~ Together WE are FAMILY ~
~ Together WE are FAMILY ~
A Note from a Patient
Where do I start?? Well I was diagnosed with endometriosis in December of 2012 and was told by this guy…this physician… (Dr. Rasheed Yakubu) that I had to have surgery soon as possible I looked up at him and said I can’t do this. He said, “Don’t worry I will be there with you every step of the way.” Needless to say, he did just that over the course of 3 years of knowing him and being one of his favorite patients (as he and the nurses would say).
We built a close friendship over time. He no longer was addressed as Dr. Yakubu but Rasheed lol. I looked at Rasheed as more than just a doctor to me. He was a friend/father figure to me at some of the worse points in my life, he was always there to tell me to pick my head and be the strong woman that he knows and sees me as.
One day I asked him “Do you ever have a down day? Every time I see you you’re always smiling.”, he laughed and told me that whatever you’re going through that I should always smile because the world doesn’t need to see or know your troubles. I took that advice and ran with it as a life lesson. He was always the one who encouraged me to follow my dreams and to finish school I was so glad that he could be part of my graduation day from trade school. I think he was more excited than I was because he beat me there to the ceremony lol.
I can honestly say that I will never find another doctor/friend. I miss those days where I could just vent and he would sit there and he would just listen and sometimes laugh at me which was ok because we laughed at each other. He did his job well and didn’t see you just as a paycheck or patient. You were an individual to him. I know he cared about every single patient he had.
Well, my friend is gone, part of me hurts, but I know God needed you more and your time here on earth was done! Today we all will remember you on Your Birthday and will celebrate in memory of you! As I wipe these tears away and get myself together I Wanna Wish you A Happy Birthday Rasheed! Rest in peace Your gone but not forgotten!
Your Favorite patient/Friend
Caroline N Hamrick
We first met at my parents home in May of 1996. He came with his sister. He had just come from Nigeria to begin undergrad at University of South Florida. I too, was attending USF as a sophomore. I wasn’t interested at first but Rasheed kept coming to my parents house. The more I ignored him, the more he made his presence known. I would also see him at times on campus at USF and would just say “hi and bye”. We kept ending up in the same circles. On October 5, 1996, we began looking at a each other a bit differently. Our courtship began…
Here’s an account from us as to how our relationship began. I started with my account and he ended with his.
3 months ago today, my husband, lover, best friend and father to our 3 children passed unexpectedly. I will use some space here to gather my feelings and journal about lives before and after his passing. This will be the place where I can gather all my thoughts in one place. Right now my head is foggy and all over the place.
I’ll begin with his obituary that was put together by friends and family.
October 17, 1975 – June 23, 2014
Rasheed A. Yakubu, M.D., 38, of Mooresville, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 in Rockingham.
He was an OB/GYN specialist with a particular interest in uro-gynecology and high-risk pregnancy, who joined FirstHealth Richmond Medical Group – Women’s Center in Rockingham. He previously had been associated with The Women’s Care Center, an OB/GYN practice in Huntersville for three years.
Born in Nigeria, Dr. Yakubu said it was never his intention to leave his native country but that fate apparently had other plans. Previously a biochemistry major at the University of Benin in Benin City, Nigeria, Dr. Yakubu changed his major to microbiology after joining his sister in the United States. He “fell in love” with caring for patients and their loved ones while volunteering in the clinic where she worked. Dr. Yakubu earned his B.S. degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he was on the Dean’s List of Scholars, and his M.D. from St. Georges University School of Medicine in St. Georges, Grenada, in 2004. A residency in obstetrics and gynecology took him to New York and the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens.
Dr. Yakubu was board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has been married for 14 years. A love story that began 18 years ago when sisters Elizabeth and Darlene brought them together on a blind date. Although it was not love at first sight, Rasheed’s persistence and nice shave would eventually win Rachelle’s heart. Together they thrived personally and professionally through undergrad years, graduate school, medical school, residency and lots of moving around. Throughout it all, Rasheed’s love for his family was evident in everything that he did. His love for Rachelle was a real-life fairy tale. Rasheed will be greatly missed by wife, Rachelle; son, Rakeem; daughters, Rehanna and Raina; mother, Caroline; father Ikhazs (deceased); sisters, Elizabeth, Darlene, Hope and Juliat; brother, Armstrong; a loving extended family of Moran, Sanon, Rodney and Yakubu; and a host of friends, colleagues, and loved ones.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 29 at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 5:00-7:00 PM at the funeral home.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the Yakubu family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.
You may remember our family dry erase magnetic calendar here.
This time I decided to make another dry erase magnetic calendar but for my daughters room.
Glass frame of your choice
Paint chips (ask a representative at your local paint or hardware store)
For calendar numbers:
1″ wood circle discs from Michaels
Diamond Glaze or Mod Podge Dimensional magic
1″ circle punch
Printer or digital cutting machine
Heavy duty ceramic magnets
Gorilla Glue or something similar
I saw a frame with rhinestones on it on clearance in Hobby Lobby some time ago and just knew I’d make use of it somehow.
To remove backing first cut protection paper along the inner portion of the frame.
You will then need a flat head screwdriver to pop the staples out. I kept two sides of staples on (bottom and side).
It will be easier to remove the cardboard backing once the staples are removed. KEEP the cardboard.
Remove the thin wood strips that hold the glass down.
You will need to take these out to place the galvanized sheet directly onto the glass.
There may be small nails on the side after removing the wood strips. Pull them out will a pliers.
I purchased a 24″x36″ galvanized sheet from Lowes in the AC/HVAC section.
Measure the dimension of the glass and subtract 1/4″ from each side.
Draw the measurements with a permanent marker and cut along the line of the metal sheet with a pair of snips.
To be safe wear working gloves and .
Here’s what it looks like after I cut it.
To be sure the sheet fits the frame, you can now do a dry fit before moving on.
Stay tuned for Part II “Completing the Calendar”
Did you miss Elfie’s last post? Check it out here
Elfie decided to do something more fun and less complicated this morning.
Kid K was pleased to see him and asked if he could stay swinging in her doorway.
Elfie is in ninja mode today. I’ll leave him up to his adventures, I’ve got my own today.
Elfie is counting down his days. He was working on a self portrait so we don’t forget him during the year.
Redecorating mishap! Poor Elfie!
The Elf from mom Monette T. is a hoot!! Don’t believe me? Check him out!! If you haven’t seen the previous post check it out here.
Elfie took in a movie with friends today. Wish mom could have joined them but she had so much to do.
Elfie was feeling crafty this morning.
Hmmm, mom felt like Elfie and his “staff” were checking up on her.
Good news from Elfie as he delivers his morning message from our tree.
Elfie is hosting a Jingle Bell concert. Did you get your tickets?
Mending Santa’s hat
If you are just beginning this series on Elf on the Shelf click here to start from the beginning.
Thanks to fellow mom Monnette T for her Elf on the Shelf entry. Here is the first part of Monette T’s submission:
Missing the Crazy Target Lady Elf
If Only Elf … If only these little guys showed up and cleaned our house for the month of December
Ouchie Elf … got into the bandaids.
Hammock Elf gave my daughter a nice giggle this morning.
Ken Who? Elf
Telling Santa Elf
Elfie in disguise
Candy Cane Quality Control Elf
If you are just joining me on the Elf on the Shelf series click here to read part 1.
These Elf photos shared by Bande V. and Billynda McAdoo
The Elf’s antics continue!!!
this had to be a painless ride down…
Elf Lamont making Elf duplicates
It’s hard work being an Elf
Simba Elf and Arthur engage in a friendly game of Sorry!
Simba Elf beats Arthur again…
Simba Elf enjoyed a snooze in baby N’s blanket by the fire..His climbing adventures yesterday wore him out ….
Simba Elf rides the giraffe as he leads an exodus.