D_ is TB free and out of the hospital. Turns out it was not TB, but some sort of fungus that had been lying dormant for, well, there really is no way to tell. Could be something he picked up in the Amazon...yes, the Amazon. It's almost worth a hospital stay, really, to be able to drop that line.
"I don't know...could be something I picked up in the Amazon..."
Sure beats "I don't know...could be something I picked up in a Bed-Stuy crawlspace..."
The real long-term good news in this story is that he had finally purchsed health insurance, which went into effect three days before he landed in the wards.
TB is TB, but a $100,000 hospital bill? That'll ruin your whole day.
And for those of you who don't know, the "Death to the Automatons" movie is in the throes of post production now. Jim has put up some photos here.