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Offline Teresa

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Hubbys Results
« on: October 28, 2006, 06:40:50 PM »
Got hubbys results and was hoping they would be better than what they were.

CD4 197 was 198
CD4% 20.6 was 20.8
VL <75 was <75

I know its not much of a change but I was hoping it would go up. I'm so disappointed!

Hubby HIV+ 5/5/06
  %: 26.7
 VL: <20
Atripla (started it 8/24/06)

Offline RAB

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2006, 07:50:46 PM »

Come here sweetheart.  Come closer.  Closer.  Let me give you. . . . . .


Then a hug. 

But the smack comes first missy!

O.K., now. . . .let's look at this without the emotion of disappointment (which was/is based upon nothing except expectation).
(Which just for the record is completely normal and acceptable, but still subject to smacking! )

The truly important # is the VL, the recovery of the CD4 can and often does take time.  Try and be patient, otherwise you'll drive yourself crazy.

You're just going to have to trust me on this one.


(Who's in a smacking mood!)

Offline Eldon

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2006, 07:57:43 PM »
Hello Teresa,

Just as RAB had mentioned, it takes time for the CD4's to increase their level. His numbers look very stable, and this is good. I am sending you and yours my BEST wishes.

Make the BEST of each Day!

Offline anniebc

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2006, 08:55:06 PM »
Hi Teresa

I know how disappointing it must be for you when you where expecting bigger changes..but like the guys said just be patient..good things come to good people.

Just a quick word of warning here...when Rocky is in a smacking mood..be afraid..be very afraid... ;)..either keep your distance for a little while or just do as he tells you.. :D

Things will get better you'll see.

Hugs to you and hubby.
Jan :-*
Never knock on deaths door..ring the bell and run..he really hates that.

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2006, 09:03:49 PM »
hang in there Teresa... we're here for the both of you

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2006, 01:34:17 AM »
Hang in there pal, steady as she goes.
Positive since 1985

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2006, 01:45:20 AM »
Hello Teresa,

Believe me , I know how frustrating it can get, Having to take what seems like a long time, to get those numbers up there. My numbers have  always just bounced around... Those numbers will get back up there above that wonderful 200 mark, may take a little time but he will get there. You hang in there, tell hubby to hang in there also !! Pacience will most definetly pay off in the long run. His percentages are great !!

All my Best------Ray

« Last Edit: October 29, 2006, 02:51:02 AM by J.R.E. »
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

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.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 65 years young.

Offline JohnOso

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2006, 02:49:32 AM »

Trust me...I feel you and your hubby's pain on this one.  My latest labs at the beginning of October were 135 (up from a whopping 123 in July).  But the VL was still <50....that's the one the doctor is focusing upon, ergo that's the one i'll pay attention to also.

The important thing is that I feel good enough to kick some righteous ass these days.

(who's always willing to take a "smack" for the team  ;D)

Offline Maestro

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2006, 08:54:47 AM »

I wouldnt focus too much on the magical 200 mark.  I mean I know all the literature points towards that number, but my Uncle hasn't seen above 180 in over 7 years and he is apparently indestructable!


Offline Teresa

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2006, 09:48:07 AM »
Thanks everyone for your replies.

RABS smack upside my head was just what i needed!

Sometimes its still a bit overwhelming but I'm getting thru it with your help and I appreciate and love each and every one of you!

Big hugs
Hubby HIV+ 5/5/06
  %: 26.7
 VL: <20
Atripla (started it 8/24/06)

Offline Christine

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2006, 09:59:43 AM »
Hi Teresa,
Hubby's numbers are stable, that is what is important. Plus, (and I know it is hard) try not to get hung up on the numbers. Health is the over all picture- lack or OI's, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, along with the lab results.

Big hug to you!

Poz since '93. Currently on Procrit, Azithromax, Pentamidine, Valcyte, Levothyroxine, Zoloft, Epzicom, Prezista, Viread, Norvir, and GS-9137 study drug. As needed: Trazodone, Atavan, Diflucan, Zofran, Hydrocodone, Octreotide

5/30/07 t-cells 9; vl 275,000

Offline blondbeauty

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2006, 11:20:11 AM »

Do you really think there is a difference between 197 an 200 cd4? Samples of blood vary a lot and maybe the missing cd4 were in other milimiters of blood that remained in his arm... ;) It may sound silly but lab machines make mistakes when counting blood cells. The VL load is undetectable wich means the treatment is 100% successful. In a few months his counts will improve.
The only member in these forums approved by WINBA: World International Nail and Beauty Association.
Epstein Barr +; CMV +; Toxoplasmosis +; HIV-1 +.
Counts when starting treatment:
V.L.:80.200 copies. CD4: 25%=503
Started Sustiva-Truvada 14/August/2006
Last V.L.count (Oct 2013): Undetectable
Last CD4 count (OCT 2013): 52%= 933

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2006, 04:51:42 PM »
Hi Teresa.

hang on honey, it's going to be o.k.    I am in no position to comment on anyone's patience (or lack thereof) because I am probably the most INpatient person there is.   So I know where you're coming from.


"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline Nadine

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2006, 06:39:45 AM »

I do know how you feel, a couple of labs ago my Hubby's numbers had not moved, I was also disappointed...but his last labs they moved quite a bit! I am trying to learn not to solely focus on the numbers, he is feeling great and that is what's important.

You hang in there  :-*

Offline MSPspud

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Re: Hubbys Results
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2006, 11:01:44 AM »
Yes, hang in there Teresa.  The first sets of numbers seem to go nowhere and then all of a sudden...  The best thing to focus on now that his VL is suppressed is his nutritional needs to replenish his body from the battle it's been fighting against the virus.  A multi-vitamin and a little selenium might help boost his CD4's.


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