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Old enough yet unmarried 29: Love, betrayal and health

Dr. O.

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continued from episode 28.

I immediately called Jumai to inform her about what happened so she could get Abdul to pass the information to the SSS, she tried calling Yemi’s phones as well, hoping that if the kidnappers saw a call from a different number they might be willing to pick but the call kept ringing with no response. Finally, when Charly returned home I tried calling again with her phone, this time it was Yemi that answered, “help me please! They are threatening to take my li…” She barely finished her sentence before the call went off, I tried calling back again but this time the phone had been switched off. Just imagining what she had been going through in the hands of those kidnappers in the past 24 hours made me cringe, I felt so helpless that she was going to be killed and there was nothing I could do about it; out of desperation, I called Abdul myself, I felt like Jumai wasn’t putting enough pressure on him and I was getting impatient, “isn’t there anything you can do to speed things up?” I asked him, “the SSS is working on the case and they’ve never disappointed before. I believe they’ll find her soon” he assured.

Charly on the other hand had a special kind of calmness since she heard the news and I couldn’t seem to understand why, maybe it was because Ken was also staying over at her place for a few days since I had spoilt her own plans of going over to his place with my arrival. Coincidentally, her younger sister who was in town for a job interview was also at her place for the week. Im sure you’re beginning to wonder how all of us were supposed to have squeezed into Charly’s place? fear not! She stays in a 3-bedroom apartment so there was enough room for all of us. I couldn’t sleep that night again, I kept seeing the kidnapper pointing a gun to Yemi’s head every time I closed my eyes. As usual, I stayed awake staring at the ceiling. Time went by slowly and my eyelids grew heavy but I couldn’t sleep. At about 3am, I decided to get a glass of juice from the kitchen to drink because I was getting thirsty.

Everyone was asleep and I didn’t want to wake anyone so I quietly walked to the kitchen, I was surprised to meet the kitchen lights off because all the other lights in the house were on, I was just about to turn them on when I heard soft moaning sounds coming from the corner, at first I thought I was hallucinating then I heard what sounded like a smack, “okayy, what’s going on here?” I thought to myself, I peeped through the door only to see Charly and Ken seriously getting it down in the kitchen. “At 3am? Seriously?whatever happened to staying in the bedroom?” I thought to myself. I couldn’t believe my eyes, I never knew Charly had such a wild side plus how was she even able to get in the mood with everything that was going on? shouldn’t she have been resting for work the next day? I guess I must be really old school because I couldn’t think of any sensible explanation for what I had just seen.

 

Their backs were turned to the door so they didn’t notice me peep,part of me wanted to put on the light, point my hand like a gun at them and scream “you’re under arrest” but I thought better about playing such a prank, it would probably have gotten me kicked out instantly. I silently crept back to my room instead, I had to forget about drinking any juice because “some people” had decided to turn the kitchen into a love playground. The next morning, Charly woke me up with knocks at my door, this was at about 5am, I had managed to catch a little over an hour of sleep before her knocks woke me up, “what is it?” I asked yawning as I opened the door to let her in, she looked so wide awake, I didn’t want to imagine that they were only just rounding up with their kitchen project after almost 2 hours.

“Why are you so wide awake?” I asked mischievously, “that’s not important” she replied waving my question aside, “I really need your help, something really terrible just happened” She said looking worried, “oh my God! Have they finally killed Yemi” I asked squeezing her by the shoulders, “no it’s not that” she said wriggling herself free with a look on her face that was obvious she thought I was losing it, “then what is it?” I asked anxiously, “uhm I need you to prescribe some pills for me” she began, “what’s the matter?” I asked looking at her suspiciously, “well” she began scratching her head and looking away, “Ken’s condom got torn last night and we didn’t discover it in time” she said trying to hide her embarrassment, “I’m scared of getting pregnant, I’m not ready for another baby yet” She explained. I wanted to reply by saying “why won’t your condom get torn? when you won’t stay in one place” but I realised I would be sounding like an annoying mum besides I’d have had to explain what I meant by my statement and risk exposing myself so I just said

“hmm! Na wa for you o! with all these things going on you still have time for play-play?”, trust Charly to ignore my sarcasm, she just hissed and said “are you prescribing something for me or not?”

 

I decided to save her the humiliation and informed her she could use emergency contraception such as the morning-after pills, they are used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse or if contraception methods like Condoms fail. They are most effective when taken immediately after intercourse but can still be taken up to 72hours after intercourse although effectiveness declines as time goes by. Many women make the mistake of using it as an everyday method of contraception, but this is not right, morning-after pills are meant for emergency contraception and are not as effective when used as regular contraception. There are other regular contraception methods that can be used such as oral contraceptive pills, intra-uterine contraceptive devices and contraceptive implants or injections. Every woman should speak to her doctor about the most suitable method of contraception. Also, It’s important I add that contrary to popular belief, the use of morning after pills does not lead to infertility. For those who don’t know, contraception is any method used to prevent pregnancy, some people know it as “family planning.” After I was done explaining all these to Charly, I prescribed a morning after pill for her to use.

Few minutes later, my phone rang, I was still grumbling to Charly about how I hated early morning phone calls when I looked at the caller ID and saw that it was Yemi’s number calling, “it’s the kidnappers” I screamed in shock, this was the first time they were going to make an attempt to reach anyone, previously, we had been the ones trying to reach them, I could feel my heart pounding as I bent down to pick the phone, had they killed Yemi already? Were they calling to tell me where to find her body? “Hello” I said answering the phone in a shaky voice as I braced myself for what they were about to say…..

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Dr.O is a graduate of the University of Szeged in Hungary who is on a mission to reduce the mortality rate in our society by creating awareness about preventable and non-preventable diseases and empowering people with the necessary knowledge and information they need to take charge of their health. checkwithdoctoro.com was co-founded by her as a means to fulfilling this mission. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) and Hungarian Medical Chamber certified doctor. When she is not busy looking for ways to make a difference in her environment, you can find her trying out new recipes in the kitchen or touring the world.