Imperfection series - Part 3: I don’t want to faint

It all started when I was in my 300 level. I had fallen very ill just after exams. When I went home, I was still quite ill, but I had to go to school to submit my Civil Engineering work book. So in my sickness, I managed to drag myself to school. The plan was to just drop the book with the staff in the lab, and go back home.

When I got down from the bus that dropped me in school, I was walking to my faculty, and started getting weaker, and weaker. By the time I was in front of Mariere hall, I had started stumbling, and I had to find a dirty slab to sit on. One guy upstairs, who would later become a small-time TV personality saw me, came down, and lectured me about how he saw me stumbling before I finally succumbed, and the dangers of abortion, and why I shouldn’t do it again. Nonsense. I that made a vow to keep myself till marriage, one guy sees me stumbling, and concludes I just had an abortion. God dey sha. Anyway, I digress.

That day was my first incident of hypoglycaemia attack. That thing is bad, trust me. Even though it doesn’t kill, it can disgrace. It normally happens when I have stressed myself a bit, or when I am ill (I hardly fall ill). It is when the blood sugar level suddenly drops, and you begin to feel dizzy, stumble, and eventually faint if you don’t sit down. It is the opposite of those things that affect diabetes patient, i.e. too much sugar in their blood. This one is too low sugar.

I said it is a disgrace because when it happens, you must sit down, or lie down, to regain energy, or drink water or put something in your mouth. You must sit down or lie down. No option. So the thing is I start looking for a place to sit, begging people, can I sit in your shop for 5 minutes? I would then rest for ten minutes, walk, and beg again after when it descends, until I finally get home to find my bed. I would do anything I could, in order not to faint, cos you would actually feel yourself descending to the fainting level. I didn’t want a case when I would hit my head on any dangerous thing, fall in the middle of the road, or have people rob me because I fainted in front of strangers, and became unconscious.

The only time I fainted was during NYSC, and I was jogging. One minute, I was jogging, and started becoming weak, the next minute, people were all over me, reviving me. I wasn’t even conscious of when it happened.

I have sat in shops, at pepper-seller benches, on dry slabs, with my leg inside dry gutters. One time, I kept stopping and sitting at different places, that I got to the beginning of my street, entered the local clinic because I knew they had a staircase. I walked to their staircase, and lied down on it for like 10 minutes. The discomfort did not matter to me. I just laid there, and prayed no nurse or doctor would catch me there. I hate hospitals, and the owner is my mum’s friend. I didn’t want any panic incident. After 10 minutes, I felt I had regained enough energy to walk home, which was like 10 houses away. However, after about 4 houses, I couldn’t continue. I had started stumbling again. I walked to the stand of the pepper-seller, sat on her bench, and begged the girl to give me 5 naira pure water, that I would send the money to her later. All dignity had been stripped off o. The girl was kind of alarmed, because she did not know what would make me sit on her bench, and then beg. She looked at me, and immediately gave me the water. I was weak and almost gone, and everyone could see. After drinking the water, I regained enough strength to walk to my house, which was just few houses away.

Unfortunately, someone had seen me, and went to report the incident to my mum. She and my mum called me. I smiled, and brushed it off. Right in front of my mum, the woman insisted that I must take care of myself, because what she saw wasn’t good. In my mind, I was like “see this alakoba woman, reporting me.”

That was the last time it happened sha, because a few days later, I started driving, and it means I don’t walk continuously again. I only walk when I have to go to the bank, and I don’t feel like driving.
So that’s hypoglycaemia for you. That thing is just a very disgraceful something.

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26 comments

  1. Wow please, always have chocolate in your bag. Once you have the slightest inclination that it'd happen, eat it.

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    1. That guy that concluded you had an abortion tho! Must be hard to be him LOL

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    2. Lol at your second comment. Don't mind the guy joo, thanks

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  2. Oh my...I just can't get over the judgemental attitude of some people. This guy accusing you of abortion when you are almost near deaths door. I'm glad you now have a better handle. Like someone said, keep candy and something on hand.

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    1. I was too weak to explain to him. I was just nodding, as he was talking away.

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  3. Please driving with hypoglycaemia could be worse as you might get into an accident. Always have cubes of sugar, glucose or chocolate in your bag. At least you're a woman :)

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    1. Lool, thanks. But really, it is a thing of the past. Haven't had it in three years. The thing that triggers it are not existent when driving, for me.

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  4. My sister once had terrible malaria and had to go to school for Law exams. Immediately she got to uniben gate she began throwing up. Several people stood around her and were insulting her..."See am, Ashawo, she don carry belle, all these small small girls wey dey follow man up and down". This was as far back as 1996. None of them offered to help her till one of the guys from her fellowship saw what was happening and ran over to assist her. Some nigerians can assume sha!

    Like the above comments stated, you should always have something sweet in your bag. It actually happens to diabetics too as they avoid sugar so it gets to a point that their sugar level is so low and they almost pass out (discovered this with my mum when she collapsed in the sitting room one day, she wasn't even walking and in panic we called the doctor. He told us to put a cube of sugar in her mouth)

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    1. Some Nigerians and their useless way of thinking shaaa. I heard about the diabetics too.

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  5. Sugar! Sugar! Sugar! Atilola, always carry sugar. This one you're drinking water, a bottle of soft drink would be better o. I know I'm screaming but hypoglycemia can be scary

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    1. Lool. Don't worry joo. It is over with me.

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  6. Biko, pls always have candy or something sweet handy. Pls be careful while driving

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  7. This is the first time I am hearing about this sha. Wow!! But you say it hasn't happened in a while? that is consoling right? I hope!

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    1. Yea. Three years. We have broken up, lol.

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  8. I concur with what others have said...at least have a pack of sweet inside your bag or pieces of it inside your pockets, and in your car. So it never occured to the guy you have malaria sef?....alakoba ke? She was simply been a good neighbor o jare!.. Ahaha

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    1. *you might have malaria sef?*

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    2. Naa. It just used to happen all of a sudden, when the factors that triggered it come together. I don't fall sick again, and it was in the past. The relationship is over, and I have moved on, lol.

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  9. I'm glad you have found a way round this... I can imagine what you mean by "embarrassing something" especially since we Nigerians know how to comment on everything we see. *hugs*

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    1. Don't mind them. Instead of them to just help, they'll be judging.

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  10. They've said it all - have something small with you at all times. Candy or whatever. I would even say have a can of soda with you.

    And smh at the "person" accusing you of having an abortion. Like that's really the first thing that came into his mind?

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    1. To the pure, all things are pure. To the impure...

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  11. Oh wow!!!!! Never heard of this one o.

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  12. Compassion should win above all.

    Anyway, people may say 'I have come again' but I believe that it is something you can believe God for again and again.
    You can get scriptures and confess them concerning that. No believer should have to suffer through that when Christ has paid. Not trying to guilt trip you into believing God for divine health but you know, you can choose to believe God to take sickness away from the midst of you.
    It doesn't hurt to try.

    The small time TV personality, lol at that, represents a huge percentage of Nigerians. I have chosen to be among the other percentage, ask first.
    Compassion above all, or we risk being legalistic and no use to God.

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  13. Wow. Please have glucose or an energy bar In your bag at all times.

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