The time my patient had the munchies

6 minute read - CRUNCH! Monique popped another chip into her mouth, biting down loudly before she responded to our question. I must have worn my annoyance on my face; she gave me an apologetic look as she swallowed. Only midway through my third year in medical school, I was still working on the ability …

The time a patient and his wife got into a fight – Abi’s Story

5 Minute Read“Are you sure you’re OK, Mr. Crew?” Abi asked her clinic patient.  His eyes drifted towards her slowly shifting hands. Under his gaze, she became acutely aware that she was picking the cuticles of her nails, as she often did. She quickly dropped her hands to her sides.  “Uh…” he glanced at his …

I was pulled over by the police on the way to work

7 Minute Read - “Come on, Tewa, let’s go… LET’S GO!” I said to hype myself up, frantically pulling raisin bread out of the toaster oven and grabbing an apple from the fridge. It was 6:15 AM and I was leaving the house JUST ON TIME to beat traffic on the way to work that …

The time a patient was shot – Dr. Olufadeji’s Story

8 Minute Read “OYA! BABY GIVE ME LOVE OOOOOOOOO…” Ayobami sang loudly along with the tunes spewing from his car speakers, bobbing his head up and down. It made him happy to listen to Afrobeat music while he drove. He continued to hum as he pulled into the hospital parking lot.  Ayobami was a brand …

The time my co-intern and I made a pact to bring dates to the holiday party

7 Minute Read-Intern Year: “Girl, medicine is messing with my love life!” Asha said to me with a sigh. It was early afternoon, and we were writing notes in our windowless team room. It was a call day, meaning that our team was in charge of admitting new patients to the hospital, and we would …

The time a baby died after delivery – Dr. Odunsi’s Story

8 Minute Read “Awww man!!!” Tosin laughed aloud at herself as her phone fell to the ground again. Trying to keep it propped up on the window sill had been a fail, as she recorded herself dancing to one of her favorite songs. Tosin was both fun-loving and introverted, a natural-hair donning obstetrics and gynecology …

The time Dr. Seale’s patient lost a toe

THE ANTIBODY: A super short story series. Teeny-tiny anti-anxiety laughs for tough times. *EPISODE 5* 2 minute read: “So, Dr. Seale, what do you think we should do for Mr. Wheeler?” asked the attending surgeon as he looked at Lauren expectantly. She took a deep breath before responding, “I think we’ll need to amputate his …

The time Dr. Stewart’s patient had way too much fun

THE ANTIBODY: A super short story series. Teeny-tiny anti-anxiety laughs for tough times. *EPISODE 4* 2 minute read: “Dr. Stewart! Your patient is starting to wake up,” Kathy called out to James. She was one of the nurses in the PACU (post-anesthesia care unit), where patients go to recover from anesthesia after a surgery. “Perfect timing; …

My patient had a bottle stuck up his… well, you-know-where

THE ANTIBODY: A super short story series. Teeny-tiny anti-anxiety laughs for tough times. *EPISODE 3* 3 minute read “Forty-five year old man with acute abdominal pain…. Oyetewa, do you want to take this new patient?” the resident asked me. “Yes, of course!” I said with my best fake smile. As though I have a choice.  I …