10 July, 2008

Consumptive Diaries Part 14: Testing, Testing, One, Two

I guess you're all eagerly awaiting the results of my first TB test.

Well, to save you the worries, i will share the news:
My skin test was positive.

Now, this may not be a reason for concern, as the BCG test makes a positive result.
But so does TB.
So, I had a blood test today to find out for sure. From what I've read, though, the BCG test has efficacy for up to 20 years. I had mine when i was 9. Do the maths....

And the health centre people were preparing me for the worst. Maybe that's their way though - 'prepare for the worst, hope for the best'.
But i am nervous. Know taking antibiotics for 6 months is not the worst thing, but it's going to affect my life in some ways. Basically, i will not be able to to move out of Japan during that time. I am covered by insurance here, i pay taxes here; no other country will want to take on the financial burden of my medication.
Also, will have to restrain my life - no more big nights out.
Also, cannot take the pill - the antibiotics kill the efficacy.

Please PLEASE let me be negative...


j-ster said...

I have my fingers crossed for you!

p said...

Be positive smiler!