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Author Topic: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!  (Read 2986 times)

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Offline Life

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My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« on: February 28, 2007, 05:51:03 PM »



Well I took my Clanazopam about an hour before my eye appointment today...  I was ready..  I walked from Aspen Mountain to the Opthomologist in a blinding blizzard (of course in my tiva's).  Saying alot of prayers on the way..

I was greeted by 3 very nice women who took very good care of me and were all very interested in how it was being hiv positive in this day and age..   I then told them I was gay and married to a beautiful man.  But they still kept after me  ;)..   We did all the tests that I was use to and they were so touchy feely with me... I love that kind of treatment... I do...   Dr. came in and asked me about how my disease was and the drugs I was taking.   He spent a good hour pushing on my eye ball and shining super bright red and blue lights into the depths of my cranium.   He told me Eric...  Your eyes are doing great and are just showing the normal wear a 43 year old would show in spite of the fact of your recent diagnosis.   And I might add, you sure do not look 43 more like 33....  Ok, whats this all about!  "Eric you know, I just do not see the amount of problems I use to in eye HIV complications I use to.   Be glad for that my friend."

I walked out with new prescription for my accounting work and another one for driving and watching mooovies and such.   They wanted to see if I would be interested in transitional's and I told them not right yet..  I don't wana flip out on glasses just yet.   Contacts?  Naw, not yet...   I feel so relieved that everything is good in the eyeball department...   Breath and I am so thankful to have this over with.   I have made standing appointments now every year from here on out.   

Everybody wished me well at the office and it was just a positive experience for me... Thank God..

I wanted to personally thank all of my family here for giving me the strength to face another one of my phobias..

Love Always......

Offline Longislander

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2007, 05:53:01 PM »
woo hoo!! Good news fellow 43 y/o!!

Now, was the doc cute? ;)
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Offline ACinKC

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2007, 06:01:10 PM »
How can you see to type?
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!!!

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2007, 06:02:38 PM »
Well, if you have the eyes of 33-year-old, you might as well enjoy them accordingly!
After all, it's only LOOKING...

Sounds like a great visit, Eric. Just keep rolling along, buddy.
Andy Velez

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2007, 06:04:49 PM »
are you 100% sure it was your eyes he was pushing on for an hour?? I mean, how could you see what he was pushing on? lol ;)
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Offline JohnOso

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2007, 06:09:26 PM »
Eric,

Actually I am 43 also, but I have the eyes of a 93-year old.  :(

Glad everything was fine on your visit...I had one last year when my cd4 was well below 100, just to make sure CMV hadn't popped up.

The worst part was wearing the old lady wraparounds on the drive home...damn, i bet with all that snow you were really having problems.

John

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2007, 06:46:04 PM »
Eric, didn't you leave out when you have your first date with the doctor who thought you looked ten years younger than you are?  ;D Glad that you are over this one.  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.

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2007, 07:01:59 PM »
Eric, can I tell you, "Told you so?"  ;) You ole fart....

Offline Life

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2007, 07:49:36 PM »
I'm just tickled about this being over with... The Dr. was really not that cute, but I know he is a noted mountain climber and I could see those thighs and abs poking out.  I was a bit fucked up when he asked me to look up and then look down and I kept looking down..  ;D Then I forgot how to look right then left...  Nervous I guess.

Yes Rod,  You told me so and I have that hat out you told me to eat....  ;D

You guys will never see me in my spectacles!!!! At least on line that is!!!!

Love,
« Last Edit: February 28, 2007, 08:27:06 PM by Eric »

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2007, 07:56:00 PM »
Great news!

Alain ;) :-*

Offline Robert

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2007, 08:26:32 PM »
.... what Rod said...

now go home and shovel the walks.  That will take your mind off everything.

robert
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Offline Blixer

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2007, 08:38:37 PM »
Great news Eric!  And even better that the eye doctor thinks you look 10 years younger...   But I'd believe that!!!

Take care!
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
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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2007, 08:58:06 PM »
Yeah,

You are a hottie! But you knew that. Glad to see you are relieved about your visiion. It is always good to investigate rather than to live in fear. You go boy!


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01/04/07 six weeks after diagnosis vl 53,000 cd4 cd4 70    6%
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Offline bocker3

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2007, 09:56:37 PM »
Woo Hoo -- glad your fears were laid to rest.  I knew it was going to be the "mature eyes" thing.  Apparently you've spent many of your 43 years looking really hard at things.  Hmmmm... maybe a couple of words should be rearranged there  ;) .

I really am happy that it turned out fine. 

Hugs and  :-*   :-*

Mike
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Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
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Nov05 288/18%  47,564
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May2013 691/31% <20

Offline AlanBama

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2007, 10:49:59 PM »
Eric honey,

I'm glad you are SEEing just fine!   Can't blame you for putting off the progressives for a bit, they're quite aggravating.   I've worn contacts off an on over the years, but just can't get anything to work so that I can do desk work.  I've tried it with bi-focal contacts, mono vision (one near, one far) and with wearing only one lens....still can't see to read.

I look like one of those bobble head dashboard dolls, trying to find the right spot to look through on my specs....

HUGS,
Alan  :-*
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Offline Teresa

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2007, 11:22:49 PM »
Eric,

What Rod said.....LOL

Glad its because your getting old and not HIV related!

Hugs
Teresa
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Offline Life

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2007, 11:50:18 PM »
I LOVE IT WHEN YOU GUYS ARE RIGHT!  You are batting 1000 so far!  ;D


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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2007, 02:01:17 AM »
Ha ha!

That's a brilliant story!  I'm glad your appointment went well.  It's always nice when the doctor's office staff gets kitteny, you know they deal with lots of people... and when they treat you like that... it makes it all the more special.

And you have the eyesight of a 33 year old?  You lucky bastard!   :D

Enjoy it!

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Offline BB

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2007, 05:29:13 AM »
Mono vision works for me. After I was fitted with contacts for the first time I had a difficult time getting used to them and I still needed reading glasses. Something about my eyes being to far out of whack one from the other to get contacts that cover everything. Anyway, I started using just one contact at a time and switched wearing the contact from one eye to the other every few months. I can't believe how well this works. If your not having any problems, good for you cause by the time I was 43 my eyes were having problems with astigmatism.
Damn the Torpedoes! Full speed ahead! Adm. D. Farragut.

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2007, 06:30:07 AM »
Glad to hear it was a non-event !!  Definitely a hottie, so I know how the women feel...

I have 20/20 for distance but up close require glasses for reading and for working on my computer.  Unfortunately, those two presecriptions are very different.  After getting glasses, I discovered that I was constantly taking them on and off during the day so I now have transitional lenses where the top part is 20/20 and the middle is for the computer and the bottom is for reading.  Sounds complicated but you adapt on the first day.

Tom
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Sustiva / Truvada
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9/8/2008 VL:<48 CD4 573 (30%)
5/2008 VL:<48 CD4 464 (30%)
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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2007, 10:24:58 AM »
Hey Eric,

Told ya so!!  (Pregnant pause while Mark enjoys a moment of gloating.)

Seriously, vision is nothing to screw around with. The doc, well, that's another story.

I wear the transitions. Love em. Took a little while to get used to doing things like walking down stairs, but they're great.

Wore contacts to more than 20 years. Now my eyes are too dry. Go figure.

Hey Benj, looks like you and I have something in common. The last time they checked, my vision was 20/720. I feel for you - or at least I would if given half a chance.  ;)

HUGS,

Mark
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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2007, 11:06:28 AM »
Im really grinning alot this morning..... I power on my computer at work, just about ready to get to work on next years budget shit... I go to grab my glasses, guess what?  I gave them BOTH pairs of glasses cuz I was so giddy yesterday so they could fix the script on both of them....   Sooooo....   I am bumping my Excel up to 200% zoom and Ive got gigantic hair when I look at Marks Avatar..  I guess I can deal with this for 5 days or so.... Im so stupid... I will NEVER barrow my bosses 6 inch magnifying glass,  NEVER, NOPE.....

All of these different ways of looking at things is pretty knifty... I am sure I will be learning more about mono / transisions... Cant wait to figure out the hearing aids in another 20 or so....  Metalica was not good to me.. ;D
« Last Edit: March 01, 2007, 12:15:46 PM by Eric »

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2007, 11:20:31 AM »
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline Longislander

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2007, 01:39:54 PM »
lol, Eric, that's too damn funny.  ;D Cool that no one asked you what you'd be using to see as you handed in both pairs.....................lol

I have always had great eyesight ( I was going to say vision, but realized I get some attacks-lol). It's starting to get fuzzier lately, but I'm blaiming Aidsmeds ( too much time spent here reading). Can I sue??
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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%
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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2007, 02:27:56 PM »
I am sure somwhere in the by-laws there is something about reading aidsmeds 24/7 - 365 days a year... I forget where I read it but I think it was around the flame bait statute or there abouts..   It says "dont" do that...  But its in really really fine print..  ;)
« Last Edit: March 01, 2007, 02:52:05 PM by Eric »

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Re: My Visit to the Opthomologist - Its Over!
« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2007, 02:41:25 PM »
Thanks for the update.  I'm glad to hear everything went well.
Your thread on this prompted me to get my eyes checked out.
So far, so good.

Here's lookin' at ya !  :o
Pip
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