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Author Topic: Good News vs Bad News  (Read 2177 times)

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Offline cocoboogie

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Good News vs Bad News
« on: May 17, 2008, 07:21:20 PM »
I just wanted to share the good news of my lastest lab results.

After 2 weeks on meds (Kaletra and Truvada) my VL has gone from 60,000 to 820.  So far, I havent experienced any side effects.  I was just real hungry in the beginning but that has calmed down.  My skin has started to clear and I am gaining my weight/confidence back.

I hope if there is anyone out there debating about starting meds or waiting to come to terms with being poz this help somehow helps.  I know I am lucky to have lived as long as I have without seeking medical attention.  Now, I regret I didnt start becoming more proactive with my health earlier.  I may have been so much healthier now.  But no sense crying over spilt milk.  I am glad I'm getting on track now.

The bad news.  Even though I feel great.  My white blood cell count has gone down below 1000.  I am also taking chemo for KS.  They could not administer the chemo because my white blood cell count was too low.  The doc said I could be experiencing immune reconstuction after my first 30 days of meds.  This is the first time I couldnt take chemo since starting last November.  I am concerned because I dont want the KS to come back. 

The doctor told me to come back next week to see if my white blood count has come above 1000 before they can give me any chemo.

So to anyone debating about starting meds, please start before you get an OI and hopefully your body will have one less battle to fight.

Thanks for all your support.
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 BT65

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Re: Good News vs Bad News
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2008, 08:19:55 PM »
Coco, congratulations on your lab results (well, the viral load anyway).  I hope your white blood cells bound back soon.
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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Good News vs Bad News
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2008, 11:35:25 PM »
Wow what a lot to be dealing with.  I'm glad to read your vl is dropping nicely and hopely your white blood cells will rebound.  Here's to a quick recovery!

It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

Offline Dragonette

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Re: Good News vs Bad News
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2008, 02:48:47 AM »
hi Coco,

nice to hear from you & esp that the drugs are working. it's amazing how effective they are in supressing the virus.

hoping the decline in white cells is a temporary setback, fingers crossed for you - good luck next week
"If you keep one foot in yesterday, and one in tomorrow, you piss all over today". Betty Tacy

Offline BlueMoon

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Re: Good News vs Bad News
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2008, 06:34:38 PM »
Good to see that you've begun the road to recovery.  Hopefully you will see a turnaround now that the virus is being suppressed.
08/10-- ......<40.....290.....42
05/10-- ......<48.....290.....46
02/10-- ......<48.....481.....44
10/09-- ......<48.....277.....46
07/09-- ......<48.....300.....38
05/09-- ........51.....449.....39
03/09-- Added Isentress
02/09-- ........65.....299.....34
11/08-- ........62.....242.....40
08/08-- ........66.....212.....29
05/08-- ......202.....217.....27
03/08-- ....5210.....187.....21
02/08-- Began Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir
12/07-- 273,000.....157.....22
11/07-- 229,000.....209.....22
10/07-- Diagnosis

It's a complex world.

Offline thunter34

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Re: Good News vs Bad News
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2008, 06:49:29 PM »
Just wanted you to know I had popped in on this thread, Coco!  Hang in there!
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