My name is Andile Ndomile. I am 31 years old. I am that person who is taking TB treatment. I started to have TB in 2012. I stayed for six months in the hospital , then I finished three months at home.
After I finished those nine months, I started feeling sick again. I went back to the clinic. They told me that I have XDR , then they told me that the treatment I am going to take it will end after two years.
On that day I told myself this is the end of the world for me. But my mother and uncle told me that this is not the end of the world. It is where I told myself that I must be strong. I must take my medication the way the doctor told me.
Now I have the problem of shortness of breath which is the other thing that worries me in my life, because sometimes I cannot sleep at night, and if I am walking I must not walk fast. If I do walk fast I will have short of breath. I started to have the plan to try not to walk fast, then I will come little better.
When I am sleeping there are times that I think I will never wake up again when this shortness starts; I will not feel no air to breathe then. I will try to breathe slowly to be better.
If I want to wash some clothes I cannot wash the clothes by myself because I get tired so fast.
This shortness of breath it is better when I am at hospital because in hospital there is oxygen. It helps me a lot because if there was no oxygen I could be dead by now. In the hospital when I have shortness of breath I take oxygen. I feel better and breathe normal again.
But there will be the other times when it is very hot and I feel like I can’t get air. All the time I must have a bottle of water to keep me cool. When the weather has some wind I must not walk long distances because I will have the shortness. When I talk with someone I must talk slow not fast because if talk fast I will have this shortness of breath.