“Our health is something we often take for granted. But, there are some things in life that should never be taken for granted. Take care of yourself.”~Catherine Pulsifer
Often times as human beings, we get caught up in our busy lives. Until something happens, and suddenly there is a break in transmission. It’s been 10 months since I moved back home to Nigeria. Moving is not a piece of cake, and the older you are, the more difficult it is to transition.
Interestingly enough, this has been the easiest for me, and I believe it has a lot to do with God’s grace and my positive mindset. I moved to Nigeria on April 7, 2019. Yes, I had doubts and fears about getting a job and finding my place in society. Still, I also had the recent successes that were pushing me onwards.
So when I first landed in Lagos, I first dealt with jet lag. Hmm, that is not a laughing matter. I was awake when everyone around me was sleeping. Arizona time was so ingrained into my system. Eventually, I started to adjust, first by going out to visit family and friends, renewing the old bonds, so to speak. Then also intensified my job hunting pursuit while not losing sight of my dream to be a published author.
By the time August came around, I had got the opportunity I had been looking for. I started working at Sabi Writers and instantly felt at home. Working using both my journalism and business degrees has been fulfilling.
However, getting to work most mornings is not an easy feat. There is the stress of squeezing yourself into cramped busses. Then dealing with the intense jerking as your body jumps up and down as the bus makes it way through the bumpy roads and detours that look so dangerous.
Often times as I find myself being squeezed and pushed into the corner by the other passengers, or having babies fall asleep on my arms. I think back to the life of ease and comfort I had back in Tempe, Arizona, and then I don’t know to laugh or cry.
This has been the state of my life for the past 6 months. I thought I was doing good and then, suddenly…
A week ago, my world almost changed.
When The Body Takes A Break
It was Monday, February 24, and I was so ready for the new week. My day started well; in fact, it was the best I had been feeling in the past few days. I had just finished malaria treatment but was still feeling out of sorts.
My weekend had been a washout. I was in so much pain. Yet I had plans that weekend; I had my book to work on and a visit with my sister to celebrate my Grandma’s birthday posthumously. She would have turned 100 on February 22. Instead, I was in bed.
Saturday Night was the most horrible night of my life. I was in so much pain and could not sleep. I prayed and pleaded to God for mercy. It was when morning came that I finally got some sleep. So I spent Sunday in my bed. Making it the 2nd Sunday I had missed Church service. My blood pressure was high as I suspected; after all, I had not been sleeping well. So I took my medicine and continued to rest. By Sunday night, I was feeling much better, and I took some pain killers and promptly fell asleep.
Thus on Monday, I was on my way to work with some strength in my steps. I checked my bp before I left for work. It wasn’t high, and I was relieved.
By the time I reached the office, I had begun to feel weak and dizzy. I was also feeling so hot and sweaty; I decided to recheck my blood pressure. I got the shock of my life, l had never seen such a low figure in my life, 77/49. I knew immediately I was in trouble, but I was feeling so weak as I googled how to increase blood pressure. I drank some water and just managed to walk to the settee in the hallway. I quickly sat down.
The next thing I remember was people surrounding me and walking me out to sit outside to get fresh air. As I sat there, I could hardly make out what was going on around me. My body was so cold, and I was given water to drink.
The next thing I remembered was being rushed to the hospital.
It was as I lay on the hospital bed, with the medications flowing into my veins that I realised how close I had been to join my ancestors.
Thankful To Be Alive
It’s been a week of recuperation. I have spent the week resting up and reflecting. I realise now that I took my body for granted in my pursuit of success. I was trying to make up for the lost time, forgetting that my life and time is in God’s hands.
Going forward when it comes to my health, there are a few things I need to change.
- Listen more to my body. My body is a temple, and I need to do a better job of looking after it.
- Rest more, in the past three years, I have gone through a lot of changes. Significant changes, but apparently, I am yet to find the balance between working hard and resting.
- Relax, the ability to suspend work and be still in the moment. I have an overactive and imaginative mind that is always working even while I sleep. I am on a quest to find ways to relax and not overthink things.
- Find ways to Meditate on positive things first and last thing I do each day. I have discovered that what I feed my mind affects what I think about later on. So going forward, I need to be more deliberate when it comes to protecting my mind while also supplying it with positive and constructive information.
Reflecting back on my fainting episode and the low blood pressure issue. I can see that God was at work in my life.
- I was aware of my body and the changes.
- I had the instrument to measure my Bp.
- It happened at work a safe place and surrounded people who acted swiftly. We’re able to make the right decision to get me to the closest hospital.
- My workplace had my emergency contact on file.
Dear readers, my prayer for you is good health. However, you need to take responsibility and take care of your body, your vessel and temple as much as you can.
When was the last time got your blood pressure checked? Many people are walking around with a time bomb around their necks. Not knowing the silent killer is working behind the scenes. High Blood pressure is not just something that happens to the elderly. The young also suffer from its effects. Especially in this hyper-busy world, we live in with so many pressures.
If you don’t know your blood pressure, it’s like not knowing the value of your company.~Mehmet Oz