So, this week’s diary is quite emotional. This story moved me alot so I decided to share it…enjoy!
one of virtues. And so on Sunday July 27, 2003 at about 7.30am, Jamira opened
his eyes to the world at just about 27 weeks! If you know your math, that’s
less than seven months. This was a day after the doctor had discharged me from
the hospital after trying to induce the birth for a week with me only achieving
a 5cm dilation throughout the week. I had my son at home with the assistance of
trying to beat deadlines (as usual) when at about 3am I discovered I was
sitting on water. I woke my husband and told him and he asked if the baby was
due-he wasn’t. But the water just kept coming!
up two ‘wrappers’, and then headed off to the hospital. I was immediately
admitted and the doctor ran a scan. He said the amniotic sac was intact but he
couldn’t explain where the water was coming from. He decided it was best to
induce the birth and so he inserted catheter. After a day or so, the catheter
dropped but I was nowhere near contractions-the water was still coming.
This was already day 4 and I had been in constant pain with this water flowing
non stop. The doctor did another scan and said the fluid in the amniotic sac
was just fine. He still had no idea where all the water was coming from.
dilation increased to about 5cm but the baby’s head did not engage. It was at
this state that I was discharged. I guess the doctor ran out of ideas…
hours, he did not wake. At about the 15th hour we took him to another hospital,
where the nurses (the doctor was unavailable) told us he was just resting. By
the next morning, the nurse who assisted in his birth came around and that was
when we saw that he had turned blue.
better facilities and he was immediately taken to intensive care and put in an
incubator and diagnosed of apnea attacks. Did I mention that at this point he
weighed less than 2kg?
That night, the medical director came to my ward and
told me that if not for his religious convictions he would have opted for
euthanasia. He said my son had oxygen cut off from his brain for so long and so
he was going to be mentally deranged. I was devastated. However, he said he
would do everything in his power to see that he survives. Though his chances
were very slim, survival was going to be the easy part.
about how we were going to cope with a mentally challenged child. We already
had one son and the doctor had said we should take consolation in that. During
our conversation I realised I hadn’t named him. My husband had named him
‘Chizaram’ at birth which translates ‘God answered me’ but I was supposed to
give him an English name. We agreed that he should be named completely so that
even if he dies we would have a complete name for him. My husband then said his
survival would be a miracle and I said Jehovah’s miracle and thus we came up
with the name Jah-mira or as we choose to spell it Jamira.
Jamira had not only made it through the night but had made significant progress
health wise. Within the next three days he was out of the incubator and in 5
days I was heading home with my baby.
developmentally challenges. Every milestone has been major- holding his head
steady, sitting, walking, talking, running, writing-everything has been
delayed, but he has always conquered. In fact, it would seem like he woke up to
each milestone. Like when he started talking, he didn’t do it like other
babies, he just starting talking in sentences over night. And with his writing,
he started drawing circles before he attempted straight lines.
with kids his age and the Nigerian school system has nothing for kids like him.
You see, Jamira has a fantastic memory but he can’t spell or read well. So as
far as the Nigerian system is concerned he should be – I don’t know, maybe at
see him as different and use his strengths to cover up for his weaknesses. They
have co-operated so far making his tests oral, someone reads to him, he answers
and they write it down. With this system he has been able to perform better
than the average student. He enjoys drawing and building things. Sometimes
working with him can be really frustrating, but I always like to remember where
he is coming from.
wonderful thing is, he has started reading up to four letter words! I’m sure
that very soon, he will cross this milestone like he did others.
impossible feat given that he is still playing catch up with his mates. But who
knows! Chizaram Jamira Anaba may yet live his dreams, but if he doesn’t, I’m
sure he’ll make others. After all, he lived!
her interview with Oprah Winfrey on the TV show “Oprah’s next chapter”, one cannot
deny the fact that Rihanna still loves Chris Brown.
Her eyes welled with tears as she
talked about him to Oprah.
"We have maintained a very close friendship...we built a trust again and that's it. We love
each other and we probably always will and that's not anything we're
gonna try to change," Rihanna said.
Rihanna said it is hard hiding her feelings when she meets up with Brown.
"It's awkward because I still love him. My stomach drops and I have
to maintain this poker face and not let it get to the outer part of
me...I think he was the love of my life."
If you've got your hopes pinned on finding your Mr. Right on a dating site
you might be disappointed--or at least taught a lesson in patience. No
matter which site you prefer, you'll find there's a lot of dating "spam"
to sift through. Well, just before you get to know him more or fall in love...check out for these factors first!
Ensure that he is not a:
Little liar: Guys that lie about their life, work or stats
need to be passed over. If you uncover one lie, (like he's 6 foot tall
but turns out he's only 5) chances are you'll discover more. Think of
lies as a red flag.
Strange stalker: If he's pinging your inbox every time you log
University of Lagos, (UNILAG) has implemented and launched her official online communication Video and Audio
channel (YouTube) on the internet.
The YouTube channel is aimed at
improving the presence of the University Of Lagos on the internet. (Gen Ghen, the first federal university in
Nigeria to have a YOUTUBE channel).
Their own official YOUTUBE channelcan be accessible by clicking the link
UNILAG first Youtube
To populate this YouTube Channel,
the University requests for audio and
video recordings of recent events within the University, from members of the
University Community, and they can do good by bringing the audio and video clips to the CITS department.