Author Archives: Tito Oye

The Importance of Better Representation in the Medical Industry

Sickle cell disease is a condition that mostly affects people from an African or African-Caribbean origin. Nevertheless, the majority of those who have treated me for this condition have been healthcare professionals of other races. I don’t think they would have typically interacted with sickle cell patients prior to…

More Life Hacks for Managing Sickle Cell

I previously shared some tips for managing sickle cell. If you found those useful, I have a few more suggestions that also may help. Deep Heat I find that when I am in pain, balms such as Mentholatum Deep Heat help. Balms that contain ingredients such as menthol…

This Is What a Hospital Stay Looks Like

Whenever I feel ill, I exhaust my options. To make my sickle cell pain go away, I drink hot water, take painkillers, fill my hot water bottle, find a distraction, or sleep. Most of the time it works, but sometimes the pain is so bad that I call 999…

These Apps Help Me Manage Sickle Cell

The manner in which technological advances have changed the way we live is nothing short of amazing. So many free applications exist to help us with every aspect of life, from shopping to studying, and from cooking to entertainment. If we can use apps for all of this and…

My Little Helpers for Managing Sickle Cell

Living with sickle cell disease presents many challenges. Whether I’m at home or traveling, I need to make adjustments to ensure that I’m prepared if a vaso-occlusive crisis should strike. Here are some things that help me manage my life with sickle cell disease: Hot-water bottle: This everyday…

Tips to Handle Long Waiting Times in the Emergency Room

When we have a crisis or another sickle cell-related complication, we often require urgent medical attention and hospital admission. So we make our way to our local hospital’s accident and emergency department or emergency room. The ER is known for the long wait to be seen by a medical…

Managing Sickle Cell While on Holiday

I previously shared my suggestions for someone with sickle cell to prepare for a trip and travel by airplane. In this column, I want to tell you about some of the actions I take to ensure optimal health while on holiday and following my return home. Upon arrival…