Tuberculosis At The Age Of Fourteen Essay

805 Words Aug 18th, 2016 4 Pages
I was diagnosed with tuberculosis at the age of fifteen. I had just arrived in the U.S. after having lived as a refugee in the Philippines, where the disease was prevalent. Though I was prescribed with nine months of antibiotic treatment, I was thankful that at least I did not have the scar on my parents’ shoulders, a result of smallpox vaccinations which I once believed marked them as “Vietnamese boat refugees.” Throughout my treatment, my pharmacist made a great impact toward my wellbeing. She was available to answer questions without appointments and strictly encouraged each visit. She stressed how important taking my antibiotics was, and taught me about how resistance to the antibiotic can reduce the effectiveness of the medicine. I would later learn how important the bond with my pharmacist was in following the plan she prescribed. My curiosity in the role of drugs and vaccines was sparked by my parents’ health concerns during my childhood in the Philippines, and grew after testing positive for a disease I later found I didn’t have. Working for many years in multiple pharmacies and learning more about the field has reaffirmed this desire to learn about drugs and their interactions, and has inspired me to pursue a career in pharmacy. Over the past five years, my curiosity has directed me to work in hospital, retail, and clinical pharmacies. Each setting exposed me to different scenarios and diagnoses, however I found the clinical setting to be the most…

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