Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ok...I Wanted To Wait Until I Knew The Results

As you all know, when last in the E.R. thinking I was having a Heart Attack, the folks there found no cardiac issues, but instead I had a mass named Mickey in my right lung. After that discovery, a couple of them came into my room with masks over their face.

Tuberculosis concern!

I asked them if it might be MRSA or TB, but never got a reply. I asked if they wanted to test me. No reply.

About 10 days later, I get a call from The Tarrant County Board Of Health. They wanted to have a conversation.

Seems the hospital had reached out to them, and the info they gave regards chain of events on June 7th were not quite accurate. Also, the person who called said they were trying to find me.

They had my cell number.


Anyhow, I had to go into Fort Worth and get a blood test and leave some phlegm for testing.

Blood = TB Yea of Nay
Phlegm = Strain of TB to determine treatment.

If positive, I am administered IN PERSON AND DAILY prescribed meds. They insist on that so they can be sure I was taking it. I asked, what if I don't.

  Welcome To Club Med(ical)

San Antonio, Texas! A resort for those who's lungs are a playground for bacteria, a playground for those who refuse treatment and home quarantine. Some activities there include:

  • Movies
  • Computer literacy
  • Religious Studies
  • Computer-based reading literacy
  • Computer games
  • Reading
  • Puzzles
  • Board games
  • Playing cards
  • Video games
  • Leather work
  • Plaster art
  • Plastic stain glass art
  • Sewing
  • Music therapy
  • Woodworking
  • Beading
  • Knitting
  • Pool tables
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Gardening
  • Badminton
  • Croquet
  • Ping Pong
  • Bingo
  • Horseshoe toss
What could be better? I bet they have a "Turn Down" service and leave anti-biotic laden mints on the pillows. You can visit their website, maybe make reservations, HERE. I am all ready for a 6 month vaca when I find out....



Stuck in the van! For now. That will change soon, though. Minus Woodworking and Horseshoe Toss.

So, your humble narrator is NOT infectious and can mingle about the great unwashed with concern of making someone ill.

Well...with TB, anyhow.

Until next time....


  1. Dear Narrator, are you still living in your van? Why have you not submitted an application with the local housing authority? I can provide some resources that would help you obtain housing if you are in need.

    1. Hello and thanks for your comment.

      Right now I have all the basics under control. I can say I did an exhaustive search for low cost housing. I am trying to save up cash to buy a full fledged R.V. A home no one can take from me. We'll see how that goes.

    2. I would strongly encourage you to check out the San Antonio Housing Authority website. I just checked it myself and they have some wonderful programs in place that could provide you with long term housing fairly rapidly. Primarily, the Shelter Plus program. It you are disabled, medically or otherwise, you would qualify for their assistance.

    3. I should add that I am the director of a housing authority in another state and would be happy to provide a referral as we administer that program as well. We've had individuals on that program for 6-7 years. There are few requirements other than what the housing authority needs to keep the grant itself in place, and to ensure that the participants are "moving forward" in a number of different ways toward self-sufficiency.

  2. Dear Advisor, It would have been great to enjoy the health resort, but I'm glad you didn't have TB. I was wondering if you knew about the Vandwellers group on Yahoo, I think is the url, they are quite helpful and have 8k+ members from all over the world.