Praised be Jesus and Mary!!
Last April 2, I went to DLSHSI for the required medical examination for incoming froshies.
There were many tests that it lasted for almost a whole day. It was very tiring. One of the tests was a PPD skin test.
I was quite frustrated that I did not even have an idea what PPD stands for, while some batchmates seem fully aware of what it was. I joked with my mom and dad who accompanied me, “What was that? PBD? Payors Benefit in case of Death?” They laughed. PBD was one of the riders that we attach to juvenile life insurance policies. (My whole family works in the life insurance industry.) Later, I found that PPD (Purified Protein Derivative) Skin Test is a method to diagnose latent tuberculosis infection.
They injected something on top of our skin and said that we could remove the cotton after ten minutes. We were asked to visit again after three days for the reading of the results.
I hate the feeling of not knowing and not understanding something. I searched for more information in the internet. Here is a link to one of the sources that I found.
This was what my skin looked like for the next three days:
Day 1 and Day 2 images were taken with the same lighting at home. However, I left home early on Day 3 and I forgot to take photo before leaving. The Day 3-a image was in the morning on the way to Cavite, while the Day 3-b was after the reading.
I went back to the school clinic, but I found this sign by the door:
The person there marked the edge of the swollen part and measured it with a ruler. (see Day3-b in the photo above) She was quick; she measured 6mm or 7mm, I think. I asked if it was okay, but she explained that they are not allowed to disclose the result. She said that someone would call us. No one called, though.
Almost three weeks passed and the redness now looks like an old bruise.
I thought I’d write this post, and share especially the photo and the link above, since you might be curious about your own PPD test.
Kristine G. Veneracion