Monday, April 24, 2006

returning to the living

The malaria drugs (paluther + camoquine) knocked the stuffing out of me completely at the weekend. Last night the zombi feeling segued nicely into a high fever. Bibi was up all night wrapping me up to sweat it out, rubbing my feet (the perfect partner). Of course I thought I was dying and kept losing control of my thoughts. For the next few days I'm on fruit only. I don't think I'm going to take western drugs against malaria ever again, they put the body under such a lot of toxic strain.

Anyway, its glad to have just enough strength to start blogging again. My thoughts are with my mate Saul, as he has a major operation on his lower back today in London. Wishing all my readers health and happiness..


somborri,  8:47 pm  

wow, why do you always have malaria...have you looked into other diseases? what hospital do you go to in abuja, who is the doctor? i knew someone who seemed to have malaria, then typhoid (trust nigerians), when his liver was just failing slowly, the more drugs they gave him (catch all disease drugs), the more his liver failed and then it failed completely and he continued to be given drugs, which just hastened his death. he died in national hospital. if you are still going to see orthodox doctors, demand to see everything and know what everything is for, please ask for a second opinion too.
on a lighter note, researchers at my university have engineered bacteria to produce artermisin cheaply. hopefully this will get to african in time. luckily they did not sell it to big pharmaceutical companies

ayoke 9:14 pm  

So sorry, Jeremy. I really hope this malaria wind blows away. Take Somborri's advice and have them do the typhoid test.

Do keep your spirit up; I'm sure Saul is doing very well!

Anonymous,  10:35 pm  

Wishing you a speedy recovery! Pele O!

Tolu,  8:01 am  

Hey Jeremy,

I wish you a speedy recovery. You should really look into the possibility that you might have typhoid. And, please take your own syringes with you if you do need to get a shot.
Ma fara le O!.

nigeria, what's new 9:31 am  

"Wishing all my readers health and happiness" brings back memories of my bout of flu last year. I thought that I was dying and only had the purest thoughts. I wished everyone on the planet well, including the dog that was banished from the house because of my fur allergy.

Poor u, why do you seem to always have malaria? “The spread of the disease can be reduced by cutting down the mosquito population, for example by filling ditches where mosquitoes breed.” is the only advice I can offer. Can you describe the area where you live? Pęlę and love your 24/7 nurse.

the flying monkeys 12:19 pm  

clearly a lot of work to be done, because awon contractors wa, OLE NI GBOBON WON..."ditches where mosquitoes breed"

considering the $billions of foreign reserve, here we have the most basic evidence suggesting how we Nigerians including those living very close to the seat of power, can be made to suffer the evil of corruption

and I would take Tolu's suggestion "your own syringes"

and like Akin said Pèlé, má fara sílè O! also, I trust your iyawo is looking after you

nonetheless, Ogbeni Jeremy, welcome to Naija!!!

Styl Council 12:34 pm  

Dear Jeremy, i swear if between your mother and Bibi, you've been utterly spoilt....But i thank God that you're well again...

To everyone else...I beg, have some sympathy for my loving sister who so dutifully looks after my darling brother-in-law without complaint and always so willingly! She really is a siant...She's looked after all my nieces (we have plenty), her god-children (she has many),Jeremy, our sisters and still makes time for our marathon gossip sessions!!!

For those of you that don't know her, allow me to describe our very own Florence Nightingale: She's Black, petite frame about size 8(although she likes to pretend she's a ten), 5ft 3inches.

She's the total opposite to Jeremy's extremly - tall (6ft 4/5inch), slim white frame!

But like most women, the frame is no indcation of the inner strenght and power that's enclaved within the body, mind, and soul!

Chxta 1:18 pm  

Let's hope you'll be back soon

culturalmiscellany 1:32 pm  

Wishing you well Jeremy. I am sure you will be fine. I second Sisi-Oge's words that Bibi should not be forgotton for supporting you - feet rubbing is not the best of duties but I'm sure she did it with all the love you needed.

You're in our thoughts.


Onada 2:23 pm  

Get well soon!

Anonymous,  2:49 pm  

Awww Bless Bibi's heart!!!! hurray for Bibi..Thanks for Taking care of Jeremy. So that he can continue to bless us with his Blogging!
Ese gan ni!

Jeremy 2:57 pm  

thanks for all your messages of support. I had a terrible night of fever last night - Bibi swaddled me in cold damp cloth which helped - and was rewarded with no sleep at all.

Tests back today revealed its not typhoid (I'd perversely hoped it was, so that at least it would isolated). My doc thinks its just a bug and has given me anti-biotics.

I'm off to see another Prof-dr tonight for a second opinion. Perhaps the paluther i took was fake or has not been stored properly. Its such a lottery taking drugs in Nigeria. And it turns you into a hypochondriac.

Anyway, I'll see this one through. Worst case scenario and its super-persistent malaria, I might have to fly home and go through the dreaded full-quinine drip treatment at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. I will be well.

E se pupo my readers for your positive thoughts in my direction.

ayoke 5:44 pm  

Yes oh! Thumbs up for Bibi!

somborri,  6:32 pm  

oh look see now, the doctor thinks its a bug and has given you more medicine...which hospital is this? obviously national hospital is not in my good books, but i hope it isnt zankli...because i was admitted there once and believe it or not, they did not come up with a diagnoses...first it was malaria (being a fine connossieur of malarial symptoms, i didnt believe this)then it was typhoid, then it was ameobic typhoid or was it ameobic dysentry then god knows whatelse. basically they didnt know what it was and gave me an arsenal of drugs to just kill anything in sight, i was there for about a week. my father requested for the case file and was livid when he read the treatment regimen...he wrote a letter to the bosses completely telling them off (my mom recounted the story to me in awe lol)
i think it is good that you are getting a second opinion, lol if you need a third pls let me know!. i hear the doctors at LUTH are also worth their salt. also if you are in doubt of your medicine. perhaps you could get in contact with hospitals owned by chevron, shell? im 101% sure they dont get fake drugs
on a lighter note. when did you move to nigeria? you may just be adjusting... before i went to school in abuja...malaria was a once a year occurrence, but in my first two years and possibly into the third.. i had malaria twice a term, which is like in twice in three months and many students were worse, so it may just be adjusting...but tread lightly

big ups to your wife!

the flying monkeys 8:02 pm  

I salute your partner, its hard this days to find in a woman such attributes described by yourself and sisi-oge. You must be a very very very lucky man indeed!

However, Nigeria has no excuse in terms of the poor medical infrastructure, but that is not say the UK medical fraternity is not without many serious faults, or could it be more to do with their treatment of different ethnic groups?

In a previous comment I referred to 1989, when my father was treated in Nigeria for malaria with an infected needle, and as a consequence spent almost 3 months in hospital, during which time he nearly died.

My father again became unwell in September 1999, complaining of extreme fatigue prior to being referred to a ‘specialist’ in Lagos who prescribed drugs which led to him passing blood in his urine????

One of his then board directors referred him to a consultant on Harley Street in London who conducted a series of tests, and concluded he would be fine? Still feeling very unwell, and still passing blood, he was rushed by ambulance to A & E at St Mary’s hospital in Paddington. The conclusion was that he had EATEN or DRUNK something which had caused him to pass blood (immediately my thoughts returned to Nigerian doctor who treated him in Lagos which preceded the passing of blood).

They concluded after conducting various scans and various tests that he had an infection and simply suggested that he drink lots of water to flush out his system. Sadly, the bleeding did not stop and he was admitted to a private wing within the hospital. The subsequent prognosis was that the infection had spread to his kidneys, suggesting if they removed one of them, that this would stop the bleeding. Following the operation, he deteriorated rapidly and the bleeding continued. So why remove one of his kidney’s? It made no difference to his condition and caused unnecessary suffering. Around a week later, having accumulated costs close to £****** they diagnosed cancer of the stomach, however, the sad irony of this dreadful tale is that he actually died a week later of a brain hemorrhage on the 3rd or October 1999. Moreover, the death certificate stated that he died of gastric cancer??? While no post-mortem took place, worse still he died on the day he was scheduled to return to Nigeria since he was anxious to sort things out, knowing he was going to die. We had booked his flight, and he was so anxious to return.

After all that, was it Nigeria or the UK that led to his untimely death? Or as I suspect both systems are at fault.

Anonymous,  10:57 pm  

OMG..@ Obokun, Sorry to read about your fathers death. R.I.P..Orun a ke won! Ojo a ji na si ara won( My Yoruba stinks) Na wa for medicine oh..but this will not be Jeremy's portion..I hope you shake this Malaria or whatever it is and be careful were you go as in Obokuns' story, no where is safe! It is well! We are rootin' for you! Bibi must hang in there as well She must be worried too..

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