I haven’t received any good news about my health this month since I am still waiting for my culture results but I must say that I am happy because the problem I had with my knees has since gone away after I had reported it to the doctor. I feel much better now, the vomiting has stopped and the pain in my shoulders is no longer there which I think means that the treatment is working for me. I am now getting used to my treatment. I no longer have a problem with taking the drugs although I must say that the injection is very very painful and I don’t think that I will ever get used to it. As far as support is concerned, I have none what so ever. I stay at home alone. My grand parents who I used to stay with have since passed on and I am sure it wasn’t as a result of HIV/ AIDS because I now know the signs and symptoms.
From the government I also get no support because I cant really call what I get from them support. What I get is mealie meal (maize flour for porridge) and beans which is on and off. If it weren’t for the support that we are getting from MSF as MDR TB patients I don’t think that I would have lived to see this day. The money we receive from them monthly and the support groups we have... ooh.. what can I say? We learn a lot from them, and we are practically one big happy family. It makes me feel good when we are together to know that I am not alone and that there are other people suffering from this disease MDR TB. But it also saddens me when we loose a member of the group to this dreadful disease. Now that it is my second month on ARVs I know that my CD 4 count is going up which will speed up my recovery and make the MDR TB treatment work faster for me.
For the next month I hope to be much better than now, I know that once I recover I will find employment. I know I will because I am very lucky when it comes to finding employment. Before I got sick I used to have many jobs as a labourer and I can’t wait to go back to work again so that I can be able to support myself.