TB Testimonies

First Patient with MDR-TB

posted Aug 14, 2014, 5:45 PM by Dawn for Asia   [ updated Aug 14, 2014, 6:02 PM ]

The patient is a thirty five year old single TB patient and was our first patient detected to have MDR-TB. He was cooperative and very faithful in taking his medicines every day. He was a man with tattoos, known to be an alcohol drinker, war freak and drug user but when He was enrolled in the TB program, he stopped all his vices. He became our friend and also a friend of the nurses in Cainta. He was always there to offer help when we had outreaches or things to repair. He was a good brother; he looked after his 38 year old brother with psychological disorder. He was very industrious. Although BL supported him, he still walked around the city to repair umbrellas after his treatment-that´s what He did for a living.  

I won't forget one time when he saw me walking still a distance away-my umbrella was not that broken but there was something wrong with it. He said and asked me why I did not tell him. Then he took it and fixed it right away for me without charge. He always greeted you the way and made people around him smile or laugh. He was able to attend Bible study twice, and kept the Bible verses he received weekly in his purse together with the money for his transportation to Cainta.  I was able to pray with him. After a family problem struck him, he was able to share his problem and even cried in front of us.  He was very honest and confessed that he had not been going for all the treatments; also that he started drinking again.  We talked with him and prayed for him. The next day, wondering how He was doing after we had talked, news from his CHV and relatives came: He had been killed in the night. It was a heart breaking moment for me hearing this. 
TB patients are not only struggling on how to take 9-13 tablets of big sized TB medicines everyday, they also struggle financially. This is especially true for those with children to take care of. It takes them half a day just to go and finish their medicines for a day, they daily struggle with the side effects of the medicines (dizziness, nausea, vomiting, elevated uric acid, painful joints, insomnia..etc), and most of all they struggle with the different family problems they are facing. There are many not being able to go for the daily treatment – some of the reasons why they stopped their treatment I have written already. All of them are willing to be healed and all of them are willing to be prayed for.  I encourage you, friends and readers, to pray for them. Let´s fan the flame of hope in their hearts.

Pray for physical and spiritual healing for them. They need your help. Your prayer is already a big help.

by Apple Giron, BL Health Nurse

Lola Ramos

posted Aug 28, 2013, 8:22 AM by Dawn for Asia   [ updated Oct 15, 2013, 10:29 PM by Bukang Liwayway ]


Testimony of Lola Pining Ramos (above centre)

I have many family members who died from TB. Already 25 years ago my son and grand children were having TB. We think that this TB sickness is inherited, because it goes from Grandparents to children and then also grandchildren get it.

Then we got a house visit from Lourdes, a Community Health Worker from Bukangliwayway (TB DOTS program). She explained that this illness is not inherited, but that it is infectious, better still that it can be cured.

So Lourdes took me to the local health center from the government. I did not really want to go there because in the past we were always scolded and we got scared to go there. But because Lourdes said that she would go along and also the nurse in BL, I found courage to go there.

I was very sick at that time and even walking to the health center was too much for me, especially to do the follow-up. But I had to go only one time myself to see the doctor there. All the other things I had to do were taken care of by Lourdes and the BL nurses. So was very happy that they helped me.

They collected my sputum and that it showed that I had the disease.

I was started on the TB medicines soon after that.  Early in the morning, so daily, Lourdes (my treatment Partner) gave me the medicines and made sure that I drank my medicines in front of her. Really I had a hard time taking the medicines, but because of her dedication and eagerness for me to graduate, I swallowed all the medicines.  If you have to take it for 6 months that you really get tired of taking it, because I also feel pain in my stomach, because I could not eat anything before taking the medicines. Lourdes really took care of me. She even brought me something to eat after the one hour waiting after taking the medicines. I really have a deep and good relationship now with Lourdes.

But thanks to Lourdes and the program of BL I was able to graduate the course. They even had a celebration for me.

I was so surprised! On that day I benefited of the project, but instead of me giving a big thank you, they thanked and rewarded me!

Now I am healthy and strong again. I even took my job again as laundry woman, even though I should be retired by now.

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