocketed this semester. I think it’s because I’ve been sleeping even less than normal, and when I’m tired I find most things annoying. Seriously. From people breathing too loud, to the way they talk; the most irritating thing is when people ask me if I’m okay. The frustrating thing is that I know that I’m being unreasonable and ridiculous, which makes me annoyed with myself, and then the whole cycle starts again.

Epiphany 4: I don’t like being set up with people.

It makes me feel uncomfortable when people who don’t know me well talk about my love life (or lack of one), and there are few things that put me off someone more than when I feel like I’m being pressured. I’m very much a ‘let the chips fall as they may’ person. 

Epiphany 5: I have missed blogging.

I take breaks from here when life gets hectic, and I feel like there are too many people in my head for me to honestly convey my thoughts. I’m feeling better though, so here’s to more frequent updates in the future, she blogged optimistically. 

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Module 8 Placement (Gastro) & End of Term

In the four years that have passed since I started this blog, I think this is the longest I’ve gone without an update.

To say this semester has been busy would definitely be an understatement, but I’m home now (YAY), and now have more free time (YAY again), so I can go back to blogging; I’ve really missed it.

A lot has happened in the last month, so I’ll start with some highlights from gastro secondary care placement:

Getting to scrub in and help out in theatre was really fun! It was useful to practise scrubbing in properly for the first time since first year, and the consultant we were with was very patient, such a nice man! The procedure was a panproctocolectomy (removal of the whole colon), and it was quite the procedure- so. much. blood.

I was absolutely grilled on CT interpretation during one of our sessions, and I never got to thank one of my colleagues, who sneakily whispered answers to me, saving me from embarrassment in front of everyone. The person probably didn’t think much of what they did, but it was much appreciated, and meant a lot.

We got to clerk patients from A&E when I stayed out of hours, and this put us on the spot because we had to present our findings to the consultant, and come up with management plans. I felt more junior doctor than medical student that evening, and it made me so excited to graduate and start doing it properly!

In a liver disease clinic, I watched the consultant give a fantastic explanation of Hepatitis C to a patient, and it was truly the best information giving I have ever seen. SO GOOD. The clinic also made me realise that I’d been quite judgmental about IV drug users in the past, so meeting an actual drug user completely shattered my misconceptions and prejudice.

I’m definitely not a natural at suturing- I struggled initially, and it took me a while to get the hang of it, but I’m think I’m there now… well, sort of.

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We received the results of our OSCE today, and I passed, HALLELUJAH. I’m just so relieved, because the OSCE was the toughest one I’ve had to date; suturing and ERCP interpretation were particularly not great, and not going to lie, there were definitely some tears afterwards, so I’m just grateful to God that overall it was okay.

What else have I been up to? Well the annual charity fashion show was last month too, and I modelled for New Look and the Nigerian Society, and it was so much fun!

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I’m also finally done with being a student caller for the year, and we managed to raise over £180,000 for various programs across the university, so I was honoured to a part of it all.

Boy am I glad the term is over though! With work and placement and volunteering and revision and well, socialising, ofcourse, it’s been very draining, so looking forward to relaxing over the next week at home 😀

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Another List of Reasons To Be Cheerful

It seems like I’m always doing these around this time of year, but yet again, the November blues have arrived. Lately, I’ve been super busy with work, my job, volunteering, and sport and church commitments, which has made me tired, and when I’m tired, I’m cranky. So apologies to anyone I’ve been snappy with; it’s not you, it’s me.

With the US election results and news of the BMA giving up on fighting the junior doctor contract, my usually positive outlook on the future has taken a bit of a hit, so I’ve decided it’s time to remember that it’s not all doom and gloom. So without further ado, here are some reasons to be cheerful, Taiwo:

  1. You’re alive!
  2. You’re living with lovely people, and compared to how much house drama you had this time last year, be grateful that you’re with such great girls.
  3. You’re studying medicine. Don’t you know how many people would happily trade places with you? So appreciate how blessed you are, and give thanks to God.
  4. You’ve had good reports so far; try to have more confidence in yourself! Ofcourse, this is no excuse to become complacent, so keep working hard, and remember to always give the glory to God.
  5. Don’t worry about the future so much- focus on getting through Year 3 first. And if you start to think about what life will be like after graduation, never forget that you will have a secure job as a doctor, and that is something you shouldn’t take for granted.
  6. As fun as being a student caller has been, the job ends next week, so you’ll have some free time to catch up on work, prep for OSCE, and maybe even read for fun and/or watch more films, YAY.
  7. You’ll be home for Christmas, your favourite time of year, in a month. A MONTH.
  8. Finally, there is hope in the promise of the cross. As bad as things are/will get, never forget the hope you have in Christ. Light shines better in darkness, so remember John 1:3-5 whenever you feel down.
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My First Student Job and An Update on the Life of Tai

It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve posted, and there are only two words to explain my slacking: Third year. It’s been intense.

Admittedly, life would be less hectic if I didn’t feel the need to get involved with everything. I’m treasurer for medics’ netball, on the committee for the new health care arts and performance society; also joined the Marrow society, am still part of the church band and first impressions team, volunteer for the local refugee and asylum seekers support group, and now I have a job!

My days wouldn’t be as busy if I did less, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t get involved with as much as I could. Secondary care placement starts in just over a month, so my plan is to spend it catching up on anatomy, my notes, and ofcourse, sleep.

I’m still loving this module though- we’ve just finished ENT and are properly on neurology now, which is just so fascinating. The anatomy is a lot though, but hopefully when I start focusing more on it, things will make more sense. Just praying for strength to not get overwhelmed by everything right now.

So, I have a job! I am one of the student callers for my university, and it’s a role that involves me calling alumni to ask for donations. We get matched up to alumni who have done similar degrees to us, so I’ve spoken to a lot of Pharmacists, Occupational Therapists, and Physiotherapists. Most of the doctors I’ve called have been working… insight into what life after graduation will be like?

The job is quite convenient because I only have three shifts a week- two week day ones from 6pm to 9pm, and one weekend one from 12pm to 4pm. It’s only for a month too, and it finishes just before the start of secondary care placement, which fits in nicely with my plan to catch up on work.

And that’s what’s been happening in the life of Tai so far! I’m going home this weekend, so really looking forward to that. Here’s hoping that I get all my work done in time, so that I can just chill at home- #prayforTai

P.S- I have to give a shout out to one of the most dedicated readers of this blog. Leo, if you see this, so much for your promise to stop stalking me…

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Nigerian Independence Day

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To celebrate 56 years of Nigeria gaining independence from British rule, I had an independence day parTAY in my new house! I wanted a chance to educate my new housemates on Nigerian culture, and independence day this year was conveniently on a Saturday, so it was the perfect opportunity.

I made fried rice, jellof rice, gizzard stew, plantain, and grilled some chicken too, so it was quite the feast! Massive shoutout to my gal, Alice, for helping with the cooking- her onion chopping skillz are on point! Starbucks Gal also came down for the weekend, and it was SO great to have her back; uni life is definitely not the same without her and Bangladeshi Bae, who unfortunately couldn’t make the celebrations, but sent his apologies.

Also, I have to give a shout out to lovely Aunty Ije, who helped me with making the jellof rice and stew. Aunty Ije goes to my church, and she also happens to be a caterer, so ofcourse I asked for her help with cooking, as I’ve never made food for more than 6 people.

My housemates are massive cuties for wearing Nigerian colours to support me, JUST LOOK AT THEM:

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Overall it was a massive success, and I’m definitely considering making it an annual thing! Anyway, enough from me. Here are some pictures from the celebrations:

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Special mention to Samirah for being the life of the party and getting everyone to dance! If she hadn’t been there, I definitely wouldn’t have had as much fun as I did. Here she is being all shy, what a QT:

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