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Offline littlefire

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Oh crap...
« on: June 13, 2009, 06:48:06 AM »
It has become time for me to go for my heart operation (mitral valve fixing). I'm NOT prepared or in the mood for this, and completely not happy that it has to happen now. I'm scheduled for a job interview in July and this is just the nastiest spanner in the works. On the upside, having it done will mean I'll feel healthy again for the first time... ever, and my numbers look excellent so this is the right time to do it. VL=undetectable, CD4=659. On the downside, I might expire during the op. So think of me while y'all are doing your daily business :)

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Oh crap...
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2009, 07:40:33 AM »
Hello Littlefire,

There is no way that I can honestly say, that I can understand the anxiety your going through right now, in preparation for this surgery.  So, I will send you all the positive energy I can, and wish you the best for a  speedy recovery.

Will be thinking of you.  When Is the surgery scheduled?


Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg






Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/16/16,  t-cells are at 501,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 12%

 65 years young.

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Oh crap...
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2009, 07:57:54 AM »
Good luck littlefire!

I understand a little of what you are going through, a good friend had an aortic valve replaced because of a congential birth defect.  I hope you have an easy recovery! 

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

Offline BlueMoon

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Re: Oh crap...
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2009, 01:02:45 PM »
There's never a good time for this, but if you're well on the mend by the time of the interview, you'll have a leg up.
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 next2u

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Re: Oh crap...
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2009, 03:08:32 PM »
good luck littlefire. i will keep you in my thoughts. keep us posted as the date nears.

midapr07 - seroconversion
sept07 - tested poz
oct07 cd4 1013; vl 13,900; cd4% 41
feb08 cd4  694;  vl 16,160; cd4% 50.1
may08 cd4 546; vl 91,480; cd4% 32
aug08 cd4 576; vl 48,190; cd4% 40.7
dec08 cd4 559; vl 63,020; cd4% 29.4
feb09 cd4 464; vl 11,000; cd4% 26
may09 cd4 544; vl 29,710; cd4% 27.2
oct09 cd4 ...; vl 23,350; cd4% 31.6
mar10 cd4 408; vl 59,050; cd4% 31.4
aug10 cd4 328; vl 80,000; cd4% 19.3 STARTED ATRIPLA
oct10 cd4 423; vl 410 ;); cd4% 30.2
jun11 cd4 439; vl <20 ;); cd4% 33.8 <-Undetectable!
mar12 cd4 695; vl ud; cd4% 38.6
jan13 cd4 738; vl ud; cd4% 36.8
aug13 cd4 930; vl ud; cd4% 44.3
jan14 cd4 813; vl ud; cd4% 42.8
may14 cd4 783; vl *; cd4%43.5
sept14 cd4 990; vl ud; cd4% *
jun15 cd4 1152; vl ud; cd4% *
oct15 cd4 583; vl 146; cd4% 42
mar16 cd4 860

Offline BT65

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Re: Oh crap...
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2009, 06:45:59 PM »
Good luck, Littlefire.  I'm sending good thoughts your way.
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Oh crap...
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2009, 07:23:04 PM »
I hope you have a quick recovery.

Offline aztecan

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Re: Oh crap...
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2009, 09:11:05 PM »
Hey Littlefire,

I'm sending lots of positive energy your way. I hope all goes well with the surgery and you are fully recovered in no time.


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

Offline moratorium79

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Re: Oh crap...
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2009, 09:34:30 PM »
Wishing you much luck!  I hope your recovery is swift!
*these are not times for the weak of heart*

Offline Dale Parker

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Re: Oh crap...
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2009, 02:56:34 PM »
I wish you the very best success with the operation. Since all your number are good the operation and your recovery should go well.  The one thing to remember is that even if you don't get this job because of your operation there will always be other jobs available. Your numbers may not always be as good as they are at the moment and your health is a lot harder to get back than a job.
Apr 09  CD4 21, CD4/CD8 ratio 0 VL 500,000+
July 09 CD4 158, CD4/CD812% VL 750
Oct 09 CD4 157 CD4/CD8 14% VL UD
Feb 10 CD4 197, CD4/CD8 11% VL UD
May 10  CD4 252 CD4/CD8 12% VL UD
Aug 10 CD4 211 VL UD
Nov 10 CD4 272 CD4/CD8 0.138 VL UD

Offline littlefire

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Re: Oh crap...
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2009, 05:34:27 PM »
Thanks everyone for your good wishes. I decided to get a second opinion on my situation and drove 500 km to a cardiologist who saw me 2 years ago. They redid all the tests and although there was some change, it's not as excessive as the results obtained by the first doc. I will see him again in 3 months to make sure about the measurements, and will then either schedule the op or keep going back to him every 6-8 months.

The last few weeks have been fairly hazy for me, I even went to the bank and hand them draw up a will - something I've been wanting to do for a long time! Family was all very distressed but the second doc I went to allowed my mom to go with so now she knows everything there is to know about my heart problem and can help keep an eye on symptoms and so on.

I'll keep you updated if there are any further developments. Oh, I almost forgot. In my frantic search for information I came across a device called MitraClip that they use to fix problems like mine, but without the major surgery. Unfortunately still in testing phase and not at all available in this part of the world but I was willing to travel to Europe in order to avoid major surgery :)

PS: Is it just me or does it seem like medical science progresses awefully sloooowwwww?


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