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Offline max123

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just got accepted to med school
« on: March 25, 2010, 11:04:42 AM »
hi guys & gals,

well...just got some really great news: i got accepted to med school.

i've been a p.a. for years and had made the decision to make a forward career move just about this time last year. the application process began in june 09 and ended october 09. being a procrastinator of sorts, i had figured no problem...i had all summer to work on the apps & submit them in time. then in late july, my world stopped short by the hiv bomb: a positive orasure result. i was wb confirmed hiv poz by mid-august. i was scared, alone and didn't know what i was going to do..you all know the deal. the thing that i learned from so many of you, my case worker and my therapist was that i was going to be okay. ultimately, i pulled myself up by the jockstrap, got those apps completed, interviewed last month and here i am.

i must admit, it's a weird paradox... i first have to first check ryan white & adap availability in a new state, before i can accept the offer. does anyone know the best way to find that out?

anyway, i wanted to say thanks to all of you for bravely sharing your stories and providing me with the inspiration to carry on. in turn, i hope that mine will help do the same for someone else.

blessings.

max

edited to include: whoops, posted in the wrong section...seeking ann's help asap lol
« Last Edit: March 25, 2010, 11:09:48 AM by max123 »
1/86 - 6/08 (annually): neg elisa
7/09: pos elisa/pos wb
8/09: cd4 560, cd4% 35, vl 13,050
12/09: cd4 568, cd4% 33, vl 2,690
4/10: cd4 557, cd4% 29.3, vl 6,440
7/10: cd4 562, cd4% 29.6, vl 3,780

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2010, 11:08:52 AM »
what state is it in?

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2010, 11:10:32 AM »
hi hell,

alabama
1/86 - 6/08 (annually): neg elisa
7/09: pos elisa/pos wb
8/09: cd4 560, cd4% 35, vl 13,050
12/09: cd4 568, cd4% 33, vl 2,690
4/10: cd4 557, cd4% 29.3, vl 6,440
7/10: cd4 562, cd4% 29.6, vl 3,780

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2010, 11:12:48 AM »
Congrats, Max.

You can get a feel for the income criteria with ADAP on a state-by-state basis from this link:

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemaptable.jsp?cat=11&ind=543

However, obviously it states it's only current through June, 2008 so you'll need to also go to the Dept. of Health (or that's what most states have handle these programs) of whatever state you are relocating to.
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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2010, 11:13:19 AM »
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2010, 11:15:55 AM »
Yeah call them and be certain, I could swear Alabama did say it had a waiting list you should definitely fill your prescription in your current state right before you make the move.  If you do think you may run out of meds come on here and see if anyone has some spare.  You could also potentially get an ASO to maybe help you out with a one month prescription just to get you by.  What part of Alabama are you moving to?

PS: We should move this thread to Living With.

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2010, 11:17:31 AM »
thanks ms. p

::shudder::

lol...i know, it's gonna take some getting used to but wtf, it's only 4 years ;)
1/86 - 6/08 (annually): neg elisa
7/09: pos elisa/pos wb
8/09: cd4 560, cd4% 35, vl 13,050
12/09: cd4 568, cd4% 33, vl 2,690
4/10: cd4 557, cd4% 29.3, vl 6,440
7/10: cd4 562, cd4% 29.6, vl 3,780

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2010, 11:18:29 AM »
Hi Max . If you need resource information Birmingham Aids outreach or BAO is a good place to start . They were helpful when I first moved to Birmingham .... and congratulations .  

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2010, 11:30:14 AM »
Yeah call them and be certain, I could swear Alabama did say it had a waiting list you should definitely fill your prescription in your current state right before you make the move.  If you do think you may run out of meds come on here and see if anyone has some spare.  You could also potentially get an ASO to maybe help you out with a one month prescription just to get you by.  What part of Alabama are you moving to?

PS: We should move this thread to Living With.

i'm not on meds yet, but given that the track is four years, i want to get a feel for what their benefits are like in the event that i need to get on meds before graduation. i'd rather not go into this blindly and then have a problem later on. i'm going to check with my local aso case manager...she may have some info.

i realized that i should've posted in living with right after hitting the post button...i sent ann a pm requesting help already ;)
« Last Edit: March 25, 2010, 01:25:29 PM by max123 »
1/86 - 6/08 (annually): neg elisa
7/09: pos elisa/pos wb
8/09: cd4 560, cd4% 35, vl 13,050
12/09: cd4 568, cd4% 33, vl 2,690
4/10: cd4 557, cd4% 29.3, vl 6,440
7/10: cd4 562, cd4% 29.6, vl 3,780

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2010, 11:32:58 AM »
Hi Max . If you need resource information Birmingham Aids outreach or BAO is a good place to start . They were helpful when I first moved to Birmingham .... and congratulations .  

thanks jg...i will definitely contact them
1/86 - 6/08 (annually): neg elisa
7/09: pos elisa/pos wb
8/09: cd4 560, cd4% 35, vl 13,050
12/09: cd4 568, cd4% 33, vl 2,690
4/10: cd4 557, cd4% 29.3, vl 6,440
7/10: cd4 562, cd4% 29.6, vl 3,780

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2010, 11:40:37 AM »
Congrats Max -
Are you going to be an ID Doc?  Discounts available for poz.com members?  Just kidding
Congratulations again - your success at getting accepted is an inspiration.

Phil
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2010, 11:44:37 AM »
Congrats Max -
Are you going to be an ID Doc?  Discounts available for poz.com members?  Just kidding
Congratulations again - your success at getting accepted is an inspiration.

Phil

thanks phil. lol...well, my passion has been internal med & now with my own current issue, i.d. is definitely a distinct possibility. time will tell...
1/86 - 6/08 (annually): neg elisa
7/09: pos elisa/pos wb
8/09: cd4 560, cd4% 35, vl 13,050
12/09: cd4 568, cd4% 33, vl 2,690
4/10: cd4 557, cd4% 29.3, vl 6,440
7/10: cd4 562, cd4% 29.6, vl 3,780

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2010, 11:54:51 AM »
Congraulations Max -- seizing the day with a flourish!
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%

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2010, 12:00:06 PM »
Congraulations Max -- seizing the day with a flourish!

thank you assurb. yes sir, am trying to stay on top of all of this  :o
1/86 - 6/08 (annually): neg elisa
7/09: pos elisa/pos wb
8/09: cd4 560, cd4% 35, vl 13,050
12/09: cd4 568, cd4% 33, vl 2,690
4/10: cd4 557, cd4% 29.3, vl 6,440
7/10: cd4 562, cd4% 29.6, vl 3,780

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2010, 12:40:59 PM »
Congratulations, Max. Great that you pressing on and getting on with your life.

Keep us posted on how it's going.

Cheers.
Andy Velez

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2010, 12:46:38 PM »
Congratulations, Max. Great that you pressing on and getting on with your life.

Keep us posted on how it's going.

Cheers.

thank you, andy. i've truly learned here on a.m. that a poz diagnosis doesn't mean that fulfilling one's life dreams has to stop. keep doing what you guys do...you're all awesome.

max
« Last Edit: March 25, 2010, 01:02:30 PM by max123 »
1/86 - 6/08 (annually): neg elisa
7/09: pos elisa/pos wb
8/09: cd4 560, cd4% 35, vl 13,050
12/09: cd4 568, cd4% 33, vl 2,690
4/10: cd4 557, cd4% 29.3, vl 6,440
7/10: cd4 562, cd4% 29.6, vl 3,780

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2010, 12:50:12 PM »
Max congratulations!!!!!

keep on pressing on!

Offline Rev. Moon

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2010, 01:07:24 PM »
Congrats. This is a good example showing that life goes on after an HIV diagnosis.  Let this be a nice lesson to those who freak out and/or stop pursuing their goals.

Good luck. Make us proud, future doc.
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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2010, 01:10:10 PM »
Congrats. This is a good example showing that life goes on after an HIV diagnosis.  Let this be a nice lesson to those who freak out and/or stop pursuing their goals.

Good luck. Make us proud, future doc.

So what you're saying is I shouldn't stop pursuing my goal of sleeping with every attractive man in America just becauseI'm poz?

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2010, 01:11:21 PM »
So what you're saying is I shouldn't stop pursuing my goal of sleeping with every attractive man in America just becauseI'm poz?
Trey - had you ever really stopped?   ::)
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2010, 01:11:49 PM »
Trey - had you ever really stopped?   ::)

Nothing will get between me and my endgame...NOTHING!

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Re: just got accepted to med school
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2010, 01:14:16 PM »
So what you're saying is I shouldn't stop pursuing my goal of sleeping with every attractive man in America just becauseI'm poz?

like that would stop you, little slut.  You're probably coming back with a vengeance.

Oh, and Max... I meant to say that as well: be sure to sleep with with whatever hot doctors you meet out there, Grey's Anatomy style.
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« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2010, 01:21:59 PM »
lmao...you dudes are too funny. oh, & as a true top man, it's agreed...i'm all about a tight endgame ;)
« Last Edit: March 25, 2010, 01:27:16 PM by max123 »
1/86 - 6/08 (annually): neg elisa
7/09: pos elisa/pos wb
8/09: cd4 560, cd4% 35, vl 13,050
12/09: cd4 568, cd4% 33, vl 2,690
4/10: cd4 557, cd4% 29.3, vl 6,440
7/10: cd4 562, cd4% 29.6, vl 3,780

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« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2010, 01:31:08 PM »
lmao...you dudes are too funny. oh, & as a true top man, it's agreed...i'm all about a tight endgame ;)
a true top man and future doctor.....  u have this bottom smiling from ear to ear  ;)
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2010, 02:16:43 PM »
lmao...you dudes are too funny. oh, & as a true top man, it's agreed...i'm all about a tight endgame ;)



Did I mention I live in Alabama . ;)

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« Reply #25 on: March 25, 2010, 02:28:54 PM »
as a true top man, it's agreed...i'm all about a tight endgame ;)

Maybe you can be the next Dr. Gallant. You know that some of these queens in here will showing up at your practice on a daily basis.
"I have tried hard--but life is difficult, and I am a very useless person. I can hardly be said to have an independent existence. I was just a screw or a cog in the great machine I called life, and when I dropped out of it I found I was of no use anywhere else."

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« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2010, 02:51:13 PM »
Congrats! That is great news!

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« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2010, 03:05:52 PM »
Maybe you can be the next Dr. Gallant. You know that some of these queens in here will showing up at your practice on a daily basis.


He wouldn't really even need to actually treat people.  He could just answer questions and charge by the minute on-line.

I do the same thing on Skype as a psychiatrist with the name Dr. Gardenia Merriweather.
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« Reply #28 on: March 25, 2010, 03:22:25 PM »
He wouldn't really even need to actually treat people.  He could just answer questions and charge by the minute on-line.

I do the same thing on Skype as a psychiatrist with the name Dr. Gardenia Merriweather.

Dr Gardenia Merriwether and her voluminous vajean

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« Reply #29 on: March 25, 2010, 03:57:40 PM »
thanks out to john, moon & gso...

a true top man and future doctor.....  u have this bottom smiling from ear to ear  ;)

phil, there's nothing better than a happy bottom cracking a smile...

Maybe you can be the next Dr. Gallant.

those would be some mighty big shoes to fill...

He wouldn't really even need to actually treat people.  He could just answer questions and charge by the minute on-line.

I do the same thing on Skype as a psychiatrist with the name Dr. Gardenia Merriweather.

lol...brilliant!!! love you, ms p ;)

Dr Gardenia Merriwether and her voluminous vajean

lmfao  ;D
« Last Edit: March 25, 2010, 04:08:39 PM by max123 »
1/86 - 6/08 (annually): neg elisa
7/09: pos elisa/pos wb
8/09: cd4 560, cd4% 35, vl 13,050
12/09: cd4 568, cd4% 33, vl 2,690
4/10: cd4 557, cd4% 29.3, vl 6,440
7/10: cd4 562, cd4% 29.6, vl 3,780

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« Reply #30 on: March 25, 2010, 03:59:11 PM »
And you get your prescription pad when?

MtD

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« Reply #31 on: March 25, 2010, 04:14:08 PM »
Mazel tov, Max, on your acceptance!!
Was this your only school or might you be hearing from others? Either way, that's fantastic news. -YaKa
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08/11 CD4 328 14.9% VL 0
 Disc'd Bactrim DEXA -3.1 Tscore
03/11 CD4 338 14.7% VL 0
11/10 CD4 300 14.3% VL 0 <20copies
07/10 CD4 336 14.0% VL 0 DEXA -2.7 Tscore
03/10 CD4 308 13.4% VL 0 Vit D normal
01/10 Began FOTO
11/09 CD4 274 13.7% VL 0 Chol 173 Trig 131
07/09 CD4 324 13.5% VL 0 DEXA -3.1 Tscore lumbar
03/09 CD4 207 10.9% VL 0
11/08 CD4 227 10.3% VL 0 Chol 176 Trig 156
04/08 CD4 228 9.5% VL 0
01/08 CD4 194 9.0% VL 0
09/07 CD4 176 8.3% VL 0
03/07 CD4 130 9.5% VL 0 Chol 261  Trig 227
12/06 CD4 109 6.4% VL 0
09/06 CD4  88 5.5% VL und desens'd rtd to Bactrim
08/06  Began Atripla
07/06 CD4  59 5.0% VL 145 Chol 117 Trig 104
06/06  Bactrim rash, X2 Dapsone
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« Reply #32 on: March 25, 2010, 04:19:00 PM »
hi matty,

i already have one in my current position, but for schedule ii-v, it'll be another 4.5 years  ::)
1/86 - 6/08 (annually): neg elisa
7/09: pos elisa/pos wb
8/09: cd4 560, cd4% 35, vl 13,050
12/09: cd4 568, cd4% 33, vl 2,690
4/10: cd4 557, cd4% 29.3, vl 6,440
7/10: cd4 562, cd4% 29.6, vl 3,780

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« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2010, 04:19:35 PM »
hi matty,

i already have one in my current position, but for schedule ii-v, it'll be another 4.5 years  ::)

Dammit. ;)

MtD

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« Reply #34 on: March 25, 2010, 04:21:08 PM »
ah madamoiselle le maudit

your just looking for a source of free poppers  ;D

John

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« Reply #35 on: March 25, 2010, 04:25:17 PM »
ah madamoiselle le maudit

your just looking for a source of free poppers  ;D

John

No love, poppers are freely available here sans prescription.

MtD

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« Reply #36 on: March 25, 2010, 04:28:29 PM »
here to now Sarkozy removed them from the ban list before that it was the delights of ordering over the net

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« Reply #37 on: March 25, 2010, 04:33:12 PM »
Mazel tov, Max, on your acceptance!!
Was this your only school or might you be hearing from others? Either way, that's fantastic news. -YaKa


thanks yaka...thats it so far, so i'm going with it

Dammit. ;)

MtD

no worries, matty. you're on the in  ;)
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« Reply #38 on: March 25, 2010, 05:01:29 PM »
Congratulations Max...a worth while career, (I was in the Medical profession for 30+ years) for hope you keep us informed along the way.

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« Reply #39 on: March 25, 2010, 05:59:25 PM »


   Congratulations on your acceptance Max.  So, what exactly  is this about prescriptions? ;)

   Good luck man and please keep us posted on how it goes.
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« Reply #40 on: March 25, 2010, 07:26:27 PM »
Congrats MAx! This is awesome! your gonna be a doctor!!!

Dont ever forget us little people  ;D

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« Reply #41 on: March 26, 2010, 01:29:29 AM »
Congratulations!!  You should really consider infectious disease, but follow what is best for you. 

Best of luck!

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« Reply #42 on: March 26, 2010, 03:16:18 AM »
Congrats Max! all the best. This has inspired me to do PhD in Public Health in US. Should work on that soon..
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« Reply #43 on: March 26, 2010, 04:50:10 AM »
Congrats and Good luck.

It would make sense to me that being a med student,  the school would provide some kind of Med insurance.

Alabama, although I haven't checked, probably has a pretty low income bar for ADAP. At least most other Deep South schools seem to. I don't know how the rules pertain to a Grad Student. Perhaps you'd keep your Homer State residency, whatever that is.

All these things should be able to get facts fom the State Health, the school health, ot other such agency,

How did you get your meds as a PA? Maybe Cobra could kick in for awhile.

Whatever you have to do, I'd look at it as another hurdle to get over until you start practicing, at which point you'll be able to work your way out of any debt accrued.

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« Reply #44 on: March 26, 2010, 07:40:19 AM »
Way to go, Max! Onward and upward and by the way, me wants 'scripts too!!! ;D
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« Reply #45 on: March 26, 2010, 01:16:42 PM »

max,

Bravo !!!!  Another Galen in the making?

Best of luck to you.

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ps: whatever happened to the kd241 trial (or was it 247?)? Haven't heard much about it.

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« Reply #46 on: March 26, 2010, 09:56:17 PM »
***CONGRATULATIONS!!!!****

awesome news!  i admire you for pursuing your goals.

can i ask a stupid question?  why do you have a case manager?  why would you anticipate needing one in alabama?  just curious...
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« Reply #47 on: March 27, 2010, 03:25:52 AM »
Congratulations,
You seized that day, it is encouraging news, alabama -the best of luck ,an keep chuckling with the rest...

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« Reply #48 on: March 27, 2010, 11:52:46 AM »
It's very inspiring that you're going to med school.

If I were you I'd look at the insurance options offered by the school since most universities require that health insurance be part of the package. It's worth checking out if there are different plans to choose from and what they cover, especially as far as Rx.

If they don't cover everything, many times ADAP can step in to help for those who are underinsured.

AL ADAP does not appear to have a waiting list for now at least:

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparetable.jsp?ind=552&cat=11

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« Reply #49 on: March 28, 2010, 01:57:51 PM »
Congratulations Max...a worth while career, (I was in the Medical profession for 30+ years) for hope you keep us informed along the way.

Hugs
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wow..i'm sure that was the experience of a lifetime! thank you, annie. i certainly do intend on keeping in touch...

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   Congratulations on your acceptance Max.  So, what exactly  is this about prescriptions? ;)

   Good luck man and please keep us posted on how it goes.

thanks skeebs...i sure will. i appreciate the love ;)

max

Congrats MAx! This is awesome! your gonna be a doctor!!!

Dont ever forget us little people  ;D

-Will

thanks willie...yes sir, hiv or no hiv, i'm doing this! in my book, we're all the same, no little or big people...just special people ;)

max

Congratulations!!  You should really consider infectious disease, but follow what is best for you. 

Best of luck!

hey, thanks ted! i'm definitely keeping an open mind about i.d. but right now, just tryna focus on the next 4 years & staying healthy throughout them ;) one day at a time...

max


hi hope,

thank you. i think that you should seriously consider it. holders of masters of public health degrees here in the us currently have a unique & desired title. go for it!

max

Congrats and Good luck.

It would make sense to me that being a med student,  the school would provide some kind of Med insurance.

Alabama, although I haven't checked, probably has a pretty low income bar for ADAP. At least most other Deep South schools seem to. I don't know how the rules pertain to a Grad Student. Perhaps you'd keep your Homer State residency, whatever that is.

All these things should be able to get facts fom the State Health, the school health, ot other such agency,

How did you get your meds as a PA? Maybe Cobra could kick in for awhile.

Whatever you have to do, I'd look at it as another hurdle to get over until you start practicing, at which point you'll be able to work your way out of any debt accrued.


thanks poz. yes, school insurance will be mandatory...something i plan to check out soon. thats great to hear that the income bars in the southern states is low...i probably won't be working while in school. i'm not currently on meds yet...im pretty recently infected and am waiting to see what my trend looks like before starting them. agreed, the debt will be what it is...i'll worry about all that later lol

max

Way to go, Max! Onward and upward and by the way, me wants 'scripts too!!! ;D

that's right ann, it's been a hard past 8 months, but i'm getting there and have to keep moving forward. thanks again for all that you do in the community!

max

max,

Bravo !!!!  Another Galen in the making?

Best of luck to you.

v

ps: whatever happened to the kd241 trial (or was it 247?)? Haven't heard much about it.

thanks v! we'll see about that ;)  the kd trial unfortunately did not work out. while the trial rep explained that there were no significant health risks, my further investigation of the trial revealed that the drug had been tested before. in a nutshell, it had been scrapped because of its potential for inducing mutations that could possibly make hiv medical management a nightmare. needless to say, i didn't find that very appealing or worth my taking the risk ;(

max

***CONGRATULATIONS!!!!****

awesome news!  i admire you for pursuing your goals.

can i ask a stupid question?  why do you have a case manager?  why would you anticipate needing one in alabama?  just curious...

hi sid and thanks! theres no such thing as a stupid question. i have a case manager through my local doh, where i've been getting my lab testing done through.

max

Congratulations,
You seized that day, it is encouraging news, alabama -the best of luck ,an keep chuckling with the rest...

thanks dark...yes, it's def going to be an adjustment but i'm ready. bring it.

max

It's very inspiring that you're going to med school.

If I were you I'd look at the insurance options offered by the school since most universities require that health insurance be part of the package. It's worth checking out if there are different plans to choose from and what they cover, especially as far as Rx.

If they don't cover everything, many times ADAP can step in to help for those who are underinsured.

AL ADAP does not appear to have a waiting list for now at least:

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparetable.jsp?ind=552&cat=11

Thanks inch! yes, it was a big decision in light of all, but one that i'm glad i made. agreed, i plan to check out insurance options in the near future, as the schools begins sending me all of its incoming student docs. thanks for the info and link! as said,  i want to ensure that i have all my info ducks in a row regarding adap, in the event that i need to go that route while in med school, as financial resources will be extremely limited  :o

max






Congrats Max! all the best. This has inspired me to do PhD in Public Health in US. Should work on that soon..
1/86 - 6/08 (annually): neg elisa
7/09: pos elisa/pos wb
8/09: cd4 560, cd4% 35, vl 13,050
12/09: cd4 568, cd4% 33, vl 2,690
4/10: cd4 557, cd4% 29.3, vl 6,440
7/10: cd4 562, cd4% 29.6, vl 3,780

 


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