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Author Topic: on the other side  (Read 2999 times)

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Offline delspann

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on the other side
« on: April 25, 2012, 02:57:32 PM »
I've been snooping around in the forums on this site for some time now.  I'm at work with a little down time and decided to register and introduce myself to you guys.  I live in Philadelphia.  I am a single black gay man.  I was diagnosed July 1, 1991.  I've survived several hospitalizations, illnesses, drug addiction, confusion, hopelessness, homelessness, shelters, hopsices, programs, detoxes, rehabs, depression, loneliness and despair.  Today I'm hopeful, peaceful, manageable, responsible, encouraged, motivated, supported, supportive, employed, a published author, a spoken word artist, a father, a son, a vision of hope and in touch with my reality.  I find in an honor and a privilege to be employed in the capacity to assist those diagnosed like me in their endeavors to recover from said diagnosis.  We live today and that is a fact.  We've been given that push that encourages us all to take better care of ourselves and pay close attention to our overall health. Mental, Spiritual and Physical.  It takes work in all three areas to live a productive, balanced life for an individual like me.  I've fallen in love with the forums and am very eager to log on and jump into every day.

Offline Theyer

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Re: on the other side
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2012, 07:16:37 AM »
And a great big welcome to you too. After reading your intro I want to say rest please take a rest, then I finished it and it appears you are , thank goodness.

So from a very wet London welcome
michael
"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn

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Re: on the other side
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2012, 07:19:45 AM »
Welcome to the Forums . I'm glad you decided to join us . 

Offline aztecan

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Re: on the other side
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2012, 09:12:02 AM »
Welcome Delspann,

I am glad you have decided to join in and look forward to hearing more from you.

HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline wolfter

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Re: on the other side
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2012, 12:28:35 PM »
Welcome to the family :D  We're a little dysfunctional at times, but also provide great support for each other. 

Looking forward to hearing more from you.

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

Offline bear60

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Re: on the other side
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2012, 02:36:15 PM »
Several of us live in Philadelphia also.  Glad you found the forums.
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

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Re: on the other side
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2012, 04:19:42 AM »
Welcome.  Congrats on beating the addiction.  I'm also a recovering drug addict, so understand that.  Hope you continue posting!
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

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Re: on the other side
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2012, 08:27:26 AM »
Welcome. Delspann.  It's great to meet another long term survivor.  I think you'll find these forums and the people here can be wonderful, informative, supportive, entertaining, and sometimes frustrating, just like real life.  You'll also find several members here from Philadelphia. 

Cheers,

Henry
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     One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell.
     The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love."
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Offline delspann

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a poem for you
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2012, 02:52:29 PM »
I changed my mind
I ain't dying
I'ma stick around and get down
to what's left of my time
H I V, that may be
but there's so much more to being me
free see!
I guess you'd say
that's what I get for being gay
but I could''ve gotten this disease any way
hey
I'm just trying to live day to day.
"My time is limited!"
I used to beleive
but watch and see what I achieve
more than any negative little mind can concieve
because of my positivity
I've been relieved I'm at ease
Child Please!

Offline idee

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Re: a poem for you
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2012, 03:25:54 PM »
I changed my mind
I ain't dying
I'ma stick around and get down
to what's left of my time
H I V, that may be
but there's so much more to being me
free see!
I guess you'd say
that's what I get for being gay
but I could''ve gotten this disease any way
hey
I'm just trying to live day to day.
"My time is limited!"
I used to beleive
but watch and see what I achieve
more than any negative little mind can concieve
because of my positivity
I've been relieved I'm at ease
Child Please!

This reminds me of when people told me I could not live normally, yet I have a daughter and a husband. At one point I was told it was my fault for having pre-marital times and God was punishing me.
Now I just laugh because I am still here and my life is good. Those same people who said these things have asked to borrow money from me. I look at it like I am lucky to have met my hubby who also is positive. He has been positive over twenty years now.
« Last Edit: May 09, 2012, 03:29:01 PM by idee »

Offline delspann

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Re: on the other side
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2012, 02:22:26 PM »
I wanted to create another post but was unable to remember how.  I need some advice.  I recently decided to take a medication break.  My Tcells are above 600 and my viral load undetectable.  I really feel I need to give my organs a break after years of taking medication my Kidney and Liver are in good condition.  I just wanted to give them a break.  what are your thoughts?

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Re: on the other side
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2012, 11:00:20 AM »
I wanted to create another post but was unable to remember how.  I need some advice.  I recently decided to take a medication break.  My Tcells are above 600 and my viral load undetectable.  I really feel I need to give my organs a break after years of taking medication my Kidney and Liver are in good condition.  I just wanted to give them a break.  what are your thoughts?

I think you are making a mistake . Your lab numbers are were they should be because you are taking your meds . Your immune system and Tcells are not a bank that you can spend down from because you are doing well at this time . I cant understand for the life of me why you would do this from what little you have shared .         

Offline Solo_LTSurvivor

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Re: on the other side
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2012, 01:12:50 PM »
I cant understand for the life of me why you would do this from what little you have shared .       

Maybe the rationale can be found here
don't equate intelligence with lack of masculinity
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____________________________

Seroconverted: Early 80s
Tested & confirmed what I already knew: early 90s

Current regimen: Atripla. 
Last regimen:  Epzicom, Sustiva (since its inception with NO adverse side effects: no vivid dreams and NONE of the problems people who can't tolerate this drug may experience: color me lucky ::))
Past regimens
Fun stuff (in the past):  HAV/HBV, crypto, shingles, AIDS, PCP

Jan 2012: 818/21%
Apr 2012: 964/22%
Jul. 2012: 890/21%
Oct. 2012: 920/23%

Still UD after all these years

Online Jeff G

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Re: on the other side
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2012, 01:22:01 PM »
Maybe the rationale can be found here

Thanks for the linky but I'm still in the dark here . It sounds like the OP hasn't come to terms with HIV yet and doesn't understand that when you start meds its a commitment that needs to be kept unless your doctor advises you otherwise .

The fact he posted about this before and hasn't botherd to reply to other peoples thoughts on this matter in that thread adds to the mystery about why a person would do such a thing . 
« Last Edit: July 31, 2012, 01:24:53 PM by jg1962 »

Offline Solo_LTSurvivor

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Re: on the other side
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2012, 01:34:27 PM »
Thanks for the linky but I'm still in the dark here . It sounds like the OP hasn't come to terms with HIV yet and doesn't understand that when you start meds its a commitment that needs to be kept unless your doctor advises you otherwise .

The fact he posted about this before and hasn't botherd to reply to other peoples thoughts on this matter in that thread adds to the mystery about why a person would do such a thing .

I agree.  I'm sorta getting the impression that he thinks that a little holiday after 21 years of being on meds will offer up some type of systemic rejuvenation since he has no real damage as per ALT/AST Metabolic Panel results?
don't equate intelligence with lack of masculinity
Jim Phelps, Mission Impossible
____________________________

Seroconverted: Early 80s
Tested & confirmed what I already knew: early 90s

Current regimen: Atripla. 
Last regimen:  Epzicom, Sustiva (since its inception with NO adverse side effects: no vivid dreams and NONE of the problems people who can't tolerate this drug may experience: color me lucky ::))
Past regimens
Fun stuff (in the past):  HAV/HBV, crypto, shingles, AIDS, PCP

Jan 2012: 818/21%
Apr 2012: 964/22%
Jul. 2012: 890/21%
Oct. 2012: 920/23%

Still UD after all these years

 


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