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Offline babygirl17844

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where did you start?
« on: August 27, 2006, 06:46:19 PM »
this all started for me (to my knowledge anyway) June 2001. my counts were cd4's were a 5, viral load was 500,000...had pcp pneumonia, bad case of thrush where it was going down my throat, swollen glads in my neck, weight loss, doing nothing but sleeping all the time not much eating or drinking. not taking care of my daughters thank goodness 1 was 16 and took over while I was ill. went to the hospital to confirm numbers and was given meds but also told I had 30 days and better get my things in order, was told for how ill I was(and all the different issues I had) I had to have this at least 11 years prior to diagnosis. I went home and thought nothing of what I was just told I was simply too sick to comprehend and I got back on my couch where I had been for the past month and went back to sleep. I started to be more aware of what was going on around me and decided to educate myself on hiv/aids I HAD NO CLUE! but I never stressed over it because I already knew there was nothing I could do but move on with what was left of my life, but here I still am!?!?!? hmmmm........ well now my counts are as follows cd4's are at 805 (waiting on new counts) and I'm undetectable, right after I started meds my cd4's started to go up (slowly but still up) and they are still going. been undetectable like 3 months after disgnosis. and to think I'm not supposed to be here at all.  my case manager called me the miracle woman.

Offline Life

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Re: where did you start?
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2006, 06:57:36 PM »
Baby G...  Welcome to the AM forums and what a wonderful story to share with all of us...  Your 30 days has multiplied by a few factors I would say!!  Congradulations and what an inspiration to all of us...  I am so happy you got off the couch as I would suspect your family did as well...   Keep sharing and posting about you and your experiences!

Love

Offline LatinAlexander

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Re: where did you start?
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2006, 07:09:56 PM »
For God's Sake!!! CD4 over 800??? Who the hell are you? :D :D :D

CONGRATS GIRL!!

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....

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: where did you start?
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2006, 07:12:17 PM »
Hello Baby girl,

 Welcome to the forums, your story sounds so very similar to mine. Back in 2003 I had 16 t-cells, 500,000 viral load, bacterial pneumonia,Esophageal Thrush( which made me feel like I was chewing on glass.),30 pound weight drop over ten months, and fatigue that wouldn't quit.I was also 17 plus years into infection at that point. Stupidity and denial, allowed me to get to that point. No matter how well I took care of myself by other means... it simply wasn't worth putting off the meds.


You are one tough gal !! you've been through a lot but you showed everyone, just what you can do, if one becomes determined to survive. Congratulations to you !!! you have had remarkable success, and I wish you continued success ! :)

Be looking forward to hearing more from you...


Take care of yourself----------------Ray
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

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 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 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: where did you start?
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2006, 07:15:22 PM »
Baby girl,

I understand about the gut, and trying to get into shape also !! It's certainly a  little difficult at times !



Ray
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

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 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 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline Eldon

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Re: where did you start?
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2006, 07:29:39 PM »
Hello BabyGirl, it is Eldon. It is ever so good news to hear that your CD4's are now in a higher range and your VL is undetectable. You are a strong woman and you deserve the best.

Welcome to the forums, where you will find love, encouragement, support, understanding, fun, and many of your questions answered relating to HIV/AIDS. Here we have a great group of individuals and a lot of information to share with one another.

Thank you for sharling your life experience with us, it is a blessing to have all of this positive energy going around. Feel free to come back from time to time and share with us.

Again, Welcome!

Offline Teresa

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Re: where did you start?
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2006, 11:30:54 PM »
Hi Baby Girl,

Welcome to the forums. There are a great bunch of people here as you are probally finding out.

Im so glad that you found us here. I know this place has been a source of great information, love, understanding, and support for me since we found out hubby was HIV+ in May. I dont know what I would have done without the wonderful people here.

Again, WELCOME!

Hugs
Teresa
Hubby HIV+ 5/5/06
CD4:320
  %: 26.7
 VL: <20
Atripla (started it 8/24/06)
 

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: where did you start?
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2006, 03:49:29 AM »
Wow BabyGirl, what an amazing story. Thanks for sharing it with us all. And It is great that you are doing so well!
Positive since 1985

Offline purpledragonfly

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Re: where did you start?
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2006, 04:25:57 PM »
Hi babygirl. and welcome to the forums. I know how you feel, my story is about the same as yours. Mine started back in 88 and i didn't do anything about it till 97, wasn't to make it thru the night, well i am still here and doing somewhat ok. Glad to meet you and hope to learn more about you.

Offline babygirl17844

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Re: where did you start?
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2006, 09:01:17 PM »
Thank you everyone for your replies. some things about me may curl your toes and I don't mean in a good way, well not really things about me but rather things I have endured in my life ~~ growing up, move over freddy kruiger I got a story for you   :-\..

Offline Moffie65

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Re: where did you start?
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2006, 09:13:12 AM »
Welcome Baby girl.

Well, seems like the Goddess above likes your butt inside your body, and wants you here for a while.

Having endured what you went through twice; believe me, I do understand!  I hope you settle in here and enjoy this incredible assortment of folks from around the world, and as we help you to cope, you will be able to help others do the same.

Keep on truckin, and we'll see you right here in cyberspace.

In Love and Support.
The Bible contains 6 admonishments to homosexuals,
and 362 to heterosexuals.
This doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals,
It's just that they need more supervision.
Lynn Lavne

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: where did you start?
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2006, 11:48:21 AM »
805 from 5  - wow, you rock

you ARE a miracle woman

i started at 42 (current: 321)

 


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