A TB survivor tells her story - Part 2: Diagnosis

Transcript - A TB survivor tells her story. Part 2: Diagnosis

Transcript - A TB survivor tells her story. Part 2: Diagnosis

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TEXT on Screen: Health in Our Hands

TEXT on Screen: A TB survivor tells her story

TEXT on Screen: You are watching part 2 of a 6 part series.

TEXT on Screen: Part 2: Diagnosis

(First Nations woman sitting on couch)

TEXT on Screen: Eileen Necroch

Eileen Necroch: They took blood work. They did a chest x-ray later on that day, that Sunday. And then, they also did, right away, a nasal swab, which almost made me cry. Like I mentioned the skin test, they did the skin test on my arm as soon as I got into my room too.

They did make me give sputum samples, so I gave as many of those as I could, right from the time of suspicion. They gave me those little containers, right off the hop as soon as I was admitted into the hospital, and they told me what I needed to do and that I would probably be there for a few days.

Earlier that Monday morning, they did an HIV test. I literally asked her, what are you doing here, why are you here? They already took my blood this morning. And she said, "oh, I'm here to take an HIV test." And again, I found a few choice words for her and I kicked her out of my room and I said, "I'm a married woman. I don't have HIV. I have one partner, no you can't do it." And she backed out, and she said, "Okay, I'm sorry."  And she left.

After that, I phoned TB control and I explained to them about the HIV test and asked "why is this happening? And why is she in here?" And she said that it's mandatory that we test everyone for HIV that we suspect has TB. And I asked her, "why?" And she said, "Because if you test positive for HIV, there are different medications that we have to administer to you, because the TB is a little more resistant, once the HIV is in the body." And that was how she basically explained that to me. And upon hearing that, I was like, "okay, can you apologize to that blood technician for me and have her come back."

TEXT on Screen: Health Canada. Learn more about TB at healthycanadians.gc.ca/tuberculosis

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TEXT on Screen: Produced by APTN (Aboriginal People's Television Network)

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