THE LOCUM DIARIES (37)

Day 37... I got to work today  in no particular mood. It was the 1st day of a new week so I came in refreshed from the weekend and ready to work. On getting to my office, I met my colleague on the afternoon shift, he was about to attend to a pregnant woman (the … Continue reading THE LOCUM DIARIES (37)

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THE LOCUM DIARIES (36)

Day 36... ‘I love Wednesdays!’ Antenatal days seems to be my favorite days in the hospital. Seeing pregnant women, examining their unborn child(ren), seeing the pure, undiluted ecstasy on their faces as their baby kicks and even calming them down as the anxiety of childbearing sets in, it gets me all excited. I came into … Continue reading THE LOCUM DIARIES (36)

THE LOCUM DIARIES (33)

Day 33... ‘Who says you cannot wear native on a weekday?’ I came to work on a Tuesday, looking all Friday. ‘Ahhh, Doctor!you wore native!’ the front desk lady said with all smiles, 'Noooo! It is suit I wore!’ I responded and went into the office. I settled down and started listening to the radio, … Continue reading THE LOCUM DIARIES (33)

THE LOCUM DIARIES (32)

Day 32... New day, New feel, New looks! I don’t know why, but I really wanted to look dashing today. It's not like there's any lady I suddenly came across at work ooo, but it had been so long since I wore a starched shirt, well tucked in, on nice, well-ironed pants, sleeves neatly folded, … Continue reading THE LOCUM DIARIES (32)

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Day 29... I got to the bus stop and again there was no vehicle! ‘Which kain meeting these people dey get?’ I wondered. I was running late for work. After waiting some more minutes with no ‘keke’ in view, I started hailing ‘okadas’. ‘Pako how much’ I asked one, ‘200 Naira’ he replied, ‘Na pako … Continue reading THE LOCUM DIARIES (29)

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Day 28... These days when I come into office between 5 & 6pm, I come in with ear phones plugged in tightly, phone firmly clutched and after I drop my bag, I go outside, to the front of the hospital entrance and like a Landlord (or security officer if you like), I sit down and … Continue reading THE LOCUM DIARIES (28)

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DAY 26 It's another month end and you know the thing with ‘month ends’ na, you are barely struggling to hold on, hoping salary drops any moment and in your mind/head, any phone sound= text message= alert. I had literally scraped through the last few Nairas in my possession to be able to come to … Continue reading THE LOCUM DIARIES (26)

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Day 25... The thing about not seeing patients for a long period of time is that by the time they start coming in their droves, you become ‘patient-rusty’. Exactly how I felt as I stepped out to work. I have spent the last few days playing solitaire at work, yes you read right, SOLITAIRE! At … Continue reading THE LOCUM DIARIES (25)

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Day 24... ‘I just said let me put my head on the pillow, that’s how I ended up waking up by 6.20pm!’. I was literally running to the bus-stop. What was supposed to be light rest after a long day turned out to be a marathon sleep session. Luckily traffic wasn’t as bad as other … Continue reading THE LOCUM DIARIES (24)

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Day 23... Back to work! I was enjoying my ‘enforced’ holiday so much that I didn’t feel like resuming. In fact, it felt like I was getting tired of the routine but when you look at how empty your pocket, wallet and bank account is and how end of month is almost here, you'd realize … Continue reading THE LOCUM DIARIES (23)