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Author Topic: My Doctor and I hugged today...  (Read 4043 times)

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Offline OneTampa

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My Doctor and I hugged today...
« on: September 12, 2011, 11:12:50 AM »
I went for my usual every 6 months doctor visit today.  Had labs done previous week.  Went over everything.  Still doing well.  Viral load read 20 from previously being undetectable for many years.  Doctor said "no biggie", you're still doing quite well.  He has been my specialist for about 15 years now.  We have always gotten along as he is very pleasant, easy-going and extremely smart.

He told me that his last child went off to college and that he and his wife noticed that the house has gotten quiet. I mentioned to him that is the empty nest syndrome you hear about.  By contrast, I told him that my mother and father often said that they danced a jig after the last of their 10 children who lived at home left to go out on their own.

My doctor and I have always shook hands at the start and end of my visits.  For some reason today, that just did not seem good enough.  We spontaneously hugged each other.

For once the roles were reversed and my doctor told me in a heartfelt tone "Thank You".
« Last Edit: September 12, 2011, 11:44:36 AM by OneTampa »
"He is my oldest child. The shy and retiring one over there with the Haitian headdress serving pescaíto frito."

Offline Theyer

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Re: My Doctor and I hugged today...
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2011, 06:20:18 PM »
ah
there is no doubt that a strong bond builds over the years ,
theyer
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Offline Ann

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Re: My Doctor and I hugged today...
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2011, 07:12:55 PM »
That's a really sweet story, Tampa. My doctor and I are also close - nothing beats a doctor's hug when you know it is heart-felt.

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

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline Joe K

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Re: My Doctor and I hugged today...
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2011, 09:12:35 PM »
What a great story. There's something very special about a hug. Not too intimate, but intimate enough so the strength of the hug conveys a lot of meaning.  8)

Offline wolfter

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Re: My Doctor and I hugged today...
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2011, 11:37:39 PM »
15 years?  That's longer than most friendships.  It's great you have a doctor that you like on several levels.  The last couple of years I'm becoming a strong advocate of making sure you have a doctor you connect with.  I didn't learn that until I met my current doctor 3 years ago and I'm awestruck about him in many ways.  He has become a friend as well as my doctor.  We absolutely know they have our best interests in mind.

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Offline next2u

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Re: My Doctor and I hugged today...
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2011, 11:46:06 PM »
awesome... :)
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
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Offline Ann

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Re: My Doctor and I hugged today...
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2011, 09:21:35 AM »
awesome... :)

Ooops, D, you and I both didn't notice that this thread is in the LTS forum. You slap my wrist and I'll slap yours, deal?

Sorry guys. :-\
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

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

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline OneTampa

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Re: My Doctor and I hugged today...
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2011, 10:47:03 AM »
To everyone, thanks for all the nice comments.

I believe my Doctor is a keeper (an understatement). :D

Note to Ann: I hope it was OK to start this thread in the LTS forum since my HIV diagnosis goes back to 1985 as I have stated before.

Take care.
"He is my oldest child. The shy and retiring one over there with the Haitian headdress serving pescaíto frito."

Offline Ann

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Re: My Doctor and I hugged today...
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2011, 11:16:06 AM »
Tampa, I know you're an LTS. It was D and me who shouldn't have posted here. I normally only post here when I need to do some moderating.

:-*
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

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

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline Joe K

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Re: My Doctor and I hugged today...
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2011, 02:33:31 PM »
Tampa, I know you're an LTS. It was D and me who shouldn't have posted here. I normally only post here when I need to do some moderating.

:-*

With 20,000+ posts I'm amazed that you don't do it more often.  ;D

Offline OneTampa

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Re: My Doctor and I hugged today...
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2011, 04:45:45 PM »
Tampa, I know you're an LTS. It was D and me who shouldn't have posted here. I normally only post here when I need to do some moderating.

:-*

OK.  Got it!  My bad, as the young'uns say.   ;)
"He is my oldest child. The shy and retiring one over there with the Haitian headdress serving pescaíto frito."

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: My Doctor and I hugged today...
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2011, 08:29:59 PM »


Great story! Thanks for sharing !

Ray 8)
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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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.

 


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