How I went for Checkup & spent 1 week on admission!
Nothing here to see, just a lady who lives with Sickle Cell Disorder, whom God has helped so much and keeps helping.
2022 was a great one, sometime in November just before I left for Ghana, I was on admission and yes hospital is my second home.
My organization Audrey Sickle Cell Foundation] had a campaign and our public health educator wasn’t available and so I had to step in with the rest of the team members to go do an awareness campaign with them, during the session I felt somewhat dizzy; a bit of crisis pains in my joints but I kept educating the students and in 20 minutes, we were done; I got back home laid down for a while had my breakfast.
The dizziness, became more serious but I just shrugged it off, because it happens to me most of the times as someone living with a health condition, often and normalizes itself but this wasn’t normalizing after about 3hrs plus, so I left for the hospital only to be placed immediately on oxygen, doctor said my oxygen level was really low and it wasn’t a good sign; boy that’s how I spent 5 days on admission.
Now here’s the thing, it could have been worse off, if I overlooked it or it probably would have led to complications…
Dear Sickle Cell Warriors, be intentional about your health
Know your triggers
Trust your instincts
Let people in your circle know your challenges
Don’t take chances
Always have a plan “B”
Ask your doctor questions
Emergency funds ( don’t frown & I know how it is but then)
Ask those ahead of you
Know what works for you
Most times it’s not the disorder that kills its lack of knowledge, finances (reason why Audrey Sickle Cell Foundation] is focused on supporting the less privileged sickle cell warriors with medical bills) and circumstances beyond one’s control/Nigerian factor that leads to untimely mortality.