I feel fairly good but not very good at the moment. There are some complications. Maybe side effects of the drugs. But I’m now feeling a beat in my ear, like a drum, night and day. The pain is still there in legs too. I can walk from here, up to town, and then back – it’s around one and a half or two kilometres, but the problem is the ankle – it’s so painful. I don’t know the problem is, what’s inside there or my foot but they really hurt.
And then there’s my cough. In the night I always cough. In the daytime I usually cough once and it goes on two hours. At the beginning, I coughed every day - in the morning, at lunch time and in the night. Around four o’clock in the morning I would cough and cough, and not even productively – just a dry cough. No spit would come out.... Now, it’s not as bad as it was and in the daytime there is no cough any more. I have recovered a bit.
A real positive is my weight. I am now 63 kg, as of yesterday. When I started treatment I was 39 kilos. I have only five months left on treatment. But that five months seems long, I am thinking so many things – I hope I will reach it!
Last time I wrote I was taking 18 pills.... Now it’s 19. I don’t know whether this will change or not....
Before I was diagnosed, I had heard the name TB, TB, TB, TB all over the place. I knew that general TB was curable but this type that I have, MDR, I didn’t know.
I started in the beginning with the first line TB drugs. I took these for two months. I got injections for two months. I don’t know what would happen if I stopped swallowing the pills. I don’t know if the recovery would stop or not. That’s for a doctor to know. I believe the cough would come back. So, I will keep on swallowing the drugs until MSF say to stop.
I’m happy the injections stopped. There is so much difference! From injections the side effects made me weak, up and down my body. And the place where they injected was so itchy, I had to scratch all the time.
I wasn’t eating very well at that time. And the smell of any food was terrible. I wanted to get away from me! Today, I am eating but, the problems are that I am not eating at the right time or I am eating the wrong type of food.