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Offline joyluckclub

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Got My Labs Back!
« on: November 14, 2006, 10:35:08 PM »

My new labs are in!

715CD4 (past 654/July      697/Sept)
39% cd4%
VL  7500

The nurse practioner told me about how your scores tend to zig zag.  The trend is more important.  Although I am happy about my CD4's, I'm a bit worried about the viral load.  It went from about 2300 to 7500. 

I know I'm very blessed concerning my labs.  I just don't want to see my viral load continue to climb.
"Honey, be who you is"  Madea.........

Offline Longislander

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Re: Got My Labs Back!
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2006, 10:55:30 PM »
looks damn good to me  ;D :D ;D

infected 10/05 diagnosed 12-05
2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

Offline aztecan

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Re: Got My Labs Back!
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2006, 10:58:28 PM »
Hey Corwyn,

From the looks of it, you are doing GREAT!  ;D

The nurse practitioner was right. What you want to watch out for is a trend.

I know people whose viral load also yo-yos for no apparent reason. One time they may be 15,000, the next time, 10,000, etc.

CD4s do the same thing, but even more so. The results can vary depending on whether you have been stressed, had a cold, went out on the town and partied till the sun came up, or even if the labs are drawn at different times of the day.

The things to keep an eye on are the percentage (yours is very good at 39 percent. It's the same as mine, the last time I had mine done), and an overall trend over a period of time.

A trend might be a consistent rise in the viral load coupled with a consistent drop in the CD4. Even if such a trend develops, don't start to panic. As you probably know, the standard these days in the States is to begin considering treatment when the CD4s drop below 350, and usually before they drop below 300.

I remember before I started meds my CD4s would jump up and then drop, often by hundreds of points. One test would be 900, the next 600, the one after that 700.

My viral load usually oscillated between 10,000 and 13,000.

So, as you see, you are still in great shape. Add to that your CD4s have risen, not fallen, and the fact they are in what is considered the normal range for uninfected people, and I would say you have nothing to fret about.

There is a nifty tool here that allows you to graph you labs. I plugged all of mine in after the fact, because this site didn't exist when I started having CD4s done. But it really does give you a great picture of what's happening over time.

I recommend it highly. It also will let you keep track of other things such as cholesterol (UGH)  liver profile info, etc.

Anyway, you're doing great young man. Keep up the good work!


"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline Eldon

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Re: Got My Labs Back!
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2006, 11:17:03 PM »
Hey Corwyn,

This is good news! I love to hear good news as it is nurturing to my soul. Keep up the good work man you are doing great!

There is a reason why you go to the coffee shop!

Make the BEST of each Day!

Offline joyluckclub

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Re: Got My Labs Back!
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2006, 11:57:30 PM »
Thank you all for the support.


You just hit upon something!  I did not realize that my socialization was so important to my well being!  I do tend to go to the coffee shop several times a week! 

It enables me to meet old friends, talk to people, and meet new people.  Its also a great place for me to study.  I guess it really is helping!
"Honey, be who you is"  Madea.........

Offline Eldon

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Re: Got My Labs Back!
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2006, 12:12:47 AM »
Hey Corwyn,

In fact, socialization helps keeps us in balance.

Make the BEST of each and every Day!

Offline Eldon

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Re: Got My Labs Back!
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2006, 11:47:53 PM »
Hey Corwyn,

How is it at the coffee shop?

Make the BEST of each Day!


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