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 being a microbiology student.
“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 Vagina, or Sexually Transmitted Infections” The doctor explained.
But 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 vagina infection is.
“Vaginal infections can also be transmitted mostly by carelessness, or poor personal hygiene rather than sex.”
“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 Vagina and has been found to be effective or
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 area.”
“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 unprotected sex.”
“Really, I would have given him infection too?”
“Yes, except you are having a protected sex.”
That means he had the infection too, since we have unprotected sex.
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 no choice.
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 doses.
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 the tablet.
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 airport.”
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 any symptoms?”
“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, it’s 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.
I checked my screen again to be sure, If he was actually the one who called. Why was he shouting?” I asked myself.
“Who was that?” My mum asked.
“Don’t worry Ma” I handed my food to Adekemi. I moved closer to my brother and touched his forehead, I squeezed his hand gently and kissed it.
“Mummy I need to be somewhere and it’s urgent. Please call me and let me know if there’s anything.”
“Are you sure all is well?”
“All is well ma.”
I left the hospital for the airport, I bought a ticket and waited for the next flight since he didn’t booked the flight for me this time. One thing is sure he had found out he had infection. Come to think of it, even if he finds out, why give such attitude on phone, he almost bursted my ear drums. He had never raised his voice at me before. Sitting at the departure a lot of things runs through my mind. I got to Abuja Airport and to my surprise non of the drivers was there to pick me. Then I know there’s fire on the mountain.
I took a cab down to the entrance of the estate, commercial vehicles are not allowed to go in. I had to trek down to the house.
I met his PA in the living room. I was really sweating when I got in.
“Anike, Sorry for the inconveniency, Admiral didn’t instruct us to pick you up” he said.
“It’s OK, thanks. Where is he?”
“In his bedroom” he replied.
“Anike, please take things easy with him, in fact if it’s possible don’t speak till he calms down.”
I opened the door, he was standing in front of the window backing the door.
“Prince, what’s the meaning of this distress call? I asked calmly.
“Call it anything you” he was holding a paper and he threw at me. The paper landed on the floor. I looked at him again before I picked up the paper.
“Can you explain that?”
“Explain what? I hurriedly looked through the content of the paper, it was a lab test result. I actually gave him infection.
“How dare you, Anike you gave me infection!”
“Let me explain…
“Explain what? That you now sleep around. With men not even one?”
“ Excuse me!”
“I wouldn’t have believe all this but that test result proves everything. Anike I trusted you with my life but you choose to betray me.”
“Prince what’s going on here. You are going overboard. Fine, I have infection. Did I give you infection?…. Yes. I just found out this morning. What I don’t get is why you are accusing me of sleeping around. I’m not seeing anyone, I don’t even have a boyfriend.
“Anike cut the crap, you think I wouldn’t find out, I ought to have you been monitored 24-7 but I choose not to do that because I trusted you. You even dated my friends, for what exactly?”
“Date your friends!”
“What do you want?” He said raising is voice at me.
“Sex…..no. I would have thought maybe I wasn’t satisfying you, but we both know that you are not sex freaked.
Money….no, do you know my Net worth? There’s nothing understand this sun that money can buy that I can’t get you, if you ask me.
So what made you to start sleeping around is what I don’t get” he said shouting on top of his voice.
“I won’t stand here and have you insult me” I said and turned to leave the room.
“Come back here this minute. You dare not work out on me while I’m still talking.”
“You can talk to yourself.”
I said and left the room. He picked the paper and followed me. He caught up with me in the sitting room and held my hand and throw the test result on the center table.
“I call the shot here and you won’t leave until I ask you to do so.”
“Really! Watch me.”
“Where do you think you are going Anike?” he refused to release me from his grip.
“Let go of me Prince.”
“You won’t step a foot out of this house.”
“I’m I under arrest or you’re keeping me hostage or you want to lock me up in one of the rooms. Alawode let go of me… now!”
“Admiral please take things easy, I already told you this allegations are not true, I once had her followed even without your permission, Anike is clean” PA interfered.
“Oh, you now call her Anike, right. Leave my house this minute, you are fired” he left immediately, you know they obey before complain.
“That’s because I told him not to be formal with me” I stated.
“Are you sleeping with him too?”
“Do you just accuse me of sleeping with your PA? I said and dished him a hot slap.
“Anike you slapped me?”
“And I will do it again.”
He was now calm. I’m very sure it was that slap that calmed him down.
“Really! Anike you are not even remorseful” he said calmly.
“Remorseful for what” I said crying, I couldn’t hold back the tears again. “That I made a mistake of using a public toilet that gave me toilet infection.”
I remembered the test results are in my bag. I brought it out and showed him.
“I was feeling itchy, so I went to the hospital to complain this morning. I just found out today” I showed him the drugs I was giving too, everything was still in my bag.
I wanted to call you but something came up…
“Yes, you had to go to Lagos.”
“Wow, your informant really fed you well, I applaud that person” I fired at him.
“What are you doing in Lagos?”
“Your informant didn’t tell you?”
“Yes, that you are with a man.”
“God! My brother is at the hospital as we speak. He had surgery few hours ago.”
“What! you mean your brother was operated?”
“I can’t believe you didn’t trust me enough after all the times we’ve been together, you trusted an outsider’s words over mine. If you’ll excuse me I’ll like to take my leave now” I was shedding tears and wiping it at the same time with my palm.
“Anike, please don’t leave, I’m deeply sorry. I was so angry that I didn’t take my time to process the information well” he held my arms pleading.
“Let go of me.”
“You are going no where Anike, do anything you like to me. Slap me, hit me, curse me, do anything.”
“Prince, from me to you, this relationship is over” I fired at him.
“You can’t break up with me because of this” he said holding me back.
“Well I just did, good bye” I freed myself to leave then I saw a motorcade coming into the compound.
* Beware of 3rd party influence in your marital relationship.
* True love never let go of each other easily…!
READ EPISODE 23&24
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI