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for anyone who is subjected to the sputum exam. post ur experience here:

my wife's journey:

3 day sputum sample collection: dec 17-19 2014

4th day evaluation result date: dec 23 2014

smear test result: ?

8-week culture test end date: ?

culture test result: ?

DOT (Directly Observed Treatment) start date: ?

DOT end date: ?

lets start tracking

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for anyone who is subjected to the sputum exam. post ur experience here:

my wife's journey:

3 day sputum sample collection: dec 17-19 2014

4th day evaluation result date: dec 23 2014

smear test result: ?

8-week culture test end date: ?

culture test result: ?

DOT (Directly Observed Treatment) start date: ?

DOT end date: ?

lets start tracking

The 3 day collection is smear and sputum. Three samples are required and they are taken 24 hours apart. If on the fourth day the smear is positive then DOT will start then for approximately 6 months. If the smear is negative then SLEC will incubate the sputum culture for a period of 8 weeks. SLEC will give you a date that they will give you the results in approximately 8 weeks if the sputum remains negative. If SLEC calls you within the 8 weeks then the sputum has turned positive. If SLEC calls you in less than the 8 weeks then they will tell you to report back to SLEC for pulmonary counseling, which means TB positive. DOT will start then, which is normally 130 doses taken weekdays only at SLEC, they are closed weekends and holidays. The DOT treatment is approximately 6 months, all depends on if there are drug resistant issues, missed days or holidays. A good number of days for DOT could be 190. Additional sputums are taken throughout DOT. My fiancée gave sputum samples at the end of the 1st month, the end of the 3rd month and at the end of the fifth month. Each one of those samples will be tested for a period of approximately 60 days. Generally the sputum will turn to negative at the first test as the beginning doses are strong to fight the TB. So at the end of the third month we were told the sputum was negative. The end date of DOT is normally when the 130 doses are complete, then there is an additional 30 day wait for the final sputum result of the sputum test done at the end of the fifth month.

More sputum is negative after that initial 8 weeks then positive, so the odds are in your favor.

Given your testing dates, it is possible that you could be in the TB treatment for the next 9 months. All depends on if your sputum is negative or positive.

We are glad the TB was detected so that fiancée could receive appropriate treatment to be healthy.

Edited by luckytwo15

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thanks for sharing. keep us posted on her progress. looks like she's almost done. my best wishes to her. is she now living close to slec to do the DOT?

Thank you and best wishes to you also.

She lived in a bed spacer the first month then a condo. Both within a 5 minute walk to SLEC. Now we are living with the family until re-medical in January.

There were other DOT people that had good experiences with the bed spacers, for us we had a bad experience as the male owner would get drunk and then mess with the girls. Also, no cooking at this particular bed spacer.

The guarded fully furnished condo was comfortable. Cost was 15,000 rent, 4,000 utilities and then food and spending money.

Others traveled for hours every day via bus, LRT, etc.

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