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Author Topic: Six months on Meds  (Read 2335 times)

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Offline Blixer

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Six months on Meds
« on: September 29, 2006, 09:34:31 PM »
It seems hard to believe but Monday was my 6 month follow up from starting meds.  After a rocky start, things seem to be going pretty good now.  They drew 20 tubes of blood and managed to drain one vein and had to open another one (yuck).  Part of the reaons was because I"m in a study and my HIV doc wanted to run some extra test.  (come to find out, they were tests they had already run, sometimes I wonder how thing don't get screwed up totally).  Anyway, the VL is still pending and I'm sure it is still undetectable.  CD4 remained at 23% which is what it was 2 months ago but the absolute count was up to 687 from 546.  I love it when that number goes up!!!!!   My only concern is that my liver enzymes were elevated.  They were 1.4 times what is considered the high end of normal.  The nurse said it was nothing to worry about with just one test so I'll see.  They tested for Hep C again--negative.  And they tested for toxoplasma.  Not sure what that is about but I read that 30-40% of everyone is infected with that parasite. And of course, I have it.  Nothign to worry about unless the immune system is compromised.

My life is way too busy now.  I don't get a chance to check things out here nearly as much as I would like to.  But in a way, I guess that's good.  Life is going on and I'm adapting to things. I'm feeling pretty good almost all of the time.  I even did that cruise to Key West and Calica Mexico about 3 weeks ago.  I have been hit with an early, but mild bout of the flu this week but seem to be bouncing back pretty quickly.

My diagnosis was almost 10 months ago... wow... my life has definately changed.  I've been to hell and back so to speak.  But the key point is, I'm back!  And I have a great outlook on life and right now things are moving in the right direction.  I've become acquainted with some great folks here that helped me make it through and I'll never forget that.   Thanks to all of you!
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline cubbybear

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Re: Six months on Meds
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2006, 10:01:22 PM »
Onwards and upwards David, and you're powering on with both.  Great #'s too!  I'm totally envious.  Wanna donate some?

Keep on keeping on.
xx
matt
There's a bear in there!
Positive since 2000
Diagnosed 17/9/2005 CD4 35 VL 293,000
Meds 23/9/2005 Sustiva/Truvada
Currently CD4 232 VL Undetectable

Offline Eldon

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Re: Six months on Meds
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2006, 10:36:22 PM »
Hello David it is Eldon.

It is good to hear from you as well as your current labs are great. I love to hear good news. Just wanted to let you know that. Keep on doing what you have been doing and definitely keep that positive attitute towards life of yours!



Make the BEST of each Day!

Offline Blixer

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Re: Six months on Meds
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2006, 11:09:23 PM »
Matt, I'd gladly share a few if we could figure out how... just not too many until I I'm confident of where I'm going with this (smile)  of course, I'd love someone to take some of those liver enzymes away too.  Thanks for your support.

Eldon, thanks for your comments and support. I always like good news and just wanted to share.  It's good to keep up with what is going on.
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline Life

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Re: Six months on Meds
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2006, 10:16:53 AM »
David, has it been that long?  Jeezz...  I think its more important now to slow down that clock even more, and just, enjoy the ride.... 

Keep up everything your doing... Its working..  Call you on Sunday sweetie..

Love

Eric

PS... You are simply gorgious in that picture u no.. ;D ;D ;D   

Offline Blixer

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Re: Six months on Meds
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2006, 04:06:29 PM »
Hey Eric, yes it's working.  You told me all along it would work.  And then you had to hold my hand there for a while.  Thanks so much.  And you can see from the pic, I'm doing just fine.  LOL...  That was taken on the beach near Calica Mexico a couple of weeks ago.  I soooo want to go back.  It is so nice to just slow down and get away.   Talk to you soon sweetie!
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline bear60

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Re: Six months on Meds
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2006, 06:16:19 PM »
Hi Blix....glad you are doing so well.  I miss your posts but am happy that you are off living your life.
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Six months on Meds
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2006, 08:51:43 PM »
Blix, sounds like you're doing real well. Good for you, man!

Cheers,
Andy Velez

Offline Blixer

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Re: Six months on Meds
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2006, 08:58:55 PM »
Hi Bear and Andy!  I keep thinking I"m going to get back to being a regular here.  And I will.  I just need to figure out how to balance things.  And I guess having those issues is good.  It means I"m busy.  And when I'm busy I find I don't think that much about my diagnosis or the issues surrounding it.  More and more I'm finding that dealing with HIV is still a very new field.  In many cases there are no definate answers.  So I'm learning to take each day as it comes as a gift and live it to the fullest.  I feel I've responsed well to the treatment and can do most everything I used to.  Taking the meds is almost automatic now.  And I find that there is so much living in life that I still want to do.  My next step is to hopefully get out into the social realm and maybe start doing some dating again.  That scares the crap out of me though.  I've never had much luck with men.  LOL!
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline bear60

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Re: Six months on Meds
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2006, 01:22:43 PM »
Blix.... getting into dating is a good thing for you to want. Let me give you one piece of advice:  don't start choosing the silver pattern on the first date. lol
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline Blixer

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Re: Six months on Meds
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2006, 07:04:09 PM »
Bear, I refer to myself as a Jerk Magnet.  And I doubt that has changed.  I swore off of dating for 3 years because of a big jerk that about destoyed my self esteem. I was just getting ready to start getting back out there last Jan when I got my diagnosis. So that put things into a tailspin again.  Yes, thanks for the advice. I'm now one of those "overly cautious" guys.  If it looks like someone may want a second date, I run the other way.  That is something I do have to get beyond.
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline bobik

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Re: Six months on Meds
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2006, 01:26:52 PM »
Hey David,

I am glad things go well with you. You look gorgeous.

BIG hug

Coen
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Six months on Meds
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2006, 07:04:17 PM »
Hello David,

It's great to hear that things are going well for you, And its also great the life is keeping you busy, and that you are adapting well. !! Thats the way I prefer it !!



Keep it going----------Ray     ( nice pic, by the way ;) )
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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