Nomsa is a 25-year old Swazi woman who is smart, funny and has hopes and dreams like us all. She has Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis and is HIV positive. Nomsa lives in a hospital where she receives 22 pills each day and an injection in her hip. The treatment is the only way that she might live, but it makes her vomit daily and the side effects include total deafness and psychosis. Her twin baby girls live at the El Roi baby Home. Nomsa represents many young women in Swaziland.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Chapter 8: Nomsa is being DISCHARGED from the hospital tomorrow!
Nomsa's twins Leah and Rachel.
Today I am filled with joy and thanksgiving.I got an SMS message (text message)
from Nomsa asking me to call her.It took me a while as Ian and I were in an all day attempt to get our Drivers
Licenses renewed, so I didn’t call her right away. Five minutes later I got
another message to call her so I feared the worst.When she answered the phone I could hear joy in her voice
and she almost screamed at me, “Janine, they have just discharged me from the
weeks ago they told her that her Culture had come back positive, not for
Tuberculosis, but for another lung infection that she had picked up at the
hospital.They said it should be
cleared up in a month, but already they have test results back which show that
she is no longer infected with Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis OR the other
new infection. She is ready to leave the hospital.
Wow.I am in
awe.Our prayers have been
answered and just yesterday we started clearing the land for the Sicalo Lesisha
Kibbutz where Nomsa will be able to live, work and grown in safety.
I had to tell Nomsa that I couldn’t go and pick her up
today, but would come tomorrow. I expected to hear her disappointment, but
instead she said, “That’s okay Janine. I sill have work to do here.The woman who is the mother of Baby
Rahab is refusing to take Anti-Retro Viral medication so I will spend time
today trying to convince her that she must take it to live.”
I told Nomsa that Baby Rahab (who is now living a the El Roi
Baby Home) is HIV negative and Tuberculosis free so her mother has a good
reason to take her medication and live. Nomsa has a mission for the next day
and I pray that she will succeed.
Future site of the Sicalo Lesisha Kibbutz.
No one can predict the future and I don't know how it will
go for Nomsa, but I do believe that she is mentally, physically and spiritually
ready for a fresh start. “Sicalo
Lesisha” means “New Beginning” in siSwati and that is what she will get. Nomsa
will move in to the Farm Managers Building on Project Canaan temporarily and
will live there until the Kibbutz is built.She will work on the farm (likely at the Khutsala Artisans
Shop) and be a part of starting the jewelry making/sewing/crafts team.She will remain on TB medication for
months, but we can help manage that here at the El Rofi Medical Clinic, which
should be open in June.El Rofi is
the Hebrew name for the “God who heals”.I believe that Nomsa has been healed and has been given another chance.
Tomorrow she will come to Project Canaan for the first time
and she will see her babies, Rachel and Leah for the first time in months. I have
tears of joy just thinking of that reunion. I will take a photo and post it in
this blog after she has been with them.They will not go and live with her until she is fully
healthy, stable and ready to take them.That may be a year or two down the road, but these two babies will not
be orphans.What a great beginning
to a new chapter.
From now on, this blog really will be Wednesdays WITH
Nomsa.Thanks Beth Blaisdell for
pointing that out J.
Doing the happy dance in Swaziland.
PS – the sign on the door as you leave the hospital says,
“Thank you for visiting me. Please come again”.Nomsa and I will surely be back to visit others.