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Author Topic: My First Blip  (Read 1227 times)

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Offline daveR

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My First Blip
« on: September 08, 2022, 02:52:36 am »
Did my 6 monthly check, all become very routine with the results all ways being anticipated in advance. Waited for the paperwork, CD4 count 795 at 40%. All normal, checked the viral load, undetected for 6 1/2 years. Got a level of 27. Now even though I know that is absolutely nothing and still classed as undetected I was wandering around the hospital like Mr Bean.

Decided to speak to the Dr, she guessed the issue when I went in. Explained it was nothing, no further testing required until my next routine test. Even said that as of late many of her patients were getting blips and she actually thinks it is something they are doing in the laboratory.

It is strange though as when I read on here of others having blips and worrying I always think, nothing to worry about. When the shoe is on the other foot it is a different story.

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Re: My First Blip
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2022, 03:57:36 am »
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Re: My First Blip
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2022, 04:20:03 am »
That summed me up and also what my Dr did about it.  ;D ;D

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Re: My First Blip
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2022, 04:26:36 am »
That summed me up and also what my Dr did about it.  ;D ;D

 ;D LOL.

27 isn't even a blip in my book, but I can understand the initial reaction and am glad to hear your Dr kept their calm.

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It is strange though as when I read on here of others having blips and worrying I always think, nothing to worry about. When the shoe is on the other foot it is a different story.

Yeah, knowing something and living through it is different.

Now you have experienced it, and that experience might be useful when talking with others going through the same in the future.

How are you feeling/doing otherwise?


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Re: My First Blip
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2022, 05:32:59 am »
Feeling good in general thanks for asking.

The only other issue was the creatinine levels still. 1.24 on a scale with a maximum of 1.18. The switch to Triumeq made no difference there. The Dr is not bothered by it as it is stable at that and I have no protein in the urine. All other numbers withing normal range, kidneys, cholesterol. No complaints.

And you are correct, talking about it and experiencing it are two different things.
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Re: My First Blip
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2022, 02:30:20 pm »
Feeling good in general thanks for asking.

The only other issue was the creatinine levels still. 1.24 on a scale with a maximum of 1.18. The switch to Triumeq made no difference there. The Dr is not bothered by it as it is stable at that and I have no protein in the urine. All other numbers withing normal range, kidneys, cholesterol. No complaints.


Glad to hear that you are generally feeling good 👍
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Re: My First Blip
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2022, 01:31:38 pm »
Yeah, knowing something and living through it is different.
ain't that the damn truth.

as someone who has had several blips through the years (1500, 2500, 79000) and too many of those pesky Micro-Blips™, I've always warded off the worries with a little science.

first off, that test result is just a snapshot of that one moment in time when your blood was filling up the vial; and in the human body, things are changing all the time. Temp, BP, weight, and all that stuff that comes back from a CBC. CD4s, and even VL, are potential changes too. CD4s can change by 100 pts a day, so they're really not a great way to measure someone's "healthiness". Knowing we have reservoirs of latent HIV residing in us means there's always a chance your blood was taken as a little bit of HIV was floating around in the process of your meds tackling the issue.

As far as science, "successful HIV treatment" is considered to be a viral load of 200 or less. That's why Micro-Blips™ (VL <=200) mean nothing. Then there's always lab errors. They're rare; but they happen. A good way to view you VL, and your CD4, is by the trend of at least 3 tests over at least 6 months. Remembering to not focus on just one test result (a moment in time) and considering the change through an amount of results over enough time can give you a better view of what HIV and your immune system are really doing.

needless to say, getting a micro-blip, or a super-duper blip, is troubling; but until your VL jumps up into the 10s of 1000s while your cd4s plummet below 200, you just have to hold off a conclusion (and your worries) until you get your next results. As time goes by (gaining experience) it really does get easier to not worry about this stuff as much.
leatherman (aka mIkIE)

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Re: My First Blip
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2022, 03:03:33 pm »
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super-duper

Okay, so a tad off-topic, but given we already mentioned Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) and now reading you mention super-duper, it gave me a flashback to "Not The 9 'O Clock News" from 1981/2 ? With Rowan Atkinson and their parody Of Super Trouper By ABBA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYkxvU66c3s
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Re: My First Blip
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2022, 03:07:40 am »
Golden oldies. I think I actually remember watching it on TV.

If we can't maintain our sense of humour about things, all would be lost.

 


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