Written By Toyin Taiwo
Months later, 500l second semester to be
precised, I discovered I was feeling itchy in
between my thigh, I also felt pain, before I
knew it the itching became more severe, that
I had to see a doctor. I would have used
Prince’s hospital in Abuja, but I didn’t plan to
travel that week.
I went to a private hospital, a doctor attended
to me. I was diagnosed and he said I have
Vaginal infection. He said he handed me the
test result. I checked the results. I could
easily interpret the results been a
“I know of this bacteria, but doctor what I
don’t get is how I got this…this vaginal
infection. My guess before I came here was
that it could be toilet infection”
“In lay man’s term, it’s called Toilet Infection
but toilet infection does not exist in the
medical field. If someone says “I have toilet
infection” they could be referring to infection
affecting the K!ttyC@t, or Sexually
Transmitted Infections” The doctor explained.
“ Both doctor I can’t have sexually
transmitted infections, I have just one partner
and he doesn’t sleep around” I stated.
The Doctor took his time to educate me on
what K!ttyC@t infection is.
“Vaginal infections can also be transmitted
mostly by carelessness, or poor personal
hygiene rather than S£x”
“Doctor I used a public toilet last month.
Could it be the cause?” I asked.
“Yes, it could be, some habits that make
women have toilet Infection include use of
dirty toilet, vaginal douching, squatting to
urinate, use of wet underwear, Use of birth
control pills to mention but a few.
The general signs and symptoms of toilet
infections are: itching, pain on urination,
abnormal discharge, abdominal pain and
abnormal menstrual flow.
As for the treatment, Less severe infections,
are treated with drugs such as
Vaginal tablet in which the tablet is inserted
into the K!ttyC@t and has been found to be
Cream application using an applicator stick:
in which a cream is used for 7 to 14 days.
Clotrimazole (Mycelex, Gyne-Lotrimin) can be
tablet or cream. This is more effective.
That’s the one I’m administering. I’ll give you
the tablet which you’ll insert in your private
“Thanks doc for the enlightment”
“One more thing, your partner must also be
treated, there is all possibility that he’s also
infected, especially in cases where you have
“Really, I would have given him infection
“Yes, except you are having a protected S£x”
That means he had the infection too, since we
have unprotected S£x.
I was more worried now, how will I tell
Prince, he doesn’t joke with his health. I
don’t know how to face him to tell him, this
is embarrassing. My carelessness cost me all
this. The day I used that toilet I was so
pressed that I couldn’t hold it till I get home.
I don’t use public toilet, but that day, I had
I got to my apartment and met Happy and I
explained my situation to her. She said she
had it few times before, she said I will be
fine, I should just make sure I complete the
I went to the kitchen and microwave the rice
I left in the pot. I used the drugs, then I went
to my bedroom to use the bathroom to insert
I was still in the bathroom when I heard my
phone singing ‘Mama Oyoyo a mama eh’…. I
knew it was my mum calling. I left the
bathroom to pick the call.
“Anike, your brother was rushed to the
hospital from school. I just got here, they
called me from scho. The doctors said he
needs to be operated on immediately”
“Jesus! I’m coming over ma, he’ll be fine by
God’s grace” I tried to calm her down.
I just picked my bag and left the room. I told
Happy about my brother that I need to be in
Lagos now, my Mummy needs me.
“Take it easy, he’ll be fine, have a safe trip”
“Have you called Prince Alawode?”
“No, I’ll do that later” I said and left for the
I got to the hospital, I was directed to the
theater, I sighted my mummy sitting at the
waiting room close to the OR.
“Anike, welcome, thank you for coming down
here my child” she hugged me.
My sister too was sitted in her school
uniform, eyes all swollen. So he likes his
brother like this because they fight a lot.
“How is he?” I asked
“He’s still in the theater”
“What did the doctor say?”
“He had appendicitis, the appendix is ripe,
that’s why they rushed him into the theater
before it burst” she explained.
“Was he feeling sick before or do you noticed
“Not at all, he was fine”
An hour after I got there, they wheeled him
out of the OR and he was taking to a private
ward, I already spoke to one of the doctors
that I want a private ward.
I asked for the bill, I went to the cashier and
paid #300k. We all sat quietly beside him,
waiting for him to wake up, he’s still
unconscious due to the anesthesia effect.
I gave Adekemi #10k to get food for us in a
nearby eatery. She brought the food.
I encouraged my mum to try and put
something in her tommy. She hasn’t taken
anything since morning.
I assured her that Okiki is fine, its just for
him to wake up. I opened the foil ready to eat
my fried rice and chicken then my phone
rang, the ring tone was ‘ you are my strength
when I was weak, you are my voice when I
couldn’t speak’ I knew it was Prince. I picked
it. All I heard was…
“Anike! take the next available flight to Abuja
and meet me in Abuja now!” he said with a
harsh tone and hung up.
To be continued
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