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Author Topic: Six Months Out.  (Read 1316 times)

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Offline Bartro

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Six Months Out.
« on: November 16, 2006, 08:20:53 PM »
It's been a little more than six months since my diagnosis.  I appreciate the support provided by the members of the forum.  The first couple of months were very frightening. Your kind words and understanding were, and still are of immense help to me.  I feel lucky that I have responded so well to treatment.  Thank you all.

4/27/2006
40,800 viral load
Platelet count of 1000
CD4 339 17 %

6/1/2006
Platelets 27000
CD4 342
VL 181 19%

8/4/2006
VL undetectable. 
CD4 301 20%
Platelets 31,000

11/2/2006
CD4  364 27%
Platelets 38000
VL undectable






« Last Edit: November 16, 2006, 08:23:01 PM by Bartro »
Rusty

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Six Months Out.
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2006, 08:24:37 PM »

Yup, we're here for you honey! Keep up the good work!

Offline ndrew

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Re: Six Months Out.
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2006, 08:40:10 PM »
Wow, congrats!

Drew

Offline Eldon

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Re: Six Months Out.
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2006, 08:41:39 PM »
Hey Bartro,

Yes, we are here for you and your numbers are looking good. Congratulations!



Make the BEST of each Day!

Offline Life

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Re: Six Months Out.
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2006, 08:56:08 PM »
SLAM DUNK! ;D

Offline Blixer

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Re: Six Months Out.
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2006, 08:58:16 PM »
Great results!  Thanks for sharing!!!!
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 poet

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Re: Six Months Out.
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2006, 09:04:06 AM »
Excellent progress.  Now, six months out, since I am a demanding person, see if you can start stretching out when you go for labwork (with physician approval) and go for the long view in which the numbers may go up, may go down, but you can start to see a straight line ahead.  Best, Win
Winthrop Smith has published three collections of poetry: Ghetto: From The First Five; The Weigh-In: Collected Poems; Skin Check: New York Poems.  The last was published in December 2006.  He has a work-in-progress underway titled Starting Positions.

Offline Bartro

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Re: Six Months Out.
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2006, 09:43:00 AM »
The doc wants to keep seeing me every three months.  I'm more worried about my blood platelets (Thrombocytopenia) than the other.  The excessive bruising and bleeding is what initiated my HIV test.  Initiially I could push on my skin and develop a huge bruise.  I was getting nosebleeds that wouldn't stop.  It was very frightening.  There was also a risk of brain hemmorhage.  I was given an MRI to make sure there was no damage to the brain.  In a way I guess this wasn't the worst way to find out I was infected.  My CD4s hadn't tanked out yet and I hadn't developed PCP or any of the other illnesses I've read about here.  I feel kind of foolish now for not getting routine testing for HIV.  There is an anonymous testing center just a few blocks from where I live.

How often do most of you get your lab work done?  Once my platelets are in normal range I would feel comfortable seeing the doctor less often. 
Rusty

Offline poet

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Re: Six Months Out.
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2006, 04:02:20 PM »
Hey Rusty.  We had a whole range the last time we discussed the time between labwork.  I am trying to push for every 6 months since I have been on the same meds with the same results for so many years.  I started, as with you, at every three months, then pushed for every four.  It's a question for you to think about, read about and talk over with your doctor, perhaps slowly moving away from 3 once you and your doctor feel that things are stable.  I simply got to the point of being guilty that I was using funds for labwork which could go to someone else for labwork.  Win
Winthrop Smith has published three collections of poetry: Ghetto: From The First Five; The Weigh-In: Collected Poems; Skin Check: New York Poems.  The last was published in December 2006.  He has a work-in-progress underway titled Starting Positions.

Offline northernguy

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Re: Six Months Out.
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2006, 01:05:07 PM »
Thrombocytopenia?  I'd never heard of that until today.  Now after googling it I see it's just one more treat we might have to deal with  :(
Apr 28/06 cd4 600 vl 10,600 cd% 25
Nov 8/09 cd4 510 vl 49,5000 cd% 16
Jan 16/10 cd4 660 vl 54,309 cd% 16
Feb 17/10 Started Atripla
Mar 7/10 cd4 710 vl 1,076 cd% 21
Apr 18/10 cd4 920 vl 268 cd% 28
Jun 19/10 cd4 450 vl 60 cd% 25
Aug 15/10 cd4 680 vl 205 cd% 27
Apr 3/11 cd4 780 vl <40 cd% 30
Jul 17/11 cd4 960 vl <40 cd%33
April 15/12 cd4 1,010 vl <40 cd% 39
April 20/12 Switched to Viramune + Truvada
Aug 2/12 cd4 1040, vl <40, cd% 38
Oct 19 cd4 1,110 vl <40 cd% 41

 


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