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Re: COVID-19 Thread
« Reply #450 on: March 07, 2022, 12:30:43 pm »
New Mexico man returns home after more than 500 days in hospital with Covid

Must be one hell of a fighter !

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-mexico-man-returns-home-500-days-hospital-due-covid-rcna18898

A New Mexico man has returned home after he spent more than 500 days in the hospital battling Covid-19.

Donnell Hunter finally left Kindred Hospital Albuquerque last week, NBC affiliate KOB reported.

500 days ... Glad he survived, hope he has good insurance to cover the costs.
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« Reply #451 on: March 07, 2022, 07:14:53 pm »
hope he has good insurance to cover the costs.
unfortunately, here in America, he's probably passed the limit of his insurance (if he had it at all); his family has gone broke from medical bills; they're in debt; and if his family wasn't already "forced" by the hospital 400 days ago to apply for Social Security Disability, federal Medicare, and their state's Medicaid, then he's applying now for those benefits which won't be determined for three more years while he incurs even more unpaid medical debt sinking his family further into debt.


sadly I speak from my own experience and those of many living with HIV/AIDS (I made sure to add the "AIDS" part there because being that sick, along with hospitalization, is usually what not only starts this downward spiral into poverty through our health care system but is also the very reason that we're eventually eligible for federal benefits and help from the Ryan White safety net.

Covid may have the same moral as cancer or AIDS - don't get a possible terminal disease; it can really f-up all levels of your life.
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Re: COVID-19 Thread
« Reply #452 on: April 01, 2022, 09:15:08 am »
Hey all

Sure enough, I got covid, likely via my hockey team, where a good half of the league has it now.

I'm triple vaxxed so I'm not worried. But man o man I want chop my head off this morning.

Others out there living with this?

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« Reply #453 on: April 06, 2022, 05:23:21 am »
Sorry to hear about the COVID.

How are you feeling now its been a few days? Better I hope.
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« Reply #454 on: April 10, 2022, 02:20:40 pm »
Much better now, Jim, thanks. Not nice to have, but mild.

Covid isn't going away, so at least now I know what to expect!

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« Reply #455 on: April 10, 2022, 02:22:26 pm »
 :) Glad to hear you are feeling better.

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« Reply #456 on: April 21, 2022, 04:42:25 pm »

https://www.poz.com/article/majority-people-hiv-asymptomatic-covid

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More than half of people living with HIV who acquire SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, have asymptomatic illness, according to study results presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2022). This suggests that people with well-controlled HIV have COVID-19 outcomes similar to those of HIV-negative people.
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« Reply #457 on: April 21, 2022, 07:15:40 pm »
Last Monday I got tested positive for Covid, it is Thursday and I am still not feeling the best so my doctor prescribed me Paxlovid the anti-viral.

I am usually a bit scared of new meds and I want to know if any of you has tried it?



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« Reply #458 on: April 21, 2022, 08:22:47 pm »
Last Monday I got tested positive for Covid, it is Thursday and I am still not feeling the best so my doctor prescribed me Paxlovid the anti-viral.

I am usually a bit scared of new meds and I want to know if any of you has tried it?

Hope you feel better soon.

Paxlovid is just nirmatrelvir/ritonavir, what are you scared about?  BTW what HIV meds are you currently taking?Still Truvada & Viramune?
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« Reply #459 on: April 21, 2022, 08:23:40 pm »
Genvoya. It says there is a small interaction but nothing serious.
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« Reply #460 on: April 21, 2022, 08:26:10 pm »
Genvoya. It says there is a small interaction but nothing serious.

Okay cool. Yeah, that's why I was asking.

So what is scaring you about taking Paxlovid?
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« Reply #461 on: April 21, 2022, 09:05:59 pm »
Jim,

 First of all, I want to say that you ALWAYS calm down my main stupid worries. I am scared of medication, always have been. Scared of having allergic reactions. I am not sure. Instead, I should be blessed I have access to this...
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« Reply #462 on: April 22, 2022, 03:51:10 am »
 :)

My two cents, I have allergies to things, and some are serious, so I think I can appreciate the concern. Allergic reactions can happen to just about anything, so the concern is not stupid but prehaps in your mind blown somewhat out of proportion.

See the meds have benefits vs a small risk of this issue even occurring, even if it does odds are it's just a mild reaction that's just a short term inconvenience usually dealt with by simply discontinuing the exposure and sometimes an antihistamine.

I hope this helps but also talk to your healthcare provider about these concerns. I know the study data on this drug combo were good, example https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa2118542
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« Reply #463 on: August 31, 2022, 12:54:37 pm »
I'm up to day 10 testing reactive on Rat.

Local health regulations only require a 7 day isolation but my workplace requires a negative test before I can return.

No offer of remote work, I'm just burning through leave.
I think it's time I talk to my union.

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« Reply #464 on: September 19, 2022, 08:26:32 pm »
ugh! The plague has come to chez Leatherman

because Lowes allows ignorant redneck republikkans without vaccines living in backwoods South Carolina to go without masks while hacking all over the place spreading germs, Larry got sick last weekend with covid and stayed sick all week. A week later, I finally got sick....thankfully for only about 24 hrs. although, I've been left with intermittent extreme fatigue and a little bit of brain fog. UGH!

Then my mom, who is vacationing at myrtle beach, called to tell me that although she didn't get it when her husband did two months ago, she just tested positive and was sick just like me for about 24 hrs.
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« Reply #465 on: September 20, 2022, 07:01:07 am »
ugh! The plague has come to chez Leatherman

because Lowes allows ignorant redneck republikkans without vaccines living in backwoods South Carolina to go without masks while hacking all over the place spreading germs, Larry got sick last weekend with covid and stayed sick all week. A week later, I finally got sick....thankfully for only about 24 hrs. although, I've been left with intermittent extreme fatigue and a little bit of brain fog. UGH!

Then my mom, who is vacationing at myrtle beach, called to tell me that although she didn't get it when her husband did two months ago, she just tested positive and was sick just like me for about 24 hrs.

Sorry to hear this, and I hope Larry is feeling better and your fatigue gets better.
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« Reply #466 on: September 20, 2022, 09:02:19 am »
Sorry to hear this, and I hope Larry is feeling better and your fatigue gets better.
thanks!
Larry had 140 sick hours accrued, so took all of last week off - with pay. woohoo. He's back to work this week and doing pretty good with just a little congestion left. I've got a little congestion still and the brain fog isn't much. the fatigue is weird. A couple of times a day, I'll be fine being active like normal and then it'll just hit me, hard enough to make me sit down and barely be able to hold my head up for 15 mins or so.

but it's all cool. It could have been so much worse....and I've been there, done that before and no thanks. ;) I'm just kind of annoyed that after so long and with so many precautions (Larry still wears a mask at work and I do when I go out... well except for planet fitness and out for mexican and margaritas twice a month), that we ended up infected. But looking at the bright side, I'm glad it happened now after a lot of vaccinations and time for the virus strains to weaken.
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« Reply #467 on: September 20, 2022, 11:35:04 am »
thanks!
Larry had 140 sick hours accrued, so took all of last week off - with pay. woohoo. He's back to work this week and doing pretty good with just a little congestion left. I've got a little congestion still and the brain fog isn't much. the fatigue is weird. A couple of times a day, I'll be fine being active like normal and then it'll just hit me, hard enough to make me sit down and barely be able to hold my head up for 15 mins or so.

but it's all cool. It could have been so much worse....and I've been there, done that before and no thanks. ;) I'm just kind of annoyed that after so long and with so many precautions (Larry still wears a mask at work and I do when I go out... well except for planet fitness and out for mexican and margaritas twice a month), that we ended up infected. But looking at the bright side, I'm glad it happened now after a lot of vaccinations and time for the virus strains to weaken.

Glad to hear Larry is feeling better and the fatigue sounds odd but hopefully it will pass soon.
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« Reply #468 on: September 20, 2022, 12:07:30 pm »
Glad to hear Larry is feeling better
me too.....so he could go back to work. LOL
He was really cramping my style all week at home. His crunching ice was getting on my last nerve (misophonia is real) and he watched so many Hallmark movies. So, so many!  :o ::) With his love of sappy movies, football, and country music, it's amazing I ever fell in love with him.  ;D ;D :-*
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« Reply #469 on: October 12, 2022, 07:37:55 pm »

Ed and I both tested positive for Covid on Monday afternoon, with a home test kit.

We both thought we had seasonal allergies going on. The Oak trees are doing their thing right now. We've been sleeping with the windows open and fans on, because the nights have been wonderful. Been going on for at least 5 days, prior to testing.

No problem with loss of taste or smell. our energy levels are still good, Appetites are great. neither of us have shortness of breath. But we both have some head stuffiness, and very minor intermittent coughs, and sneezing.

Anyway I decided to test, and sure enough both of us are positive for covid.

I private messaged my doctor at the VA, on Monday, and they are sending me:

1. ALBUTEROL 90MCG (CFC-F) 200D ORAL INHL

**INHALE 2 PUFFS BY MOUTH FOUR TIMES A DAY AS NEEDED FOR BREATHING - SHAKE WELL

2.BENZONATATE 100MG CAP

**TAKE ONE CAPSULE BY MOUTH THREE TIMES A DAY AS NEEDED FOR COUGH. (SWALLOW CAPSULE WHOLE. DO NOT CRUSH, CHEW OR DISSOLVE IN MOUTH)


3.GUAIFENESIN 400MG TAB

**TAKE ONE TABLET BY MOUTH THREE TIMES A DAY AS NEEDED FOR CONGESTION

4.METHYLPREDNISOLONE 4MG TAB DOSEPAK,21
   ** TAKE TABLET(S) BY MOUTH DAILY WITH FOOD FOLLOWING ENCLOSED PACKAGE INSTRUCTIONS - FOR COVID INFECTION - (DO *NOT* TAKE ON EMPTY STOMACH).


I have a feeling these medications might be protocol for the VA, to send their patients, if they tested positive. Also, they may have noticed that I had pneumonia May 26th, and are sending some of these as a precautionary measure.

Otherwise,.... We are both doing pretty good.  The medications from the VA, have not arrived yet, possibly tomorrow or Friday.

I just had my flu shot and another Covid shot on the October 6th. I may have already been infected when I received these vaccines.  ::)



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« Reply #470 on: October 12, 2022, 07:46:52 pm »
Forgot to mention , we are both isolating for 5 days, but I did get out today and bought 2 more test kits of 2 tests each.

Ray
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 Tested positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of November 14th,2022, Viral load Undetectable.

CD 4 @656 /  CD4 % @ 18 %
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« Reply #471 on: October 17, 2022, 04:40:38 pm »
 :)

It's been 7 days since we both tested positive for COVID.  We just retested, with our home kit,... and we both tested negative ! We both had a pretty good go of this, mostly sinuses than anything. Never any fevers.

But we are both doing great !

Ray  8)
Current Meds ; Viramune / Epzicom , Eliquis, Diltiazem. UPDATED 11/21/22

 Tested positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

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« Reply #472 on: November 10, 2022, 02:40:18 pm »
Changing this thread from a "sticky" topic to a regular thread at this stage.

Also, I will not be updating or merging topics here about COVID anymore. COVID will be with us for a while, years and years, I think, but it's not a panic topic anymore. 
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