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TB PPD MD anxiety
Got my PPD recently and freaked out a little because it was indurated (on a PPD skin test for tuberculosis, redness is irrelevant. What matters is the size of a hard swelling, aka induration). While driving to employee health to get it checked I was thinking “less than 10mm, less than 10mm, less than 10mm”.
I’ve had probably 6 TB skin tests since I came back from India, where I volunteered (mask-less) in a TB clinic. Usually I get a red spot, but no induration. I have had exactly ONE patient with active TB in the US, and I had convinced myself in the car that this guy had turned me positive.
When the nurse felt it, at first she was sure it was negative. Then she felt it again and was like, “well maybe we should measure it and be sure”. Visions of yearly chest x-rays and a list of rifampin side effects flashed through my head.
She measured 7mm, which I’m not sure was entirely right (she did it different than I’ve ever seen it done), but I’m ok with it.
But I have to get a second one soon (don’t get me started on why I think this is stupid), so cross your fingers and hope for no induration!
Meet Devon Rooney, In Transit Intelligence’s National Sales Manager, also the sole representative of ITI’s sponsored Athletic Team. Throughout the year, Devon will be competing in several sanctioned events, including the recent Iron Pig Duathalon in Fayetteville, AR.
This event featured a 5K run, followed by 18 miles on the bike, then another 5K run. Devon placed 9th in her division with a time of 2:05. “I’m proud to represent ITI in this fashion, and feel lucky to be a member of a company that places such value on it’s employee’s physical well-being,” Devon said, after the race.
We at ITI are happy to support Devon’s athletic abilities and will be rooting her on at the next event, the Primal Challenge Obstacle Race, April 20th, in Fayetteville, AR.
Go, Team ITI!