Idara Udo, a Rebtel Hero
Rebtel Heroes is a series of blog posts authored by Rebtel users that have relocated abroad temporarily or permanently.
We think that to leave everything you know and love behind to attend school or start a new job and venture into the unknown to make a better life for yourself and your family is a courageous and heroic act.
My name is Idara Samuel Udo. I am a Nigerian. I am the eldest of 4 children, and the only girl.
In the part of Nigeria that my dad comes from, the child’s middle name is the father’s first name (just in case you were wondering). My parents are living in Nigeria, and so is one of my brothers, but he lives in a different part of the country. The others are in Canada, but in different cities.
It goes without saying that I heavily rely on Rebtel to be able to communicate with all of them, from time to time.
I’m currently residing in Romania working as a Junior Child and Adolescent Psychiatry resident at the Emergency Childrens Hospital Clinic in Timisoara. This means that I work with children and adolescents up to 18 years of age, with diverse mental health conditions. The duration of my specialization is 4 years. My attending physician makes the diagnoses and prescribes treatment schemes, my colleagues and I go on ward rounds, evaluate the pacients’ evolution and handle the paper work involved.
I came to Romania to study medicine, graduating in 2011. I decided to stay back in order to start my specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with the intention to eventually return to Nigeria at the end of my program.
Sundays have steadily become my keeping-in-touch day with my family, I am not quite sure why. When I first got to Romania, I tried out a variety of calling options, none of which suited my expectations regarding quality, my physical safety or my student budget. I cannot recall exactly how I found out about Rebtel, but since then, braving potentially unforeseeable weather and/or security conditions or “life-threatening” phone bills for the sake of a few precious minutes of conversation has become a faint memory.
/ Idara Udo
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