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Author Topic: What I've been up to--being sick!  (Read 4178 times)

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Offline Basquo

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What I've been up to--being sick!
« on: July 27, 2007, 10:11:42 PM »
Iím posting this in Off-Topic because even though Iím sick, Iím pretty sure itís not HIV-relatedójust dumb luck.

Iíve been having mild fevers for a few weeks.  After I realized I had cancelled on dinner with my boyfriend 5 times, I decided to go to the doctor last week.  My regular doc was on vacation, so I saw another one in the clinic.  I told him that on the off-chance it was allergies (mold, from the STILL wet weather and occasional dry-out) Iíd been taking Claritin, but hadnít really noticed a difference. He ordered standard bloodwork plus my CD4 and viral load, and suggested I stop the Claritin if it wasnít doing anything.  I did, and BOOM! I had full-blown allergy symptoms. My friend in the lab called me to tell me that some of my blood arrived frozen at the off-site lab that does CD4 and viral load, so I had to get stuck again.

I went to work Monday, but Tuesday morning I could feel it going down into my chest, so I called in sick and went to the doctor again, a different one this time.  He put me on an antibiotic, and didnít know what else to do until the rest of my labs came back.

Long story short, I coughed up a little blood this morning (teensy bit) and on my fourth day off from work, went back to the same doctor from Tuesday.  Iím starting to think heís uncomfortable with treating HIV+ patients.  He gave me more prescriptions and sent me for a chest x-ray.  Long day when all I wanted to do was stay in bed.

So after another $89 fucking dollars at the pharmacy, Iím feeling okay.  The doc gave me some Nasonex, I bought some Advair ($85) and some Robetussin with codeine.  Yay!  But I still have fevers (the green doc actually asked me ďAre you  really having fevers?  Because you donít have one when you come here.Ē I had to remind him that my normal temp is 97.6 so 98.9 IS a fever and Iím smart enough to take a fever reducer when it gets up there. Currently itís 99.9.)

The upside is that I havenít had a drink in several days, my inner Spaniard isnít demanding wine, and I donít really miss it. Iím not having any IBS symptoms, either, even with taking an antibiotic the size of my thumb twice a day. My labs finally came backóVL 406 and CD4s 814, not bad for blood drawn when I was sick.

The downside is that I have to miss the OZ Party tomorrow (see Wesí thread here: http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=14187.0    My boyfriend is the organizer of this group and I want to be there to help him.  I havenít seen him in a week.  With all the drugs, I feel like I could go, but considering I was contemplating going to the ER this morning, I donít think it would be wise to go to a pool party, when itís going to rain and thereís little chance of drying out all day.  

Thanks for letting me vent a little.

Offline tester8888

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2007, 11:31:57 PM »
I too suffer from bad allergies, and had no relief from Claritin.  Working with my allergist I tried several different medications and found a miracle drug.  It is called Dallergy (used to be Pannaz).  It is a prescription med and is very cheap.  It works the best because it has the 3 main ingredients that you need: Chlorphenarmine an antihistamine, Phenylephrine a mucosal vasoconstrictor (decreases sinus swelling) and antihistamine properties, and Scopolamine which reduces the amount of mucus you produce.  If you try this, be careful about drowsiness.  I cant take the prescribed 2 pills a day, I have to take 1/2 a pill twice a day.
Also, with regard to several weeks of fever.  Though I work in healthcare, I wont even pretend to know anything much about HIV.  But I do know that here in Arkansas, in the summer months, when a patient presents to us with several weeks of fever, we always suspect a tick borne disease such as Lyme's or Ehrliciosis.  So you might think back as to whether or not you have gotten any bug bites (not just ticks) prior to this incident. Here, we see it very commonly during the summer months.  Hope some of this might be helpful.   ; :)
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Offline Basquo

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2007, 11:50:55 PM »
I've thought about insects, since there's almost always mosquitos aroud here, but neither doc asked me about that.  Ticks are rare unless you're out hiking, which I haven't since it's been wet for so long.  I did get stung on top of the head by a red wasp in June, but that was 10 days before the fevers started. I'll ask about Dallergy, but medicine-wise it looks like I've got allergies covered for the next few weeks with the Nasonex. If all this clears up and I heal nicely but still have fevers, you can bet I'll be back at the clinic to see my regular doctor.  I started writing down my temperatures this evening.  Thanks for the recommendation!

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2007, 12:00:08 AM »
*brings Basquo a nice bowl of chicken soup and a cool wet cloth*

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Offline DancerBoy

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2007, 12:18:49 AM »
Ugh, Bubba, I'm sorry you're still not feeling well.   When does the normal doc get back?

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Offline Basquo

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2007, 12:22:08 AM »
he's busy pooping... probably in my shoe or something

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2007, 01:36:27 AM »

I'm sorry to learn that you haven't been feeling well.  It sounds like this has been going on for a while, so I think you were smart to see your doctor.  Between your fevers, and coughing up even a little bit of blood, your doctor should be taking your concerns seriously.  Goodness knows that with the incesssant rain here, it could well be allergies.  But it's gone on a long time, and you feel miserable, so your doctor should be working with you on this.  If not, it's time for a new doctor.


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Offline Basquo

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2007, 01:48:05 AM »
Thanks Henry!  Dr. Wright has been on vacation, so I've seen two other docs at the same clinic, neither of which have the experience treating HIV that he has.  If I'm not better by say, Tuesday, I'll try to get in to see him.  The problem with that clinic is that the staff are very uncaring, and have an attitude, I guess they think they can get away with it because the majority of their patients are on public assistance and have no choice but to deal with whatever they can get.  So if I get the old 'he's too busy, can you see Dr. _____,' I'll call my friend in the back office who can get Dr. Wright to call me himself.  Once you get the doc's attention, the staff usually straightens up.

Now I can't sleep.  Two doses of codeine.  Brewing a cup of tea.  Guess I should chase it with some ativan!

Take care,

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2007, 02:39:31 AM »

I hope you feel better soon.  I have a sinus and ear infection right now cuz of work and stress, so I commiserate.  Ick.


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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2007, 02:40:02 AM »
Hope you are not still up readin this. Feel better soon!

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2007, 03:10:32 AM »

Get better soon.

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2007, 04:41:15 AM »
Hopes you feel better soon too....I'm new to getting allergies, so I'm just learning what triggers mine which seems  to be freshly cut grass, trees, dust and mold so far. At the moment my doctor has me on Clarinex, not sure if you've heard of it. But it does seem to help, so does Nasonex except it seems to make my nose run or it's dripping back out.... :D
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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2007, 10:12:07 AM »
A "few weeks" is a long time to be having low-grade fevers. I'll be glad when Dr. Feelgood gets back and can check things out.

How are you feeling this morning? Any better? Hope so.


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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2007, 11:46:08 AM »

Hope you are feeling better soon, but I do agree with Andy. If your fevers don't improve, make sure you go back to the doctor. I am a better to be safe, than sorry girl.

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Offline Basquo

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2007, 12:34:27 PM »
Thanks everyone!  I'm having some mean coughing fits this morning but they a very productive.  I feel like I'm clearing a bunch of stuff out. I had a 99.7 temp earlier but I had just gotten out of the shower.  Lee just came by with a bag full of books, movies and chicken soup.  He's so sweet!  I wish I could go to the party today, but you know, I pulled that shit in college and well into my thirties, and even though you think you're being low-key you get caught up in the spirit of the party and you overdo it, and then you're sicker than you were before.  I've learned that lesson.  It would take a family or friend emergency to get me further than the grocery today.

I'm bored, and sick of laying in bed reading, so I may do something very rare for me, whick is actually sit on the sofa and watch a movie or two.

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2007, 01:30:50 PM »
I agree with Andy too.  The last time I had a long period of low grade fevers it ended up I was allergic to a medication I was taking.  Take care!
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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2007, 07:42:38 PM »
Hope you're feeling better soon Basquo! :-*
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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2007, 07:49:40 AM »
Get well soon!

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2007, 07:54:21 AM »
I hope you're on the mend Creighton

just take it easy and get better soon!

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Re: What I've been up to--being sick!
« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2007, 12:04:08 PM »
Get better soon.  I'm jealous even of your sick lab numbers!
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