– Sam Loko’s mother was diagnosed with hypertension about two years ago and that left him confused as he did not know how to take care of her
– With time, he learned how to do it and he described it as the best experience despite the challenges they faced
– Loko who is an actor and a filmmaker later lost his job when COVID-19 struck but that did not discourage him from taking care of his mother
– According to him, he has learnt a lot from nursing his ailing mom and belives it will make him a better parent in the future
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Taking care of a loved one who is sick is never easy especially if the one tasked with the responsibility is a young person who was on their way to making a life for themselves.
This means giving up a number of things in life including your social life, time, resources and sometimes your career to be able to fully take care of them.
This was what happened to actor Sam Loko when his mother was taken ill about two years ago and was diagnosed with hypertension, the BBC reported.
The young actor was forced to give up a number of things in his life in order to take care of his mom since it was just the two of them living together.
“I remember it was messy around two years ago. I did not know much about sugar levels, the pressure and everything, narrated Loko.
” There was a time she fell down in the house and I was just crying because she lost her conscious and was paralysed and it was just painfully for me, he added.
It took time for Loko to understand how to take care of his ailing mom but the experience, which was emotionally draining sometimes, did not discourage him from doing it.
Following her illness, he had to cook, clean, feed her without any hesitation and ensured he spent quality time with her despite the tough situation they were in..
” There was a time it was so tight for me because she was there just getting confused. She was crying and laughing at the same time as though she was insane,” said Loko.
“I did not understand and I was on my own. I did not know what to think so it was so difficult to come to terms with that,” he added.
As though their struggles were not enough, Loko who lives in Mathare slums with his mother lost his job as an actor when COVID-19 pandemic struck the country in March 2020.
His mother’s pre-existing condition and age put her at great risk of contracting the disease forcing Loko who was also a filmmaker to work extra hard to protect his mother.
His concern, however, is that he was not able to monitor her safety throughout the day as he has to go out and fend for her.
” Security-wise, it is tough. I can not monitor who is coming in to see her because I have to go out and hustle but I just want the best for her but you’ll never know who is coming, ” he said.
According to the younger actor, it is his mother’s smile that keeps him going and motivates him to work even harder when things seem tough.
He said while taking care of his ailing mother might have come as a burden, he had learnt a lot from the experience that he believes will help him be a better parent to his own children in the future.
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