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Offline AlanBama

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #50 on: May 09, 2008, 10:39:49 AM »
I am so glad you are still amongst us. You understand.

I certainly do understand Hermie.   Love & hugs to you, always...

Alan
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Offline kayakinteddy

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #51 on: May 10, 2008, 10:06:39 PM »
Nice to see all of you here!  Been wondering where you were hanging out...

I was diagnosed just as the PI's were hitting the market, but lived in a remote part of Canada w/o access.  The Michael Callen article rings true and brings back memories.  I, too, remember those f***ing signs on hospital room doors when I would visit friends.  Got thrown out of Yale for removing them and reposting them on the nurses station- no sense of humor there!  I could do w/o remembering cooling my face off on the tile floor in the bathroom where I spent far too much time getting sick due to AZT. 

Had 33 T-cells up until 3 years ago.  Couldn't tolerate most of the early meds side effects and on many levels never felt like I had much to fight for.  Then I found the courage to transition from female to male and poof, suddenly I cared if I grew old.  Now living as male and having a great time.  I have 400+ T-cells and a whole lot of chest hair.   ;D  Apparently liking oneself plays a huge roll in survival... at least in mine it did.

Pleasure to meet all of you...
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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #52 on: May 10, 2008, 10:11:01 PM »
welcome to the forums Teo.... Nice to meet ya
« Last Edit: May 10, 2008, 10:14:57 PM by jg1962 »

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #53 on: May 10, 2008, 10:13:08 PM »
Welcome to the forums, Teo.  Hope to hear more from you.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #54 on: May 11, 2008, 02:15:12 AM »
Greetings teo,

There are a lot of very friendly and helpful people here.  I hope we read more from you.

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #55 on: May 11, 2008, 08:50:30 AM »
Welcome, Teo!  Glad you found our site.  Your story sounds very inspiring, and I hope we hear more from you going forward.

Peter

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #56 on: May 11, 2008, 04:59:21 PM »
Hello Teo,


Welcome to the forums. It's good to hear from ya !


All the best-----Ray

Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
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http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #57 on: June 09, 2008, 01:35:37 PM »
Ok anyone want to reminisce about the good ol' days of DDI?  After trying unsuccessfully to stay on DDI for 3 months--and bitching to my doc about it, he ACTUALLY tried a tablet (about the size of a Necco Wafer then--but coated in battery acid).  It took him all of about 2 minutes before he blew chow and agreed we'd have to 'find something else' for me ;-)  Gods--I LOVED that doc!   

Offline Winiroo

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #58 on: June 09, 2008, 06:19:12 PM »
LOL he actually took one huh?  too funny

Offline MarcoPoz

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #59 on: June 10, 2008, 09:28:39 AM »
He TOTALLY tried one!  I was bitching--he said "you'll adjust"--I said--YOU take one then, so he did!  This same doc used to give me prescriptions for "A day at the library", "A day flyfishing", "An hour extra sleeping in" and a few other self-care kinds of things because he thought I was lousy at stress reduction and that I worked too hard.

Because of him, I now judge all my caregivers by how easy it is to REALLY talk to them.  Keeps me open and honest and hopefully pulls them outta their shell too.

I run a training program for physicians and nurses to assist them in discussing prevention issues with their HIV positive patients.  It's a real hoot to see them crossing that bridge from really wanting to be useful in a 'scary' area, to being comfortable discussing sex ;-)

I like to think that my interaction with my first ID doc helped move me to do this kind of work.

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #60 on: August 04, 2008, 12:06:24 AM »
I think Any one who thinks they are an LTR , they are an LTR.
I am happy to see the group is growing! Go US!
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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #61 on: August 04, 2008, 06:08:10 PM »
ddI is one I never took.  But ddC -- yikes.   I was on a clinical trial with it in 1992, I believe....so was taking that plus AZT.   The damage it did to my feet was incredible.

For several years, the only shoes I could wear were those cheap slip-on rubber soled tennis shoes ("Deck shoes") but not NICE deck shoes, like TopSiders....these were the Wal-Mart / Target kind.

My feet are still damaged, but the nerves have regenerated somewhat over the years....I'm very lucky.   They still give me a pretty good bit of trouble, but it's mostly related to DVT issues, and not the PN.

I used to LOVE shoes.   I had a zillion pair.   Little sleek European loafers...kilties...tassles...penny loafers.....bucks....wing-tips.....  Lord, now when I buy shoes it is a 'gamble', because I really cannot tell by trying them on in the store if I will be able to actually wear them.   I have about a 50-50 track record.   I lucked up this weekend and bought some kiltie tassle loafers, and I actually WORE them to work today (and can still walk!)  So it's a banner day here....LOL.     I grew up wearing (and LOVING) Bass Weejuns.   I bought me some a few months ago....if I built myself a pair of sandles from barbed wire and razor blades, they could not hurt any more than those Weejuns.   Just cannot wear them now.  :'(
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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #62 on: August 04, 2008, 06:21:37 PM »
Alan, I used to love to wear high heels, but with my PN and broken kneecaps, I can't even stand in them.  (plus, I'm 5'9", so why was I wearing them in the first place; to strip I guess). ;)
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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #63 on: August 04, 2008, 06:36:31 PM »

The good news is that at its current recommended dose, 600mg/day, it's a much more tolerable drug, and rarely causes anemia.  Even so, there are better nukes now, and I wouldn't recommend it as a first-line therapy.


For me 600mg/day caused anemia, but switching from Combivir to 400mg AZT + 300mg Epivir worked just fine for more than eight years except for some signs of wasting and elevated cholesterol levels. I understand that people who have experienced the AZT monotherapy are negative, but the drug certainly has its uses in a HAART regimen.

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #64 on: August 04, 2008, 07:27:23 PM »
  (plus, I'm 5'9", so why was I wearing them in the first place; to strip I guess). ;)

LMAO!  :D  Thank you for making me laugh today, Betty! I didn't expect a comment like this to pop up on this thread which I was taking too seriously.
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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #65 on: August 04, 2008, 09:36:21 PM »
Catman, didn't you know Betty is our stripper with a heart of gold?   LOL   she really IS !   ;D

Betty, I used to wear high heels myself....but that's a WHOLE different story!
(yes I did drag for a short stint in the late 70's)  I've showed my pics to some (Herman for one)  He got a kick out of seeing Veronica Rush.....me at 6'2" wearing 5" sandals....(size 13)  LOL

I have some pretty good "glamour" shots; fun to look back on.   When I was wild, young, crazy, innocent (kind of) and we had never HEARD of AIDS.

 :-*

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #66 on: August 04, 2008, 09:56:14 PM »
Mini was on DDI, but it was liquid form.  It came as a powder, but the pharmacist had to mix it with Malox before we picked it up.  Mini liked the black cherry flavor..LOL.  When she did her 5mth stent in the hospital, a class of student nurses was assigned to patients.  Part of their assignment was to take whatever oral meds the kids had to take.  At that time, Mini was on liquid Kaletra, Zerit, and powdered Viracept.  We mixed the Zerit and Kaletra then added milk.  When I mixed the student's dosage, the head nurse wouldn't let me cut with milk.  That poor girl turned a lovely shade of green.  She came back 2 days later and told us that food still didn't taste right. 

Mum  (of course I laughed at her!)

ps: great picture, Alan :-*
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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #67 on: August 04, 2008, 10:09:30 PM »
Greetings All, 8)

I'm brand new to this forum. Been poz since '88, seeing the devastating effects of the epidemic while living in SF. So, I've seen a lot, been thru a lot, and lost soooo many friends & a lover that I stopped counting. :'(
Ah....the days of AZT brings back non too pleasant memories. I'll leave it at that: been there, done that.

Ciao for now,
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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #68 on: August 04, 2008, 10:24:48 PM »
Va va va voom Alan

You looked like a living doll.  ;D

Much more attractive than my late husband in drag. Poor thing looked like his mother.  :P

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #69 on: August 04, 2008, 10:35:57 PM »
Wendy, here's the "2000" version.....we had a 25th reunion of all former Miss Vulcan's (camp drag pageant) in Birmingham.....

I look like Ann Miller on steroids..... LOL

definitely too old for this foolishness (and this was 8 years ago!)

When my older brother (also gay) saw this, it scared him because he said I looked so much like our Mother!   I'm sure she never wore so much paint or curb-feelers (eye lashes)  LOL

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #70 on: August 04, 2008, 10:57:21 PM »
Alan,

You are seriously oozing fabulous in that shot, darling. :-*

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #71 on: August 04, 2008, 11:35:55 PM »
I posted these on a whim; will probably regret it later on, Matty!  LOL

Fun to look back and laugh; hard to believe that was me (esp the 1979 one).
I did some stupid stuff, but wouldn't trade those carefree fun times for anything.....

hugs & kisses,

Alan
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« Reply #72 on: August 05, 2008, 07:18:38 AM »
Alan, you look wonderful in both those pictures!  Wow.
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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #73 on: August 05, 2008, 08:14:32 AM »
Nothing beats a Southern drag queen. You still look like you can fit in a six Miss Thing. You look divoon dahling.

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #74 on: August 05, 2008, 08:23:25 AM »
oh yes  :)

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« Reply #75 on: August 05, 2008, 08:24:29 AM »
Patsy Cline.

That's who Alan reminds me of in the last shot. Miss Patsy Cline. :)

MtD

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« Reply #76 on: August 05, 2008, 09:57:48 AM »
It was 2000, we were having our Miss Vulcan 25th Reunion Show in Birmingham....my friend Jack worked at the Julia Tutwiler (classy hotel) and set me up there.   When it came time to go out to the club, I thought I could 'slip' out unnoticed...but they were having a HUGE wedding reception in the lobby.   I had to stroll through there in cocktail drag.   :D

Thanks Matty, Betty and Aunty, but I think the "divoon" has slipped more into "baboon" for poor old VR   :'(

We had a great time that night.    Saw people I had not seen in over 20 years, and a good majority of them thought I was dead anyway!   Surprised the hell out of them when I took the stage, doing "Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" by Donna Fargo.....LOL
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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #77 on: August 05, 2008, 11:10:08 AM »
Still quite the beauty  ;D

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #78 on: August 05, 2008, 08:20:56 PM »
Catman, didn't you know Betty is our stripper with a heart of gold?   LOL   she really IS ! :-*

 Alan;
     I thought Betty said that comment of her high heels as a joke! Then when I read your reply to my comment and I saw the picture you posted I thought that was HER with a late 70's look! Lol. I sort of got lost with the flow until reading all the replies and sorted the whole thing up ??? I did get confused. But, I do agree with MtD, you did remind me of Patsy Cline!  ;D You must of had a blast back then!
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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #79 on: August 06, 2008, 10:35:42 AM »
Alan honey, you look fabo! ;D Both photos are great.

I tried drag once. It was Halloween. Good thing, too, cause I was SCARY!

I looked like a cross between Ethyl Merman and Charles Manson. Not pretty.

Ah, those memories.  ;)

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #80 on: August 06, 2008, 10:43:20 AM »
Wow.  How did I miss this "dripping with win" turn of events in this thread?
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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #81 on: August 06, 2008, 11:10:55 AM »
Philicia....we assume you know that drag helps one survive the trials and tribulations of being just another tired old AIDS infected queen. Why just last week...oh never mind.
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« Reply #82 on: August 06, 2008, 11:31:11 AM »
When I was bartending at a local gay bar they had turnabout night , the drag queens dressed as men and the bartenders had to do the drag shows .

I was so ugly the drag queens named me Amber Alert .

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« Reply #83 on: August 06, 2008, 11:43:25 AM »
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Thats hilarious...lets do it. Winni and Mum will be the (gay) men and do "drag king" and we will be drag queen versions of winni and mum...lulz ::) ::) ::)
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« Reply #84 on: August 06, 2008, 11:50:06 AM »
 LOL Bear... I took allot of vodka to get me up on that stage , I don't think I could stand the hangover at this ripe old age .

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« Reply #85 on: August 06, 2008, 12:36:25 PM »
LOL Bear... I took allot of vodka to get me up on that stage , I don't think I could stand the hangover at this ripe old age .

I'll do your hair....I had lot's of practice doing big hair with Granny....
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1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

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« Reply #86 on: August 06, 2008, 12:43:50 PM »
I'll do your hair....I had lot's of practice doing big hair with Granny....

Ill need two hairdo's , I wear short skirts  :o

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #87 on: August 06, 2008, 12:48:15 PM »
Ill need two hairdo's , I wear short skirts  :o


..double edge or electric?....
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

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« Reply #88 on: August 06, 2008, 12:51:17 PM »

..double edge or electric?....

Weed eater , I told ya I was ugly. ::)

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« Reply #89 on: August 06, 2008, 01:08:38 PM »
Weed eater , I told ya I was ugly. ::)

  ;D
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #90 on: August 08, 2008, 02:07:57 AM »
Call me sheltered, but I had never heard false eyelashes referred to as "curb feelers."  I just about fell out of my chair when I read that.

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #91 on: August 08, 2008, 10:31:07 AM »
Oh lord yes honey; I used to wear 3 pairs of curb feelers on top, and either 1 or 2 on bottom (yes, they make BOTTOM false eyelashes)     I was 'old school' on a lot of drag technology.   Nowadays, they're all about being "real"; the most recent shows I've seen, they try to get up on stage in as little as possible (and most of them have NO business trying to go nude).
We wore bird seed bags (made of old nylon hose) for breasts.   Glued our fingernails on with Crazy Glue.   You talk about a mess....

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #92 on: August 08, 2008, 10:26:04 PM »
jg
Thats hilarious...lets do it. Winni and Mum will be the (gay) men and do "drag king" and we will be drag queen versions of winni and mum...lulz ::) ::) ::)

'LOL too funny.

When I met my late husband he was living with a couple of guys one of which was a drag queen.
I havent thought of them in a while. Gosh I just realised I cant remember if I know thier names.
How terrible is that?  I cant remember the drag name either.  :-\

One was Ron maybe? I'll have to think about it.

anywho they where nice... I hope they are still alive.

Offline Winiroo

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #93 on: August 09, 2008, 08:30:31 PM »
I remembered their names just a couple of hours later while I was washing my hair.  ;D

Offline heartforyou

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #94 on: August 12, 2008, 09:21:11 AM »
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ALAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN

You just made my day.
I would have given eveything to see you perform on stage... you looked so glorious... wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

thnx for posting this honey

love

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Offline PRMike

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #95 on: August 12, 2008, 12:24:04 PM »
Hi Everyone, Well I consider myself to be a long term survivor because I can pinpoint when I got infected which was back in 1980,,, I was an addict but I never shared needles, I always had a new one and after a year of using I got clean and went to Puerto rico and got back together with my wife and all was well ( Health wise ) until our break up in 1988, I then went to join the Army but I had a realy bad cough and the doctor told me to get better and come back in 2 weeks but before the 2 weeks were up my wife told me that she was using in California so I took a plane out there to go get my Daughter, that's when the Army told me that I was HIV+, so I could not join and then it blew my mind because I remembered when I got clean at the hospital and there was this young man that had Aids and was Dying, Now at that time I had no Idea what was Aids so I would sit and talk to him until one day I was told that he had passed away.. so I freaked out and started using Crystal Meth with my wife, now I must say that I never got sick and i did start Meds right away so my T-cells for the longest stayed around 500+ but then in 2001 my marriage was over and I started to use more and more and finally I got so tired of using that I tried to take myself out with an over dose of pills and I shot up a gram of Crystal Meth, I ended up in a coma for 14 days my T-cells were 6 and my viral load was 400,000 + and I weighed 99 Lbs, I was dying and I was wanted by my PO so when they were going to release me it was the PO's office that was coming to get me but thanks to a case worker I knew He got me into a Rehab program which saved my life and now in 2 Days I will have 6 years clean, I have been Undectable for the last 5 years and I feel great...
I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you want to live a long life you have to do a few things,, First of all take your Meds , second see your Doctor and most important of all STAY OFF DRUGS, they will only hurt you..
I will say that at times I get really lonely but someday I'll meet that woman
ok bye for now with much love and respect always PRMike
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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #96 on: August 12, 2008, 08:49:56 PM »
PRMike, again, congratulations on 6 years!  Don't look back.
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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #97 on: August 12, 2008, 09:29:05 PM »
PRMike, My God what a story! You are one of the lucky ones to have regained your health. Don't take it for granted and don't go back to drugs because you may not be so lucky the next time around. Continue to focus on the better things in life but don't fall back. "Adelante siempre, hombre!"
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Meow to the tree's
Meow to the end
of this dreadful disease...

Offline PRMike

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #98 on: August 12, 2008, 10:15:32 PM »
PRMike, again, congratulations on 6 years!  Don't look back.
Hi Bettytacy, thank you and I will not look back but I aslo will never forget where I came from .. ok so long for now as always your Friend PRMike
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Offline PRMike

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Re: Who Qualifies As a Longterm Survivor?
« Reply #99 on: August 12, 2008, 10:19:40 PM »
PRMike, My God what a story! You are one of the lucky ones to have regained your health. Don't take it for granted and don't go back to drugs because you may not be so lucky the next time around. Continue to focus on the better things in life but don't fall back. "Adelante siempre, hombre!"

Hi Catman, yeah that is just part of my story but I am glad that I got a second or should I say what I feel was my last chance to learn to live with out Drugs and I must say that i'm glad I took it... SI siempre para Adelante y Nunca para atras...
PRMike

 


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