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Offline David_CA

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An Anniversary of Sorts
« on: March 05, 2010, 10:25:18 PM »
Today marks 4 years since my HIV diagnosis.  It's odd, in a way.  It seems like so many things have changed.  When I think about it, though, it seems like so little has changed. 

I guess the biggest differences are that I've met a lot of wonderful people, been to some great places, and feel like I'm more aware of how fortunate I am.  I realize how loving and accepting my family and friends are and what a wonderful husband I have.  I better understand the issues that others have in terms of health care.  More than anything, I guess, I realize how ignorant I was of HIV and of people living with it.  One thing that's a bit odd to me is that the passing of our eldest cat (13.5 years old) earlier this week has been more difficult than accepting my having HIV. 

We didn't do really anything to celebrate this anniversary, though I did watch Pedro on Netflix.  I'd like to thank members on this site for the support I've received here.  It's been an integral part of dealing with my HIV / AIDS.  On thing I'm not happy about, though, is  the recent drop in my T-cells (in my sig. below); what's up with that?   ???  Anyway, here's to many more anniversaries.

David
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2010, 10:45:15 PM »
On thing I'm not happy about, though, is  the recent drop in my T-cells (in my sig. below); what's up with that?   ???  Anyway, here's to many more anniversaries.


If you look at your cd4s from '08 until now it's easy to see that 944 was simply and outlier.  Your numbers are really just very stable between ~650-750

Stop being greedy and enjoy your anniversary.
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Offline David_CA

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2010, 12:07:03 AM »
If you look at your cd4s from '08 until now it's easy to see that 944 was simply and outlier.  Your numbers are really just very stable between ~650-750

Stop being greedy and enjoy your anniversary.

Kinda funny hearing that from a size queen!   ;)  Comparing those numbers, yeah, I guess I am pretty stable in that respect.
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Offline tednlou2

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2010, 01:54:35 AM »
It seems strange to wish ya a happy anniversary--just doesn't seem right.  Happy Anniversary on your journey with this virus and many more happy and healthy ones.  That sounds better.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2010, 06:50:39 AM »
David,

I remember when you first joined this site. I can remember a topic you posted, shortly after you became diagnosed.  ( certain posts stick with me)  You were talking about driving your motorcycle, one day, and having to pull of the side of the road.  You were having a rough day that day, and you had to pull over to have that moment of grief. I am sure I responded to you back then, telling you that it was alright to do that, that you needed to do that. It was all a part of healing process, and moving on.

You've come a long way since then.  Your numbers are great. Just wishing you the best , and many more years of good health.  I,ve always said, that if you can't find something to smile or laugh, at everyday, your not living. I think your living pretty well.





Ray
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Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 8/25/14,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline Etay1207

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2010, 07:44:06 AM »
Happy Anniversary, Dave!  Many, many, many more to come!
POZ since 1999
1/07 tcells: 530 vl: 72,922 7/07 tcells: 542 vl: 26,577
9/08 tcells: 339 vl: 56,120  7/09 tcells: 267 vl: 663,160
11/09 tcells: 71 vl: 498,670 2/10 tcells: 52 vl: 322,000
 no meds and feeling great!

Offline bocker3

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2010, 08:35:50 AM »
David,

It's odd how the day of diagnosis sticks with us and makes us want to acknowledge it (can't really say celebrate).  I guess like other events with "anniversaries" it's a point that splits our lives into before and after. 
So, while I won't congratulate you on the anniversary -- I will congratulate you on your ability to accept your new "after" and to continue living your life with fun.

I don't consider this virus a blessing, but it has given me some gifts -- meeting you and your hubby once one of those.

Finally -- so very sorry about your cat -- I know how hard it is to lose a cherished pet. 

Hugs,
Mike
Atripla - Started 12/05
Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
Labs - Pre-Meds
Sep05 T=350/25% VL98,559
Nov05 288/18%  47,564
Current Labs
May2013 691/31% <20

Offline skeebo1969

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2010, 08:38:04 AM »

   David,

    It's been 4 years already?  Feels like I've seen you around for atleast twice that long...  Like Ray, I remember when you first joined and I've always been impressed with how strong you are.


   Thomas

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2010, 11:59:33 AM »
David,

I'm glad you're here. 

Hope you have lots more anniversaries.

Regards,

Henry
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Offline bear60

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2010, 12:03:08 PM »
Best Wishes for continued health and good companions, David. 

4 years goes by so quickly doesnt it.

Hugs
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Offline pozniceguy

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2010, 12:11:27 PM »
A sort of bittersweet anniversary   so happy that you have come so far and a little sad that you have the bug....    I am wishing you and Hubby many,many more years of happiness

the loss of a pet is a deep wound... they   just accept whatever /whomever you are


Nick
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Offline David_CA

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2010, 01:04:39 PM »
Thanks guys.  It's good to see the same support is here as was when I first joined... back on the old forums, in fact.  Yeah, four years does fly by.  I've enjoyed getting to know people online and, especially, in person at AMG's and otherwise.  Mike, I think you said it well:  "I don't consider this virus a blessing, but it has given me some gifts..."  I look forward to seeing you and your hubby in Vegas.  Hopefully, we'll have the same old gang with a lot of new attendees.

Ray, I do remember that day on the bike when I had to pull over.  Just as with losing a pet or a loved one, it's important to allow ourselves to go through whatever adjustment period we need with HIV.  It's not a punishment or something to feel ashamed about.  It's just the unfortunate result of an action or activity.  Whatever.  All we can do is accept what is and move on with it. 
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
You must be the change you want to see in the world.  Mahatma Gandhi

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2010, 01:04:56 PM »
Just a quick note to add:  your CD4 percentage has improved even though the number dropped.  Most experts say to watch the percentage...this is good news.  I know how hard it is to lose a cherished pet...there have been numerous ones in my life and I still miss them!

See you all in Vegas (Bonnie included I hope!)

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

Offline Ann

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2010, 01:48:00 PM »

Comparing those numbers, yeah, I guess I am pretty stable in that respect.


And look at your percent - that's the highest it's ever been! Drop in CD4s my foot! :) Nice numbers!

Ann
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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2010, 01:57:18 PM »
Happy Anhiversary

Offline WillyWump

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2010, 03:26:27 PM »


I guess the biggest differences are that I've met a lot of wonderful people, been to some great places, and feel like I'm more aware of how fortunate I am. 
David

David,

I find it hard to wish you a happy anniversary under the circumstances, So I wont.

But what I will do is echo your statement about meeting alot of wonderful people, and to let you know that for me one of those wonderful people is you. You're a stand up man and I enjoyed hanging with you and "the other David" in Boston.

Congrats on your 4 year milestone, I'm 2 years behind you :)

::clinks glass of wine against monitor::

-Will
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Last Labs-
11-6-14 CD4- 871, UD
6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2010, 04:07:21 PM »
Hi David

Like you I have meet some wonderful people and been to places I never thougth I would ever visit..and like Mike I will congratulate you on you accepting your status with grace...and just give you a big ole NZ hugs.

The only reason I celebrate on the day of my diagnosis (5th April 2002) is because my beautiful Border Collie girl Annie was born that day.

Hugs
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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2010, 05:10:39 PM »
i celebrate my diagnosis day for the same reason I'm about to be celebrating ageing (my bday is coming up soon) - because I made it this far! ;D! I was supposed to have died from that PCP way back on my 34th bday in 1996. Even yr I get older is a celebration of a year I never thought I'd have. Each time I pass my diagnosis day (12/16/92) is another time I can thumb my nose at HIV and claim to have "beaten" it another year (unlike my partners, and old friends, who have lost their battles).

So WooHoo! to you David. There's another year you've beat the bug with the drugs.
Happy Anniversary and 100 more!! ;D
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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2010, 05:19:42 PM »
David, Happy Anniversary!

I look on each anniversary of my diagnosis as another year above ground and enjoying the sunshine.

So, hell yes! Have a happy day, give your hubby a hug (and a squeeze) for me and toast the day because you're still here.

HUGS,

Mark
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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2010, 05:24:21 PM »
I couldn't tell you the date of my diagnosis if you waved a 10" cock in my face.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2010, 05:31:29 PM »
I couldn't tell you the date of my diagnosis if you waved a 10" cock in my face.

I thought Mexico City was our secret. ;)

I remember the month, not the day.

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2010, 05:46:52 PM »
I couldn't tell you the date of my diagnosis if you waved a 10" cock in my face.
I'm sure a 10" cock in your face would only have you wondering about future dates with it's owner.
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2010, 06:46:53 PM »
David, congrats on making it another year!  And my condolences concerning your cat's death.  Sorry those things have to happen. 
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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2010, 07:11:27 PM »
4years!
Keep 'em comin' Dave!
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10/10/12   CD4=378  %=32   VL=UD
5/10/12     CD4=426  %=32  VL=UD
11/15/11   CD4=296  %=29  VL=UD(20)
6/15/11     CD4=345  %=29  VL=UD(38)
3/15/11     CD4=317  %=31  VL=UD
12/1/10     CD4=315  %=28  VL=UD
8/11/10     CD4=250  %=25  VL=UD
6/10/10     CD4=380  %=24  VL=UD
3/4/10       CD4=340  %=22   VL=UD
1/11/10     CD4=312  %=22   VL =130
11/30/09   CD4=228  %=19  VL=1726
11/20/09    started atripla
10/15/09   CD4=281  %=18   VL=85,000

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2010, 08:39:55 PM »
Hi David,
I wish you many more years ahead...happy years, years filled with strength to live on and enjoy life to its fullest!!
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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2010, 08:46:16 PM »
I just realized my 1 year diagnosis anniversary is going to be during the Las Vegas AMG.  I'm pretty sure it's August 8th.

Anyway, I too hope you have many more ahead of you David.

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2010, 09:09:53 PM »
Many, many, many years of good health (and Cd4 above 700 :)) to you, David.
"I have tried hard--but life is difficult, and I am a very useless person. I can hardly be said to have an independent existence. I was just a screw or a cog in the great machine I called life, and when I dropped out of it I found I was of no use anywhere else."

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2010, 10:50:05 PM »
I just realized my 1 year diagnosis anniversary is going to be during the Las Vegas AMG.  I'm pretty sure it's August 8th.

Anyway, I too hope you have many more ahead of you David.

Ah! another perfect reason for us to celebrate in Vegas (as if we needed one).

-Will
POZ since '08

Last Labs-
11-6-14 CD4- 871, UD
6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

Current Meds: Prezista/Epzicom/ Norvir
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2010, 11:31:24 PM »
Don't forget these at the party!

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Offline clsoca

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #29 on: March 06, 2010, 11:32:57 PM »
David, it is nice to hear you are doing good at your 4th year mark. May you have many more years of successful results from your therapy. I only hope I am equal to you upon my 4th year anniversary.

Hey whats going on in Vegas by the way. I go to Vegas monthly. I usually stay at the Mirage. Its gay night there on Sunday nights at the Revolution. That place rocks.
10/07 Infected
11/07 Seroconversion
07/08 Tested Poz
07/08 VL 487  CD4 658  (No Meds)
10/08 VL 286  CD4 724  (No Meds)
01/24/09 VL 30,100   CD4 329 CD4 30% (No Meds)
02/06/09 VL 44,000   CD4 367 CD4 36%  Blood Work @ UCLA (No Meds)
02/06/09 VL 44,000   CD4 317 CD4 35% Blood Work @ USC (No Meds)
02/12/09 VL 52,000   CD4 297 CD4 29%
02/12/09  Started Atripla
04/01/09 VL 60  CD4 667   CD4 48%
06-05-09  VL UD CD4 427   CD4 39%

Offline YaKaMein

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #30 on: March 07, 2010, 01:03:15 AM »
Cheers to David! Glad you're still kicking it up strong. -YaKa
09/11 Endocrine Consult
08/11 CD4 328 14.9% VL 0
 Disc'd Bactrim DEXA -3.1 Tscore
03/11 CD4 338 14.7% VL 0
11/10 CD4 300 14.3% VL 0 <20copies
07/10 CD4 336 14.0% VL 0 DEXA -2.7 Tscore
03/10 CD4 308 13.4% VL 0 Vit D normal
01/10 Began FOTO
11/09 CD4 274 13.7% VL 0 Chol 173 Trig 131
07/09 CD4 324 13.5% VL 0 DEXA -3.1 Tscore lumbar
03/09 CD4 207 10.9% VL 0
11/08 CD4 227 10.3% VL 0 Chol 176 Trig 156
04/08 CD4 228 9.5% VL 0
01/08 CD4 194 9.0% VL 0
09/07 CD4 176 8.3% VL 0
03/07 CD4 130 9.5% VL 0 Chol 261  Trig 227
12/06 CD4 109 6.4% VL 0
09/06 CD4  88 5.5% VL und desens'd rtd to Bactrim
08/06  Began Atripla
07/06 CD4  59 5.0% VL 145 Chol 117 Trig 104
06/06  Bactrim rash, X2 Dapsone
 EFV & Truvada Chol 128 Trig 131
05/06 CD4  6 (2.0%) VL 78667 only V179D mutation Dx PC MAC

Offline tednlou2

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #31 on: March 07, 2010, 01:40:43 AM »
I'm sorry to hear about your cat.  My cat got sick with what we think was cancer or what they call Feline AIDS.  She died in my arms.  In some weird attempt to remember her, I video taped her last moments.  I have never watched it and don't plan to.  I don't even know why I did it---very grim.  My dog is now 14 and I dread going through that again.  I really don't think I will be able to handle it.

So, I just wanted to say I'm sorry for your loss.  They are our best friends and our children for those of us who don't have real kids.  

Offline blackwingbear

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #32 on: March 08, 2010, 04:32:29 AM »
Today marks 4 years since my HIV diagnosis.  It's odd, in a way.  It seems like so many things have changed.  When I think about it, though, it seems like so little has changed. 

Like others have stated, congratulations sounds so weird... I'm glad you are still around and that I have the opportunity to get to know you! Many, many more!
It's all a sham. Politics is a big game, same as the media - and same as religion. The point is to distract & control. If we're looking at what they tell us is the "big issue", we're not looking at what they are doing. In time, there will be different causes and different minorities to pick-on. All in the name of keeping the system going, and the people distracted.

Offline Angel-Ronnie

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #33 on: March 08, 2010, 04:44:12 AM »
David, you have been doing great so far and been an inspiration to some but your courage to fight and deal with hiv has made you a spectacular person to know. Congrats seems blaze. keep going strong.

PS: May 25th it is my 4 years b-day living with hiv.
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In perfect love and perfect trust
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An' ye harm none, do what ye will.

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follow this with mind and heart,
Merry ye meet, and merry ye part.

Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #34 on: March 08, 2010, 04:31:08 PM »
You bring much grace to these forums.  Here's to many more anniversaries!
5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%

Offline AlanBama

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #35 on: March 10, 2010, 03:26:08 PM »
My oh my, time goes by so quickly; seems only yesterday we were welcoming you here honey.  I was always so proud of the way you accepted and dealt with your situation; very exemplary, for someone newly diagnosed.   Hope I was able to help you in some teeny tiny way, along your journey thus far.

Celebrate those milestones honey, they are well-deserved.

Many hugs,

Alan
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Offline David_CA

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #36 on: March 10, 2010, 03:37:01 PM »
My oh my, time goes by so quickly; seems only yesterday we were welcoming you here honey.  I was always so proud of the way you accepted and dealt with your situation; very exemplary, for someone newly diagnosed.   Hope I was able to help you in some teeny tiny way, along your journey thus far.

Celebrate those milestones honey, they are well-deserved.

Many hugs,

Alan
Thanks Alan (and everybody else, too)!  You were helpful.  I remember us PM'ing about camping in GA way back when I first joined... it sure has gone by very quickly, that's for sure.  I know it's easier said than done, but what else is there to do but to accept and move forward.  What helped a lot was hearing the experiences of those who've been dealing with this and learning from them.  To know that my situation in terms of HIV wasn't really unique was comforting.   :)

edited to add: 
Also, thanks for the thoughts about our cat; she is missed by hubby and I as well as her feline siblings.
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Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #37 on: March 10, 2010, 04:47:13 PM »
Thanks Alan (and everybody else, too)!  You were helpful.  I remember us PM'ing about camping in GA way back when I first joined...

Next time y'all come by GA to go camping, ya ought to drop-by and visit!
It's all a sham. Politics is a big game, same as the media - and same as religion. The point is to distract & control. If we're looking at what they tell us is the "big issue", we're not looking at what they are doing. In time, there will be different causes and different minorities to pick-on. All in the name of keeping the system going, and the people distracted.

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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #38 on: March 10, 2010, 04:59:52 PM »
Next time y'all come by GA to go camping, ya ought to drop-by and visit!
LOL we're on the other side of the state (eastern side near SC) when we're camping.  Come on over and visit us!
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Re: An Anniversary of Sorts
« Reply #39 on: March 10, 2010, 06:38:59 PM »
LOL we're on the other side of the state (eastern side near SC) when we're camping.  Come on over and visit us!

Fair enough!
It's all a sham. Politics is a big game, same as the media - and same as religion. The point is to distract & control. If we're looking at what they tell us is the "big issue", we're not looking at what they are doing. In time, there will be different causes and different minorities to pick-on. All in the name of keeping the system going, and the people distracted.

 


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