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Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: An on-going thread
« Last post by mitch777 on Yesterday at 05:30:18 PM »
Betty. Please stop that! You are running out of bones to break!! Also sorry about your toes. Geez, I would have thought that they could have taped them with some metal supports to prevent that from happening but what do I know. And now another sprained foot and possible broken fingers? Ugh, ugh, ugh.

Greg, the underside too? I would bet that your old mower went to the graveyard looking just like Joan Rivers.  ;)

You have entirely too much time on your hands...


Estoy infectado? / Re: Ayuda andy, sera que estoy infectado de VIH?
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 05:11:51 PM »
Otra vez y por la ultima vez estoy dicidendo que Vd. es el VIH negativo y no tiene que probar mas.

El VIH no es una problema por Vd. Ahora tengo que decir si vuelves otra vez sobre la misma situacion con mas dudas y preguntas, vas a ver su acceso al foro suspendido por 28 dias o mas. Por supuesto puede probar otra vez pero es innecesario.

Si tiene sintomas es algo a discurtir con su doctor. El VIH no es su problema. Punto.

Termina con el drama y adelante con su vida.   
Estoy infectado? / Re: Ayuda andy, sera que estoy infectado de VIH?
« Last post by andres1993 on Yesterday at 05:06:11 PM »
Andy disculpa la insistencia.

Tengo un Elisa Negativo a 5 meses y en 2 semanas cumplo 6 meses, pero en el laboratorio la mujer que me sacó sangre me comentó que esa prueba es segura a 6 meses y eso unido a una ola de sintomas extraños me hacen pensar en la posibilidad de que mi Negativo a 5 meses cambie a positivo a los 6 meses.

 Vivo en una pequeña ciudad fea y violenta de México, también me puse a pensar que si las pruebas o reactivos aquí en mi ciudad no son tan sensibles y avanzadas como en EUA, Francia, Argentina o España, quizá los reactivos o elisas de aquí son pruebas antiguas por eso quizá aquí insistan en 6 meses.

Andy el periodo ventana de 13 semanas es en todo el mundo o solo en ciudades grandes con tecnología como Nueva York, Canadá o Francia? Yo vivo en México y aqui aún dicen que son 6 meses.

Ud. cree que mi resultado va a cambiar a Positivo a los 6 meses?

Off Topic Forum / Re: A pre-operative education class.
« Last post by mitch777 on Yesterday at 05:06:03 PM »
Thanks again everyone!

Zach- Sorry to disappoint you. Live streaming seemed to be frowned upon.

Greg- Where were my flowers?!

Jeff- Just how much money DID you collect?

Wade- Exactly, no sleep and crappy food.

Betty- All went as smoothly as it gets I guess. We shall see down the road how it all works out.

David- Yep, I was being sliced up as you typed.

So, the first several hours after surgery weren't all that bad... until the anesthesia wore off. That night and the past two days have been pure misery. I kept thinking of Kathy Bates and Shirley Maclaine for some reason. lol. It seems as though nearly every part of ones body pulls and tugs the neck and shoulders making it almost impossible to get out of bed.

Today I've seen much improvement with my mobility. Still can't tilt my head back to swallow meds and several times the water just didn't go down right and it has been impossible to cough. If it were a bigger gulp "down the wrong tube" I think I would just die.

Anyway, that's the update. I expect much more improvement in the next two weeks.  :)
Mental Health & HIV / Re: Neuropsychiatric effects of HIV meds?
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 04:50:41 PM »
I have severe mental health issues and I have been taking HAART for 28 years and there are many combos that will work, without affecting your mental health.  I know, as I am on one now and have been for 14 years and my psych meds have also remained unchanged during that time.

I suggest you speak with an HIV specialist, a psychiatrist and pharmacist to devise a drug plan that will work for you. You make a lot of assumptions about what various drugs may do and you need some experts to guide you.

Mental Health & HIV / Re: Neuropsychiatric effects of HIV meds?
« Last post by phenethylamine on Yesterday at 04:38:20 PM »
Isn't it though?
I've been reading that it acts as a 5HT2A partial agonist.
Not a "full agonist"... so effects might be weaker than classic psychedelic.
I thought that was why it was advised to take it at night?

They did experiments on mice... and they produced the trademark "head twitches" indicative of an "altered visual state".

Off Topic Forum / Re: Happy Birthday Jeff G!
« Last post by BT65 on Yesterday at 04:37:40 PM »
Just talked to Jeff...he is so gracious.  Anyway...like he posted, he celebrated with pizza rolls.  Thank you sweetest for listening to me...always helpful!

Mental Health & HIV / Re: Binging Compulsive Eating
« Last post by Buckmark on Yesterday at 04:35:00 PM »

It really took a lot of courage to post and describe your problems with binging.  Jeff is right -- this is a brave and an important first step.  Binging can be a complicated problem, but it is one that lots of people have (including my sister).  So I think an important first step is to talk to both your doctor and therapist about this.

You have already identified that you are binging to try to address feelings of pain and loneliness.  You will need to learn to address those feelings in a different, more productive and healthier ways.  And since it has been going on for so long, it would probably help to reach back in your past and understand where these feelings come from.  There are definitely therapists who specialize in these kind of eating disorders, and can help you do both of these things.

Also, if you don't already know, laxatives can prevent absorption of food and essential nutrients, and water as well.  So although you are eating a lot, you could quite likely be  malnourished, and things like electrolytes can be off kilter.

I'm glad you reached out here, and hope you continue to seek help and find professionals who can help you address your problem.

Off Topic Forum / Re: BT65 (Betty) Resigning as Moderator
« Last post by mitch777 on Yesterday at 04:21:54 PM »
Hey Betty,

Sorry to hear this news but whatever the reason, I hope you spend more time pampering yourself!

You have given straight-forward sound advice over the years even through your own pain and personal challenges. I don't expect that to change.

Thanks for all of your efforts to assist here along the way!

Much love,
Mental Health & HIV / Re: Binging Compulsive Eating
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 04:11:07 PM »
I can’t pretend to know how you feel but as a diabetic my relationship with food is complicated . You have an excellent record of taking all of your issues seriously and coming back and talking about until you finally get it right and I have faith in you that you will do the same thing with this issue .

You know already that eating too much now and then is not unusual or something to be alarmed about but when you feel the need to purge it’s a red flag that this is something to talk your doctor and therapist about and from what I know about Robby, Robby will address this eventually and remove it from your life .

I think you are an inspiration, you are brave enough to share your struggles and bare all . I think that the ability to do that is an essential part of living with HIV and all other things life throws at us . You are being honest with yourself so now its time to be honest with your doctor and stop this before it gets out of hand .

Please don’t think I am only offering platitudes, Im not because what I am really saying is you already know what you need to do and this is my little push in the right direction . You have come so far and I want you to know I have confidence in you that you will do whats right for you . Hugs, Jeff .

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