Life Of A Warrior
Talking about Sickle Cell Anemia can never be a day’s talk, neither is it two nor three. It is something you continue researching on, but let’s go on.
‘Why, Mide?’ you might ask. In my twenty plus years on this earth, I still don’t have all my triggers figured out. Yup, you read right, I discovered a new trigger at the beginning of this year. Now, let me explain what I mean by triggers.
Triggers are simply what set in motion (for the lack of another word asides trigger Lol) the crisis pain of a sickle cell disorder patient, e.g. malaria…did I shock you there? Well, welcome to my world, apparently, malaria isn’t the only trigger for a sickle cell patient to have crisis (another terminology to be explained, just stay with me). Stress, dehydration, being at high altitudes (mountain climbing), changes in temperature – going from a warm house into a very cold day and not being well covered up, amidst other reasons, can be triggers for crisis.
Now what is Crisis? Simply put, it is when some cells – hard and curved like a sickle — in a carrier do not flow easily and can get stuck in the small blood vessels of the chest, belly, and joints.
How can you help a warrior prevent crisis?
Ensure they eat properly (balanced diet)
Ensure they drink water regularly
Ensure they use their daily prescribed drugs
Ensure they see their doctors for checkup regularly
Take their slightest complain seriously
Don’t think they are making up being sick (this one is my personal point)
They must control their stress level as much as possible
You can find other tips on my Vlog:
To reiterate, sickle cell is not a death sentence. People living with sickle cell thrive at their endeavors, sickle cell can be managed so it is not a death sentence! WARRIORS are not walking corpses! Please stop the stigmatization and have a little more faith in the warriors around you; it will go a very long way.
Thank you for staying with me on this journey. Please feel free to ask me any question(s) you might have about warriors and life as a warrior.