“Let me help you with that,” he said bending to pick the books as he approached her.
Toke could not believe her eyes, she stood there staring like she had just seen a ghost. How was it possible that the very man she had been searching for all months was right there in her apartment standing in front of her? Everything seemed so unreal. “Is this a dream?” she asked pinching herself so she’d wake up.
“Hello, I’m Jide” he said, introducing himself when he was done picking up her books. “How did you manage to get in?” she stammered. “Your flatmate, Kike, gave me the keys to the apartment and asked me to wait for her here.” “Kike, how did you know Kike?” She asked. He was just responding when Kike walked in, “Oh, I see you two have met” she said smiling. “Not exactly”, Jide responded giving her a peck on the lips.
Toke turned red. “Okay what’s going on here?” she asked looking confused, “Am I dreaming?” “No silly, you’re not” Kike cuts in, “This is the guy I’ve been telling you about, remember? The one I told you that I started dating few days after I met him.” “How come I never met him before now?” Toke stammered. “He travelled almost immediately, he had to go on a business trip.” “Oh, I see” Toke said nodding “I really have to catch some sleep now, I have a really bad headache. It was nice meeting you Jide.” she said with a forced smile. She headed to her room locking the door behind her, she could not believe how unlucky she was, she eventually cried herself to sleep.
Months went by and the feelings she had for Jide didn’t go away, if anything, they grew stronger. She could not help but notice how romantic Jide was; always surprising Toke with gifts and making her feel special. Every time, Toke would go green with envy, wishing she was the one getting all the attention. She secretly hoped Kike would get bored and break up with Jide like she did with all the other men she dated in the past, and was patiently waiting for it to happen until one day Kike burst into her room screaming and jumping. “What’s all the excitement about?” Toke finally asked when she calmed down, “I’m getting married,” she replied, waving her hand at Toke so she could see the ring on her finger. “Wow, that’s nice”, Toke said trying her best to sound excited. “Come on get up”, Kike continued dragging Toke excitedly, “we have a wedding to plan.”
Wedding planning with Toke had been a nightmare. She’d thought of all possible ways to sabotage the wedding, and even considered purposely misplacing the wedding bands on the morning of the wedding.
A few weeks to the wedding, Kike and her bridesmaids were sitting by the poolside of one of the finest hotels in town, having cocktails. Toke who had been selected to be the maid of honour was also present but had refused to eat or drink claiming she wasn’t hungry. Everyone was having a good time when suddenly Toke started to vomit some brownish looking substance, she had been having severe pain in her abdomen before now but had refused to tell anyone. The vomiting got worse and she was starting to get weak. “We need to take her to the hospital”, Kike said looking worried.
Later that evening, Toke woke up on the hospital bed, feeling much better. She pressed the call bell and asked to speak to the doctor. “Good evening doctor”, she said as the doctor walked in “Good evening” he responded with a smile. “How are you feeling now? Much better I suppose?” “Yes doctor, I feel better than I did before, although if you don’t mind, I’d like you to explain what exactly is wrong with me?” Toke replied. “That shouldn’t be a problem”, the doctor replied. “Due to the symptoms you presented with, we suspected that you had a bleeding in your gastrointestinal system, otherwise known as your stomach and intestines”, he explained. “We carried out some investigations that confirmed to us that you have what is known as peptic ulcer disease.” “Yes doctor, I’m aware “she admitted looking guilty. “I stopped taking the drugs that were prescribed for me for a while now.” “I thought as much,” the doctor replied, “that wasn’t a very wise decision.
Peptic ulcer in lay man’s terms can be described as sores in the liningpeptic ulcer of the stomach, small intestines or lower esophagus and there are two types, there is the gastric ulcer and the duodenal
ulcer, gastric ulcers are found in the stomach while duodenal ulcers are found in the first part of the small intestine.”
“What causes the ulcer?” Toke asked. “There are many causes” the doctor replied, “ but the commonest causes include; a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori which infects the stomach, prolonged use of a group of drugs called NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) some popular drugs that belong to this group include pain killers like aspirin and Ibuprofen”. “Really? I had no idea, I take Ibuprofen practically every month because of menstrual cramps”, Toke said.
“Well you should try as much as possible not to abuse it and since you are aware that you have peptic ulcer disease you should avoid taking it completely because it would only worsen the condition” the doctor advised. “The really bad pain I felt in my tummy before I started throwing up, was that also caused by the ulcer?” “Yes, you may feel a burning pain or sensation in your abdomen especially in the middle, just below your chest down to your navel”, he said. “The pain may go away temporarily when you eat, although in some cases like in gastric ulcers, eating might actually worsen the pain”.
“So why was I vomiting the brownish substance, even though I had not eaten anything?” “You see my dear, that brownish substance you mentioned is called coffee ground vomit. It is clotted blood seen in the vomit and usually happens in severe cases where there is bleeding in the stomach or intestines caused by the ulcer.” “I see”, Toke said nodding, while she asked further, “what other symptoms could I possibly have as an ulcer patient?” “Nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, weight loss, bloating just to mention a few”, said the Doctor.
“There is one more thing I’d like you to know”, the doctor said with a serious look on his face. “I hope it’s not bad news?” she asked noticing look. “Well, it depends on how you look at it”, the doctor replied. “Following your complains of severe pains in your abdomen, we did a pregnancy test to be sure you did not have an ectopic pregnancy. While the pregnancy test came out positive, the good thing is we did a scan which confirmed the pregnancy was in the right place”, the doctor concluded.
“Wow”, Toke thought to herself, “I never knew getting pregnant was that easy”.