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Offline Rhaegar

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Just saying hi
« on: December 16, 2011, 03:28:59 PM »
I've been a lurker since I was diagnosed in May.  I've learned a lot from reading everyone's questions and posts here, but figured it was time to join in. 

I dove right into treatment when I was diagnosed since my CD4 count was below 200.  My doctor started me on Truvada + Prezista/Norvir.  After over 6 months of treatment my CD4 count is 734 and my viral load is just above undetectable at 63 copies.  My doctor said he'd shoot me if I wasn't undetectable with the next visit, lol.  I also just finished a support group that picks up again at the end of January.

Aside from that, I'm a bit of a geek.  If you couldn't tell, I'm really into the A Song of Ice and Fire books series, which is the basis for the HBO show Game of Thrones.  I miss Battlestar Galactica, but am thankful that Doctor Who is still running.  I work in healthcare and have a 2-year old dog that keeps me company.

-Kevin

05/19/2011: Diagnosed.  CD4 159   VL 284,000.
04/29/2013:  CD4 789,   VL <20

Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: Just saying hi
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2011, 04:50:22 PM »
Welcome to the forums, Kevin

Here's hoping you don't need a bulletproof vest!

Assurbanipal
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 bosco

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Re: Just saying hi
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2011, 09:12:22 AM »
Yes, welcome to the forums. They are certainly a good place to learn about, as well as how to live with HIV. Sounds like you're going great, health wise. Have a nice holiday.
"Dog is my co-pilot".

Offline wolfter

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Re: Just saying hi
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2011, 09:22:57 AM »
Welcome.  The members here are a great asset as a support system too.

Best Wishes
Wolfie
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline Rhaegar

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Re: Just saying hi
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2011, 06:35:41 PM »
wolfter - I love the quote in your signature.
05/19/2011: Diagnosed.  CD4 159   VL 284,000.
04/29/2013:  CD4 789,   VL <20

Offline DanMo

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Re: Just saying hi
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2011, 06:50:05 PM »
Welcome to the forums Kevin! I'm glad you've decided to join in.

I've just started reading A Game of Thrones a couple of weeks ago. It's a very interesting series. I've seen the HBO shows and that got me interested in reading the books. I'm a big Doctor Who fan as well :D

- Dan
“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.” —Frida Kahlo

11 Feb 2011 - Preliminary positive
07 Mar 11 - Inconclusive WB
14 Mar 11 - Diagnosed positive
05 Apr 11 - 355 (21%) / VL: 186,054
27 Apr 11 - 390 (20%) / VL: 285,095
06 Jun 11 - 298 (19%) / VL:  78,380
01 Aug 11 - > STARTED ATRIPLA <
30 Aug 11 - 699 (31%) / VL: 1,938
03 Nov 11 -                / VL: 645
27 Dec 11 - 559 (35%) / VL: 1,189
11 Jan 12 -                 / VL: <20
09 Apr 12 - 686 (40%) / VL: UD
11 Jul 12 - 793 (37%) / VL: 25

Offline Rhaegar

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Re: Just saying hi
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2011, 07:02:06 PM »
I still have to catch up on the last half of the season that just ended.  "The Doctor's Wife" is still my favorite of the first half.

And I just realized that I've met someone from here already (aupointillimite), and he's a pretty awesome guy. 

05/19/2011: Diagnosed.  CD4 159   VL 284,000.
04/29/2013:  CD4 789,   VL <20

Offline DanMo

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Re: Just saying hi
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2011, 07:06:36 PM »
I still have to catch up on the last half of the season that just ended.  "The Doctor's Wife" is still my favorite of the first half.

And I just realized that I've met someone from here already (aupointillimite), and he's a pretty awesome guy.

The second half of this season is pretty good! You'll like it! My favorite episodes were the ones with Donna Noble as the companion, LOVE Catherine Tate  :D
“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.” —Frida Kahlo

11 Feb 2011 - Preliminary positive
07 Mar 11 - Inconclusive WB
14 Mar 11 - Diagnosed positive
05 Apr 11 - 355 (21%) / VL: 186,054
27 Apr 11 - 390 (20%) / VL: 285,095
06 Jun 11 - 298 (19%) / VL:  78,380
01 Aug 11 - > STARTED ATRIPLA <
30 Aug 11 - 699 (31%) / VL: 1,938
03 Nov 11 -                / VL: 645
27 Dec 11 - 559 (35%) / VL: 1,189
11 Jan 12 -                 / VL: <20
09 Apr 12 - 686 (40%) / VL: UD
11 Jul 12 - 793 (37%) / VL: 25

Offline wolfter

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Re: Just saying hi
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2011, 08:54:04 PM »
wolfter - I love the quote in your signature.

Thanks to the world of Facebook, I come across different sayings that strike my fancy and I promptly steal them for my own benefit.  I agree though, that is an awesome quote that I used to have a huge problem obeying.  Now it's only a moderate problem. ;D

Wolfie
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline spacebarsux

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Re: Just saying hi
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2011, 05:52:23 AM »
Welcome to the forums Kevin!
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 hope_for_a_cure

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Re: Just saying hi
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2011, 07:53:16 AM »
You have found a good place Kevin.  There is genuinely good support here and hope to hear more from/about you soon. 

Offline Rhaegar

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Re: Just saying hi
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2012, 08:48:16 PM »
I just wanted to update: I'm officially undetectable as of this past Tuesday.  I'm definitely happy about that.
05/19/2011: Diagnosed.  CD4 159   VL 284,000.
04/29/2013:  CD4 789,   VL <20

Offline DanMo

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  • Finally undetectable! ;D
Re: Just saying hi
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2012, 10:27:48 PM »
I just wanted to update: I'm officially undetectable as of this past Tuesday.  I'm definitely happy about that.

Congratulations Rhaegar! That is great news!
“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.” —Frida Kahlo

11 Feb 2011 - Preliminary positive
07 Mar 11 - Inconclusive WB
14 Mar 11 - Diagnosed positive
05 Apr 11 - 355 (21%) / VL: 186,054
27 Apr 11 - 390 (20%) / VL: 285,095
06 Jun 11 - 298 (19%) / VL:  78,380
01 Aug 11 - > STARTED ATRIPLA <
30 Aug 11 - 699 (31%) / VL: 1,938
03 Nov 11 -                / VL: 645
27 Dec 11 - 559 (35%) / VL: 1,189
11 Jan 12 -                 / VL: <20
09 Apr 12 - 686 (40%) / VL: UD
11 Jul 12 - 793 (37%) / VL: 25

 


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