My daughter and son were diagnosed with TB within a month of each other.
We moved out of our house and into Machiton hospital so that they could start treatment.
Initially, I didn’t know anything about the short-course treatment regimen option. Doctors explained this new option, compared to two years of treatment.
We were ready to try anything, we just wanted the children to be cured.
In the beginning, it was difficult for me to manage my kids’ treatment. They would cry taking the drugs, and I even noticed my son became more aggressive.
I realised it was because of the environment – they were missing toys, the shade of big trees, fresh air and playgrounds.
There were times when they had dizziness and my son used to bite his fingers.
We were ready to try anything, we just wanted the children to be cured
Further down the line, I noticed that my daughter couldn’t hear me when I called her by name.
She had been receiving the injections but after this sign that it may be affecting her hearing, the doctors took the injection out of the regimen.
After five months, we were discharged from the hospital and continued the final four months of treatment at home.
We live about 7km from the nearest health facility, so we agreed with the medics that I would collect drugs from the district TB centre every three days.
I was taught how to divide drugs into doses and give them to my children. It was hard to distract them and help them come out from low moods at home.
It would be great to think of better approaches to help mothers dealing with children’s treatment at home.
For example, I think more frequent home visits by a doctor and a counsellor might have helped.
At the same time, home is home. I could cook meals that the kids liked; they could play with other kids in the neighbourhood.
A mother's hope
My children are healthy and doing well.
In general, their TB treatment went well with the support of medics.
Now, I want them to become doctors in the future. I can already see they have an interest in it.
When they play together, they imitate doctors and patients.
Since Zukhro shared this story, both children have successfully completed treatment