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Offline fred40

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New to forums....Hello everyone
« on: January 23, 2007, 11:53:42 AM »
I've been reading this forum for quite some time now and just decided to join in.  I have read a lot of interesting and informational topics here.

I was tested poz on 4/13/04.  I came out when I was 30 and spent a wonderful 6 years with my partner before he passed on 4/14/04.  It's been a roller coaster since then, but I'm making it so far.  I was on meds for a year (Sustiva & Combivir), but went off them due to severe fatigue.  I haven't been on meds since.  I just received my labs and my cd4 were 265 and vl 42k.  I guess not bad for being off meds for a year now.  My doc says that I should go back on them soon.
FJD

Offline ACinKC

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2007, 12:03:05 PM »
Hello and welcome to our lovely community.  I am sure you will find this site is very informational, helpful and also loving and accepting of lots of different opinions.  This site will be what you make of it.  It can be dysfunctional and frustrating at times but mostly its warm and inviting.

Feel free to post as much or as little as you like about yourself at the time you feel it is appropriate.  I personally have put my entire life on this site and it has yet to bite back.  I consider this place a second family to me and love being here and sharing what I can with those I can.

Anyway…. Welcome, you have received my canned greeting deeming you WORTHY of further communication!!!

Andrew

With your CD4's getting low it is definitely time to start thinking about meds.  Lots of people on here can give you some ideas as to other meds.  I had severe fatigue as well on those and then started to take them in the morning and that has made a BIG difference.  I think with the vivid dreams I was having I couldnt get the REALLY deep sleep I needed.  I thought they may be interfering with my REM, but thats just this douchebags opinion and shouldnt be taken as science!
LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2007, 12:03:55 PM »
Hi Fred, thanks for sharing. Sorry to hear about the loss of your partner of 6 years. ..... Yeah, fatigue -- it's one of the big HIV conundrums isn't it? Glad you found this site for support. We're pretty hilarious sometimes and you know the old saying - Laughter is medicine

Offline fred40

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2007, 12:13:38 PM »
Thanks for the welcome!  I'm sure you will be seeing me a lot on here.
FJD

Offline Longislander

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2007, 12:30:21 PM »
Hi Fred! Welcome! Look forward to hearing more of your sto

Paul
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 poet

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2007, 12:42:52 PM »
Welcome, Fred.  That makes two new faces I have found today. :)  Fred, if you feel so inclined, let us know where you are state or countrywise because it sometimes makes it easier for us to refer or nudge people in your direction who would have an answer.  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 marco23

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2007, 01:08:07 PM »
Hi Fred!!
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss....emotions can be such a roller coaster ride! 
So happy you've decided to join in! Would love hear more about you - Welcome the jungle buddy:)
Don't hide your hurt, pain and feelings inside..for they will harden your heart.

Offline Life

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2007, 01:20:13 PM »
Fred,  Welcome to AM...  "Life,  gota love it."

Dan J.

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2007, 01:35:15 PM »
Welcom to the forum Fred. I am sorry to hear of your partners passing. I hope to be reading more of your post in the future.


All the best,

Dan J.

Offline Alain

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2007, 01:38:45 PM »
Hi Fred and welcome to our family.

Looking forward getting to know and read about yourself.


Offline skeebo1969

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2007, 02:13:12 PM »


   Fred40

     Sorry to hear of the loss of your partner.  Welcome to the forums and I look forward to hearing more from you.

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

Offline pozguy75

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2007, 04:44:35 PM »
Fred, very nice to meet you...just be warned...I don't bite, but I do nibble! ;D Welcome to the forums!
Dx 2005
ATRIPLA

Offline koi1

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2007, 07:07:27 PM »
Hi Fred,

Welcome to the threads. We hope to know more about you and your interesting life. It is a shame to lose the ones we love. Hope we can make your laugh.

Big Hug,

rob
diagnosed on 11/20/06 viral load 23,000  cd4 97    8%
01/04/07 six weeks after diagnosis vl 53,000 cd4 cd4 70    6%
Began sustiva truvada 01/04/07
newest labs  drawn on 01/15/07  vl 1,100    cd4 119    7%
Drawn 02/10/07
cd4=160 viral load= 131 percentage= 8%
New labs 3/10/07 (two months on sustiva truvada
cd4 count 292  percentage 14 viral load undetectable

Offline dtwpuck

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2007, 09:32:53 PM »
Welcome.  I guess I never did the "hi, I'm puck" thing.  But welcome.  I think most of the people here are pretty cool.... and the cool thing about this board is that the moderators actually seem to know what they're doing and know what they're talking about.  I have yet to see a flame war or anything like that.   I hope you find a sense of community here.  :-)

Floating through the void in the caress of two giant pink lobsters named Esmerelda and Keith.

Offline aztecan

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2007, 09:40:29 PM »
Howdy Fred,

Welcome to our eclectic family here. I hope you find it as supportive and worthwhile as I have.

I hope to learn more about you as time goes by.

HUGS,

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

Offline Blixer

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2007, 09:50:55 PM »
As you have already heard several times, Hello Fred and welcome to the forums!  Since you have been reading the forums for a while you are probably already familiar with some of what goes on here.  I'm glad you finally decided to make yourself a visible part of our community.  As others have mentioned, I"m looking forward to hearing more from you.   Sorry to hear about the meds issue.  Hopefully you and your doc can resolve that.   Best of luck!
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 Queen Tokelove

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2007, 12:21:21 AM »
Welcome to the fam, Fred. I look forward to hearing more from you. It's a great group of people here and you are a welcome addition.
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
Cherish the simple things life has to offer

The Royal Blog

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2007, 02:37:54 AM »
Hey Fred,

Welcome to the forum. Very sorry to hear about your partner.

Ford

Offline bear60

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2007, 10:09:19 AM »
Hi Fred.
I too have lost a partner.  Take care of yourself and come back often.
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline Javicho

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2007, 11:23:03 AM »
Welcome Fred, you will have a lot of fun and support in this forum.

and thank you for wishing me a Happy Birthday that was very nice  :-*

J.

Offline tsw923

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2007, 11:03:16 PM »
Hey Fred -- Welcome to the Forums!!  I hope to be hearing more from you in the coming weeks and months.

Ty
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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2007, 11:37:04 PM »
Hello Fred  :)

It's good you found your way here!

Drew

Offline wellington

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2007, 01:17:20 AM »
Welcome, Fred.

Your partner passing the day afer you received your HIV diagnosis has got to have been a rough time. Very glad that you have found a way to have your voice heard at this rather large, virtual dinner table with extended family!

Offline OzPaul

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2007, 01:37:06 AM »
Hi Fred

Welcome to the Forums family !  I think you'll find a very welcoming group of folks from around the globe. As you've read, it's a great source for information and a loving assortment of people too. I'll look forward to reading more from you.

Cheers
Paul

Offline mrtallguy

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #24 on: January 25, 2007, 06:31:45 AM »
HEY FRED....A BIG WELCOME TO YOU!!

I THINK YOU WILL FIND AN AMAZING GROUP OF ANGELS HERE....I KNOW I HAVE!   SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING FROM AFAR FOR A WHILE I SENSE YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT.....THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WATCHING THE PARADE AND MARCHING IN THE PARADE.....

GLAD YOU DECIDED TO JOIN THE MARCH....

BE WELL...

CRAIG
I AM DETERMINED TO SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY!
--ACIM

Offline Optimistic

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #25 on: January 26, 2007, 05:18:56 PM »
Hi Fred, Welcome to the forum.

Hugs,
Justin
12/06 (Atripla): cd4 - 260; cd% - 33%; vl - 169
1/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 267; cd% - 38.1%; vl - 132
4/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 373; cd% - 33.9%; vl - <50
7/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 287; cd% - 35.8%; vl - <50
9/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 356; cd% - 39.5%; vl - <50
12/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 517

Offline david25luvit

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Re: New to forums....Hello everyone
« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2007, 04:01:42 AM »
Hey Fred...

            Welcome to the family.  Like you I lost my baby and things went from bad to worst.  I'm glad to report
that things are much better now.  The difference a couple of years makes....Hang in there good buddy.
I just recently went back on med's after a year and a half holiday.  Nothing like SJS to scare the bejesus outta ya
but now med's are urgent ...CD4 235 and VL +100,000...I'm taking Rayatez, Norvir and Truvada....
Here you are not a lone :-*
In Memory of
Raymond David McRae III
Nov. 25, 1972- Oct. 15, 2004
I miss him terribly..........

 


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