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Offline Bucklandbury

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Re: vampires
« Reply #100 on: October 29, 2021, 08:44:31 am »
I had one follow up on results that came in overnight. I don't like some of these results, but my doctor hasn't called me, so I may just be this way. I will try not to worry. Meh.




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Re: vampires
« Reply #101 on: November 01, 2021, 03:11:46 pm »
Visited the clinic this week.

VL - ND (not detected)
CD4 - 610
Liver, kidneys, cholesterol etc all perfect.  :)

Blood pressure was high (152/80 and 151/80) but I ran out of blood pressure meds for a month so no surprise. I will be back in 4 months time for HIV and asked them to test for diabetes.

Tomorrow I have sugary to remove a cyst in my face. Should be grand and it should leave a minor scare less than an inch. (2.5 cm)

Hey there Jim, how have you been with your BP lately? I read this thread diagonally since I can see some of the posts are old now!

I thought of mentioning, in my humble opinion, that this is a very important topic since as we all know, nowadays HIV is a manageable chronic disease and most of us are told by our ID that our immune systems will most likely remain healthy thanks to HAART.

In my case, I'm on my 2nd month of HAART after a recent diagnosis, waiting to complete 3 months before my first blood check after starting with Dolutegravir + Lamivudine (I only had a blood check up when diagnosed and before HAART).

In my last consultation (last Friday), my ID told me that in my following visit (around 27th of November) he'll run full blood tests again + CD4 and VL to check if I'm already undetectable (hopefully!).

Going back to BP, it's really important for everyone to know that our primary concern should be to avoid cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, which are currently the first cause of morbidity and mortality for our population (and the general population).

High blood pressure is considered a "silent disease", it won't give symptomps until it's already giving your problems. Affected organs are mostly the arteries, heart, brain and kidneys. Even though we all know that avoiding salt and getting excercise are the natural way of avoiding high BP, this is not always possible.
If BP is not treated, the body begins a process called "Vascular remodelling", where the arteries, the heart, kidney and other end organs begin to dysfunctionally adapt to it by inflammation and fibrosis processes that in the long-term, produce more problems than solutions.

More about this can be read here:
https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/hy09t1.096249
https://www.nature.com/articles/jhh201436

It is also known that ACE inhibitors (such as enalapril and the like) and ARBs (such as valsartan and the like) are known to stop this negative, long-term process of "vascular and myocardial remodelling":
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5192558/

This is much like HAART for HIV, we know that by treating it, one can expect to control the disease.
The same applies for high BP and eventually avoiding/treating metabolic syndrome/diabetes, which also produce inflammation/aging/disease in the body if left untreated.

Hope this helps anybody who has received a high BP diagnosis and is unsure on whether to add or not yet another pill to their box.

Stay healthy!

Kind regards

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« Reply #102 on: November 04, 2021, 02:22:50 pm »
My BP is fine again, thanks for asking.

The meds I take are not the ace inhibitor though as I developed the ace inhibitor cough. It was like coughing up my lung.

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« Reply #103 on: November 05, 2021, 04:11:29 pm »
Good to hear.

Yeah, that's a very usual side effect, which results in most people being changed to ARBs (valsartan, losartan and the like). These have the same cardioprotective benefits on the long-run.

Keep healthy!

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« Reply #104 on: November 16, 2021, 12:16:06 pm »
A quick Vampire visit this morning for my Flu Shot & to gave blood samples for a study they are doing on Covid-19 vaccines & HIV+ folk.

I feel like crap all afternoon, tired, low energy, stiff muscles and "blah" feeling, which I always experience the evening after the flu shot.

Found out my CD4 is 319 from last visit there, that's ok, nothing I can do about that anyway, & more importantly UD still.

Got a testosterone blood test done recently too, which is 17.5 (just over 500 on the USA testo measurement), the max score is 35 & lowest 9 (I think). I'll be 50 soon, so  it is about average I am told. I wouldn't mind getting a Testo Gel or something, but unfortunately Ireland is a bit behind when it comes to TRT for aging men. I might fake ED next docs visit, whinge & moan & see can I get any lol  ;D

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« Reply #105 on: January 10, 2022, 03:27:04 pm »
A quick Vampire visit this morning for my Flu Shot & to gave blood samples for a study they are doing on Covid-19 vaccines & HIV+ folk.

I feel like crap all afternoon, tired, low energy, stiff muscles and "blah" feeling, which I always experience the evening after the flu shot.

Found out my CD4 is 319 from last visit there, that's ok, nothing I can do about that anyway, & more importantly UD still.

Got a testosterone blood test done recently too, which is 17.5 (just over 500 on the USA testo measurement), the max score is 35 & lowest 9 (I think). I'll be 50 soon, so  it is about average I am told. I wouldn't mind getting a Testo Gel or something, but unfortunately Ireland is a bit behind when it comes to TRT for aging men. I might fake ED next docs visit, whinge & moan & see can I get any lol  ;D

Sorry for the late reply. Not sure how I missed your post, I apologize.

UD  :)

Regarding the testosterone, all joking aside, keep an eye on it and to get the treatment you might need to end up doing something like you suggested when needed, it's what I have heard from others trying to get treatment here.

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« Reply #106 on: January 10, 2022, 03:29:34 pm »
That reminds me I will be seeing the vampires on Thursday, that is unless it gets covid cancelled due to the pressure the health service is under.
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« Reply #107 on: January 10, 2022, 06:33:34 pm »
my husband and I get the joys of blood-letting tomorrow.

which reminds me, I need to "fast" for some of those tests. I also need to drink some water. ugh. one time they could hardly get my blood out of me. I guess 2 liters of Coke a day just isn't always enough hydration. But before you think too badly of me, I have returned to my gym and I'm going 5 days a week again; so at half a bottle of water a day, I am drinking nearly 3 bottles of water a week now.
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« Reply #108 on: January 11, 2022, 04:44:20 am »
Regarding the testosterone, all joking aside, keep an eye on it and to get the treatment you might need to end up doing something like you suggested when needed, it's what I have heard from others trying to get treatment here.

It was quite interesting Jim as the doctor at the ID clinic (St. Vincents) offered to run a testosterone test for me. She said they take a holistic view point re health matters of the HIV patients. I was pleased to hear this.
I'm back in next week for my regular hiv appointment (I'm in approx every 4 months these days)  so I am going to chase them up on the testosterone matter.

I noticed too they said there's no need to do my CD4 every time now, so I think that's checked every 2nd appointment approx twice a year. That's good to hear as it means things are nice & stable.

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« Reply #109 on: January 11, 2022, 04:46:36 am »

I guess 2 liters of Coke a day just isn't always enough hydration. But before you think too badly of me, I have returned to my gym and I'm going 5 days a week again; so at half a bottle of water a day, I am drinking nearly 3 bottles of water a week now.

Good luck with your appointment Mikie. I hear you on the Coke. I am a glutton for Coke Zero & drink about 3/4 of a 2 litre bottle most evenings which is my only bad habit really.  I sip a lot of black tea at my desk through out the day so I get plenty of water that way. Then in the gym & I'm 5 days a week too, I demolish a lot of water there.

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« Reply #110 on: January 11, 2022, 08:40:46 am »
I am a glutton for Coke Zero & drink about 3/4 of a 2 litre bottle most evenings which is my only bad habit really.  I sip a lot of black tea at my desk through out the day so I get plenty of water that way. Then in the gym & I'm 5 days a week too, I demolish a lot of water there.
when i was 21, I totally gave up sweet tea. (I know. I know. blasphemy for a boy in the Carolinas; but I lost a lot of my Southern cred when I moved to the North (Ohio) and lived with my Yankee partners for 2.5 decades.) I've been drinking at least 2 liters of Coke everyday since though. (unless a restaurant has the P-word (P@psi), then a glass of tea is great). For those who are counting, that's 38 yrs of Coca-Cola. mmmmm

Before leaving Ohio, my doctor (the one who had helped keep me alive AND deal with the death of my 2 Yankees  :'( :'( ) had a discussion about my 2 bad habits: caffeine and nicotine. I told him I was entitled to at least ONE bad habit (I mean, I DID survive AIDS twice, I deserve to have one bad habit) and he had a choice: I could either stop smoking or stop drinking Coke. Although, I'm always quick to bum a cigarette from friends at parties, it wasn't the Coke I gave up 12 yrs ago. LOL

Ok, I'm off to the gym early today since the doctor appt. is when we (my husband and I) usually hit up the gym. I'll try to drink more water so my blood flows better (at what is probably the 525th or something blood draw since 1992), but I'm not going to enjoy drinking it.  :P
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« Reply #111 on: January 11, 2022, 08:51:21 am »
when i was 21, I totally gave up sweet tea. (I know. I know. blasphemy for a boy in the Carolinas; but I lost a lot of my Southern cred when I moved to the North (Ohio) and lived with my Yankee partners for 2.5 decades.) I've been drinking at least 2 liters of Coke everyday since though. (unless a restaurant has the P-word (P@psi), then a glass of tea is great). For those who are counting, that's 38 yrs of Coca-Cola. mmmmm

Before leaving Ohio, my doctor (the one who had helped keep me alive AND deal with the death of my 2 Yankees  :'( :'( ) had a discussion about my 2 bad habits: caffeine and nicotine. I told him I was entitled to at least ONE bad habit (I mean, I DID survive AIDS twice, I deserve to have one bad habit) and he had a choice: I could either stop smoking or stop drinking Coke. Although, I'm always quick to bum a cigarette from friends at parties, it wasn't the Coke I gave up 12 yrs ago. LOL

Ok, I'm off to the gym early today since the doctor appt. is when we (my husband and I) usually hit up the gym. I'll try to drink more water so my blood flows better (at what is probably the 525th or something blood draw since 1992), but I'm not going to enjoy drinking it.  :P

lol. I barely manage a litre of coke a month.

Good luck with the appointment.

That reminds me I will be seeing the vampires on Thursday, that is unless it gets covid cancelled due to the pressure the health service is under.

Well looks like my appointment is going ahead, they just called to do the COVID questionnaire and to confirm the appointment.

The good news is the weather forecast is good this week so since I have to be in Dublin on Thursday for the appointment I might take the time to have a walk around town before coming back and pretend to enjoy it.
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« Reply #112 on: January 11, 2022, 08:53:44 am »
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I could either stop smoking or stop drinking Coke. Although, I'm always quick to bum a cigarette from friends at parties, it wasn't the Coke I gave up 12 yrs ago. LOL

12 years, excellent.

Have to admit I do miss smoking, shame it's so bad for us.
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« Reply #113 on: January 12, 2022, 08:56:36 am »
lol. I barely manage a litre of coke a month.
wimp  ;D

Good luck with the appointment.
6 vials from me, 7 from my hubby; pneumovax for me, shingle-vax for the hubby
his arm hurts and mine doesn't.  :P we might have all our results by Fri.

had a student doc sitting in today. All of my HIV docs, in OH and here in the Carolinas, have always been part of training newbies so I'm gone through lots of students. It was kinda funny this time. In the past, the first 20 yrs of me living with HIV, these students were usually amazed that I was so sick, yet still alive, and with an amazingly good attitude. However this student, like the last few, got to see me wondering why my cd4 counts have gotten so high and wishing they were back lower. LOL What can I say? After living so long with low cd4s, these last 5 yrs as my cd4s counts have slowly been rising has been very weird. My husband (we share our 2 appointment times in one joint visit with the doctor) took some glee ragging on my about how anytime my cd4s are over 500 (it's been 4 times in the last 3 yrs now), that I am determined that the test results were simply wrong. But what's the alternative explanation? That as I'm getting older, I'm getting healthier?!?  :o ::) :D

COVID questionnaire
so tired of all of those; but .... what are you going to do? I got so used to filling out the forms over the last 2 yrs every week when I went to visit my Nana in the nursing home that I can answer these in my sleep. I've had my booster AND I'm such a homebody that social distancing is just how I roll. ;)

Have to admit I do miss smoking
that's why I never hesitate to get a few cigarettes whenever I'm around the few friends left who still smoke. I only quit because I was really poor at the time, and my doctor was threatening me about my Coke intake. LOL
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« Reply #114 on: January 13, 2022, 08:06:41 pm »
 :(

I had to cancel my appointment at the last moment. My Daughters classroom had two covid cases and although both her and my antigen tests were negative last night and within the current rules we don't count as close contacts, I decided to cancel as I don't want to risk spreading this shit to hospital staff and patients.

Were also isolating for the moment.
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« Reply #115 on: January 13, 2022, 08:19:04 pm »
wimp  ;D

 ;D

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6 vials from me, 7 from my hubby; pneumovax for me, shingle-vax for the hubby
his arm hurts and mine doesn't.  :P we might have all our results by Fri.

The pneumococcal vaccine always makes my arm swell up, still worth it. Although I find the worst is the flu vaccine, not the vaccine itself though and this year it was fine but I swear some years the pharmacists are trying to inject the bone  ;D

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had a student doc sitting in today. All of my HIV docs, in OH and here in the Carolinas, have always been part of training newbies so I'm gone through lots of students. It was kinda funny this time. In the past, the first 20 yrs of me living with HIV, these students were usually amazed that I was so sick, yet still alive, and with an amazingly good attitude. However this student, like the last few, got to see me wondering why my cd4 counts have gotten so high and wishing they were back lower. LOL What can I say? After living so long with low cd4s, these last 5 yrs as my cd4s counts have slowly been rising has been very weird. My husband (we share our 2 appointment times in one joint visit with the doctor) took some glee ragging on my about how anytime my cd4s are over 500 (it's been 4 times in the last 3 yrs now), that I am determined that the test results were simply wrong. But what's the alternative explanation? That as I'm getting older, I'm getting healthier?!?  :o ::) :D
so tired of all of those; but .... what are you going to do? I got so used to filling out the forms over the last 2 yrs every week when I went to visit my Nana in the nursing home that I can answer these in my sleep. I've had my booster AND I'm such a homebody that social distancing is just how I roll. ;)
that's why I never hesitate to get a few cigarettes whenever I'm around the few friends left who still smoke. I only quit because I was really poor at the time, and my doctor was threatening me about my Coke intake. LOL

Students are funny at times.  Had one looking at my ass for no reason two years ago and a doctor giving out to me because, despite the student making silly presumptions, the doctor knew that I knew better, and could have corrected the student  ;D

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« Reply #116 on: January 13, 2022, 08:29:26 pm »
Had one looking at my ass for no reason two years ago
hmmm. as a gay man, I need to tell you that there was a reason. ;)  8) Quite frankly, asses are the only reason I tolerate watching when my husband has college football (the American kind of football) on the tv.  :P



So how did your blood draw go today?
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« Reply #117 on: January 13, 2022, 08:33:33 pm »
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hmmm. as a gay man, I need to tell you that there was a reason. ;)  8) Quite frankly, asses are the only reason I tolerate watching when my husband has college football (the American kind of football) on the tv.  :P

 ;D

Sure, I have the same here about watching women tennis. No interest in the sport be it male or female, my partner does like womens tennis, but at least I get some joy out of having to watch it.


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So how did your blood draw go today?

Not.

I had to cancel my appointment at the last moment. My Daughters classroom had two covid cases and although both her and my antigen tests were negative last night and within the current rules we don't count as close contacts, I decided to cancel as I don't want to risk spreading this shit to hospital staff and patients.

Were also isolating for the moment.
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« Reply #118 on: January 14, 2022, 08:14:33 pm »
Were also isolating for the moment.
ugh. I hate the unvaccinated. This might have been nipped in the bud last year; but now that it has mutated, I think we're going to be stuck with some version of covid, and some type of booster shot, during every winter season from now on.

...oh, and sadly don't forget that'll mean more dead people.

it's frustrating having spent years to end one epidemic, just to have people knowingly let another epidemic rage.
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