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Offline AndyArrow

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Good News
« on: December 02, 2008, 03:06:29 PM »
After changing my medicine regime completely and dealing with some major problems with my esophagus, things are finally get back to ďnormalĒ.   
 
My esophageal stricture was being controlled enough with dilations every three weeks that I was able to have my feeding tube removed in July.  Itís so wonderful being able to wear normal shirts and not worrying about it showing through or worse the tape failing and falling down. It actually happened once while I was walking through Walgreens going to pick up meds.  I was walking along and didnít notice right away that this 12Ē clear plastic tube swing down from my stomach.    It was just a tad embarrassing trying to tuck it back in my shirt (with everyone pretending like they weren't staring) and trying to get the tape to hold long enough until I was home to apply new tape.  Now, I am free of the feeding tube and at the point where I can go every couple of months without having a dilation performed.

Then after just recently visiting my ID doctor I found out my CD4 count is now up to 208.  I finally broke through the 200 mark.  I have been undectable for a while but that CD4 count just wouldnít budge.  Itís a great holiday present.  Yesterday was the first big snow fall where I had to get out and use the snow blower and today itís time start putting up all the decorations.  Normal is a very good feeling.

Hugs to everyone here.  You all helped so much whether you know me or not.  It has been your words of support, friendship and stories made me laugh and cry.  It is amazing how one year can make such a huge difference. 

Now, if 20 January will hurry up and get here Iíll be a happy and healthy!
AA
It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: Good News
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2008, 06:07:20 PM »
Well... Congratulations!  although that seems a little inadequate to the occasion  :)

What great news for you before the holidays ... and a pretty inspiring story for the rest of us.

Be well
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%

Online Miss Philicia

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Re: Good News
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2008, 06:54:05 PM »
Glad to hear that you are doing better, Andy
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline Longislander

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Re: Good News
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2008, 06:59:29 PM »
That's incredible news!!

Enjoy your holidays!
infected 10/05 diagnosed 12-05
2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Good News
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2008, 07:19:45 PM »
Hello Andy,



Then after just recently visiting my ID doctor I found out my CD4 count is now up to 208.  I finally broke through the 200 mark.  I have been undectable for a while but that CD4 count just wouldn’t budge.  It’s a great holiday present. 

Hello Andy,

Thats Great news !! Glad to hear that things are going better for you. Enjoy the holidays...


Take care-----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 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 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline BT65

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Re: Good News
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2008, 08:38:44 PM »
Andy, that's wonderful news.  I'm glad you didn't exagerate the detail also. ;)

Congrats on the numbers, and have a wonderful holiday season.  (And, I know about the snow we just had; remember we're not too far away from each other).
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Good News
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2008, 05:37:38 AM »
Thanks everyone

and yes, I do remember that we are close BT and did edit myself just a little bit for your comfort level.  They usually take about 5 or 6 pictures each time I have one of those dilations so if you ever wanna see a really sexy esophagus lemme know.

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

Offline rondrond

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Re: Good News
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2008, 05:57:28 AM »
Thanks everyone

and yes, I do remember that we are close BT and did edit myself just a little bit for your comfort level.  They usually take about 5 or 6 pictures each time I have one of those dilations so if you ever wanna see a really sexy esophagus lemme know.

AA

Andy,
I'm glad to hear that you are doing so well.

Is there enough snow to make a SnowMan? Here in Texas, if it snow, it lasts for about a day. Only the truly gifted and determined manage to make a pile of white about 11"high.....
"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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