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hoyw1975:
Hey Shayne. It's a couple of months since you posted and I'm in a similar situation, so I thought I'd reply and see how you're doing now? Are your stats back  up some? How're you finding all the meds?

I was diagnosed at the end of June, with my first CD4 count being 130; two weeks later (nearly three weeks ago, now) my CD4 has fallen to 87 and my VL is 200k. I have an appointment at the clinic on Friday where I'll probably start HAART, having been on Septrin (what we call Bactrim over here) for three weeks.

I'm surprisingly un-nervous. The main thing I'm worried about is picking up something before my immune system gets back to somewhere sensible.

Peterdenmark:

--- Quote from: hoyw1975 on July 30, 2013, 06:39:00 PM ---Hey Shayne. It's a couple of months since you posted and I'm in a similar situation, so I thought I'd reply and see how you're doing now? Are your stats back  up some? How're you finding all the meds?

I was diagnosed at the end of June, with my first CD4 count being 130; two weeks later (nearly three weeks ago, now) my CD4 has fallen to 87 and my VL is 200k. I have an appointment at the clinic on Friday where I'll probably start HAART, having been on Septrin (what we call Bactrim over here) for three weeks.

I'm surprisingly un-nervous. The main thing I'm worried about is picking up something before my immune system gets back to somewhere sensible.

--- End quote ---

I hope it ok, that I hang on here :-)

Im very new too, both as a member on this very nice forum, but also as a hiv poz.

The stories I for the time being like to read most, are about low cd4, because thats what Im experiencing - and this way I want to learn more - same U I beleive.

At least I can tell U, that the new medicine works, and I have tried(still do) to have low cd4, and several OI.
I still take TB medicine, but only need it for 3-4 more months.

I actually couldnt handle the Batrim, so my doc took that away from me, even though I had zero Cd4.

Im still without Bactrim though, but my cd4 is climbing steadyly - and so will yours, when u starthaart treatment.

And, I wish u best of luck. Doctors and their medicine nowadays are really doing wonders.
Always have faith in that, even though there will be bad days too, thats life.

I wish I could have been brave and not nervous like you, but when they told me I had hiv 3 months ago, I was not as strong.

Just keep up yr mood and be adherrent about medicine.

Warm regards from Denmark

Peter

Shayne504:
Sorry for the long time between posts. My 2nd set of blood work came back mid June. My CD-4 has dropped to 80 (yes 80, not a typo) and my VL dropped to 89K. I started Truvada and Isentress about 3 weeks ago, so far so good. Only side effects have been Drowsiness and occasional muscle cramps in my calves. I know it sounds strange but I felt like a kid at Christmas when my Dr wrote my Rx!

While waiting to get on meds I started working in my diet. I stopped all soft drinks and fast food. I've made an effort to eat more fresh fruit and veggies. With my low CD-4 I only drink bottled water from a local Artesian well source. My local water district has the habit of sending out letters every 6 months or so saying, Oops we didn't quite me Federal Standards for removal of "X". So my nutritionist and Dr said avoid the tap water. I'm just chomping at the bit to start being more physically active, Doc wants me to wait because muscle weakness and pain are 2 of the most common side effects to the meds.

I have made an effort to keep a positive 😜 outlook and not dwell on it. I recently told one of my best friends about my status, so I'm working on building my support group so my friends can keep me from isolating.

I'm taking it one day at a time. I have a GREAT Dr! I have his cell phone number and he responds quickly to my texts. My office visits sometimes seem like two stand-up comedians playing off each other. On my first visit he asked if I was OK with me if a resident sat in on my appointment, to which I replied, No problem! Any time you want Doctors in training to sit in its fine. I figure if I can help future Drs to better at treating others it can only help in the fight

Well this went on longer than I planned so I will close for now. Y'all have a good one!

Shayne

tednlou2:
Sorry to hear your numbers dropped so low, but it is good to hear you wanted to start meds and have such a positive outlook.  How long do you think you've been poz? 

I am glad Louisville water is considered some of the best in the country.  I always have residents in on my appts.  Like you, I don't mind.  I want them to learn all they can, and learn how to have conversations with patients.  I have noticed some don't seem very interested, at all.  It seems like they got stuck with this residency.  I always ask them, whether they plan to work in HIV medicine.  The ones who don't seem that interested always say no.  But, perhaps they will learn things that will help them in other med fields.  Any doc could have an HIV patient.  Or, they may recognize issues a patient is having, who doesn't know they have HIV. 

Anyway, all the best for those t-cells to climb, as they will.  Keep in touch. 

Shayne504:
Well the last time I had sex was February 25, 2009, so I figure at least 4 years now. The only problems I've had are the 2 bouts of skin cancer in a year and Bell's Palsy, so I haven lucky.

I am curious to see what change there will be in my #'s but I know it will take awhile for them to improve. Physically I'm doing good just mentally I have always to go?😛

Shayne

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