I am happy to say that the MDR-TB treatment worked wonders for me, I have now put on a lot of weight, I feel strong and I am now working in the timber industry in Shiselweni region chopping down trees which goes to prove how strong I have become. It’s a tough job for someone who has just recovered from such a disease, that I know, but at least it puts bread on my table.
I am done with the injections, it was such a journey. As they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I took the first step by starting treatment and never thought I would finish the intensive phase but with perseverance I did it, and now I am looking forward to finishing my treatment some time next year. I just wish the doctors could cut down the number of drugs, its been 11 months but I am still not used to taking these drugs, taking 16 drugs every morning is no joke, its better in the evenings because I only take 3.
I am so happy now and my CD 4 count has shot up from 190 to 385 in a space of 3 months. To all MDR-TB patients please take your drugs correctly because they really work if you are honest to them and to yourself. Look at me, I never thought that I could work again but here I am, these drugs don’t kill but bring life instead.