Why we need faith (the conclusion)

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Mother holding baby

As she left, I picked up the baby and started CPR. We had no resuscitation equipment whatsoever.There was no oxygen, no suction machine to suck the fluid out of his lungs, no pediatric AMBU bag, nothing. The day I feared had come upon me. Severally, I had appealed to the community leaders to provide those equipment, as I knew the day would come when I would be expected to perform a miracle. They kept blaiming the government for neglecting them. Maybe the government was to blame, but death does not listen to that.

My CPR and mouth to mouth were not working. I covered the child, rubbing him to keep him warm. Then I decided to pray out loud. I had been whispering a prayer under my breath but I decided God didn’t know how desperate I was not to lose that child.

“Help me lord, just show me what to do”

Then an idea dropped into my mind. I cut the IV tube, used to give intraveinous infusions (drips), and inserted it into the baby’s nose. By now he was barely breathing and had turned blue. Carefully, I sucked the fluid into the tube but not into my mouth. Then I blew the fluid out of the tube, into a jar. After doing this a few times, his lungs cleared.

I resumed CPR and gave a shot of adrenaline, while breathing into his nose. All this time proclaiming “You don’t have my permission to die. The bible says that whatever I permit on earth is permitted I heaven, and whatever I forbid on earth is forbidden in heaven. Spirit of death, try next door!”

Suddenly, the baby gasped and started breathing normally. His colour started changing to pink. Then, he cried. Halleluyah! A shout went up from the room. His mother, the pharmacy technician, and the maid who were with me leaped for joy. I will never forget the day. I actually knelt down there to praise God.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to build your faith.The day will come when your security blanket will fail, and you will have to cry out for help. You need to have the right words for God responds to faith, not to tears. In the corporate world, you can survive on your wits, but what if they fail you? Do you know how to get results? Being a Christian who does not use the wisdom of God at work, is like having Obama’s phone number, and refusing to use it when you need a favour. Who does that?

Too busy to pray, read your bible, go to church, read an inspirational book, right? Soon, a demand will be placed on your faith and all you will have is tears. Now is seed time, invest in your faith bank this year.

How did my story end? I got no glory out of it. When the father of the baby showed up, he was not excited to hear how his baby was saved. He was livid. He had asked his wife to go to a quack, and had no idea she came to the hospital. I think he was out of town. She came because of my intense campaign in the village.

“If anything had happened to my son, I would have burned down this place”, the man ranted. He had to be begged to settle his bills. I hid my face and refused to even see him. As the head of the team, you are responsible for your subordinate’s mistakes. This is why you need faith. This is why I sound the way I do. This is why I urge you today, to join me in this journey. Hugs.

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16 thoughts on “Why we need faith (the conclusion)

    niki said:
    January 18, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Thanks Dr N.
    Very inspired. Sometimes we just forget to pray in the midst of panicking. But my helps comes from the Lord. Even the seemingly ‘normal’ ones.

      drnsmusings responded:
      January 18, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Thanks for reading dear. You inspire me.

    tenderonii said:
    January 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Thank Dr. N,…I’ll build m faith bank this year. I’m inspired. Glory to God

    imperfectlyperfect92 said:
    January 19, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    ‘invest in your faith bank this year’
    thank you ma. goes to show that faith is alive, it lives and very true too, we should sow in prayers now and be close to God.. thank you for this ma

    Pam Jay said:
    January 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Another stellar one. Building my faith bank this year

      drnsmusings responded:
      January 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Yay! Where hv u been? Winks

    sandy said:
    February 9, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Wow that was something!!! Really inspiring. I applaud you

      drnsmusings responded:
      February 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks Sandy. God is something! Winks. I applaud him

    HelplessTired and in Tears! said:
    March 11, 2014 at 8:54 am

    This is my 1st time on this blog,i just stumbled on it somehow now, about a 5mins be4 now, I was wailing desperately, i’ve actually been sobbing helplessly for d past days cos of a condition am facing right now, questioning why my prayers and all d trust and blief I have in God and the power of Jesus isn’t yielding speedy results as I would want it to.
    Like u said tears won’t solve anything, I Really regret not building my faith bank over the years. Or maybe I just don’t know what to do or say to God to yield to my faith. I haven’t for once doubted Gods involvement and mercies in my situation cos I can see His hand in other ways and reading this on your blog now expressing exactly how I feel is definitely not a coincidence.. God bless u! Pls pray for me..

      drnsmusings responded:
      March 11, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Pls send me your email. I will send u specific scriptures for your situation. The devil is in trouble

    naijawife said:
    March 26, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    wow! i’m blown away by this. What a beautiful reminder that Doctors are not God and even need God as well. I’m very inspired! By the way, what role do community health workers play? does every hospital have one?

      drnsmusings responded:
      March 26, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      They work in health centres, mostly in rural areas. They have specific roles, I would have to do a whole post on them. Mostly inter facing with the community esp to educate

    Inthe... said:
    March 27, 2014 at 3:25 am

    I would have peed my pants! 2 weeks ago, a 3 month old preemie was brought into the the ED ( A&E in 9ja) in cardiac arrest. Even with all the oyinbo tech, we lost her. I sat there doing CPR and speaking in tongues but we still lost her. I praise God for your story! You, God and a tube = Miracle!

    Ps…what’s your specialty? A& E? You seems to do a bit of everything.

      drnsmusings responded:
      March 27, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Hope to start residency in in Public health this year. In Naija u have to do a bit of everything. Specialists r too few n expensive. Put career on hold initially for d kids

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