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Author Topic: Happy Dance for Me!!!  (Read 2751 times)

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Offline Blixer

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Happy Dance for Me!!!
« on: August 11, 2006, 01:45:16 AM »
I've been pretty quiet on the boards for a while now. Several of you know of the struggle I had starting meds and the pain issues that I went through. Well, I'm happy to report that about 4 weeks ago the side effects pretty much became minimal. I still have some soreness in my legs but overall I'm back to working more than I probably should and even doing a bit of traveling. A cruise is in the works for September. And then the best news is from my latest labs. CD4 at 546 and 23% with a VL of <50. So happy dance time. My attitude is much improved and I'm so ready to just get on with my life. And oh... I've even had a date <smile>.   Many thanks for all of the support I found here and I'll still be around, tossing in my thoughts every now and then.
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline bluelove

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2006, 02:27:14 AM »
Happy dance indeed...

That is great news!

Dancing across my living room for you.


Offline heartforyou

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2006, 03:18:21 AM »
Opening a box of belgian chocolates here for you.

Great news to hear you got over the side effects and your results improved.

It always feels good to read such a news.

Keep going baby.

Hermie
Diagnosed in 1987 and still kicking
Viread, Kivexa (Epzicom),Viramune once daily

Happiness is the freedom of breathing fresh air every day.

Offline blondbeauty

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2006, 05:12:17 AM »
Grat news David!
The only member in these forums approved by WINBA: World International Nail and Beauty Association.
Epstein Barr +; CMV +; Toxoplasmosis +; HIV-1 +.
Counts when starting treatment:
V.L.:80.200 copies. CD4: 25%=503
Started Sustiva-Truvada 14/August/2006
Last V.L.count (Oct 2013): Undetectable
Last CD4 count (OCT 2013): 52%= 933

Offline Nadine

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2006, 06:10:53 AM »
I am very happy that your feeling so much better!

Numbers are looking good! Definitely time for some happy dancing...even at this hour in the morning with one eye open!  :D

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2006, 07:24:33 AM »
Hello David,

 Yours is the first post I read this morning. I've been thinking about ya. Congratulations to you !!! I knew you had, such a tough time with things in the beginning, but your numbers look GREAT Have fun on the cruise, and enjoy your travels !!  ;)


The Best   :)
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

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 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 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline angels4kelly

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2006, 07:48:17 AM »
Your's was the first post I read this morning also!

THIS IS GREAT NEWS DAVID ;D

HAPPY DANCE ;D HAPPY DANCE ;D HAPPY DANCE ;D
Have a great day!
Peace,
Kelly


                                                   
POSITIVE SINCE-10/1990
CD4-610
CD4%-29.3
VL-UNDETECTABLE
VIREAD,VIRACEPT, EPZICOM

MOST RECENT...
10/9/2006
CD4's-714
CD4%-30%
VL-Undetectable
DIAGNOSES POSITIVE 10/90
SAME MEDS, VIREAD, VIRAMUNE, EPZICOM.

SHOOT FOR THE MOON! YOU MAY MISS,
BUT YOU'LL LAND IN THE STARS :)

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
 
Failure is not in falling down,
but the staying down

Offline emeraldize

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2006, 08:06:40 AM »
Good Morning Blixer,

Seems this is the first post read by most
By me,too and thank you for being its host

With news like this just "makin' it real"
I can imagine how doubly great YOU feel!

Congrats.
Em

Offline purpledragonfly

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2006, 08:11:28 AM »
That is great news. I am glad the side effects are better.
If i could dance i would do a happy dance for you. Oh well congrats. anyways.

Love Wendy

Offline david25luvit

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2006, 09:42:25 AM »
Hey David.........

                  Great to hear from you and to hear you are doing WELL!

           {{{{ BIG HUG }}}}} :P

     A Cruise, huh?  Sounds like good medicine to me.   :-*
In Memory of
Raymond David McRae III
Nov. 25, 1972- Oct. 15, 2004
I miss him terribly..........

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2006, 10:11:05 AM »
That's great David!   I'm very happy for you.

 :-*  :-*  :-*

Alan
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline Christine

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2006, 10:13:35 AM »
Fantastic news! I am doing a happy dance for you right now!
Christine
Poz since '93. Currently on Procrit, Azithromax, Pentamidine, Valcyte, Levothyroxine, Zoloft, Epzicom, Prezista, Viread, Norvir, and GS-9137 study drug. As needed: Trazodone, Atavan, Diflucan, Zofran, Hydrocodone, Octreotide

5/30/07 t-cells 9; vl 275,000

Offline RAB

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2006, 10:29:19 AM »
David

Awesome news!  Especially the part about the side effects diminishing!

Thanks buddy for putting a smile on my face!   ;D

RAB

Offline Life

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2006, 10:37:51 AM »
David... I am so proud of you hanging in there when things were not so bright..  You have lifted me up time and time again and I am glad you are responding to the meds the way you are NOW!  Now back to the LIFE thing ahy? :D

Love Always,
« Last Edit: August 11, 2006, 11:32:57 AM by Eric »

Offline bear60

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2006, 11:39:03 AM »
David.....I am so happy for you.  You are a great guy and a valuable addition to the boards.  I wish you the best in your future.
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline aztecan

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2006, 12:05:36 PM »
Hey David,

HAPPY DANCING AROUND THE ROOM!

That is great news! Those numbers are awesome!

HUGS,

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

Offline Blixer

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2006, 10:31:09 AM »
Thanks to all of you!  You have been a great support through this.  I've been through all of the common emotions... fear of the unknown, extreme enxiety, fear of disclosure, dealing with side effects.  Sometimes you begin to feel like a whiner.  But I have always known this was a safe place to come to and a place where I could get advice and someone to hold my hand when I needed it. I hope I'm returning the favor bit by bit.  Eric was the first person I "met" after my diagnosis and so he will always have a special place in my heart and life.  He gave me that courage to hang on and move forward and had me prepared for the meds when I got to that point.  Blondbeauty was always there to check up on me and give me a word of encouragement. Mark I've always found comfort and knowledge in your posts as well as the one by  Bear.   Rab, Christine, and AlanBama, whenever I would post I knew I could count on you to share anything you could to help out.  Your guidance has been really helpful.  I woudl also follow the posts of David, Wendy and Em--sometimes in response to my posts and at other times just to see the advice and encouragement you gave to others.  Kelly, JRE, and Nadine are others that I recognize and appreciate the support and encouragement.  Hermie, I hope you enjoyed the Belgian chocolates...  that gave me a craving for some really good chocolate... but alas, none here... so the happy dance contineued with toast and jelly.  And bluelove, thanks for celebrating with me on this one.

I'm counting on seeing those "undetectable" numbers for a long time and a continued increase in the CD4 count and percentage. Of course, I'd wanted to see my CD4 absolute count go up (rather than down), but my nurse says the increase in percentage to almost double where I started means my immune system is much stronger and getting in better shape.  Ironically, I've always been a person who was never sick... maybe  a cold or sore throat once a year, but other than that, nothing....   So hopefully the old immune system is stabilized now and I'll just coast on through life, eventually nearly forgetting about this virus I have lurking in my system. And for all of us, I'm hoping one day for a medication that will finally either rid this thing from us or maybe only require something like a once a month dosing.

Thanks so much to every one of you!!!
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline bobik

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2006, 06:07:15 PM »
Hi David,

Amsterdam to celebrate? I want to do a happy dance with you!

Coen
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Offline Blixer

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2006, 09:13:18 PM »
Coen,
I'm probably not going to make the Amsterdam trip this time around.  But if you do it again I'll sure do my bet.  I'd love to, but not sure I"m quite ready for that big of a step.  We shall see though. I'm still watching prices on airline tickets.
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline Eldon

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2006, 11:10:26 PM »
Hello David, this is definitely good news. Enjoy your cruise in September!

Offline LatinAlexander

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Re: Happy Dance for Me!!!
« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2006, 01:14:03 PM »
Congrats Blitzer. I'll begin my medicines next week. I hope I get the same results as you!!!

Hug
Alex
Poz since Jul 19 2006
Initial numbers : CD4-250 VL 3500
First labs after HAART (Dec 04-2006) : CD4-432 VL-<40 (Undetectable)  cd4%=25.11%
Started HAART: Combivir+Efavirenz Aug 26 7:38 pm
Feb 08 2007 - Gradually stopping HAART cause of Myalgia. Protecting Efavirenz. Stopped Efavirenz, ahead with Combivir....
February 17 Combivir stopped.
April 3 -07 : Started ddi+3tc+efavirenz...
Gay and positive (What a lack of Identity...:) )
Looking for my Ben....

 


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