TB or not TB?
After having been moved from one ward to another isolation ward,
I was told that I was to moved back again to Weston ward; a non
isolation ward. Apparently now I was TB negative. In other words
they had cultured three TB negative spewtum samples, so I was no
longer an infection risk. Great, at least I don't have to keep looking
at people with masks on all the time.
I was also informed that infact I didn't have TB. I had TB avium,
which is an 'environmental' TB, meaning that it can not be spead
from person to person. Instead it is caught from the environment
by people with weak immune systems - ie like me. I must have caught
it somewhere from a ditry place, and it may have been lingering
in my system for some time. It's not possible to tell how long I'd
been harbouring the disease.
It may not be contagious and there may not be some many drugs to
take to sort out the infection, but I'm looking at twice the time
- 18 to 24 months for the total course of medication....