Hello everyone. I just joined today.
My dad had a positive TB result confirmed 2 weeks ago. In the mean time we have not been contacted by the TB team. I phoned our GP for advice and he rang back to say the hospital were still analysing to see which strain it was and that was why they hadn't been in touch.
Now I'm left floundering at home with a very ill 82 year old dad who is down to just over 7 stone and unable to face more than a few mouthfuls of food a day. He feels TERRIBLE. So I'll and just fading away before my eyes. He's already a copd sufferer for about 10 years so quite weakened and I'm worried he'll not have any strength left to endure the treatment for TB. From what I've read online it really is grim.
I'm also wondering about how much of a risk there is to my mum ( sleeps in same bed ) or to me ( his carer ) And is it safe to have visitors? I've even read that dogs can catch TB from people. We have a small dog. She likes to snooze on dad's lap and sometimes licks his hands. I really hope she doesn't get sick but then I don't want to deny poor dad the comfort of his wee 4 legged friend as she really cheers him up.
I wish I knew what to do.
Any advice please?