Author Archives: Tito Oye

Avoid Using the Internet to Self-diagnose

The internet has been a blessing in many of our lives. It is an extremely handy tool, and a quick Google search can turn any of us into a mechanic, a Michelin chef, or a gardener. However, the internet can be a scary place when it comes to researching…

Heat Waves Can Exacerbate My Sickle Cell Symptoms

We recently experienced a heat wave here in the U.K., where temperatures climbed as high as 32 C (89.6 F). Those of you from hotter parts of the world may look at this laugh, but the U.K. is not built for this type of heat. Homes, made of brick,…

Finding My ‘New Normal’ as Lockdown Restrictions Ease

It has started … the period I have been uncertain about. Restrictions are starting to ease.  I have been shielding for over three months, during which my employer placed me on the furlough scheme. Many people across the country are in a similar scenario during this lockdown.

Sickle Cell Takes a Toll on My Veins

Small veins and sickle cell are never a good mix. As luck would have it, I have both! From an early age, I associated my health with injections. I would beg not to be taken to the hospital to treat a crisis, as I knew I would be treated…

Don’t Take Good Health for Granted

Dealing with sickle cell disease is a constant battle. In every moment, I either am fighting my way out of a painful crisis or fighting to stay out of a crisis. There is no rest. I can’t take my foot off the gas. I can’t decide one…

What Does a Sickle Cell Crisis Feel Like?

One of the most widely discussed symptoms of sickle cell anemia is a sickle cell crisis. This is an episode of pain caused when sickle-shaped red blood cells block the body’s blood vessels and prevent oxygen from flowing. One can read the biological explanations of such a crisis, but…

How I Prepared for the Intense ‘1,000 Reps Challenge’

My activity levels have steeply dipped because I’ve been restricted to my house. I’m unable to go on my normal walks or to the gym, and many friends are in a similar position thanks to the pandemic. To combat inactivity, my friend proposed an exercise challenge: “The 1,000 Reps Challenge.”…