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Author Topic: My Labs <suck>  (Read 4575 times)

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Offline RapidRod

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My Labs <suck>
« on: September 08, 2006, 05:18:41 PM »
Received a call from my ID Dr. today. CD4 dropped from 207-92 9% VL undetectable. Histo level went from 8 - 52. She increased my Histo medication 100 mg more x2 so that's 600 mg vs. 400 mg a day. She's trying to get some new medication that is on Trial that isn't FDA approved yet, to see if that will work and if not it's back to the IVs again. We'll know in November. All my other levels were good. So more or less it sucked. It's back to the drawing board.

Offline appleboy

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2006, 05:37:11 PM »
your undetectable VL wise but your CD4 went from 207 down to 97?
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Offline jack

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2006, 05:39:30 PM »
have you tried prezista yet? just approved. First time I have ever been undectectable for more than a month.

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2006, 06:31:10 PM »
Hey Roddles,

It must be all those deadshit WW's we deal with. My numbers suck too. Here's a


coz I don't got anything better than that. :-*


Offline Alain

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2006, 06:41:07 PM »
« Last Edit: November 03, 2006, 09:09:55 PM by cowandalehouse »

Offline Nadine

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2006, 07:35:58 PM »

They caught it this time before it got way out of control. I am confident they will get your histo levels back down and with that, your CD4's will go up...just hang in there!

(((BIG HUGS)))

p.s. less than 2 weeks now and I'll be giving you those hugs in person!  ;D

Offline cubbybear

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2006, 08:17:02 PM »
Hey Rod,

We'll get those numbers up soon I'm sure, but as one of many forum nurses, I'd recommend taking matty's advice and staying away from the WWs.. just looking at the fears forum makes my CD4's plummet!

Hang in there buddy.
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2006, 09:20:15 PM »
Rodney, hang in there honey.   It's gotta get better!   Sending love, hugs and positive energy your way....

Alan   :-*
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2006, 12:00:47 AM »
Hello Rodney,

Just want you to know that I am thinking of ya, and sending good thoughts your way.

    ((((HUGS ))))
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
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Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

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CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

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Offline RobT

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2006, 12:14:56 AM »
Odd hearing that ur CD4's dropped that quickly. That is something I never understood...the movement of CD4s. I am sure urs will improve. Mb it was a blip or u were sick that day, who knows. I am confident ur CD4s will improve though.


9/27/2005-1st test results
Viral Load >1,000,000
CD4 204
CD4%age 18
CD4/CD8 ratio .23
11/24/2005- Sustiva/Truvada
Viral Load 140
CD4 402
CD4%age .21
CD4/CD8 ratio .39
Viral Load 42
CD4 409
CD4%age .21
Viral load- undetectable
CD4 493
CD4%age .33

Next appt. 09/22/2006

Current meds: Atripla
VL: undetectable
CD4: 630

Offline Jena

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2006, 07:12:04 AM »
I'm sorry about your not so wonderful numbers Rod. Hang in there, you have great docs.

Offline Ann

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2006, 09:30:36 AM »
Hey Roddles,

It must be all those deadshit WW's we deal with. My numbers suck too. Here's a


coz I don't got anything better than that. :-*


Feck. Maybe Matty's on to something there, because my CD4s went south too, percentage-wise as well. VL up as well, but it's one of those log whatchamacallits where it's not as bad a hike as it looks to a mathmatically challenged person like me.

Hang in there buddy, got everything crossed for you.

Big hugs and a  :-* for good measure

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Offline Andy Velez

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2006, 11:40:05 AM »
My immediate thought Rod is that you should make sure you do something you really enjoy today. It can be quite simple. Doesn't have to be any big hoopla. It's a great rx for the immune system.

While I do appreciate how discouraging this drop can be the numbers are only a part of the story. And as you know from experience and from reading these pages they very often bounce back up.

I'm also glad you're having it all carefully monitored.

In the meantime, and I know this takes discipline, just enjoy each day and let the friggin' future and its numbers take care of themselves.

Big hug en route to you,
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Offline Lis

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2006, 04:50:44 PM »
hang in there man... I'm with the big chief Andy.... find yourself today... i learned awhile ago to stop letting what others told me to make my life... try the meds.. wait and see, do the prophylactics that are needs with a low CD4 and live your life... Ive been on prophylactics for 3 years... WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!

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Offline RAB

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2006, 08:14:19 PM »

Well poop!

The VL news is certainly good that's no question.

But the Histo shit is indeed a troubling turn.  Keep us posted on what your doctor can do with the possibility of the new medicine you mentioned.

(((((HUGE HUG!)))))


Offline Eldon

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2006, 01:25:37 AM »
Hello RapidRod,

Hang in there man and have the BEST Day!

Offline sweetasmeli

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2006, 04:30:21 AM »
Awww, crap! Hang in there Rod!

Thinking of you and sending you a cyberhug.


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Offline cmhjeff

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2006, 09:11:18 AM »
Hey Rodney, I'm not familiar with histo so you'll have to tell me about it sometime. Sure hope your docs can get a handle on that right away! The VL is great! CD setbacks do SUCK and I hope they rebound quickly!!

Hang in there - Be Strong!

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Offline aztecan

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Re: My Labs <suck>
« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2006, 09:31:42 AM »
Hey Rod,

Sorry the CD4s took a dive on you. I am sending positive energy your way.


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