by Martin Oduor
The Trend panelist Njambi Koikai has been in and out of hospitals because of the two conditions she suffers from – Endometriosis and Pneumothorax.
A pneumothorax is an abnormal collection of air in the pleural space between the lung and the chest wall [sic]. Sometimes in February 2016 Njambi was rushed to hospital after her lungs collapsed.
Njambi is currently recuperating at Avenue Hospital after she suffered from Endometriosis – a condition in which the layer of tissue that normally covers the inside of the uterus, grows outside it most often on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and tissue around the uterus and ovaries causing pelvic pain. [sic].
The main symptoms of Endometriosis are pelvic pain and infertility. Nearly half of those affected have chronic pelvic pain, while in 70% pain occurs during menstruation. Pain during sex is also common. Infertility occurs in up to half of women affected. [sic]
Njambi opened up about her condition on Instagram from her hospital bed; she also implored the government to be serious about women’s reproductive health.
Below is what Njambi wrote:
Yoh fam so right after sharing about my recovery process, I was taken critical back to hospital on Monday. All the water in my lungs hadn’t completely drained. Oxygen mask fitted because my saturation was low. Theatre in the night. Chest tube fitted and back to the start. Constipation due to the meds I’ve been taking. All these because of periods. Just periods. I’m not alone. Millions of women are suffering because of MENSTRUATION. Getting babies is not the solution because we know of mothers still suffering. I’d like to encourage mothers to young girls to start taking them to gynaecologists as soon as they get their first period. It is important for women to take charge of their reproductive health. It’s important for govt and the Ministry of Health to take our health seriously and reproductive health. I’d also like to share this with the First Lady who runs the Beyond Zero campaign. Many of our women are suffering because of endometriosis and therefore are not even able to carry pregnancies to full terms. The miscarriages. The mortality rates. I also don’t see any Presidential Candidates addressing our health sector or women’s health.
Imagine 170 million women are suffering worldwide. Our gynaecologists here have no better prescription other than get a child and the condition will go.
I’d like to urge other women to have gynaecologist visits every so often. This is a manifestation of all my teenage years as menstruating woman.
This condition can get you at any age. It can affect you even if you have never suffered from painful periods. We are consuming food high in oestrogen. Watch out what you eat. Watch out the perfumes you wear. Research about parabens.
Get closer to God because the fiercest battles are not given to the weakest.
God is lifting us.
God is raising a new generation
We shall continue to speak of His goodness and mercy.
Thanking my doctors. Dr. Gakinya @wagakinyas Dr.Odula Dr.Mohinga and the entire staff at Avenue Hospital.
Thanks to my fam and my FRIENDS.
I’d like to send a special shout out to Azi. Azi has been massaging and helping me with my breathing exercises. He’s helpedme to relax my muscles and get some sleep without anxiety attacks.
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July 18, 2019