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Author Topic: NYT Magazine -- Lives "A Thousand Drops"  (Read 716 times)

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NYT Magazine -- Lives "A Thousand Drops"
« on: March 08, 2009, 04:54:42 PM »
Each weekend the New York Times Magazine ends with a one page essay.  Today's, by Bernard Cooper, was adapted from a memoir about life with his partner.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/magazine/08lives-t.html?ref=todayspaper

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
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Re: NYT Magazine -- Lives "A Thousand Drops"
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2009, 08:51:11 PM »
beautiful in a very sad way

i was just thinking back to one year ago this evening. It has just taken me an hour to drive back to the hospital (normally a 10-min trip) after checking on the house and the dogs in the middle of a 26-in blizzard. Earlier in the day, the doctor had told us that Jim had AIDS.

I spent many hours over the next few days listening to the ticks of the IV machines, watching the antibiotics and blood dripping through the tubes, unable to understand anything I saw on the TV sets that I passed in the hospital lounge. The images, loud and overpowering, of an existence that I wasn't a part of anymore. Just five days later, when we should have been celebrating my 46th birthday, we were told Jim also had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

It's weird now, reliving and reviewing the events of last year. Each day I read an entry from my blog and recall the horrors, cry a little, and reflect on how far I have come back, living a life without Jim. This year as I turn 47 (on the 14th) I'll be celebrating 47 days without a cigarette.  ;D After the cake and hoopla though, I'll be reading the next blog entry. There's an entry for the 60 horrible days Jim suffered in the hospital and then another 9 days while I cared for him at our home. God, I miss my Jim.
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


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