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Off Topic Forum / Shiny Pancakes - Had nothing better to do.
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 12:23:52 PM »
Some mindless writing following a bad dream.

Shiny Pancakes:

As he entered the large Irish kitchen, he realized as he glanced over the table that it was set not only for her and the kids but also for one more, presumably for him. It struck him as odd as she had not cooked anything for him since the separation nearly 9 months ago.

He looked over to where his ex was busy cooking something on the stove, and said: Cooking are we?

Yes she said, I’m making pancakes, take a seat. He slowly sat down still feeling quite surprised at the fact she was making him lunch. The table was set for 4, presumably for the 2 children, his ex and himself.

He sat down on the side of the table that he used to sit at during family meal times back when they had been a happy family. Suddenly he had a flashback to the last time he had sat there, It was one Sunday dinner time many months ago. He can still recall the day as it had been a very busy Sunday dinner with a lot of excited discussion and anticipation from all of them as they discussed the things to do and see during the upcoming Holiday trip abroad. He can recall how happy they had seemed or at least that’s what he had thought at the time.
His thoughts were suddenly interrupted by the loud shout from the corner of kitchen. Kids, lunch is ready! She bellowed.

Waiting for the kids to join them in the kitchen she started plating the pancakes, as she put down his plate of pancakes in front of him she suddenly said ”Your ones came out a bit shiny, I’m not sure why but they taste fine”
The kids came running into the kitchen at that moment and joined him at the table and with a lot of chatter and moaning about how lunch was interrupting some TV show they had been watching, a few seconds later they settled in and sat down and got dug into the plates of pancakes in front of them.

He looked down at the pancakes on the plate in front of him, and then slowly looked up realizing when he did that his ex’s eyes were fixed on him with a look of anticipation. Panic suddenly sets in and he completely and utterly froze for a number seconds like a bunny rabbit that freezes in the headlight of oncoming road traffic, it was total fear and shock that had grasped hold of his mind as if fear itself was squeezing the capacity to think out of him. Then suddenly after a few seconds and without much thinking he gave a slightly nervous smile and said calmly; Thank you.

He looks at the kids pancakes and his ex’s plate across the table, they all seem normal enough, it’s just that his have an odd shiny look about them, nearly like they had been dipped in some type of waxy substance. He started to sweat nervously as his mind started to race; what do I do now runs through his mind, how to get out of eating the pancakes? I could claim to be feeling ill, No that won’t work he realized having just told her when he dropped off the kids less than 20 minutes ago that he felt great when she had asked him how he was doing.  He desperately tries to calm himself and control his speeding mind. He tries to convince himself that it’s fine, the pancakes are safe and it is just him fearing the worst for no reason at all. Then again he wonders if it’s worth the risking his life on this, is he truly willing to bet his life that the “shiny” pancakes are safe. No, knowing her he is not willing to wager his life on it.

How to get out of eating them, he has to do something right now he realizes, otherwise she is going to start getting suspicious soon. Amy! Amy is the answer the dog had not eaten yet and it’s a bad habit but she often shared or gets fed scraps from the table. “Amy, come here he called”. No cried his ex, don’t give the dog any of the pancakes. He looks at her face and he can see the panic in her eyes now, nearly a full 2 or 3 seconds passed but to him this felt like an eternity. Breaking the silence she then said “I cooked them for you”

By this time and all excited Amy had joined the table and sat at his legs waging her tail. A few minutes passed in absolute silence his eyes locked onto her face, the cold face of his ex whose expression had changed from initial shock of offering the pancakes to the dog to a clear cold hatred. by now the kids had just finished their pancakes and so he told them they could be excused and they rushed off towards living room.

Trying to remain as calm as he could he said; Shiny pancakes! You’re seriously trying to poison me now, don’t you think that’s extreme even for you.! “How dare you, get out of my house” she cried. 
He grabbed his jacket that had been hanging over the kitchen chair and said nothing, got up and slowly made his way across the kitchen and out to the hall way. Making his way down the hallway he figured at this stage it was obvious for him that she was more upset with getting caught then with the accusation of trying to poison him. He said nothing as he walked through the hall way and closed the front door behind him. Leaving the house he knew she would never hurt the kids and that they are safe, he and he alone was the target.
Getting into his car, he felt a deep sense of relief in knowing she had tried to kill him.

He had been feeling a deep guilt for paying the 30.000 Euro to have his ex-wife killed but now that huge feeling of guilt had suddenly been lifted and it gave him the reassurance he was doing the right thing.
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Am I Infected? / Re: ARS symptoms - Extremely worried, please help
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Yesterday at 11:48:14 AM »
Relax.  You did not have any "exposure" whatsoever to the HIV, based on the facts you provided, even if the masseur was HIV positive.

Whatever, your "symptoms" are, they are wholly unrelated to HIV infection.  If they persist and continue to bother you, see a doctor, in order that you receive any appropriate treatment, if necessary. 
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Am I Infected? / ARS symptoms - Extremely worried, please help
« Last post by lsng on Yesterday at 11:41:35 AM »
During massage from a female masseur of unknown HIV status, I had handjob, fingered her vagina and played with her nipples with fingers. The vagina was wet and her nipples seemed wet too (maybe some secretions). She was not menstruating. She mentioned she has never been a mother. I did not have any other form of sex. My fingers had no sores, wounds and no protruding nails.

These are the symptoms I have had post this exposure.
Day 8-10 - Started feeling slightly unwell, as if a flu may come. During this period slept 3-4 hrs per night due to work. Work was indoors in controlled temperatures Day 11-13 - The feeling of unwell increased but during this period I was out in the sun and heat for long days and did not get sleep for more than 3 hrs because of work
Day 14-19 - Had fever and sore throat. Runny nose followed by Stuffy nose, watery eyes, phlegm always seeming to be caught up in throat or getting produced, hoarse voice and for couple of days the side of the neck on both sides had pain, but nothing appeared swollen. No body ache or headache. Also my tongue got painted white and for 2-3 days there was slight irritation on tongue and inside of cheeks when eating warm or spicy food. Started taking Vitamin B-complex tablets.
Day 20 - 27 - Sore throat subsided enormously but still not fully cured. No fever. White tongue still persists. Irritation from hot/spicy food gone.
Day 26-Got a single small bump/boil on the upper back just below left shoulder which was painful.
Day 27 - The bump became painful and red (is it a rash?)
Day 28 - The bump subsided in size (though not fully gone) and pain subsided. Feeling slightly dizzy. Feeling hungry. Sore throat fully gone.
Day 29-35 - The white tongue has reduced but still persists. The bump has subsided.

During this entire period, appetite, bowel movements have been normal. There has been slight dull pain on the upper right abdomen which comes and goes. Woke up twice every night for urination.

I am extremely worried as my symptoms are pretty much in sync with HIV ARS. What should I do. Please help. If there is indeed no need to test, I would rather not test.
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Posible infeccion?, realmente no puedo dormir.. ayuda!
« Last post by villero on Yesterday at 10:35:45 AM »
muchas gracias andy, sus palabras son muy tranqulizadoras como para todos los que escribimos en este foro.
Le puedo hacer una ultima consulta?
Suponiendo que la persona con la que estube es hiv+ y tiene algun hongo, podria contagiarme el hongo por el contacto con la piel y no necesariamente el HIV?
correcto?
gracias
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: My partner of 4 years tested positive today
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 10:17:50 AM »
Jasper, Open that link I sent you via PM and find the nearest ASO and or clinic.

Best, Wade
J, you can also contact your local health department's ryan white office for referrals to other ID docs or clinics in your area. I guarantee if you tell your partner's numbers and that treatment won't be available for 6 months, they will be more than happy to help you. (One of the Ryan White quality measurements is to get patients in ASAP to begin treatment)

also, you mentioned the South; but not the state. You might be able to get some people here to refer you to a timely doctor if we knew more where you lived. for disclosure purposes, I live in SC and, as a long time advocate, certainly understand the disadvantages of accessing health care here in the south; but 6 months in inappropriate and unconscionable in ANY state
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: My partner of 4 years tested positive today
« Last post by Jasper01 on Yesterday at 10:16:22 AM »
Thanks for reminding me of this link, Wade.  I had actually clicked on it the other day and just forgot about it in the blur of everything.  It brought up a few options that Google had not, so I'm feeling hopeful about that.  I'm supposed to speak to a contact from our local health dept today, so I'll definitely bring all this up and see if there's anything they can do.  It's really hard to juggle all of this and work at the same time.  I can't get away from work to make calls, so for now I'm going to start compiling a list.  Thanks again. 
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: My partner of 4 years tested positive today
« Last post by Wade on Yesterday at 09:31:35 AM »
Jasper, Open that link I sent you via PM and find the nearest ASO and or clinic.

Best, Wade
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Vivir con el VIH / Re: Llevo pocos meses con el diagnostico del VIH
« Last post by oliverdm on Yesterday at 09:23:09 AM »
Pues si, poquito para llegar a los 200 cd4 que es la barrera del cambio.
Lo mejor es que la medicación me va perfectamente y sobretodo mantiene a ralla al virus.
Y en 5 años seguro que avanzará muchisimo, quizas tengamos medicamentos menos tóxicos, menos pastillas que tomar al dia... o quien sabe si el gran hallazgo que todos deseamos pronto. O a partir ahí la  cuenta atrás definitiva porque calcularán en cuanto tiempo conseguirian la cura.

De todos modos, ya a pasado 1 año y casi 1 mes, y seguios mirando hacia adelante.
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: My partner of 4 years tested positive today
« Last post by Jasper01 on Yesterday at 09:05:29 AM »
My doctor's office just contacted me to let me know my appointment with HIV doc is in May 2017.  It all just feels like a really sick joke. 
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Am I Infected? / Re: Risk assessment
« Last post by Wade on Yesterday at 08:39:23 AM »
You are silenced for now...
Do NOT post outside your thread again.

Wade
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