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Author Topic: Why do they hop around so?  (Read 3147 times)

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Offline otherplaces

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Why do they hop around so?
« on: May 29, 2007, 08:49:06 PM »

Man, my CD4 went from 573/38% to 475/?%.  My doc is out of town.  He told me to call in and talk to one of the other docs if I didn't want to wait.  I got so thrown by the 475 I forgot to ask the %, and then he just launched into how it doesn't matter, they move around, and as long as my VL is undectible there's nothing to worry about...which I know.  But sometimes it's hard not to freak.  I get worn down sometimes, as I'm sure you all understand.  I'll get my VL next week.  I was hoping this would eleviate some stress but it just added to it.  I'm moving in two days.  I still have to finish packing, and I have a job interview the same day I'm moving (just happened that way).  The interview is with a local ASO, so yeah...I'm nervous because I'd like to get the job.  Stress stress STRESSSSS!

Geez, i quit smoking.  I've been running everyday like a bat out of hell.  Shouldn't that make one's labs better?    Okay, I'm so rambling.  Just tell me not to worry. 


Offline MSPspud

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Re: Why do they hop around so?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2007, 08:54:03 PM »
Don't worry...  they move around.  The percentage is the key indicator really (well that and vl).  I was at 975 and then had a recent 670.  Granted, work has been hell on Earth and I haven't had a day off since December but still.... it's all good. 

Your work with smoking and exercise will pay off in other ways down the road.


Offline aztecan

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Re: Why do they hop around so?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2007, 09:34:19 PM »
Hey Brian,

The CD4s can yo-yo like crazy. I've seen mine go up and down by 400 or more between tests.

Hang in there, you are doing well.


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Offline Basquo

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Re: Why do they hop around so?
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2007, 09:51:39 PM »
Quitting smoking, moving, interviewing...all that sounds like added stress to me! And the stress can and will make you feel run-down.  But don't worry about jumping CD4 counts.  I've read (not sure where, someone back me up) that the can flux by 100 or more just in a single day. Do you get your labs drawn at the same hour each time you go in? I've also heard that for the average 9-5 person, t-cells peak around 7pm.  Since I'm more of a 7-3 person, I always try to get my labs drawn about 5pm.

Offline otherplaces

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Re: Why do they hop around so?
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2007, 10:11:14 PM »

Thanks for backing me up guys.  I know they fluctuate, but I just need people to pound it into me because I'm dealing with too much crap right now.  The past 2 draws I've gotten done around 6pm.  I started going after work so I wouldn't have to take time off.  I don't know if I'm your average 9-5 person.  I'm a bit of a square peg shoved into the 9-5 round hole, and a reformed night owl.  To be honest I feel burnt after work until I go running which seems to get me back on track. 

I've seen 'em hop around like crazy, but this is the first drop since I started meds...which is why the EEEEEP!!!

Anyway, thanks again!


Offline Life

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Re: Why do they hop around so?
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2007, 11:39:12 PM »
If this makes you feel any better.... Here are my cd4's..  ;D




Offline otherplaces

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Re: Why do they hop around so?
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2007, 12:39:04 AM »

Damn, I wish my CD4's could do that! Thanks Eric!  That was definitely needed  :D

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Re: Why do they hop around so?
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2007, 12:49:44 AM »
Hey, my CD4 hover around 200, they like hopping around the thin red line.... But I heard the same thing, nothing to worry about if the % is persistent and the VL undetecable. My VL even blipped to detecteble a while ago, but the doc didn't seem worried. He said it can happen occasionally, what is important is the trend. 3 consecutive downward CD4 results, that's a trend.
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