My name is Nodjindo Giblotte, I am 31 years old and I have two children who are 10 and 14-years-old.
My illness started with vomiting blood. I went to a doctor in Bangui, but the results came back negative twice in a row. I didn’t know that it was tuberculosis because the tests had been negative. It was in Boguila that the result of a test finally revealed itself as positive. I thought someone had placed a spell on me. I didn’t really understand my illness, and I followed treatment in Bangui for six months, by trial and error. There were a lot of supply interruptions, so I had to buy the medicines on the market.
At first, I thought that I had been poisoned and all of my family as well. But little by little I learned that it was the tuberculosis and that a treatment was possible.
I was relieved to see that my family was supporting me and that helped me emotionally. Now that I have to return to my home in Bangui while waiting for the medicines to arrive from Europe, I am worried as I know this is going to take some time. I must return to my home, however, as the six-month hospital stay has ruined me. Before I was a shopkeeper and I earned money. I was able to feed my children. Since then, I no longer have enough money to feed myself properly and I can’t give my children anything anymore. In Bangui, my family will be with me and will help me.
The treatment that I am following here doesn’t really work. I constantly have relapses and the side effects make me lose my appetite and cause me pain throughout my body. I still have hope, though, and I know that once the medication arrives, I will be cured. Tuberculosis is not a chronic illness like HIV.
I would like to tell other ill people to adhere to their treatment. Personally, I hope that I will be cured even though the tuberculosis is of the resistant kind in my case. I would like to come back to my family and my children whom I miss too much. If I had the money, I would stay at the hospital during the wait for the medicine and I would have my children come close to me.
I would like for other patients to explain to me what brought on their resistance to the treatment. Are they receiving effective treatments to counter the resistance of their illness? Would you be able to help me get my health back like you?