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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Resident Doctor

I am having a moment here so allow me wallow in this bit of mushiness. By the way, happy new month.

I grew up with a personal doctor. No, my family wasn't rich by those standards but my doctor was and is rich by the intangible standards. Matter of fact, up until now, that is still my personal doctor. You see, this realization has been brought about by the fact that as "grown" (using that word loosely), I still can't completely fend for myself for the simplest things medically. A few weeks ago, I suddenly felt dizzy. My school's health center was of no interest to me. I just had to talk to my personal doctor. A few days later, I had toothache....to my phone I went, to call my personal doctor. I had a cut on my atrophied sixth finger. I thought it was strange so of course I had to call my personal doctor. I didn't realize how dependent I have grown on that system and how under appreciated & under stated my personal doctor is. This personal doctor is also a resident doctor who has no medical degree. She is Ma Petrillo, she is my mother and being a doctor is only one of the numerous roles she plays. This post is just a special shout out to all mothers for the numerous  and thankless roles they play in the lives of their children. May the good Lord bless you abundantly!


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While growing up, there was this book titled "Where There is No Doctor". I loved that book.I had an unusual fascination for pregnant women then. I always looked around for them...in pictures, in books, on the streets...every where. They were just a wonder to me. So of course, I am sure that the pregnancy section in the copy of "Where There is No Doctor"  in my house has my fingerprints embedded in the prints by now....lol. Essentially, this book assisted Ma Petrillo with non-serious health matters in the house....#goodtimes#


Yes, I am aware that this is a totally random post, just take /manage it like that..:D Did anyone also have that book?

Ha! a "Smh" worthy story! When this whole abbreviation craze started, slacker that I can be, I didnt catch on early enough. However, after seeing "btw" a couple of times in similar contexts. I started using it too and assumed that it must be a usage that I wasn't familiar with. Imagine my shock when I read someone's post where these abbreviations and their meanings were explained. All along, I thought "btw" actually was "between".....did not realize that it was "by the way"...ha,......smh! I hope "Smh" really does mean "shaking my head" because that is what I am doing for myself now. Just in case you want to join me, the direction is horizontally.

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  1. hahahaha lmho @ the direction is horizontally.

    Mothers are amazing, i don't know how they do what they do but it must be a gift from God and i absolutely love and respect them.

    We didn't have that book but my mum had a copy of Every Woman and i tried to read it at first but the grammar became too much so i just looked at the pictures and passively wondered why they were drawing naked women, lepa, orobo, pregnant and what have you till i got to "those pictures"! Sho?! I didn't know what the naked man and woman were doing in all those positions but i just knew that it was bad and instead of dropping it and running for my life i just sat there frozen, staring in wonder. Lol

    Random posts are the best jare, they usually leave you smiling and with some food for thought. Nothing do you ;)

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    1. Lmao....you knew it was bad ehn? Good geh!!!

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  2. I just knew this was a mommy post lol.

    LOL at you not knowing abbreviations. Text speak has infiltrated my normal conversations outside of the digital world. I say "wtf" "b-t-dubbs" and ish like that all the time. So sad. *Also shaking my head horizontally*

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    1. b-t-dubbs? Biko, which one is that one again?

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  3. Where there is no doctor. I had this mad fascination for that book. I'd slip into my dad's room just so I can look at he pictures. Oh yeah, the pregnancy part was my best too *covers face* Thinking about it now, I can't find that book again *makes mental note to look for it*
    Mothers are definitely special. Mine is especially special because she trained my brother and I through uni alone after pops passed on. Strong woman.

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    1. Wow! May God bless her and may she live long and well to eat the fruits of her labor.

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  4. Awww, this is so sweet. Never knew the direction you were going with the blog post

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    1. I am glad I was able to achieve that. Thanks

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  5. Ha , where there is no doctor, i read that book cover to cover,i was so fascinated by it of course pregnancy was my favourite part too. three gbosa's for your mum jare..mothers are all sorts of awesome!

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    1. Hahahahaha...Good to know that I my case was not unique

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  6. lmao. i thought "btw" was between for sometime too, SMH for myself
    lovely mother post, God bless them

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    1. Amen, and you need to come out of hibernation

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  7. I remember! my mum had that book too and it has been passed on to moi now that I am a mother. mothers are priceless.
    How you dey sef? no so you take style ignore me abi? no wahala, happy Easter to you in advance.

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    1. see accusation o!!! Sebi we have kissed and made up, no?

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  8. Ahh, mum's, what'll the world be without them :). Dont know the book o, which is strange cos I always believed my mom bought every book that was ever printed back then...lol.

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    1. Really? that book definitely made its rounds in a lot of Nigerian homes o. Maybe your mum kept it away from "little eyes".

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  9. Funny enough,you are kinda right.'btw' did mean 'between' but after a while,it was used more for 'by the way' than 'between',just the same way 'lol' was used for 'lots of love' until recently when it means 'laugh out loud' more than 'lots of love'.

    Mothers are indeed awesome.My mom was also our resident doctor and she was a nurse so it made it easier.

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    1. hahaha....Me I have given up on trying to catch up.

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  10. Moms are awesome! My mom's recommendation for everything is still "cold beverage" tho.

    @Dosh, a frnd was supposed to buy Everyman (a literature book) but made a mistake and told her dad (a medical Doc) to buy Every Woman. Of course he asked to confirm and my friend insisted it was Every woman so he bought her the book. We laughed soo hard when he delivered the book lol

    I really am working on stopping this abbreviation thing tho. I seem to abbreviate everything "abbreviate-able" Smh4me (horizontally too) wait, leme try vertical...now i feel like a lizard.

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    1. LMao @ your friend's story!
      Vertically, bawo?!Lmao

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  11. Awww...a mommy post! Awesome. And then the ending got me LOL...

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  12. Just like Myne, I was like aww.. Mothers are so awesome!
    And then you cracked me up at the end.. These ever evolving abbreviations!

    And then I was also laughing at your love for all things/persons pregnant! lol.. Funny enough, I used to be terrified about pregnant people! I couldn't even drink from the same bottle (with a cup) as my aunt when she as pregnant! Weird, I know! But now, I have come to terms with all that *sigh of relief* (or better still SoH :-) xx

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    1. hahahaha....terrified?! I was sooo curious about them! I remember asking one pregnant woman why she had to always spit so much. My mother wanted to enter the floor!
      LMAo @ SoH

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  13. Thank you for the shout out to all the mommies and letting me know the 2nd meaning of btw.......i don join you smh..horizontal abi?...but ehn?..where should i start from? right to left or left to right?....laughing.

    Take care and best of luck in your studies.

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    1. Anyway is way o! left o, right o..lol
      Thanks Nitty.

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  14. 'where there is no doctor' i read that book too,at the time as long as i was concerned it was just another novel to read and pass time when i didn't want to watch people playing 10/10 lol.

    mums are amazing truly.as for the abbreviations,they can put you in trouble.i remember writing an exam and using them and i only realized myself 30mins to when the paper was about to end.smh my head too horizontally lol.

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  15. You just took me down memory lane Honey Dame!! we also had where there is no doctor and I also spent days just poring through each page!

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    1. Glad to have evoked such nostalgia

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  16. wow, btw is not between...I used to think it means between till I read this post.
    Happy Easter...love the mommy post.

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    1. LOL back in the days, I used to think btw was between.. cnt believe u just clocked.. funny.

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  17. Random posts are sometimes the best. Moms have the most obscure job description. We'll soon be one won't we?

    I fel in love with the copy of 'where there's no doctor' in my friend's house...my mom was the real deal - a nurse so we had no need for the book :).
    We had a copy of Everywoman though (curtsy one of my sisters). The pages that caused Dosh to freeze where my fave!

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    1. Yes they do have the most obscure job description. I am looking forward to being one with as much trepidation and anxiety as joyful anticipation

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  18. Lovely post!resonates so well with me! I love my mumiiiiii!

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    1. Awwww! thanks. I am sure your mummiii loves you.

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  19. Mums are soo amazing. they do incredible things....

    I ask mum why she didnt she become everything as she seems to know it all.lol.

    Thank God for them. I pray we take care of them well well and they live to eat the fruits of their labour.

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    1. Those people are like little gods! abi se na goddesses

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  20. AWWWWW, God bless all Mothers, can I get an Amen somebody? If you concur say uhn-uhn! Infact, when I first saw LLNP, I said maybe its someone's honor something like CFR. *Covers face*

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    1. Amen Sister. LMAO @ LLNP being someone's honor. That just cracked me up Missy Tee.

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    2. LOOLLL!! I thot LLNP was a Law degree or something that had to do with Law sha. Lol...

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    3. ROTFLMAO! and I thought I was bad?!!!! U and Mstizzle are just hilarious,....LMAO...But really, it does look like a title sha

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  21. It's amazing the wealth of knowledge our Mum's have esp. in taking care of our ailments (even without a medical degree). LOL @ your interpretation of *btw*. It happens to me too. I have learnt not to use abbreviations unless I'm sure of the meaning. http://jemima-joyofmyworld.blogspot.com wrote a post on the 1st of Feb 2012 listing a lot of these abbreviations. Some I had never even heard of before. :-)

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    1. Yes, I actually think it was in that post that I saw it sef.

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  22. i thought btw was between too X_x

    One day you'll wake up and realize you are your mother, the one everyone is running to for an answer, the one who knows just what to give for a toothache.
    Thankful for mothers, that lead by example, making us better mothers.

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    1. *sigh*. I wonder how that will feel. I pray for grace to be able to manage those roles well.

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  23. You are soooo funny! How else will you shake ur head?

    Lol...btw (lol...i used it intentionally) we had that book to- Where there is no Doctor- and we all still refer to it now. Its an amazing book. to think that its still very useful in this age. I used to check some pages frequently as well...lolz

    And yes, mum's are incredible and amazing!!!

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    1. Dey look for my trouble o! coming here and using btw. Thank God I now understand thatt it means....*phew*

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  24. I am kuku just joining you to SMH horizontally LOL

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    1. Thanks jare! There is joy in group work.:D

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  27. Moms - totally grateful for them.
    Our copy had black and yellow colours on the cover page. I was fascinated by the illustrations in the book.

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    1. Shoooo! So your own still had a cover. Ours was long gone!

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  28. Madam! This was so awesome. I have plenty fond memories of that book...but oddly, d snake bite place was my fav. Dunno why. Moving on...I absolutely loved dis random piece. You are by far one of d truly funniest 'random' writers I know. Ama keep reading o!

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    1. Awww...thanks. Ama keep looking out for your comments. Uhm....Snake bites? That's an interesting deviation. I guess I used to flip those pages over so quickly due to fear and denial that it may happen to me.

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  29. Woow, u practically replied all d comments good one. D background is too dark, and so I culdnt read the post. Pls do sometin abt it. #bbsadsmiley#

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    1. Awww, I try. I am glad that that is to your liking. I will most definitely tweak it so that it is readable, sorry about that. Thanks for the feedback.

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    2. Actually, I just tweaked the mobile version because I think that's where you are trying to view it from. It should be readable by now. I am looking forward to reading your comments.

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  30. awwww...i remember this book too. it was a pastime novel for me and i at some point began to nurse an idea of a medical career. i wonder if ur mum even remembers these days as much u do. mothers; semi gods

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