Posted by: Concerned | 2009-09-08


I have a domestic worker who has been in hospital for approximately 1,5 weeks. We were told that she was severly anaemic with a level of 2, she was suffering from Malnutrition and that her liver was not in a good way. She stayed in hospital on a drip for a day and was then sent home with medication. A day later she was still not well and we took her back to hospital. She has been in hospital now for a week. She has now been told that she has Tubercolosis and that she will need to be on medication for 6 months. She is still on a drip in the hospital and is given painkillers daily. She tells me that she can' t walk and that she' s still very weak. As she works for me I am anxious to know when she will be back or if she will be back. The doctors seem reluctant to give any diagnosis, even to her. I am almost sure that she has HIV although they haven' t said that but have alluded to the fact. Any idea what may be going on. She is 29 years old.

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Dear Concerned
It is very difficult to guess what her diagnosis may be but the TB facts fit together. Ask her to request a sickleave letter from her doctor, this will give you an idea of how long she will be off work - but according to your description my guess is that she may need sickleave for at least for 6 weeks. People on TB treatment is not infectious and she can come back to work while on treatment.
Dr Bets

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