Just a few days ago, another Filipina friend had her TB skin test and was very worried because the spot started to swell, too. She asked around if she would be deported and some other "worri-some" questions. Another Filipina friend explained this things to her, and this is what she said: It is normal for Filipinos to be positive in the TB skin test because of the BCG vaccine that we have while we were toddlers. It doesn't mean we can't file for AOS and above all, it doesn't mean we will be deported back to the Philippines. And that's it. She was relieved. How I wish we were properly informed about this during our medical examination in the Philippines, it would have save us from being so upset and worried.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
TB Skin Test
Some of you may have remember that I had a positive TB skin test a couple of months ago. On the day that I was supposed to show my arm it started to swell, I was not worried because of course, I know in my body that I don't have it. But after showing it to the nurse and she declared that it was positive, I started crying. I cried because I was upset. I was upset because I didn't understand how I got it. Had it happened when I am here? Did somebody gave it to me. Way back in the Philippines, before I was issued a Visa, I had undergone a very strict medical examination and obviously, I had no problem because my record say so. Although the nurse told me that my case may only be exposure to TB from the past, but still I was so sad. And they still have to give me 9 months treatment and that was how I started to get sick because of the reactions.