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Offline thunter34

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Good Numbers In Hand
« on: March 17, 2008, 03:08:10 PM »
Howdy, kids!  Been a few days since your Youth Pastor was with ya, but I've been occupied and now have some stuff to share with ya. 

First off, I went in to the doc's late last week and got it all arranged to start my new regimen.  I'll be dumping Kaletra (in a good way, this time) and the end of the month and switching to Reyetaz.  We discussed Prezista, Atripla and some other stuff, but decided to give this one a go for a bit to see how I liked it since it's the least amount of change from my current regimen and is most likely to give me the improvements I'm seeking without having to go through many major adjustments to dosing.  I'm down with that, and I can switch to something else if it doesn't do me right.  I got along quite famously with the meds nurse lady, and she gave me her numbers to keep on hand through the switching process so we can stay in good communication through it and evaluate how well I like it.  I'll keep her - and you folks, of course - posted.

Next, while I was there I got some suprising news.  I'm not usually the "post the numbers" sort, but this bit bears mention.  I somehow missed getting my last results, and it turns out that they've shown some pretty cool improvements.  I've been hovering in the "just below 300" range with my CD4 counts for years now, but my last labs had a suprising bolt upward!  Dig this:

CD4:  457 (which was actually a little down from 498!)
CD4 %:  27

CD8:  738
CD8%:  44

CD3:  1250
CD3%:  75


CD4/CD8 (HELP / SUPP) RATIO:  0.62  (0.90 - 3.80 is the normal range)

LYMPHOCYTE COUNT:  1671.0  (1.000.0 - 4000.0 is the normal range)


So I've actually had a big boost for a few months now without knowing it!  And though I am still ever so slightly below "normal"  right now, I had actually bumped into that range a few months back (and may actually be in there now).  So, ya know...."Go ME!" and all that.   :)

Lastly, there was some sweet icing on this little cake when later in the day I got the number for the oh-so-cute little fella that I met at my friend's house.  As it turns out, we got together on Saturday and spent all of the night and into the next day together.  Honey, let me tell ya:  it was an oh so fabulous all out Smoochin' & Snugglin' Huggy Cuddly Extravaganza!TM  I haven't had that high of a dose of pure warm affection thrown at me in years, to put it bluntly.  And I'm still humming about it now some 24 hours later.  It's well established that I'm one cock crazy queen and love teh sex, but nothing sends me to the moon like that kind of prime kissin' and lovin'.  He's got a three day weekend coming up starting this Thursday night and sounds like he wants to spend them all with me..... :)

So, hopefully, you folks won't hear much from me for a few days this next weekend either...and you'll know where I am.  I've been in a funk spot for a little while and really needed to have some sudden jolts of "good" thrown at me, and I'm so thankful for it.  Wish me some luck that this upturn continues, ok?
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008, 03:15:34 PM »
Congrats on the numbers... especially the one for the hottie! 
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 Matty the Damned

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2008, 03:16:09 PM »
Hehehe. Kissin' and cuddlin'. You make the abominable sin of sodomy sound so sweet YPT. :)

MtD

Offline Dachshund

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2008, 03:22:46 PM »
Excellent news puddin'

 :-*

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2008, 03:41:50 PM »
Great news!    :-*
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2008, 04:31:41 PM »
Good news Timmy

Nothing like a bit of kissin' and cuddlin' to warm the heart.

Why is it when I close my eyes I can see a good bottle of wine, a log fire and can hear Barry White crooning in the background....sound like spring is in the air over there... ;)

big hugs
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Offline Iggy

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2008, 04:51:02 PM »
Tim,

That really is fantastic news on the numbers and I'm happy for you!


Offline StrongGuy

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2008, 04:56:32 PM »
Glad to hear all the great news!

Enjoy the new man (sounds yummy) and good luck with the med switch!

:)
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2008, 05:25:56 PM »
Superb news on the labs, Tim. Happy for ya.
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Offline Texan38

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2008, 06:07:14 PM »
Congrats on the numbers and cheers to one helluva weekend you've got cumming up!  ;)
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2008, 06:23:03 PM »
Great news baby.  You have fun this upcoming 3-day weekend. :-*
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Offline Snowangel

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2008, 07:26:17 PM »
Congrats on your numbers and your new fella!  Here's to keeping it hummin :)
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Offline sharkdiver

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2008, 07:33:28 PM »
awesome

and here''s to getting many more good "jolts"

Sharkie  ;)
« Last Edit: March 17, 2008, 07:44:45 PM by sharkdiver »

Offline cocoboogie

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2008, 07:43:22 PM »
Tim,

It is awesome to read good news from you.  I hope the new meds work well for you.  Enjoy your 3 day weekend, you deserve it. Take care
Date    CD4  VL
11/07  20     56,000 started chemo for KS
4/08    12     60,000 started Kaletra and Truvada
5/08    14     820
6/08    19     Undetectable stopped chemo
7/08   149    Undetectable  
8/09   247    undetectable
6/10   498    undetectable
1/11   408    undetectable
4/11   402    undetectable  
5/11   511    undetectable
11/11  599   undetectable
7/12    439   undetectable
3/13     479 undectectable
9/13 645  undectectable

Offline newt

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2008, 07:56:12 PM »
Methinks the numbers in hand refers to inches not CD4 counts  :)

Good un

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Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2008, 07:59:48 PM »
just curious, why didn't he like Prezista for you?

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Offline fearless

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2008, 10:48:45 PM »
yeah, great news Tim   :P
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Offline thunter34

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2008, 11:06:05 PM »
Hey!  Thanks, everybody! 

To answer the Prezista question:  The docs said they preferred to try to hold off on the Prezista because it tends to have a different mutation profile than the others, meaning that they'd like to think about whipping it out if / when resistance develops for the others.  Still, as I do not currently have resistance to anything, it is a viable option right now if I turn yellow with the Reyetaz and it doesn't fade away within a few weeks.  I believe they said that can happen in about 10% of cases, so we'll see.  The Reyetaz option was the most minimal switch option that would still possibly offer relief from the sides I've been experiencing.  I could even go back to Kaletra in a worst case scenario since I am leaving it of my own accord and not due to failure, so I am actually in a very good place treatment-wise.  All options are still on the table for me.  I can only be thankful for that.
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2008, 02:35:15 AM »
Thunter Bunny---

I knew you would be back if only briefly to tell us the great news on both fronts. Congrats and I am happy for you... :-*
Started Atripla/Ziagen on 9/13/07.
10/31/07 CD4-265 VL- undetectable
2/6/08 CD4- 401 VL- undetectable
5/7/08 CD4- 705 VL- undetectable
6/4/08 CD4- 775 VL- undetectable
8/6/08 CD4- 805 VL- undetectable
11/13/08 CD4- 774 VL--undetectable
2/4/09  CD4- 484  VL- 18,000 (2 months off meds)
3/3/09---Starting Back on Meds---
4/27/09 CD4- 664 VL-- undetectable
6/17/09 CD4- 438 VL- 439
8/09 CD4- 404 VL- 1,600
01-22-10-- CD4- 525 VL- 59,000
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2008, 10:22:26 AM »
if I turn yellow with the Reyetaz and it doesn't fade away within a few weeks.

Hmmmm, I've been on Reyataz since 2003 - that explains why my eyes glow in the dark!  :D   I just drink some beer then my eyes turn red!  ;D 
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Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2008, 05:16:23 PM »
Timmy Dear,

The labs and the numbers all sound good but..  ;D Spring in the Air at Youth Pastor Tims  ;D Tell us everything, Have the best day
Michael

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2008, 03:05:23 AM »
we got together on Saturday and spent all of the night and into the next day together.  Honey, let me tell ya:  it was an oh so fabulous all out Smoochin' & Snugglin' Huggy Cuddly Extravaganza!TM  I haven't had that high of a dose of pure warm affection thrown at me in years, to put it bluntly. 

Oh, please.
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2008, 04:33:38 AM »
Hey my man

Congrats on the numbers

                                      Lucas

Offline thunter34

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2008, 01:49:16 PM »
Oh, please.

Tis true.  And we got together this past Friday and Saturday - and it was even better than the first go 'round.  YPT is falling in....um....um.....serious like.
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2008, 03:11:58 PM »
Tim,

I'm so happy for you, on both accounts.  You really deserve it!  Here's a Snoopy Dance for you:

http://www.darkharbor.com/snoopydance/

Now get out of here and enjoy your 3-day weekend...

Hugs,

Henry


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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2008, 03:13:26 PM »
YPT is falling in....um....um.....serious like.

God help you.
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2008, 03:44:36 PM »
Make sure you consult the Oracle of Delphi before signing your life away this time.
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #27 on: April 04, 2008, 12:13:03 PM »
Off to get my new witch's brew of Reyataz / Norvir today!  Still, I've got two doses of Kaletra left and this ADAP queen ain't scrapping a pill, so I will be officially starting that regimen on Saturday evening.  Also might be getting with John this weekend...dunno yet.  Kinda depends on how things pan out and how I'm feeling in relation to this new meds dealie, etc.  Hope so, though.

TTFN!
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2008, 12:25:39 PM »
Off to get my new witch's brew of Reyataz / Norvir today!  Still, I've got two doses of Kaletra left and this ADAP queen ain't scrapping a pill, so I will be officially starting that regimen on Saturday evening.  Also might be getting with John this weekend...dunno yet.  Kinda depends on how things pan out and how I'm feeling in relation to this new meds dealie, etc.  Hope so, though.

TTFN!

good luck on all fronts.

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2008, 12:42:27 PM »
Enjoy turning yellow!  When it happens we'll have to insist on pictures.
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #30 on: April 04, 2008, 01:37:32 PM »
Enjoy turning yellow!  When it happens we'll have to insist on pictures.
LOL funny

I turned yellow eyed.

Best of luck hun.

I hope this excellent upswing continues for you.

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #31 on: April 04, 2008, 01:50:52 PM »
Good luck with the new meds, Timmy.  And have fun with John if you see him.
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #32 on: April 04, 2008, 02:21:44 PM »
Please re-title this thread 8 inches in hand  ;D

Or something else more acurate...

Seriously, good luck, glowing yellow Simpsonitis is unusual, a bit of yellowing to sart, yes, but here's hoping....

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #33 on: April 04, 2008, 04:00:58 PM »
No idea how I missed this....

but-

CONGRATS on all fronts!  So happy for you!

My bf still deals with the yellowing a bit from the reyataz, but we've found with some careful wardrobe color choices the affect can be somewhat minimized. :)

Good luck!

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #34 on: April 05, 2008, 07:46:20 PM »
Congrats with the numbers and your cutie.   But ... "slightly below normal" ... I would have thought miles from normal but in very good company  :-*

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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #35 on: April 05, 2008, 08:24:54 PM »
Oooooh.   Yeah, baby.  That's right. Yeah, that's right. 

Within the hour, I'm gonna take every bit of it.  Oh, yes...I will.  Gonna take it all in.

And I'm gonna swallow, too.




(The Reyataz & Norvir.  Wish me luck!)
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« Reply #36 on: April 06, 2008, 08:12:18 AM »
Teasing whore.
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Re: Good Numbers In Hand
« Reply #37 on: April 06, 2008, 03:30:32 PM »
Made me laugh

 


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