MAGICAL MONDAYS WITH KREATE

WELCOME TO EPISODE THREE OF FINDING FATHERHOOD, PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINKS TO READ THE FIRST AND SECOND EPISODES.

Finding Fatherhood – Chief Daddy and Different Truths

Must I tip hospital staff after settling my bills?

‘We are the ones taking care of your baby?’ Two baby minders casually dropped on separate occasions. Last time I checked I wasn’t blind. But of course, the meaning was clear. Reluctant as I was, I knew I’d be needing the assistance of these women during our stay in the hospital. I couldn’t leave the possibility of substandard care to chance just because of my unwillingness to do the needful. So, I obliged baby minders and nurses alike.

Some might think that the culture of ‘paying extra for service’ is one built on love. Yes, I agree it’s a Nigerian way of life, but I’m not convinced it’s built on anything close to love. True love is giving without expecting. But who am I to change that culture during the most important days of my life? Give I must. Give I did. Call Me Chief Daddy.

Which Truth Is True?

Everyone knew something about child tending and healing. The nurses advised we avoid things that contained menthol as it could increase the likelihood of Jaundice. Mother and Mother-in-law believed menthol aided swift healing of the navel. The nurses said nothing about using methylated spirit on the navel, our mothers said it had to be done.  Nurses said nothing about using methylated spirit to clean my wife’s CS incision, but our family nurse said it had to be done every three-four hours. Google said it was a bad idea. Our family nurse and my mother believed Eucalyptus oil was good for the tender patch on Baby J’s head, the pediatrician later advised against it. An aunty advised that sitting down on the stool would help the incision heal quickly. I am yet to discover the logic behind that one. Where is the single source of truth? Does it even exist? What truth do you take?

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KREATE
Kreate is a budding Nigerian writer with a flair for fiction. Writing for him began sometime in secondary school where he dabbled in poetry and plays. He has authored two self-published short novels. He is a banker and lives in Surulere. Read more interesting pieces at KREATEATALE