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Offline morethenhiv@gmail.com

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My AARP Card
« on: February 16, 2009, 02:26:41 PM »
My AARP Card

  A personal milestone arrived mixed in with the junk mail. My AARP card. To others it might be tossed aside but to me it was a validation of 50 years of life. While everyone I know who has, or is about to turn 50 wont admit it or cursed the day. I choose to celebrate it. After all having AIDS and staying as healthy as you can takes some work and stick-to-itivness. To think back in 1994 being in the hospital with PCP, thrush and 11 T-cells all the experts gave me 6 months to a year tops and Iím still here.
  What Iíve learned is usually by the time a person reaches 50 he/she has gone through some hard knocks tethered by lifeís obstacle-course both physically and emotionally. So there is always some common ground where people can relate to each other. Although HIV/AIDS has a distinction with a stigma and medical complications and I have gone though my share of these but for me reaching 50 means I got though it and have no intention of stopping now.
  Make no mistake; I will fight getting old all the way. I will use the hair dye, the age creams, and the vitamins. I will dress as cool as my wallet will let me, sing and dance as long as the music moves me. So Iíll send a note with my membership fee that there are more of us HIVers coming.


Offline aztecan

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Re: My AARP Card
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2009, 04:08:44 PM »
Hey morethanhiv,

I received my AARP card a few years ago. I love it. I never thought I would live to get one.

I found 50 to be a watershed year for me. I dropped all the keeping up the youth type stuff, well, for the most part,  ;), and started enjoying the skin I am in.

Oh, before I forget, welcome aboard. Glad you have joined in.

HUGS,

Mark

"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline morethenhiv@gmail.com

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Re: My AARP Card
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2009, 04:59:30 PM »
 Thanks Mark, I know what you mean. At this age I don't feel I have to impress anyone and I'm not afraid of little mistakes.


Offline rondrond

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Re: My AARP Card
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2009, 01:20:18 PM »
Hi morethenhiv,

Welcome. I stopped dying my hair because the gray fought back.  :D  The color wouldn't stay anymore. It would wash out by the third shampoo.

I have my AARP card too, but have not used it yet. Maybe, when I get approved for Medicare.

Ron~
"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

Offline morethenhiv@gmail.com

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Re: My AARP Card
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2009, 10:27:39 PM »
Hey Ron, I know what you mean. The gray is like the strongest tribe. while your hair gets grayer the dye gets weaker. When you get medicare ( I get ssdi) you'll be able to use it in some insurance circles but I don't know if it will save you any thing. TH

Offline rondrond

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Re: My AARP Card
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2009, 12:16:17 PM »
Hi TH,

I am trying to persuade my sister to stop coloring her hair. It is a hard decision to make. Those roots just scare me, but I finally stopped coloring three years ago. Hey, sometimes, in the right light, it passes for blond  ::)

She won't hear none of it....

I'm waiting on SSDI ...the judge has made the determination, but won't give the verdict over the phone.>:(   waiting on 'snail mail'     

My next milestone/daydream is to take a trip to New York. I have been just about everywhere else.  ::)

I think AARP has a travel service.. :D

Ron~

"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

Offline mjmel

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Re: My AARP Card
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2009, 01:13:14 AM »
AARP CARD
Have had mine for 8 yrs now......it got me a discounted price hotel here and there..(AAA does same)...but mostly it generates a ton of junk mail: insurance offers I don't want or can't qualify for.  I'm not renewing after my membership expires in July 09. Then, I guess what follows will be 2 tons of offers to rejoin.

Mike


Offline pozniceguy

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Re: My AARP Card
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2009, 10:26:56 AM »
Hey Mike you got that right  ..I get at least two a week ,offers to rejoin, and more offers of insurance I cant qualify for...directly to the shredder ..don't even open them..I used to put them all in one of the "return" envelopes and mail them back but my postman asked me not do that..it just makes his job harder...so into the shredder then into the recycle bin..

Nick
remember the good times...honor the past but don't live there
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