Mindset queen – Tribute to Dr Nkem Ezeilo


So we woke up that morning in the hotel. We were attending a program together. We were also on a squat challenge… along with more than 100 women who were with us on our ‘Whatsapp’ healthy lifestyle group.
I think the challenge for the day was to do 120 squats.

I recall getting to 80 and wanting to stop. I looked over to Nkem and she was still going on her squats with no sign of stopping. I said to myself, ‘If she can do the challenge despite her diagnosis, I too can.’ So I carried on with my squats.

And we completed the squats challenge for the day.
I remember saying to myself that if Nkem wasn’t here, I probably would have deferred the remaining 40 squats to evening and by evening, I might have forgotten due to the business of life and end up not completing my squats.
nkem-and-iYou see Nkem was like that….
She swept you along with her strength. When you were with her, you believed you could do ANYTHING!!
As time went on, I knew she was often in pain. I would glance across the table at her or watch her from the corner of my eye and marvel at how she could keep such a straight face despite what was going on in her body.
As we went from place to place, I insisted on hauling her luggage and mine but she would often laugh at me and say something like ‘I am ok oh!’ or ‘Don’t be silly, Ada.’

She spoke so much about the power of the mind. She believed that what the mind believed and focused on would be one’s reality. She would often say ‘Onye kwe, chi ya ekwe’ meaning ‘ If you agree, your maker will agree.’
5 years ago diagnosed with the most aggressive form of cancer. She fought it. She gave it her best shot. She truly believed she would pull through. She wanted her story to encourage the millions of people out there suffering from cancer.

She went to the wards and told other cancer sufferers ‘Look at me!! I was diagnosed with cancer more advanced than yours so please believe you will pull through.’ She spread light and hope through the wards.
‘I see why people die, Ada’ she once said to me, ‘The pain is so bad…so bad…that the person just decides “Right I have had enough” and they give up and die.’  I know she was close to that several times. But she stayed strong. She did her best. Her legacy lives on.
RIP Dr Nkem Ezeilo (05/02/1973 – 11/09/2016)

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What’s the BIG deal about water?

Today think ‘water, water, water’ 😃

Aim at drinking 2 litres of water at least 💪
To know the exact amount you should drink, multiply your weight by 33mls eg if you weigh 100kg then you should be drinking 3.3litres per day.

Easy to do, easy not to do 😎

Not drinking water is like using the toilet and not flushing it 🙈

Let’s do it friends and you will see your health and even your brain function improve. 👌👌

Did you know that the brain is made up of about 80% water? Now you know why you have headaches and feel disoriented and stressed/depressed and lack clarity when you are dehydrated.😴

When your brain has enough water you will be able to think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity.💥💥

So carry that water bottle with you everywhere 👊

And if you struggle to drink water, try taking it flavoured with bits of fruits.

Make your own home flavoured water….much healthier than chemical-filled shop ones.

I’ve had 1 litre so far (10am) so feeling pretty pleased with myself…hahaha.
What about you?

All in a doctor’s day….

adaeze-profilepicjuly15Yet another emotional day for me…
Saw my very last patient at 7.45am. I was supposed to finish work at 8am having worked overnight.
I am tidying up when another name pops on the screen.
It is a young girl in her early 20s with painful period.
That should be easy, I think as I call her through, already dreaming of my warm bed.

So she tells her story of having a really painful period past three days. Both paracetamol and ibuprofen haven’t helped.

So I asked all the usual questions and then requested her to lie on the couch for examination.

Now this lady is big.
However when she lay down, her tummy was BIG. Very Big!
I placed my hand on it and looked at her.
‘Did you say you are on your period?’ I asked.
‘Yes and it’s been really painful.’

‘I think you are in labour,’ I replied.
‘You are pregnant.’

‘What? That’s not possible??! I have been having my periods.’

But a urine test confirmed she was indeed pregnant.
She sat there shocked.
She was adamant that she didn’t know.
She cried a little bit.

‘We need to get you to the labour ward’ I said gently.
‘You will need someone with you.’

She was here studying. Her parents were across the globe in the US.
‘What of your friends or flat mates?’

She wasnt keen to call anyone. I contacted labour ward and sent her over.

Fast forward 24 hours later, I call her to see how she is doing.

‘I have had my wee girl. It’s the cutest baby ever’, her voice tinkled down the phone.
I was genuinely happy for her.

Her flat mate was with her and her mum was on her way over to meet her unexpected grandchild.

I smiled as we chatted.
Forget UNI for the moment.
Forget how she was going to cope.
Forget all the upheavals this lovely addition to the world may bring.

It was heartwarming to know mother and child were both well despite not having any antenatal attention, no pregnancy vitamins, no preparation at all for its arrival.
It’s one day at a time.
All in a doctor’s day…

Adaeze x