Saturday, November 16, 2013


Hey guys, i was feeling too lazy to write after the day i had. I conducted my first post relaxer wash today. It was a moisturizing wash and i used something i haven't tried before but i had heard about. I used Dudu Osun instead of my shampoo to wash my hair. How did my hair respond? I would let you know all the details tomorrow. I also flat ironed my hair and i took loads of pictures too. It is not easy remembering that now that i have a camera i am supposed to document every step, however i am sure i would get a hang of it soon.

Anyways, while i was browsing i checked out my friend's blog ( and saw this post. What attracted me to the post was the word 'psychiatrist'. I was like oh no! like a typical Nigerian. I wondered whether something drastic had happened. I forgot that seeing a psychiatrist doesn't mean you are not orientated in time, place or person. I found out that because of an earlier addiction episode that she has had, she wanted to bring a stop to the signs of the addiction that she has started noticing. My friend is brave and i am awe of the amount of strength God has placed in her. She took a big step that most people wouldn't take.

Please continue and read what she wrote and also check her blog for the follow up to this post and many more posts. It would be nice if she is encouraged by you my beautiful readers to keep fighting and keep writing (she is an incredible writer).


So far so good it has been easy on the haematologist  I hope by the time the patient is in dire need of the haematologists help, the psychiatrist would have done a very good job. Being a sickle cell anaemia patient means encountering agonizing pains that could last from a few minutes to weeks which makes it the haematologists duty to find an analgesic that will keep the patient sane enough for a long time. Most of these drugs are either NSAIDs or opioid  These drugs may be used together sometimes or staggered (mixing them up instead of using one the entire period e.g; morning dose could be diclofenac, afternoon tramadol and night ibuprofen).

Recently my thirst for want of pentazocine, an opioid, began again! I would rather not go into details of how it started. When I noticed I was getting back to the old habit, I knew I needed help but with that feeling of non-stop crisis, I just wasn't fully ready to face the beat. I went to my haematologist and complained of the pains I had been experiencing and only partially told him of my past dependence/addiction to pentazocine and how I was scared it could be happening again. He prescribed a couple of investigations requiring blood and urine samples and dihydro-codeine (DF118). To be honest the drug worked just as effectively as any other analgesic but in my mind there's this extra efficiency of pentazocine/promethazine when taken! I couldn't help myself I had to find a way of getting a shot of penta/prometh. I did! In fact, I managed to get 2 ampoules! Happy me! That was on a Monday. On Tuesday when I went to give my blood sample, I finally decided to go and see a psychiatrist.
It's a very rare case for a "sane" person to go and report to a psychiatrist in Africa and in cases of drug addiction/dependence it was a miracle if the person went of his/her own free will. It is a very hard habit to break. Lakin... when I found the psychiatry department and went in I met with Dr. A who had patients with him and after the introductions and all, he told me they had clinics on Wednesday afternoons and he would see me there. That was great news I had haematology clinic that same Wednesday morning, so it was perfect!
I had such a long day, leaving home really early so I can get an early spot with the haematologist  Normally, the doctors attend to in-patients before getting to out-patients wherever we are located; specialty or general. So clinic starts roughly between 10:00hrs - 11:00hrs. Blessed are those who forfeit sleep for they shall be called in first! Amen! I was called in first and I met Dr. A (apparently the hospital's filled with Dr's A). We had a lively, friendly chat on genotype, blood group and sickle cell awareness then I told him about my little miracle, Aisha (of course). I was cleared with the normal prescriptions; folic acid, proguanil and some analgesics; tramadol, cerebrax (expensive drug) and an appointment in 4 weeks time (11th Sept, 2013). I didn't get any of the analgesics *embarrassed smile*. I was done pretty early which left me with so much time till the psych sessions. I was really tired and just wanted to! Wait! Eat, drink then sleep.

It was finally time and psych Dr. A came in and casually checked the waiting room; I guess it was for me, probably to see if I was just another one of them say-no-do persons! I was there! My name was called! Our conversation went thus;
Me: Good afternoon
Dr: How are you?
Me: I'm fine thank you.
Dr: So why did you come in yesterday, it is very rare for patients to come into psychiatry on their own?!
Me: It's actually a long story but lemme start from the end I'm addicted to pentazocine/promethazine...see, I was addicted to it about 4 years ago..." Then I went into details of my last encounter and how the present one started. He asked questions, I answered. Some of the questions I can recall were on the triggering factors, personal life, family life, financial and educational, and finally the reason why I came seeking for help and if I came on  my own free-will.
I did come on my own free-will and I had two main reasons "First; for my daughter. If I live long enough till she gets older, I know she will be needing my help and I want to be fit/sane for her. Second, I am a sickle cell patient and I don't want there to be a time when I will be in dire need of an opioid but it doesn't work for me." Dr. A went on to give me more reasons Religious reasons, it intoxicates the system and makes us unaware of the real life and it is forbidden to pray or even be in that state with no legitimate reason. It harms the organs, gradually. During job interviews, a doctors general assessment of the applicant will be needed and he can', won't give a pass to an addict. It could also affect my work and interaction with people.
Dr: I am glad you are determined. It is going to be a long process divided into two..." Then he went into detailed explanation of  how there's physical drug dependence withdrawal symptoms which we could treat with available medications and the psychological drug dependence withdrawal symptoms which would take a lot of work especially on my part. He told me about a drug test that would have to be done regularly but he didn't want to put more financial stress on me.
Dr: I want you to promise that you won't let me down. Don't take the drugs no matter how much you may feel you need it. I will be counting on your honesty to let me know if you took it.
Me: In Shaa Allah I won't let you down. In Shaa Allah.
He prescribed diclofenac (PRN) for any pain that I may experience, loperamide (PRN) for diarrhoea (these two are part of the physical drug dependence withdrawal symptoms which he said I may experience), carbamazepine (ON) at night only and an appointment for the following week.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with him and was looking forward to the following week!
Thanks for reading guys. Please don't forget to check out her blog here .

Luv ya,
Petite Diva...


  1. *sigh You are the best blogger, ex-school mate, and friend I have on line. Thank you so much. It means a lot to me what you did. God bless you.

    Let us know how the Dudu Osun washing went (^_^)

    1. You are the bestest too....You are welcome. And God bless you too.

  2. Good day.Pls really need ur help on how to withdraw from pentazoxine.Is urgent.God bless u.pls save a soul.

    1. Like you read in my friend's post the first step is to be determined to stop taking it. Then the next step is to seek help. The best help would be to see a psychiatrist like my friend did. Nope, you are not mentally challenged so don't think anyone would judge you. You need someone who can help you overcome your addiction so please locate a hospital that has a psychiatrist and psychologist and they would be able to help you.
      Also associating with people who have either overcome their addiction or trying to overcome their addiction is a great way for getting support. I suggest you check out my friend's blog htttp:// to read some of her experiences and also get in contact with her. You can also send a mail to with your details so that i can link you guys. It is well with you and i am really proud that you are willing to take this great step. God bless you.

  3. Am expecting ur reply.


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