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Offline Lugzsoo

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This what I look like in jan 2011
« on: November 28, 2011, 08:12:55 PM »



Pcp almost killed me but I'm a fighter



Offline Basquo

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2011, 11:04:59 PM »
Wow. I don't recall any Forums member posting a picture like that before. You are a fighter! I could say so many more things based on that photo, but the most important one is that I'm glad you recovered and are here to tell us about it. Again, WOW!
Abrazos,
Creighton

Offline anniebc

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2011, 01:21:05 AM »
Glad to have you with us Lugzsoo, anyone with that kind of fight in them is Ok by me, hope you stay around for a long time to come.

Aroha
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Offline Billy B

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2011, 10:46:52 AM »
Lugzsoo,
So glad you pulled through the Pcp. I hope it is not rude to ask but were you on a vent or bi-pap to help your breathing?
Peace,
Billy
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VL  UD   CD4 340 CD4% 26.5 05/13/10
VL  UD   CD4 360 CD4% 27.1 08/3/10
VL  UD   CD4 310 CD4% 28.4 11/22/10
VL  UD   CD4 420 CD4% 27.9 02/11/11
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 26.4 06/08/11
VL  UD   CD4 360 CD4% 27.7 09/23/11
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 28.3 01/20/12
VL  UD   CD4 430 CD4% 28.8 05/11/12
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Offline NycJoe

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2011, 03:11:59 PM »
Love you posting that picture to show just how far you have come.  Looks like you went to hell and back and all the stronger for it.  Seriously awesome.

Joe

Offline Lugzsoo

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2011, 03:48:14 PM »
Thanxs  everyone and yes I was on vent and yes I come a long way .and hope I never go back almost die it hit me like  Mac truck .

Offline Theyer

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2011, 03:54:38 PM »
Welcome Lugzsoo,

Its not a look any off us want to keep , Glad you found us .
t
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Offline buginme2

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2011, 04:21:07 PM »
Its a very powerful image.  Glad you're better.

Offline WillyWump

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2011, 05:54:46 PM »
It's a very striking image, and it speaks volumes. Thank you for sharing.

-Will
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Offline John2038

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2011, 06:14:16 PM »
Always told myself, before dying I will dance.
Obsiously, looking at the pics, there is no warranty that will be physically possible but hopefully mentally.

Glad you are with us Lugzsoo! Welcome back for long time.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2011, 06:29:18 PM »
Randy,

It is a very powerful picture, Thanks for posting, and its great that you've made a good recovery.  That was a real tough time for you - no doubt! I had bacterial pneumonia, back in 2003, but nothing like what you went through.

I had my partner take some pictures of me , back in 2003.  They weren't hospital pics, but pics showing what 30 pounds of wasting looks like. I also have some pics of one hell of a case of shingles.  I think I did this for my own good. It's harder for my partner to look at them than it is for myself,  but I think I needed to have those pictures for my own mental health. I also took pictures after starting on meds, to show the rapid improvements that took place.

When I get a little discouraged as far as having to take medications every day, the pics remind me, why I need to take the meds.  It's a part of my life , I don't want to repeat, and hope to avoid again.


Thanks/ Take good care of yourself---Ray
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Offline WillyWump

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2011, 06:43:14 PM »
When I get a little discouraged as far as having to take medications every day, the pics remind me, why I need to take the meds. 


This pic would make a good PSA for those who are afraid/ do not wish to take Meds.

-W
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6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

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Offline surf18

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2011, 06:53:41 PM »
Very powerful. Scary stuff
Glad your doing better.

Offline Since2005

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2011, 01:09:48 AM »
Welcome to the forums! Glad you are doing better!

Offline spacebarsux

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2011, 06:42:29 AM »
You're a fighter Lugzoo.  :)
Infected-  2005 or early 2006; Diagnosed- Jan 28th, 2011; Feb '11- CD4 754 @34%, VL- 39K; July '11- CD4 907@26%,  VL-81K; Feb '12- CD4 713 @31%, VL- 41K, Nov '12- CD4- 827@31%

Offline weasel

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2011, 07:05:22 PM »


           Just saw this !

             I am so glad you are doing well  !

            It is an eye opener for sure !   

              Some have a harder battle than others . I pray you will continue to be heathy !

                                                                     Weasel
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Offline Lugzsoo

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2011, 11:00:42 PM »
Thanxs for all the nice comments  ;D hope I be well a long time

Offline OneTampa

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2011, 11:49:21 PM »
Stay well and take care.
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Offline mikeyb39

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2011, 12:36:39 AM »
ahhhh....thanks for sharing that, i hope you had someone to comfort you at that time.  Im so glad you are better...
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02/18/2011  cd4-425, vl-800
06/10/2011  cd4-447, vl-70
10/10/2011  cd4-666, vl-80
01/05/2012  swiched med (prezista,norvir ,isentress, )
02/10/2012  cd4-733, vl-UD  Viread removed
06/10/2012  cd4-614, vl-UD
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Offline David_CA

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2011, 10:27:41 AM »
Yikes, though I know how you feel.  I didn't have the vent part of it, but I had all sorts of monitors, IV's, hoses, etc when I had PCP in '06.  In fact, it's almost 5 years to the day that I got out of the hospital.  The whole thing is a bit of a blur, which I suppose is a blessing, but I still think back to how sick I was... especially when I get out of breath; my lungs never did recover as well as I'd have liked.  It's good that you're here and doing well today.  Hell, in another month or so, you can celebrate a year of being out of the hospital!  ;)
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  Atripla started 12-01-2006
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05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
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08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
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11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
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Offline Lugzsoo

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2011, 09:59:14 PM »
Thanxs hugs too all of you guys

Offline Raf

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2011, 07:07:35 AM »
You sir, are a fighter. Someone close to me suffered from PCP this last september, and seeing your pic was just like seeing him in that time..with al the IV, tubes, even the vent to help him breath...

It was terrible, whenever he had to sneeze, or cough, it hurts him bad, very bad, in that moment even the doctors said that one of his lungs wasn't functioning, I feared the worst for that month. It was a scary moment for him and his family, and all I could do was to be there and offer some support.

Fortunately, he'd left the hospital in october, and he's doing well. Started the ARV therapy right away without questions (he takes truvada and efavirenz).

When I was diagnosed back in 2008, I got the aids Dx, but I only had wasting syndrome (and chronic dhiarrea from more than 3 months) and molluscus contagious, but fortunately I finally get my head off the sand and got diagnosed before anything badder happened, like PCP.

That's why I admire you guys who battled PCP and now are standing here, I cannot imagine if I have the will of fighting that monster. BTW, the denialists and people fearing the meds should look this pic and see if they are willing to go through this.
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Offline animalleader

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2011, 12:49:28 AM »
Lugzsoo, this is my first post on the forum ... and that picture could be me, on my 40th birthday (in 2005).  I was on a vent also.  Before I went under to get intubated, when I was still in ICU, a social worker asked me if I wanted a priest, a minister, or a lawyer; I told her I wasn't going to die, and I didn't, and you didn't, and I'm typing this with tears in my eyes but "it's all good."  Congratulations to you!

Offline Lugzsoo

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2011, 02:03:14 PM »
Lugzsoo, this is my first post on the forum ... and that picture could be me, on my 40th birthday (in 2005).  I was on a vent also.  Before I went under to get intubated, when I was still in ICU, a social worker asked me if I wanted a priest, a minister, or a lawyer; I told her I wasn't going to die, and I didn't, and you didn't, and I'm typing this with tears in my eyes but "it's all good."  Congratulations to you!


Congratulation to you too I see that you made it too thanxs and be safe hugs to you

Offline AlanBama

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2011, 06:20:53 PM »
Thanks for posting this; glad you are doing better.   Hope 2012 is much better for you
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Offline Lugzsoo

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #25 on: December 19, 2011, 06:28:58 PM »
Thanks for posting this; glad you are doing better.   Hope 2012 is much better for you


God. Alan


I hope 2012 is better  thanx and I hope yours is good to.

Offline RedBear

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #26 on: January 11, 2012, 10:07:02 PM »
Congrat's on your recovery; went the same way as you about 4 years ago; hit me suddenly; almost died, but started Meds and now my CD4 is 464.  Spent 21 days in ICU...when I got out thought I'd be dead in a year, here I am 4 yrs later feeling pretty good so hang in there buddy!
Finish each day and be done with it.  You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day.  You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with you old nonsense. 
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Offline RedBear

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #27 on: January 11, 2012, 10:11:55 PM »
Congrat's on your recovery; went the same way as you about 4 years ago; hit me suddenly; almost died, but started Meds and now my CD4 is 464.  Spent 21 days in ICU...when I got out thought I'd be dead in a year, here I am 4 yrs later feeling pretty good so hang in there buddy!
Finish each day and be done with it.  You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day.  You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with you old nonsense. 
                              Emerson

Offline HARLEY_B

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2012, 09:54:03 AM »
Lugszoo, you the man! Thanks for hanging with us! Tim

Offline SANJUANDUDE

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2012, 06:28:05 PM »
I know you will get out of there and be just fine. 

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Offline Lugzsoo

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2012, 07:41:15 PM »
Thanxs you guy and gals for the nice comments .  Redbear I know what you talking about and we both still here.

Offline phost86

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2012, 10:49:21 PM »
Look forward to better years...Superman!

Offline ejwilliamson90

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #32 on: January 15, 2012, 12:13:33 AM »
feel better!!!!
04/14/11  HIV- + Diagnosis
05/15/11 Initial CD4/VL reading: 89/ 550,000
05/15/11 - Genotype Test revealed no mutations
06/01/11 -Started Atripla
07/01/11- CD4/VL 125/900
09/26/11- CD4/VL 183/90
10/20/11- CD4/VL  172/72
11/15/11- CD4/VL 185/82
12/20/11- CD4/VL 186/<20!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY UD!
02/10/12 -CD4/VL 175/70
02/14/12- New Regimen: Norvir, Prezista, Isentress, Truvada
03/05/12 - CD4/VL 203/30 :
04/06/2012: cd4 228 vl <20
05/26/2012 cd4/vl 253/80
07/25/2012 cd4/vl 249/<20
09/10/2012 cd4/ vl 294/<20
Medications:
Prevacid 30, Ativan 2mg 4x/day,Testim 50mg daily, Certavite Multivitamin with Antioxidants, Quinapril 40mg, Fish Oil 3/day, 1000mg Garlic, 2-4 G Carafate, Paxil 20mg, Dapsone 100mg, Norvir, Prezista, Truvada, Isentress.
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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #33 on: January 15, 2012, 12:13:59 AM »
Feel better  :) xoxo you'll be in my thoughts and prayers!!!
04/14/11  HIV- + Diagnosis
05/15/11 Initial CD4/VL reading: 89/ 550,000
05/15/11 - Genotype Test revealed no mutations
06/01/11 -Started Atripla
07/01/11- CD4/VL 125/900
09/26/11- CD4/VL 183/90
10/20/11- CD4/VL  172/72
11/15/11- CD4/VL 185/82
12/20/11- CD4/VL 186/<20!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY UD!
02/10/12 -CD4/VL 175/70
02/14/12- New Regimen: Norvir, Prezista, Isentress, Truvada
03/05/12 - CD4/VL 203/30 :
04/06/2012: cd4 228 vl <20
05/26/2012 cd4/vl 253/80
07/25/2012 cd4/vl 249/<20
09/10/2012 cd4/ vl 294/<20
Medications:
Prevacid 30, Ativan 2mg 4x/day,Testim 50mg daily, Certavite Multivitamin with Antioxidants, Quinapril 40mg, Fish Oil 3/day, 1000mg Garlic, 2-4 G Carafate, Paxil 20mg, Dapsone 100mg, Norvir, Prezista, Truvada, Isentress.
PRN: Marinol, Baclofen, Ultrum, Patanase, Lidoderm

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Re: This what I look like in jan 2011
« Reply #34 on: January 19, 2012, 10:53:18 PM »
Feel better  :) xoxo you'll be in my thoughts and prayers!!!



Thanxs and I will xoxo to you to  ::)

 


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