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This blog is a continuation of my 15th August 15 2011 blog, Physician’s Susceptibility I had my fourth doctor three years after I was diagnosed with having PTB (pulmonary tuberculosis). She became my attending physician in November 2004 when I was hospitalized due to hemoptysis (coughing up of blood or bloody sputum from the lungs [...]

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I started my consultation with my 3rd physician on May 2004. She was already 70 years old and was the older cousin of my second physician. Just like her cousin, she also told me that I needed to submit sputum specimen for culture (TBC) and drug susceptibility test (DST). During those times, though I was [...]

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One of the dangers that I faced even before I was “officially” diagnosed as DR-TB patient was the regular incidents of  hemoptysis. It could lead to death especially when you choked during your episode of hemoptysis. My father’s last episode of hemoptysis happened right before my eyes while we were traveling in a distant place [...]


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It was November 2001, I was 19 years old and was at my last semester in college when I was diagnosed of tuberculosis. I most likely acquired the disease from my father who was diabetic as well. During that time, my father already had resistance to most of the first line TB drugs. Little did [...]

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