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Offline jkinatl2

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turning in my rebreather mask today
« on: March 19, 2007, 09:47:26 AM »
I'm kind of going to miss the thing. I have become addicted to oxygen.

But it means that the recovery process is proceeding, and more quickly than I thought. PCP sucks. don't get it. Night sweats stink, and coughing is boring. Fevers make me cranky, and bad sleep is worse, I suspect, than none at all.

I have been remarkably compliant with the Meproon and Bactrim. Apparently all it takes is the real threat of death.

just thought I'd give an update. I have a doc appointment this week, and he will re-assess my lung capacity, sort of give a preliminary ro asertain how much damage is reversible, and how much is not.

Read online where the lead singer of Boston killed himself, due to deep despair and depression, by locking hiimself in his bathroom with two burning charcoal hibachi grills. I can only imagine what he felt like, suffocating.  I've regained an appreciation for the whole breathing without panic thing. Plus, he wrote the best song about Sarek of Vulcan's wife that I have ever, ever heard.

Recovering. Still tired, cranky, fevery, and frustrated. But no longer feeling quite so close to the end of the line. Just checking in on that regard.

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Offline aztecan

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2007, 09:50:50 AM »
Hey Jonathan,

That's good news regarding the rebreather. It is good to see your health has improved.

Edited to add: I understand the breathing issues. In my case, it is too many years sucking on cigarettes. I may make a comeback, who knows.

Just wanted to say hi.

HUGS,

Mark
« Last Edit: March 19, 2007, 09:53:24 AM by aztecan »
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Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2007, 09:56:34 AM »
just thought I'd give an update. I have a doc appointment this week, and he will re-assess my lung capacity, sort of give a preliminary ro asertain how much damage is reversible, and how much is not.

Hope all the damage is reversible or most of it. Fingers crossed

Recovering. Still tired, cranky, fevery, and frustrated. But no longer feeling quite so close to the end of the line. Just checking in on that regard.

Music to our ears   :)

Read online where the lead singer of Boston killed himself, due to deep despair and depression, by locking hiimself in his bathroom with two burning charcoal hibachi grills. I can only imagine what he felt like, suffocating.  I've regained an appreciation for the whole breathing without panic thing.

Oh - that's sad news about the man who sang "More Than A Feeling"  :( Didn't know about that 'til just now

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2007, 10:07:43 AM »
Breathing, independent breathing, is a good thing.

I still have the nebuliser from several months ago, plus a collection of various iv kits, bp monitors, etc etc.
One just never knows when these things might come in handy  :)

Hope dr's appt goes ok - Kate




Offline aupointillimite

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2007, 10:11:48 AM »
Glad to know you're kicking the oxygen addiction.  We're all too dependent on that pesky gas anyway.

Seriously... I'm very glad to know you're doing better.
Your tastebuds can't repel flavor of this magnitude!

Offline woodshere

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2007, 10:13:49 AM »
This is good news!

The best to you always,
Woods
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Offline Andy Velez

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2007, 10:15:57 AM »
It's very, very good to hear that you are feeling and breathing better, Jonathan.

Cheers,
Andy Velez

Offline ACinKC

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2007, 10:21:58 AM »
This is great news jonathan.  I am so glad your back and feeling better.  Keep it up.
LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
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Offline Ihavehope

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2007, 10:59:37 AM »
Glad you are getting rid of that mask. Your too cute to hide behind it.
Infected: April 2005
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Offline Longislander

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2007, 11:55:39 AM »
good news Jonathan~ Hope the doc appt goes well for you. Then you can change that avatar pic! ;)
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5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
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Offline Robert

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2007, 12:03:47 PM »
that's good news jonathan.    Now that your breathing better, everything else should be a little bit easier.  At least I hope so.

robert
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Offline JohnOso

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2007, 01:47:18 PM »
I'm happy to hear about being able to hang up with O2, and glad you're feeling better.

John

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2007, 04:43:59 PM »
Love Ya Jonathan, and this is the best news I've heard this week, or this month for that matter.

Keep on fighting, even though sometimes it does seem futile, it never really is.  You will know when the time to let go is, and this hasn't been it.

In Love,
The Bible contains 6 admonishments to homosexuals,
and 362 to heterosexuals.
This doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals,
It's just that they need more supervision.
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Offline thunter34

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2007, 07:23:28 PM »
J-

I am so very happy to hear this from you!  Congrats and well done on sticking with those medicines! 

T
AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline Peter6836

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2007, 07:32:16 PM »
This news puts a smile on my face!!!! Glad to hear you are feeling better, keep going!!!!!

Offline koi1

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2007, 08:45:58 PM »
I aam glad you are kickin' the oxygen habit. I am glad to hear you are recovering and I am also getting the slightest optimistic vibe in your post! Reads like you are feeling better. You had a lot of us scared with your blog entries. You are talented guy, and have much to offer to the world.


Rob
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01/04/07 six weeks after diagnosis vl 53,000 cd4 cd4 70    6%
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Offline Life

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2007, 09:08:52 PM »
Johnathan.....  When doctors take toys away from you, thats a good thing....   Your a strong young man..  The journey just keeps going...

Love

Eric
« Last Edit: March 19, 2007, 09:11:36 PM by Life »

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2007, 09:11:12 PM »
jk take care of yourself this is a big step towards winning :)
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may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
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jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
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Offline emeraldize

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2007, 10:15:17 PM »
Ex-hal-ent news!

Offline AlanBama

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2007, 10:28:55 PM »
Jonathan,

I'm so glad you are doing better!   YAY !!

Love & hugs,

Alan
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Offline jkinatl2

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2007, 10:41:31 PM »
Ex-hal-ent news!

Ow! Ow! Ow! That was unjust Pun-ishment.

:)

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2007, 11:10:18 PM »
 :-*'s and ((((hugs)))

If anyone can do it JK it's you, thinking of you.

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2007, 02:52:14 AM »
Glad to hear U R taking an inhalliday away from the breather!

(sorry, I really tried but "exhalent" was really much better and I flopped with my attempt...)

Luv,
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Offline RapidRod

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #23 on: March 20, 2007, 06:54:13 AM »
Jonathan, glad that you are recovering. I hope everything continues to go well with you. Looks like you'll be giving some blowjobs today, to bad it's to a plastic tube.  ;) Make sure you can keep that ball floating towards the top.

Offline Nadine

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #24 on: March 20, 2007, 07:15:30 AM »
Excellent news Jonathan...I hope that your recovery continues to go well.

((((HUGS))))

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2007, 11:38:42 AM »
That is great news! Happy Dance for you! :)

Christine
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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2007, 08:02:18 PM »
Hey J.

Glad to hear it matey.  Take it easy.

Matt
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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2007, 11:40:17 PM »
Hey Jonathon... congrats.   I think the world is a better place with your breath to carry your words.

Scott
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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: turning in my rebreather mask today
« Reply #28 on: March 20, 2007, 11:52:01 PM »
Jonathan,

Happy to hear of the progress!  When you breathe better, we breathe better....  hoping for continued improvement from one of our most remarkable voices.

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD

 


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