x Eve Woman Wellness Readers Lounge Leisure and Travel My Man Bridal Health Relationships Parenting About Us Digital News Videos Opinions Cartoons Education E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise BULK SMS E-Learning Digger Classified The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
Login ×
BTV
VAS
DCX
RMS

A woman who gravely battled with osteoarthritis

Achieving Woman - By Vip Ogola | December 25th 2016 at 12:18:02 GMT +0300
Photo: Courtesy

After the birth of her second-born Millicent Achieng' Audi developed a temporary paralysis in her hands and legs, which doctors later diagnosed as a disease of the joints. For a while, she was almost completely immobile but is now on the road to recovery.

I am 43 years old and a mother of two. In the year 2000, I was having my second child. I was then working at a hotel in Jamhuri Park and my husband and I were undergoing some financial challenges. Because of this, I opted to have my baby at Pumwani instead of at Emmaus Clinic in Umoja where I was attending antenatal clinic. It had not been a difficult pregnancy so I expected an easy delivery.

I gave birth to my daughter Edwina Achieng'. She weighed 3.5kg. Unfortunately, my hands and legs became temporary paralysed. The nurses encouraged me to be hopeful saying that the paralysis was probably as a result of pushing out the baby and would pass. It didn't. I moved from one hospital to another seeking an answer.

I regained use of my hands but my legs from hip down remained immobile. I was admitted to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) where I was diagnosed with a pathological fracture, that is, a fracture that comes about for no reason at all. Marie Stopes Eastleigh admitted me to determine if the problem could be gynaecological. After three days the doctor told me that I needed to see an orthopaedic specialist.

Before this, I had been taking care of two of my younger siblings. Because my children were still young and my husband was unable to take care of me, my parents took us home. My mother feared for my life. She would take me to Siaya District Hospital for treatment and to herbalists for massages. After two years, my husband came and took us back.

He believed he was now able to take care of us, but this was not to be. I left again with my children and went to Nairobi. I was taken care of by my relatives, and I survived by doing small jobs. I got a job in a hotel and moved with my daughter to Kiambio slums. The pain in my hips was intense and at some point I resorted to using ceregem therapy, which is a Korean-made machine that somewhat reduced the pain. After a while the hotel was closed and I was without income.

I moved back to my marital home in Ahero in 2012. I was then unaccustomed to rural life, but managed somehow. I was mostly alone as my children were away in school and my husband in the city. I would get someone to clean the house whenever I had money and would send a boda boda driver for food at the market, which is basically how I still survive.

  1. READ MORE
  2. 1. Seven health tips for men
  3. 2. Five things you should currently be carrying in your bag
  4. 3. Healthy habits for a smaller waistline
  5. 4. Fuel it: How understanding satiety is the ultimate weight-loss secret

When my children were home, they would help. And then in December 2014, some doctors from India were holding a medical camp at Kisumu District Hospital. They diagnosed me with severe osteoarthritis. Both hips were badly affected and needed replacement.

I sought medical assistance at Kijabe but the cost of operating on just one hip was too high. In February this year, Dr. Otsyeno operated on me at Nazereth Hospital at a slightly more manageable fee. My leg has since been numb. I go for therapy at Rusia Provincial Hospital and they say that my nerves may have been affected and will take time to heal. Therapy involves nerve stimulation and exercise. My left hip still needs to be replaced. I am grateful that I can now move with one crutch but I am not able to squat or bend beyond a certain level.

Top Stories

Man catfished by woman falls in love with her sister after she used her photos
Girl Talk - By Mirror


Ne-Yo announced he was divorcing wife Crystal Smith on podcast before telling her
Entertainment - By Mirror


Sarah and Simon Kabu on growing their own vegetables and chicken
Gardening - By Audrey Masitsa


Majority of women want to cut down skin care routine, study
Skin Care - By Mirror


Motherhood penalty: How women are being punished for having children
Parenting - By Njambi Mungai


4 ways to break a soul tie
Relationships - By Jennifer Karina


7 Benefits of using eggs for facial treatment
Skin Care - By Naomi Mruttu


Dry-humping can get you pregnant...even with your clothes on
Health - By Daily Mail


How to safely bleach your hair with hydrogen peroxide
Hair - By Renee Wesonga


4 ways to break a soul tie
Relationships - By Jennifer Karina


Latest Stories

Three Kenyans feted as among most inspiring women in mining
Achieving Woman - By Philip Mwakio


I miss the audience: a French performer's life in COVID lockdown
Achieving Woman - By Reuters


Everyday woman: Life lessons with Nana Gechaga
Achieving Woman - By Audrey Masitsa


Mother-of-five becomes Gaza's first woman taxi driver
Achieving Woman - By Reuters


Everyday woman: Day in the life of KICC CEO Nana Gecaga
Achieving Woman - By Audrey Masitsa


Wahu’s soul transformation: Why I chose to make a fresh start
Achieving Woman - By Caroline Nyanga


Lebanese artist turns blast debris into symbol of hope
Achieving Woman - By Reuters


Fear of a saturated market kept me from pursuing my dream
Achieving Woman - By Annie Awuor


Ex-heroin addict shares stunning before-and-after addiction photos
Achieving Woman - By Mirror


I started making candles in my mum's kitchen, now I make Sh1.4 billion a year
Achieving Woman - By Mirror


Stay Ahead!

Access premium content only available
to our subscribers.

Support independent journalism
×
Log in
Support independent journalism
Create an account    Forgot Password
Create An Account
Support independent journalism
I have an account Log in
Reset Password
Support independent journalism
Log in