14 Riverside Drive attack: How we won!

Today, grammar and punctuation is out the door. But this is my tribute to those affected by the terrorist attack on 15th January, 2019. When I got the calls about this very horrible attack, my stomach was in knots! My first instinct was to drive there, which I tried to. I had family and very close close CLOSE friends in that hot mess. My heart was in my throat, tears running down my cheeks and my blood went cold. We were fortunate to have someone on the outside keeping us posted on our loved ones while they were rescued. I know it is so unfortunate that some precious lives were lost and several injured. However, someone recently told me that, when one dies at war, we label them a hero. Heroes live FOREVER. Their names will never leave our lips and their memories will never leave our hearts.

I worked at Redhouse Group for one and a half years up until 2018. A very close friend called Kenny who works at Cellulant saw potential in me and pointed me in the direction of my current job and my former family cheered me on as I grew. I remember waking up really early just to land a city council parking spot before 7a.m with Lynne, Winnie and Obura. Walking past the security who we really loved, into the office and listening to Obura play “ Leg over” by Mr. Eazi at 7.30 am. I remember walking in and saying hi to the early birds; from the TBWA creatives, Redhouse Digital team, TBWA client service, the big shots; kina Eugene, Rodney, Maingi, Sekento. We’d watch people trickle in by 8.30 as we stood in the kitchen having breakfast from Abisai and just cracking joke after joke! I remember meetings with the BBDO team. Sian always catching me up on yesterday’s stories before meetings start, Maureen and her hilarious disses. I remember the really silly creative team at BBDO, from Young and his seriously stupid jokes, Franco and Georgie joining him to sing “Pour me water” by Mr. Eazi every time I walked into the room! I remember Noel and his sheng, hahaha too funny! I remember having lunch and walking to the smokers corner to catch up with other people from the complex. I remember the walks to the Tac shop and Davi always shouting “mremboooooo” every time I walked in. He always took too long to prepare my hot dogs so we could catch up. I remember making new friends from the complex at the Tac shop. I remember the lunches at Secret Garden with our suppliers. The hot waiter at Secret Garden that used to bring us sauteed potatoes to the office. I remember leaving pitches with Ally, Ngallow, Joyce and cracking stupid jokes just to unwind. I remember the Wednesday and Friday nights! Shots o’clock! Hanging out with the Redhouse Digital team, Kabuti, Nkiro Kaburu, Diana, Sam, the BBDO creatives and pretty much everyone. I remember Mutua and his storoz when he got high, hahaha. I remember Eugene asking Mutua not to give me the remote because I kept playing “Pour me water” all the time! I remember people bringing their husbands, wives, partners and friends to the bar and seeing them have such a good time with the Redhouse team! I remember listening to people vent about their bad days! I remember all the late nights almost 3 or 4 times a week and the stories being tossed around the room. Always made the late nights bearable. Oooh, I remember buying guaranas to drink while I worked late and Davi at the Tac shop always buying me one more! I remember taking walks to the parking with Kenny from Cellulant just to catch up on life and work. I remember the walks to Osiepe for kuku choma when we got paid! I remember Davi from the Tac shop hitting on this really fly security lady that got dudes stopping to stare everyday! Haha. I remember it all….EVERYTHING!

Everytime we took cab rides to meetings, or sat at the bar at lunch time, or even had our very very fantastic bar nights, we talked about our parents, kids, spouses, partners, our past, childhood, current life….we got personal. I know some of the kids, families and have visited their homes. So as I sat in that traffic, not moving yet still trying to make my way there, I thought about everyone I knew. I thought about where they could be at that exact time, knowing their schedules. I thought about where they could possibly hide. I thought about their families watching in tears and being so helpless. Worse even, I thought about how they felt! How did they feel dear Jesus….I cannot even begin to imagine to date. I read their tweets, facebook posts, watched insta-stories of them begging for help and my chest was heavy from pain! But later that night, we got news that everyone at Redhouse Group was accounted for.

I called everyone who I could call and texted everyone who did not pick. I wanted them to know that someone…everyone….had them in mind! That they were important and that they were loved. In as much as this was such a fucked up situation, these people lost. They lost because, they made us closer. Thank you for reminding me to reach out to my friends and family. Thank you for reminding me because I had forgotten how important they were to me. Thank you because, ever since you did what you did, I have scheduled a visit with not just my friends from Redhouse, but everywhere! In this one week my Alshabaab peeps, I have seen more than 3 friends everyday. In fact, I am on my way to spend time with two survivors! Even better, I have mended broken friendships because of you! You made people who fell out, reach out to each other just to make sure they were ok. You did not break us, you made us better! We won! And if I did all these things in the span of 7 days, imagine the millions of Kenyans who you affected. You may have taken lives, but now we have cast it on stone that they are heroes! I’d love to tell my friends and family who were in there and are battling emotions that I cannot fathom, you are not alone! We will be right here with you no matter how long it takes.

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First post 2019: Do I have the balls for this?!!!

I was seated with a friend recently, talking about our individual personalities. He had a couple of interesting things to tell me about myself and a few pointers on my weaknesses. Maybe he kept the weaknesses brief since he knows that I am a serious fire cracker and not always receptive to criticism. Hahaha, a fact I am not ashamed to admit. Anyway, one thing that really got me thinking was forgiveness. He told me that, what he observed is that, I do not forgive and let go easily. I am one person who lives in my head a little more than normal people should. Alarming, right? But, it is my truth. So, I broke down that statement and started to look back……waaaay back, on instances where I have not forgiven in my past. So I rushed to look for more insight and I looked at it in various ways. First is, how did I get here, second is, who is responsible and third is, how do I get out. 

How did I get here?

I tend to think that growing up, I was very timid, very soft spoken and very easy to mess with. I was naive and desperate to keep people in my life. The good, the bad and the ugly. We all know that when you put a rotten fruit in a basket of fresh fruits, they all rot. Trying to accommodate all these characters just to avoid being alone, or avoid loosing people I valued for the right or the wrong reasons, exposed me to a lot of emotional abuse. As a result, one day I broke and became the complete opposite. Enough was enough. I begun to break down situations to serious detail to help me clearly identify who is responsible, when to apologize, when to forgive or when to cut off completely!

Who is responsible?

Initially, I always played the victim. I always mopped and felt sorry for myself. I remember in high school, someone wrote me a note on my last day of school telling me that I value friendship too much and she didn’t like that about me. In short, my happiness was fully dependent on other people. This reflected seriously in my previous relationship which ended up in a series of events with friends and family that led to the breaking point where I snapped! I started viewing disagreements realistically and stopped attaching myself to people too much. I became extremely confident in my truths and now find it easy cutting off bad fruits! 3 strikes and you’re out! I realized that every disagreement has two sides to it; where each party has to take responsibility no matter how small, for creating that situation. Either by allowing it or committing it. My “breaking down” of situations is always to help me know, what my role is, whether to apologize, whether to forgive or whether to cut off for my peace of mind. This has resulted in me growing a big ass and getting loads of sleep. However, it has made people view me as unforgiving!

How do I get out?

Question is, am I? Am I unforgiving? I’ll say both yes and no. One thing I know for sure is, how you feel inside reflects on the outside. I exhume love, I love to love, I thrive in love and I obsess about love. I crave it so bad, so I give it in abundance. To my child, my family, my friends and pretty much everyone around me. When I meet a person, I see purity. I react by loving them and accommodating them. With time, they start to become themselves and my first reaction is to accept them. I open up my whole self to them and I honestly will never change that about myself. I love being vulnerable. I then learn who fights for me and who I will fight for and I cast it on stone like the 10 commandments. They can tell that I will take a bullet for them. With that comes expectations. This is where the line of being forgiving or unforgiving is drawn for me. This is where its do or die.

So, why I wrote all this is because, I had a dream. A dream that was fueled by the rude awakening of how much power you give a person when you do not forgive them and when you do not seek forgiveness. There is forgiveness when no apology is offered; like if someone died or is completely unapologetic for what they did (hardest one to crack, I swear). There is forgiveness of self, where you take responsibility for your role and forgive yourself. There is seeking forgiveness from those you wronged, which I have found so fulfilling in the past (easy for me). Now, the irony of this whole situation is, I know all this but cannot get myself to do it. Therefore, my biggest goal in 2019 is to hack this! I have purposed to do it for me. I have seen the beauty of overcoming life’s challenges. The fruits are too damn sweet! Can’t wait to crack this and tell you all about it! Happy 2019! Let’s forgive, let go and make that money!

The vicious cycle part 1.

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As a single mother raised by a single mother, my biggest issue has been dealing with bad choices I made because I just did not know what being loved by a father felt like. What scares me most is when I actually realized that I had a problem. It took 26 years! My mum did an amazing job at providing, supporting and smothering us with love. However, no matter how much she bent over backwards, only a man can do a man’s job. Only a man can teach a boy to be a man, only a man can be his daughter’s first true love! I have seen the effects of absentee dads on my siblings too! One who craves a father so bad, one who became a feminist and is skilled at smelling bullshit from a mile away and being vocal about it and one who works so hard never to be like his father to his family. Despite them being some of the most extra ordinary people I know in society, born and raised in some of the harshest situations by an extremely loving mother, I still see the void!

When I look back, the first case of extreme desperation that I re-call, is an ex I dated just after Osman died. I met him at a college I hated being at. In the effort to snap me out of mourning for 6 straight months, my mum woke me up one morning and told me, not asked me, but told me, to go to some accounting school that she felt would give a great future as a teller at a bank. I really hate accounting. I had the worst commerce teacher in high school. It left a bad taste in my mouth. I agreed to give it a try because she said that it was all she could afford at the time. After a month or two of classes that I understood absolutely nothing about, I made a couple of friends who gave me a reason to commute to school, jot down some notes and pretend to study at the school cafeteria everyday while chatting.

One rainy afternoon, I walked into the cafeteria to meet the usual squad and catch up. As I walked up to them and sat down, I saw this cute light skin guy seated at the corner looking like a ray of sunshine, just staring at me. Every girl knows how that feels. LIKE LITERAL BUTTERFLIES IN THE STOMACH! I fell, immediately! This went on for a couple of days until he finally came over and asked me out. Little miss flattered couldn’t believe it! In about a month, the guy and I were supposedly dating. I had found my “out” from the loneliness and pain I struggled with after Osman died! Serial escapist, I tell you. A month into us dating, we had some kind of routine. Meet in the school cafeteria, have lunch, take a walk, catch up,then I would head home with my friends. It was an expectation I needed to remain constant.

I went into the cafeteria one afternoon and the guy wasn’t there. I called him and his phone was off. So, I texted a couple of times to find out where he was, why he wasn’t around and why he disappeared a day after going out clubbing with his “best friend”,  who was the hottest chic in campus! At the time, I just thought he had the flu, or a car hit him and he was in hospital. I always thought the best about everyone. I did not understand malice at all! He finally resurfaced, a couple of days later at our lunch joint with a girl who he told me was his “cousin”. I felt relief! Like, can the routine resume for my sanity???! To my utmost disappointment, the disappearing acts intensified and the reasons became obvious lies. It thrust me back into my misery!

He eventually broke up with me in the most uncouth way and much later came back to wreck havoc in my life (story for another day). However, what I look back and see is that desire to fill an emptiness with anything and anyone to the extent that it destroys people. I once watched a clip on you tube that defined healthy and unhealthy relationships. There are people who are emotionally co-dependent. Those who’s lives are a mess that they cling to someone and rely on that person to define their lives. In short, your partner/friend becomes the center of your world. Any selfish move they makes either destroys your world or forces you to settle for less, just to remain in the relationship.

My biggest fear as a single mum has always been watching my child become like me and my siblings because she doesn’t know what a father’s love is. Leaving that void open for just any man to fill. My sister has raised the most remarkable boy I have ever met! He is an amazing 14 year old that is so smart and rational, it intimidates us as adults! She did it on her own for about 7 years. I remember people saying he would become gay because he was all over his mum and had no manliness in him . His dad came back into the picture to co-parent and he started making his own choices on habits and lessons he would pick and not pick up from his father. The wisdom his mother gave him for the first 7 years of life helped him smell bullshit from a mile away! He confidently outlines bad habits about his father and the rest of us that he never wants to adopt and, it is usually the bitter truth! He will be the man every woman wants to take home to her parents!

Emptiness is hard to identify and worse even, harder to work on! However, they say, hurt people hurt people. It is your responsibility as an individual to identify the void and work on filling it yourself through self love before you get anyone into your life. The minute you love yourself well enough, you cannot accept brokenness into your life. It is at this point that you realize, that God does not give you what you want when you want it. He gives you what you need! Most of the time, what you need is not what you wanted in the first place! I have come to accept that, I cannot force a man to be a father. It is not my fault that people make the choices they make. I cannot cry, remain angry or do anything to change the reality. However, I can be the best mother I possibly can be. When the time comes, I want her to learn from my past and hopefully feel the need to be better! Hope hasn’t gone to the dogs yet for single mums. We can still point our kids in the right direction. My sister did, and she did it all by being very honest with her boy but still remaining civil and not slandering his father! Blood is still thicker than water. However, now he knows the truth and has made his choices that are making him an amazing man!

When the party is over, go home!

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I am reading this amazing book. You know that feeling of every single word resonating with just about everything you have been through? This book speaks to me so deeply, I wish I found it sooner. I got to this chapter a couple of days ago that reminded me of one of the darkest moments I have ever been through in my entire life. I have mentioned severally on previous posts about postpartum depression. It is by far the darkest hole I have ever been in. Where you walk with no sense of direction, hands reaching out in the dark trying to look for a door and your heart calling for help, but you are all alone and no one can hear you. It goes on for days, weeks, months, years until it becomes your new normal.

When Kimberly was slightly over 1 year old, circumstances forced me to jump straight into the world and start living…alone, with her. No “mum buffering me” or “protecting me”.  I earned a salary of Ksh 25,000 at the time and was fortunate to get a raise after I made this very bold leap. It was around October 2012, with a net salary of Ksh. 35,000, I moved into a Kshs 15,000 house in Kinoo ready to give it a go. It was a one bedroom house so my help would sleep in the living room at night. We made due with what we had. I managed to make ends meet with that little amount of money, from bills, meals, the help’s salary and baby shopping with occasional assistance from the baby daddy when he was in a good mood.

Things were tough. I was consistently looking for an escape from reality. I hang out with my friends and always wondered what it would be like if I had no kid. What would it be like if I had my whole salary to myself. I envied them for being so extravagant and free! It didn’t help that Kimmie was consistently sick. The fevers, sore throats and really late nights were a constant reminder that I could not get back my life. Truth be told, at 24 years of age, I wanted out! I wanted to be normal, but deep down, I really loved her! I always made the sacrifice and I knew that I was all she had. I had constant battles in my heart. I was not living, I was existing!

A few months after moving into my new apartment block, I met the most amazing man I have ever met in my entire life! My neighbor! He was a MAN! Not a BOY! He was super smart,  had ambition, was cool, calm and collected, extremely easy on the eyes and…he wanted me genuinely! As in, guys! He was a dream come true, I swear. He didn’t mind that I had Kimmie. However, we spent a lot of time on our own. He literally got me to forget EVERYTHING! It was the best feeling ever, having a couple of days away from my harsh reality every week. We got super close with time and he helped me grow from a girl to a woman! I fed off his drive and worked towards investing more in my career, setting goals and achieving them and working towards dealing with my past. I literally got serious salary raises and bought my first car during this period.

He became the center of my world. At this point, I became the version of me that I wanted to be if I had no child. It was like freaking heroine! I wanted it, I needed it! I was high and wanted to stay high. Things kept getting better for about a year until we hit our first major bump. He opted to end things because, the guy was extremely rational. He deciphered our circumstances and saw red flags in our future. I, on the other hand was very drunk in love. The break up tore me into pieces. My chest hurt, sleep disappeared, I couldn’t eat…I felt like I had been pushed off a cliff and landed straight into my house with a baby going through major terrible two’s and driving me insane! At the time, I had a help who seldom went for her off days. So, I was rarely home! I was living the single life. Partying, hanging out with my man and working! The break up tossed me back into motherhood and responsibilities. I wanted out of that reality so bad! Mum’s never get a break from parenting. I was lucky to have had one, thanks to that help.

We finally made up and went through a series of break ups and make ups that really messed me up emotionally and threw me completely off balance, until it finally ended! Now that is where it all begun! The dark hole! This book has a chapter titled, “When the party is over, GO HOME!”. So, when he finally left me for good, I honestly could not deal with it. I went into severe depression that felt like I was going to die from sadness. I needed my drug! I had to find a drug so I could live! Kimmie needed me operational, at the very least. Better a zombie than a corpse! I started to party harder than I ever did in my entire life! I drunk every day. I even found a crowd that was willing to drink everyday. I would send my help and baby to my mum’s and spend days on my friend’s couch drinking! I couldn’t sleep so I chagged bottles of hard liquor to get me at least 2 or 3 hours of sleep. I was scared of being a lone in my house because that made me think. Thinking meant emailing my ex and begging him back because I wanted it to work. But him being rational, he knew that it just couldn’t. Well, not with me in that state of dependence and emotional damage from my past.

Michael Reid says in his book, Dear Woman; When the party is over, go home! In short, hiding behind the commotion only helps postpone the reality. I should have gone home! I should have immersed myself in that pain and gone through it until I got past it! Instead, at the end of 2015, I was hospitalized twice at Nairobi Women’s Hospital after almost drinking myself to the ground from depression. My friend Danny once came to hospital while I was getting admitted and offered to take Kimmie and my help home since they brought me in at around 6 a.m. While he walked them to the cab to drop them off, I suffered a panic attack and started planning my escape from the hospital because I was afraid of being alone. He came back and bribed the security guards to let him spend all day with me, every day for 3 days just so I could deal with things. Very humbling, I must say. I can go on and on but a lot happened. Story for another day.

The most positive thing that came out of all this is, I hit rock bottom HARD! The only way left was up! I had to deal with things. I had to quit the heroine, I had to leave the party and go home and the most important one that breaks my heart so bad to date is, I had to stop blaming Kimmie for my life not turning out the way I wanted it to be in the first place. I was seeing a therapist some months before I was admitted in 2015 and she got so pissed off one time and sternly told me, “Stop treating your situation as a mother as if your child sent you a memo requesting to be brought to earth. You made that choice for her. ACT LIKE IT!” These words hit me to date! All these things forced me to really dig deep and figure things out. I had to fix myself as an individual, as a mother, as a friend and as a future companion. I am not entirely there, but I finally understand how my ex was always rational and had the ability to decipher situations and identify his wrongs from my wrongs, fantasy from reality and look at the bigger picture and make extremely hard decisions and stand by them. Moral of the story, it can be hard to go home when the party is over, but it sure does shorten the healing process every single time. Trust me, I have become an expert at it! Lovely week.

My first relationship as a single mum.

With time, the hunger to be loved and cared for by the opposite sex grew inside me like a tumor. I was numb inside and wanted to feel different. Naturally, I love and love hard. Be it family, friends and companions. I lost all that through out the rough process of getting over being jilted and postpartum. I weighed 45 kilograms with blood shot eyes and bones sticking out at every point of my body with little flesh. Worse even, I was still breast feeding Kimberly. I had sleepless nights thinking about how I would handle everything at the same time with someone who wasn’t her father. I hadn’t been with anyone since him.

In my shenanigans, I bumped into an old friend from campus and re-kindled the friendship after years apart. It was easy…always has been easy to be with someone familiar. I was comfortable with going out for drinks with him, we had friends in common and he empathized with the whole motherhood situation. There was little to no pressure from his end on making me do anything I was not comfortable with. I liked it, A LOT! He also expressed interest in fatherhood. Haha, guys! The problem with being damaged is, everything sounds right, until it’s not.

We kept at it for a month or two, just hanging out in our usual crowds. With time, we started to spend a lot of alone time and alcohol was always involved. I was the least bit focused on my career, had shut down on everything. I did what needed to be done and that was it. So, I would leave work and go hang out with him and drink, then head home later in the night. One Friday, I decided to stay over. I dreaded telling my mum since I knew that she would be livid! So, we got drunk til late and I put my phone on silent. I really had no plan. I was going with the flow.

We headed over to his house with some liquor to set the mood and hopefully numb me some more so I could “do it”. We finally got to it and I was feeling calm and confident. I changed into his t-shirt and shorts and we hang out and talked. He finally started off the the process that leads to the real deal. It was working…I was comfortable and going with it. But, at some point, my breasts exploded with milk oozing into my bra in seriously huge amounts! I panicked and quickly started thinking….OMG, OMG, OMFG! What the hell was I going to do. I stopped him calmly and asked that we take more liquor.

He didn’t fight. We put on some more music. I pumped him with shot after shot with the aim of making him black out! My heart was literally going through waves of regret, shame and panic! He finally blacked out. I lay on that bed looking at the clock, soaked in a wet t shirt and trying not to smudge his sheets and mattress with breast milk! Finally, the clock struck 6 a.m and I could hear the matatus start hooting from a distance. I got up, sneaked into the shower, washed his clothes, showered and put on my wet bra, sweater top and a scarf covering my chest area fully. I bid him goodbye and left his house heading home.

The whole way home, I was lost in my head just thinking….OMG, it’s over! I cannot date. Really, it was HARD! How do you ooze breast milk into someone’s face…who is not even your baby’s father or husband. Nooooo, I wasn’t going to do it again for a while. There’s also this myth by the Luhya community about sleeping with someone who is not the parent to your child and this affecting the child’s health…Ha! I was going through mental torture. I got home and had to deal with the scolding, my insecurities and the fear of not wanting to touch my baby and have the curse be-fall her.

Do I have a moral today really…..I don’t think so. However, it is crazy being a single mother! People might find me crazy for telling this part of my story. However, truth be told. Men need to know what they put women through with their decisions. Not that I would marry a horrible guy just to save me this trouble. Just that, women really go through a lot in silence. I hope this makes at least one guy treat his woman like a queen.

WHY I WILL NEVER HAVE ANYMORE KIDS- PART 3

I have thought long and hard about writing about this and what it would do to me knowing that some readers work with me, others are potential business partners and some are my suppliers. Truth is, I have mentioned this to some of my friends that are Mums’ and I was shocked to find out that, many women suffer in silence. When I went for my last pre-natal visit, the doctor told me that I wasn’t going to leave. He insisted on inducing my labor because I wasn’t dilating any further and I was 39 weeks pregnant. I had been stuck on two centimeters for over a month. So, I was checked in and the whole process started. Despite using two pills to induce labor 9 hours apart, I only dilated 4 centimeters. 25 hours later, after such a rough time, I was finally ready to pop.

The room wasn’t prepared for delivery, so the mid-wives were all over the place when I started pushing baby out. They tore my honey pot to help baby out since she was loosing oxygen. Mums’ know that once that happens, you get ‘the stitches’. Well, that part was over and I went home and started being a mum. Kikuyu’s have this theory of feeding new mums certain types of food to help them lactate. Unfortunately, very few of those meals comprise of a balanced diet. I would do “Njahi” daily for lunch for about two weeks. What people do not know is that, when a woman is pregnant, her body starts to soften food for the baby to digest while in the womb. After birth, everything goes back to normal. Another thing they do not tell new mums is that, they should massage their nipples daily in preparation for the friction that comes with breast feeding.

So, around the 3rd or 4th day at home, things began to hit the fan. My nipples were bleeding from the friction and I begun to get constipated and have several tears. The pain was unbearable. Every time the baby wanted to feed, I would break down and cry. The minute she started circling, all the cracks on my nipples would sting. I told my sister about it and she told her friend. Her friend told us that the only way I could heal was from the bacteria in the baby’s saliva. In short, keep breast feeding! I wanted to quit! At the same time, I could barely sit down or pass stool because of the pain from the tears in my rear area. I was losing my mind! We went to Nairobi hospital for some help with the tears and the doctor told me that it was really severer. She prescribed oral re hydration salts to help soften my stool and no pain killers since I was breast feeding.

The tears kept happening on and off until the period when I was going out for drinks with my friends. Unfortunately, the de-hydration from alcohol, in-take of a lot of nyama choma and carbohydrates did not help the situation. So, one morning after a night out, I felt an intense pain from my rear area that made me scream! I kept it to myself for about two days until I couldn’t take it anymore. I went to a gynecologist to seek help, but he told me that I had to see an obstetrician. I went to the private wing at Kenyatta hospital and saw one who sat me down and explained everything. He informed me that I had hemorrhoids. He added that several women who experience very long labor pains and tear during birth suffer from them. 25% of women get this after birth and usually, this leads to postpartum depression. He continued to explain that, the only permanent solution was to surgically remove them.Pic 1

“Hemorrhoids are usually caused by straining during bowel movements, obesity or pregnancy. Discomfort is a common symptom, especially during bowel movements or when sitting. Other symptoms include itching and bleeding. A high-fiber diet can be effective, along with stool softeners. In some cases, a medical procedure to remove the hemorrhoid may be needed to provide relief.”

So, I proceeded to book for surgery and Frank took me for it. I swear Frank has seen me through a lot of shit! Anyway, so the worst part wasn’t over yet. He told me that he had to leave the wounds open because if he stitched them up, stool would linger on the stitches and give me an infection. He also warned me against not eating to avoid going to the toilet. He advised that I increase the visits to allow the muscles to adopt to the bowl movement and heal faster. I was given morphine oral tablets and allowed to get a shot if the pain intensified. I went back home to my 10 month old baby and was not allowed to breast feed her while I was on morphine. This is actually the point when she stopped breast feeding.

The healing process begun. Frankly, it took over 6 months! There are times when I went to loo and would have the local pharmacist come give me a jab because the pain almost made me collapse Every time I passed stool, I had to sit on warm salty water to avoid infections. Literally, I wanted to die! I had this one guy who I was kind of seeing at the time, and I had to stop because, I had too much going on.  Anyway, long story short, when pregnant, prepare your nipples from day one to avoid scarring. Learn how to breast feed…it is something no one teaches you! If you do it wrong, it hurts! Eat a balanced diet. The traditional myths on certain meals helping with production of more milk should be avoided. Also, if you start to feel depressed, talk to someone about it. It will help you get out of it sooner rather than later. Part 4 coming soon!