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Author Topic: Lab timing dilemma  (Read 559 times)

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Offline Cojo

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Lab timing dilemma
« on: March 26, 2013, 05:56:54 PM »
This may seem trivial, but it is driving me crazy at the moment.

I am on an every three month labs plan to get my VL, Cd4s etc. I was going to go tomorrow and then see my doctor two weeks later for results. Problem is, I feel pretty crappy right now ( flu like ) and I have read many times that being ill can seriously affect your numbers in a downward way. If I get a low number, it creates incredible anxiety for me as many of you will note from my other posts.

From that end, I am thinking of not doing labs this week which will then bring another four weeks along before I can do the labs because I will be travelling.

So the question is..... is it detrimental or problematic for me to self determine that I will do my labs at month 5 this time rather than month three? I have a repeat on my meds to last me until late June so that is not a concern. Thoughts?
May 2011 - Tested Positive
June 2011 - CD4 330   16%   VL182,000 no resistance
Oct 6, 2011 - CD4 300  20%  VL 60,000
Oct 7, 2011 - start Truvada / Isentress
Nov 29, 2011 CD4 280 26% VL 54
Feb 7 2012 CD4 260 25% UD!
Mar 20 2012 CD4 400 28%
June 2012 CD4 330 26% UD
Sept 2012 CD4 450 32% UD
Dec 2012 CD4 310 28% UD
May 2013 CD4 500 32% UD
Oct 2013 CD4 460 33% UD
May 2014 CD4 360 33% UD
Aug 2014 swap out Isentress for Tivicay
Oct 2014 CD4 320 33% UD

Offline buginme2

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Re: Lab timing dilemma
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2013, 11:20:09 PM »


So the question is..... is it detrimental or problematic for me to self determine that I will do my labs at month 5 this time rather than month three? I have a repeat on my meds to last me until late June so that is not a concern. Thoughts?

Detrimental? Problematic? No.  But it's not necessary.

It's not like your numbers are going to crash because you have the flu.  Even if they are lower, so what.  Your numbers like everyone else's fluctuate every day. 

Think of it this way.  You are avoiding seeking medical care because you don't feel we'll. 
Don't be fancy, just get dancey

Offline Cojo

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Re: Lab timing dilemma
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013, 07:54:45 PM »
Good perspective, thank you.
I read a report recently that pointed out that getting CD4 counts once a year was sufficient and it would reduce patient stress - do I ever agree!!
May 2011 - Tested Positive
June 2011 - CD4 330   16%   VL182,000 no resistance
Oct 6, 2011 - CD4 300  20%  VL 60,000
Oct 7, 2011 - start Truvada / Isentress
Nov 29, 2011 CD4 280 26% VL 54
Feb 7 2012 CD4 260 25% UD!
Mar 20 2012 CD4 400 28%
June 2012 CD4 330 26% UD
Sept 2012 CD4 450 32% UD
Dec 2012 CD4 310 28% UD
May 2013 CD4 500 32% UD
Oct 2013 CD4 460 33% UD
May 2014 CD4 360 33% UD
Aug 2014 swap out Isentress for Tivicay
Oct 2014 CD4 320 33% UD

 


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