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Author Topic: Adjusting to new meds and expected to do more.  (Read 2482 times)

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Offline lforsyth

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Adjusting to new meds and expected to do more.
« on: November 05, 2010, 08:02:54 PM »
I just changed to Prezista with Norvir and Truvada. I'm having more side affects. It happens when I'm least expecting it.

Problem is that I'm expected to work more than an 8 hour day, regardless.  I've won a case against my manager with HR.  The others in my department think I can fight for them but that's not how it works. The manger is using that to real me back in.

I'm not accepted by the gay employees where I work and not accepted by the gay community in Phoenix.

I don't have a life outside of work and it's killing me.
Tested POZ in 1986, knew there was something wrong in 1985. 04/2010 CD4: 975 Viral Load undetectable. Prezista, Norvir, Truvada, Acyclovir, Plavix, Lisinopril, Metoprolol and a bedtime snack of Lipitor (YUM)

Offline aztecan

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Re: Adjusting to new meds and expected to do more.
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2010, 11:12:21 PM »
What kind of side effects are you having?

I hate switching meds. Luckily, the last switch didn't cause any problems for me.

As for the community not accepting you, well, I'm over 50, which means I am pretty much invisible in the gay community. It isn't they don't accept me, it is I don't seem to exist for many of them.

The way I look at it, that's their loss.

Were I you, I would start branching out socially. Start exploring other areas in which you have an interest.

For me, after years of eschewing religion, I began attending services at a Unitarian Universalist congregation. The people there are great and very accepting. It also isn't a Christian church, which for me is a plus.

That was just an example. You must have interests other than the gay community. Start investigating them. Join a club, take a class (I took a master gardener's course and had the time of my life.)

I know it is tough for you right now, but you can't let that stop you. Nobody can change your life for you, you have to do it yourself.

OK, before I sound too much like Pollyanna, I'll stop.


« Last Edit: November 05, 2010, 11:15:18 PM by aztecan »
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Offline Billy B

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Re: Adjusting to new meds and expected to do more.
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2010, 12:05:19 AM »
On one hand it is hell to get old and loose your youthful beauty, but on the other hand it is great to be alive. I have aches & pains but that is because I am over 50, but so do the people I work with who are of a certain age.
« Last Edit: November 06, 2010, 12:07:02 AM by Billy B »
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Offline pozniceguy

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Re: Adjusting to new meds and expected to do more.
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2010, 04:14:55 PM »
couldnt agree more with the comment from   Mark,  since i am probably the "senior" ( oldest  aged )member on this site  been there and done that for the past 20 yrs  , the answer is to go find what interests you and just do it   what others may or may not think is their problem  .....

remember the good times...honor the past but don't live there
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Offline lforsyth

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Re: Adjusting to new meds and expected to do more.
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2010, 08:26:03 PM »
My older meds usually hit hard within half an hour if they were going to affect me.  Now, the once a day med's can hit me hard after lunch.  Usually Diarrhea but also nausea.

It's weird to have a normal morning and then to have problems after lunch.  Last Wednesday I had a sudden cough and had to go home to change clothes.  Good thing I'm only 15 Min from work.During this same time I was having problems with pissing blood and then and infected cist above my right knee.

It's embarrassing along with the resend infections that was bad for my teeth, gums bleeding when I brushed and then blood in my urine.  I just got a ultra-sound of my bladder and kidney's. For cancer. Results will take a week.

I'm starting to live within myself right now.  Just not carring that those around me think and even that gay in Phoenix don't really care about me. It hurt's but I can't be open to any of them right now.
« Last Edit: November 08, 2010, 08:28:36 PM by lforsyth »
Tested POZ in 1986, knew there was something wrong in 1985. 04/2010 CD4: 975 Viral Load undetectable. Prezista, Norvir, Truvada, Acyclovir, Plavix, Lisinopril, Metoprolol and a bedtime snack of Lipitor (YUM)

Offline OneTampa

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Re: Adjusting to new meds and expected to do more.
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2010, 08:36:03 PM »

Here is wishing you the best from another 5-0ver, shortly a 2-6ixer LTS.
"He is my oldest child. The shy and retiring one over there with the Haitian headdress serving pescaíto frito."

Offline Theyer

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Re: Adjusting to new meds and expected to do more.
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2010, 03:35:27 PM »
I take it that by Gay Community you mean bar/club life, well I loved that in my twenty,s but is it where you want to be when you are 50/ for one thing I cannot hear voice,s in loud places any more and my body cannot tolerate entertaining drugs and I want bed by midnight , and I have lost all interest in whats now hot and really there are just so many ways a bar can be decorated ......

What I am saying is certain communities ARE for certain ages . That does not mean that  my group off friends , my community , are all the same age / sexual bent .

I think that as usual Mark had wise words also.

I am sorry Ifo that life is hard for you at the moment and my post is aimed at diverting you from a path that I think is impossible to have success in . That is feeling part off a young group when you are not young. So look  a new Ifo at what Phoenix has to offer and keep in touch with all off us hear ,  take care,

"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn


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