'I’m a nurse, this is how I’m taking care of my triplets during lockdown'

Tsakani Ndlovu with two of her triplets. (Photo:Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Tsakani Ndlovu with two of her triplets. (Photo:Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Being a health practitioner during the coronavirus pandemic and the country being on lockdown is terrifying on its own, but having to go back to your children after your shift ends knowing they are highly likely to be infected is more terrifying.

Tsakani Ndlovu (29) shares how she is taking care of her kids in this difficult time.  

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Tsakani is a professional nurse and a mother of four, Nzdalama (6) and 13-month-old triplets Ntsakiso, Ntsako and Tiyiselani. She says the pandemic has caused them to make drastic changes in the house and to be more cautious.

“Psychologically it is stressful, especially the fear of being exposed and the possibility of carrying the virus home to the kids.” She says they have added more hygiene measures to increase the kids’ safety and health.

“We disinfect the house more often, the kids’ hands and feet are wiped more often. My kids’ toys are also disinfected throughout the day.”

Tsakani is fortunate enough to have a live-in helper and a mother who also assists with the kids. She says having both of them around makes things much easier.

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As much as dealing with people exposed to the virus on a daily is horrifying, Tsakani says her partner, family and friends are always available and open to listen to her whenever she needs to let it out or take some time away.

It also helps that her triplets are funny little humans who are always turning the house upside down, which absorbs the stress and gives her a good laugh. “There’s never a dull moment with these three, they never cease to amaze me with their three different personalities.”

She advises parents of multiple births to remember to take care of themselves too. “You matter, if you are sick, you can’t take care of your kids. There’s no point in taking care of your kids while neglecting your health.”

*Tsakani Ndlovu’s views are her own and are in no way affiliated with the department of health

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