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Author Topic: Happy 24th Damn Fool  (Read 3128 times)

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Offline RAB

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Happy 24th Damn Fool
« on: July 15, 2011, 05:49:37 PM »
Today is our 24th anniversary.  Yes, there really is life after being diagnosed HIV +.

Throughout all the ups and downs and ins and outs of those 24 years, our bond, commitment, love, and respect for one another has never wavered.

Back in the "olden" days when my health was forcasting a pretty ugly certainty, he never once blinked, he never once complained, he was right there beside me every step of the journey.

For that, and so much more, he will always be the love of my life.

In 2009, when he lost his job, we had no idea what the future would be.  But just as he stood by me in my struggles, I stood by him.

Today, we celebrate.  And there isn't a day that goes by that I don't count my blessings for this wonderful life we've experienced.  Seriously, it has been/and is a wonderful life.

Sometimes I read threads in these forums from members who question whether they'll ever truly find a soul mate, given their diagnosis.

Yes you can!

So in that, I pledge this post to the man who has been the rock of my life, the man who has been my mediating balance, the man I'm humbled to call my partner.

24 years.  I think it's the thing I'm most proud of in my life.

L & K damn fool

RAB   :-*






Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2011, 06:14:39 PM »
Happy Anniversary!  :)

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2011, 06:49:25 PM »
and all this time I thought he was Damned Fool!   Happy Anniversary to both of you.  Looking forward to seeing RAB in Seattle....just a little over 30 days from now!

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD

Offline anniebc

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2011, 06:51:57 PM »
Happy 24th to you and DF, two wonderful men, I'm lucky to have you both in my life.

See you both soon...hope my room is ready.. ;)

Aroha always
Jan :-*
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Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2011, 06:52:17 PM »
What a sweet post!

Congratulations and a wish for many more happy anniversaries.

A
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%

Offline WillyWump

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2011, 07:40:02 PM »
So sweet that is RAB. Congrats! Your very lucky to have such a wonderful Damn Fool in your life.

Now help me find one, I'm not picky I'll even take a Stupid Fool  ;D

-WIlls
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Last Labs-
11-6-14 CD4- 871, UD
6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

Current Meds: Prezista/Epzicom/ Norvir
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2011, 07:48:46 PM »


Congratulations Guys!!  Happy 24th.

Ray 8)
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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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 8/25/14,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline bmancanfly

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2011, 08:35:03 PM »
What a great post.  Happy Anniversary.
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

 Bertrand Russell

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2011, 08:46:09 PM »
Congrats ! , Happy Anniversary .

Offline Basquo

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2011, 01:44:40 AM »
Damn Fool...Damn Absent if you ask me! I'm running out of AMG fingers and I haven't met this noble jester in person yet! Perhaps you can let him out of the larder for a day or two, since it's regional for you...oh, and Haapy Anniversary!  :-*

Offline emeraldize

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2011, 09:40:29 AM »
Congratulations RAB and Your Beloved!

Offline bocker3

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2011, 09:48:32 AM »
Happy Anniversay to you both.  Clearly you found yourself a Saint.....    ;)

Can't wait to see you.....

Hugs,
Mike
Atripla - Started 12/05
Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
Labs - Pre-Meds
Sep05 T=350/25% VL98,559
Nov05 288/18%  47,564
Current Labs
May2013 691/31% <20

Offline aztecan

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2011, 09:56:51 AM »
Hey RAB,

A toast to you and DF!  I hope the two of you celebrated in style!

See in in Seattle.

HUGS,

Mark
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~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline wolfter

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2011, 10:54:04 AM »
Something that most want but few find.   Congrats and make the next 20 the greatest yet!
Greg
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline pozniceguy

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2011, 02:33:08 PM »
Happy  anniversary...wish you both many more  together//


Nick
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Offline thelovedones

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2011, 06:16:12 PM »
Happy Anniversary and many many more.
2/26/11 Diagnosis at State Dept of Health (anonymous testing center)
2/28/11 Oral Swab Positive diagnosis and confirmatory blood test taken
3/4/11 Confirmed HIV Positive diagnosis; blood drawn for T-cell count, VL, and medical profile
3/11/11 VL: 192765, T-cell: 195
3/16/11 Prescribed Atripla and took Pill 1
4/29/11 - VL: 413, T-cell: 311
6/28/11 - VL: UNDETECTABLE, T-Cell: 437


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Offline Ann

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2011, 06:36:03 PM »
Happy anniversary, guys!

Hugs,
Ann
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Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

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Offline RAB

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2011, 07:59:23 PM »
Thanks everyone for your congrats.  Like I said, I really am a very lucky man.

Aztecan, I would love to tell you we celebrated in style.  Naked hunky men and all sorts of debauchery, the truth is, . . . . . we both fell asleep in front of the t.v. around 9:00 p.m.  Isn't growing old "gracefully" fantastic?   ::)

Basquo, DF was intending to go to Seattle for a couple of days, but then he got snookered into hosting his sister's 50th surprise birthday party on that weekend.  So I guess you'll simply have to grow more fingers, or you and Santi will have to plan a visit to our neck of the woods.  

Well, having spent the better part of the day working in the yard, then fixing plumbing issues in her majesties bathroom (AnnieBC), it's time for a shower and then supper.

RAB   :-*
« Last Edit: July 16, 2011, 08:39:07 PM by RAB »

Offline Joe K

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2011, 09:17:42 PM »
I hope you got DF something REALLY SPECIAL for your anniversary.  24 years with you?  Heaven knows he deserves it.

Happy Anniversary!!!

Offline Rasheen

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2011, 08:05:01 PM »
You crack me up haha! Happy Anniversary to the both of you. I am very happy for you guys.  :)

Offline buginme2

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2011, 08:53:38 PM »
Happy anniversary!   And very inspirational. 
Don't be fancy, just get dancey

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2011, 09:20:44 PM »
RAB - I hope you and DF had a wonderful anniversary - your relationship is an inspiration.... and there is probably nothing better than falling asleep in front of the t.v. at 9:00 with the one you love. 

Many more years of happiness and health and sleepy nights together in front of the t v. for you both.

-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

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #22 on: July 20, 2011, 10:35:23 AM »
Happy Anniversary honey, and hope you have many more WONDERFUL years together.

You definitely found a "keeper".   ;)

HUGS,

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 metekrop

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Re: Happy 24th Damn Fool
« Reply #23 on: July 20, 2011, 04:01:27 PM »
Congratualtions!!!

You are so inspirational for all of us here.  Thank you.

 :D
Diag on Dec 8, 2000, CD 440 VL 44K, No Meds
Dec/08 - Feb/09 CD< 50 & VL >500k hosp'z.
St. Atripla - July/09 CD 179, VL 197k
Oct/09 CD 300 VL UD Chol 267
Mar/10 CD 468 UD, Ch 220
Aug/10 CD 460 UD, Ch 195
Dec/10 CD 492 UD, Ch 172
Mar/11 CD 636 UD, Ch 201
Aug/11 CD 530 UD, Ch 98
Jan/12 cd 616 UD, ch 189
Jul/12 CD 640 UD, Ch ?
Dec/12 CD 669 Ud, Ch 125
May/7 CD711 Ud, Ch?
Nov/ 22 663 UD, Ch,
April 17 CD 797,
Oct, 14 CD 810 UD

 


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