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Author Topic: A bad day and a bank run  (Read 1583 times)

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Offline komnaes

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A bad day and a bank run
« on: September 24, 2008, 11:07:31 PM »
I just spent the last few days locked up in (boring) meetings in Beijing, breathing the air that has returned to its unbelievably polluted level after the Olympics and avoiding all drinks with milk it them. Then a class A typhoon (hurricane) hit Hong Kong and my flight back home yesterday was delayed for 3 hours and I had to spend an additional 2 hours on the plane because it couldn't land in weather conditions that had turned severe again even after the typhoon had left.

And I have been coughing like crazy (no, not PCP, just a bad flu, my doctor said)..

And when I landed, there were 17 voice messages and 8 of them were from my mother. Apparently there were rumors circulating on the internet and SMS were spreading like crazy over the mobile network that the largest locally owned bank was about to collapse because of its alleged exposure to AIA. The bank run apparently was triggered by some malfunctioning ATM machines which connections were cut by severe weather.

All my mother's (i.e. family's) saving in fixed deposits is in that bank. She was lining up outside the local branch for hours in total panic. By the time I landed the bank had closed for the day (6.30pm) and I had to assure her over the phone again and again that the bank was "too big to fall" (not rather convincingly, as I at the point didn't have enough information about what was going on to not also feel worried.. after all it's mostly my money too). It was of course mostly that psychological fear in her that our family was cruised.. etc etc, hubby died of AIDS, she's HIV and now that one son she can relay on is HIV+ like her. Not illogical for her to think that the losing her life saving is part of our endgame.

So things (with the bank) have somewhat returned to normal this morning.. and I have to take a day off..

oh well, life goes on.. ;)
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

Offline Robert

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Re: A bad day and a bank run
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2008, 01:11:46 AM »
shaun.

I don't know what to say.  You've had a bad day, that's for sure. 

One day off?  I think you should take the rest of the week.  Dr's orders~~

robert
..........

Offline pozmnguy

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Re: A bad day and a bank run
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2008, 02:16:25 AM »
Wow I thought I had a bad day!  Hang in there!
3/08   Diagnosed
4/08  CD4  34           VL     537,000   Started Atripla
5/08  CD4 144    8%  VL        1,010
9/08  CD4 141    8%  VL            60

Offline joemutt

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Re: A bad day and a bank run
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2008, 04:27:51 AM »
Wow! Are the film rights still available?
Makes my runny stomach suddenly feel banal.
You and mum take care.

Offline komnaes

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Re: A bad day and a bank run
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2008, 04:40:29 AM »
Thanks guys, I can tell from real experiences now that being told you might loss your life saving is NO WHERE near as devastating as being told that you're tested HIV positive.

Makes my runny stomach suddenly feel banal.

Hey Joe, I thought that side effect had somewhat subsided? Wish you well!
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

Offline joemutt

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Re: A bad day and a bank run
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2008, 06:41:34 AM »
Mmm more a side effect of eating crabcakes, steak bearnaise frites and warm chocolate pudding
two days ago in Phuket. I just let myself go... ::)

Offline komnaes

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Re: A bad day and a bank run
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2008, 08:13:05 AM »
Mmm more a side effect of eating crabcakes, steak bearnaise frites and warm chocolate pudding
two days ago in Phuket. I just let myself go... ::)

.. which reminds me we should go out for a big meal next time I go to Bangkok.. ;)

Shaun
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

Offline bear60

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Re: A bad day and a bank run
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2008, 08:38:45 AM »
Shaun
I agree...you need a vacation. (So do I.)

Joel
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline jennynyc7

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Re: A bad day and a bank run
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2008, 09:38:49 AM »
sheeeesh, yeah that pretty much sounds like it sucked. Hope the rest of your week (end) goes better.

J
12/24/07-infected
1/3/08-ARS began
2/12/08-diagnosed
Initial Vl=99000
CD4=585
2/14/08-began Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir
3/01/08=Swapped Reyataz for Viramune
5/1/08:     vl= undetectable
                cd4=1250
10/24/08:  vl=undetectable
                cd4=1172 (55%)

12/4/08:    vl=254 (hopefully just a small blip)
                cd4=1234

Offline BT65

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Re: A bad day and a bank run
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2008, 12:27:49 PM »
Wow, Shaun.  I hope you do something really enjoyable on your day off.  {{HUG}}
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

 


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