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Author Topic: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .  (Read 3373 times)

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Offline Matty the Damned

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Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« on: November 08, 2006, 04:43:11 AM »
. . . . but only coz I said I would post the results of last weeks tests. So let's see if we can keep this nice, shall we? ;)

As some of you may know Matty the Damned's numbers have gone to pot in an extraordinary fashion over the last few weeks. Very unfabulous. Despite my overwhelming desire to blame the Welsh, I think that HIV (and certain large doses of corticosteroids prescribed by a certain idiot immunologist) may have had something to do with it.

As is customary in these threads I shall post my previous results for the purposes of perspective.

October 2006 (or thereabouts)

CD4 Absolute: 15
CD4 %: 5
VL: greater than 500,000 (Log 4.9)

I think we can declare that to be a true blue w00t n00b l00z3rz!!!! gilt edged AIDS Victim result. Jeff Whathisname would be proud.

So I decided to restart HAART. Last week, after two weeks on the Blessed Pills That Make Life Great bloods were drawn by my Clinical Nurse Consultant and the results were delivered today. To wit:

November 2006
CD4 Absolute: 36
CD4 %: 6
VL: 13,000 (Log 4.1)

To which my response was: dubble U tee eff? Greater than 500,000 down to 13,000 corresponds to a log shift of .8?

I don't think so. But what would I know? I passed Year 10 Maths with a C grade. Which, incidentally, makes me a doctor in certain parts of Latin America and the South Pacific.

On a related note, various other tests were performed by Frau Eva, including tests for CMV, Toxo and so on. Apparently I have "cotton wool spots" or something on my left retina. I don't really know the significance of these since it was all getting rather boring and my mind wandered off while she was talking.

The Good Frau also is fretting about MAC and she wants me to do other tests which involve defeacting in three jars. Now Matty the Damned has no shame. He'll crap in just about anything on demand, just check out some of the more declasse threads around here, but these tiny little jars I've been given are just unacceptable!

They read "Product of Australia". No way baby. Anybody who knows anything about these matters will understand that quality shittin' jars are only manufactured in Germany.

Fondly,

MtD
(Who has standards) :-*

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2006, 05:22:46 AM »
MTD, You are indeed one of a kind. I don't know how you maintain your whit during your difficult time here, but much to my amazement, you always make me smile. And for that I thank you.
I really do wish you the best thorough all this hell. And major props to you for keeping that sense of humor. that I believe, will take you further than any HAART drugs ever will.
OK no more nice comments. I don't want you to rip me a new one for being a kiss-ass (or do I? Might be entertaining)

Jeff
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Offline Nadine

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2006, 05:45:08 AM »
Looking good Matty...

((HUGS))

Offline Dachshund

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2006, 07:00:41 AM »


All I can think of is the time me mum told me to "wish in one hand and sh*t in the other, and see which one fills up first." Absolutely of no relevance, but somehow completely appropriate. I like the way your numbers are trending.

May this thread be mercifully mundane and brief. ;)

AD

Offline RobT

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2006, 07:20:08 AM »
Matty-
Keep on that HAART. I really like how ur #s r treading.

RobT

Current meds: Truvada/Sustiva
VL: undetectable
CD4: 564


Current meds: Atripla
VL: undetectable
CD4: 630

Offline newt

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2006, 07:57:57 AM »
Matty,

...to be boring, factual and unwitty.  The log value of a viral load of 500K+ is 6, not 4.9.  Log value of 13,000 is 4.1.  So a 2 log drop.  This is a good result, if the numbers is correct. Viral load count for log 4.9 would be about 79-80,000.

I sincerely hope the combo thing does not come off the rails for you just now.

- matt
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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2006, 08:26:44 AM »
..to be boring, factual and unwitty.  The log value of a viral load of 500K+ is 6, not 4.9.  Log value of 13,000 is 4.1.  So a 2 log drop.  This is a good result, if the numbers is correct. Viral load count for log 4.9 would be about 79-80,000.

Then tell it to my doctors doll. I just go on what they tell me.

MtD
(Who is terribly confuzzled and convinced someone is lying to him)

Offline Iggy

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2006, 08:49:32 AM »
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« Last Edit: January 12, 2007, 08:03:11 PM by Iggy »

Offline aztecan

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2006, 08:54:32 AM »
Well Matty,

It looks like Hortencia was born pregnant and has had repeated illicit intercourse with some of her fellow survivors.

That's good news.

Great drop in the viral load, regardless of what the damn log read. I have never understood the log thing and never use it myself. I hear it promotes rust.

Keep it up honey.

HUGS,

Mark
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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2006, 09:13:14 AM »
Yeah, I'm tripping over myself with joy. A whole 36 CD4 cells, it's really something to roast a goat over.

More to the point, what's this confusion over my VL about and why won't anyone explain? Not my fucking doctors nor the professional know-it-alls in this place?

Eh?

MtD

Offline david25luvit

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2006, 09:55:06 AM »
It could be worse Matty ole boy.......(and you have had some ups and downs)
Got to appreciate the little things....Hang in there :P :-* ;D
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Offline Lisa

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2006, 10:18:14 AM »
Take heart deary, when I worked in Gastro we handed out nice glossy paint cans for the "special people" to poop in. ;D
Nice turn around for your numbers kiddo.

PS...I'm more inclined to believe someone left an all all imortant other '0'(zero) in your numeric reading.
« Last Edit: November 08, 2006, 10:20:08 AM by Lisa »
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Offline pozguy75

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2006, 10:52:27 AM »
Well Matty, nice to see that you have doubled!! Love it!! Keep it up...and oh..Matty...the video comes out in about a month or two! ;D
Dx 2005
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Offline Teresa

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2006, 11:43:35 AM »
Matty,

Glad to hear that your CD4s went up. Hope they continue on that trend.

Hugs
Teresa
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Offline skeebo1969

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2006, 12:01:09 PM »


    Matty,

        Glad this most recent test showed improvement instead of a decline.

     Thomas
 
         
I despise the song Love is in the Air, you should too.

Offline allanq

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2006, 12:19:16 PM »
When you start out with such a high VL and low CD4 count, it takes a while to recover. I had similar numbers, and it took 8 months before my CD4's went from 12 to 150 and my VL from 300,000 to undetectable.

A two-log decrease in your viral load in just one month is encouraging. You're doing good. Give it some time.

I also had those "cotton wool spots" in one of my eyes. The spots went away after my viral load went down.

Allan
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Center: Alprazolam (Xanax)
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Offline ACinKC

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2006, 12:25:52 PM »
" Log value of 13,000 is 4.1.  So a 2 log drop"

What do you think the log value will be on those 3 jars you gotta top off with some good ol Australian Outback river mud?


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Offline emeraldize

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2006, 12:31:13 PM »
Tres bon!

Offline Christine

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2006, 01:48:24 PM »
Numbers going up is better than down....

In regards to the "cotton wool spots" did that have to do with CMV? I have cmv retinitis, and I first noticed it with a fuzzy looking shadow floating around my right eye. To me it looked like I was looking out of a dirty window. An opthamology appointment can rule out any problems.

Christine
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5/30/07 t-cells 9; vl 275,000

Offline woodshere

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2006, 02:39:26 PM »
Since you named 12 of the suckers earlier, do we need to come up with new names..... :)
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Offline cjc

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2006, 03:20:43 PM »
Hello, wish I had some answers for you, but I don't. I am glad to see that your #'s are improving. Keep on taking the meds and maybe they will improve more.  Love , Cristy

Offline Eldon

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2006, 04:28:30 PM »
Hey Matty,

Looking good and headed in the right direction. Focus on YOU.



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Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #22 on: November 09, 2006, 04:19:45 AM »
Hey Matty! I'm glad things are looking up for you.  :-*...I'm also glad you are back so now I can have what I affectionately call my Matty-fix....Great to see you again.

Hooray!!!! The bitch is back!

And I use the term bitch with much affection!!!! And as they say, well atleast around these parts, it takes a bitch to know a bitch.. ;D ;D ;D
Started Atripla/Ziagen on 9/13/07.
10/31/07 CD4-265 VL- undetectable
2/6/08 CD4- 401 VL- undetectable
5/7/08 CD4- 705 VL- undetectable
6/4/08 CD4- 775 VL- undetectable
8/6/08 CD4- 805 VL- undetectable
11/13/08 CD4- 774 VL--undetectable
2/4/09  CD4- 484  VL- 18,000 (2 months off meds)
3/3/09---Starting Back on Meds---
4/27/09 CD4- 664 VL-- undetectable
6/17/09 CD4- 438 VL- 439
8/09 CD4- 404 VL- 1,600
01-22-10-- CD4- 525 VL- 59,000
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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #23 on: November 09, 2006, 09:34:14 PM »
Hey babybear..

It's about time those farken cd4's got randy and started breeding!  Can we name the new ones?

xxx
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Meds 23/9/2005 Sustiva/Truvada
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Offline Moffie65

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Re: Yes Virginia, This is Another Results Thread . . .
« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2006, 10:14:43 AM »
Hi Matty,

Been out of the loop lately, but so very glad that you are showing some progress.

Take it slow......................  'n ........................ easy.......................... .  This takes an inordinate amount of time.  Find some research, or other distraction that will keep your mind and body busy.  Little can be done by us when we are w - a - i - t - i - n - g   for the recovcery of CD4s.

I know, you want no coddling, but truth is, your body needs it now.  Sleep loads, drink loads of water, enjoy the water results, and eat all you can stomach.  Your body is now at war and you will feel it for some time.  Just hang in there, it is worth it!!!

In true Love,
The Bible contains 6 admonishments to homosexuals,
and 362 to heterosexuals.
This doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals,
It's just that they need more supervision.
Lynn Lavne

 


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