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Author Topic: I guess its working  (Read 2940 times)

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Offline aztecan

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I guess its working
« on: February 05, 2014, 10:40:23 AM »
I saw my doctor yesterday, the usual semi-annual visit with labs.

The Cholestyramine I am taking seems to still be working.

My overall cholesterol is OK (189) and the LDL is (drum roll, please), 112.

The HDL is still lurking at 38, and triglycerides were a tad high at 197 (I have to confess, I was less than diligent and consumed more sweets and carbs than I should.)

So, the cholesterol med is working and no side effects. I can't complain about that.

Oh, the other stuff is OK too - CD4 1041, viral load <20.

He said I am in pretty good shape for someone who is in his latter 50s and who has been positive for close to 29 years (not until July, but who's counting.)

So, I am pretty happy.


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~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline Jeff G

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Re: I guess its working
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2014, 10:48:38 AM »
Congrats on the good numbers Mark ! . You have really worked very hard to get there so you have earned every gain you made .

You have always been my inspiration to watch my lipids . I used to think little could be done about it but your updates convinced me otherwise .   
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: I guess its working
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2014, 11:40:51 AM »

Looking good with the numbers Mark ! Congrats on that ! I also understand how difficult this has been for you.

He said I am in pretty good shape for someone who is in his latter 50s and who has been positive for close to 29 years (not until July, but who's counting.)

So, I am pretty happy.



My Doc Says the same on each visit. It would be nice if I could feel as good as I supposedly look  :)

Meanwhile I had my third session at the VA " MOVE" Clinic. The sessions are held for 1 hour on Tuesdays @ 11: 30 am. On this third visit yesterday, BMI,%body fat, and weight has dropped again. I have one more session to complete, next Tuesday, and then I move on to a 12 week session if I want to. ( I'm still thinking about that)

Diet, and exercise, elimination of certain foods completely, are the three things stressed in these sessions. It's about rethinking what you eat, and breaking old habits.

When my primary doc asked me if I wanted to do this I said "Of course" She also stated that I would most likely be the smallest one in these classes.  And she was right.

I came in fully clothed @ 176 lbs. These other guys are up there in the 250-300 pound plus weight group.

I am really hoping, that if I reach my desired weight, that the BP medication can cease, and the Statin can cease.  It sure would be nice.

Ed and I are getting a lot more walking in, and we're jogging more.  Not to bad for a couple of 62 year olds. :)

My desired goal in weight keeps dropping.  I now would love to be able to get to 160.

Time will tell. I got some work to do.  :P

Good luck to you Mark---Ray  8)

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.

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Offline mitch777

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Re: I guess its working
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2014, 12:02:41 PM »
Nice to hear all of the good news Mark!  :)
33 years hiv+ with a curtsy.

Offline wolfter

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Re: I guess its working
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2014, 12:11:49 PM »
Most excellent!!!

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Offline Theyer

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Re: I guess its working
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2014, 01:59:15 PM »
Thats great Mark , how,s the new job going ?
"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn

Offline Fisher

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Re: I guess its working
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2014, 05:21:59 PM »
Excellent News!
- fisher
06/15 CD 365 %24 VL<20
01/15 CD 468 %24 VL<20
09/14 CD 385 %22 VL<20
07/14 CD 391 %20 VLUD
04/14 CD 486 %23 VL<20
11/13 CD 351 %21  VL<20
10/13 CD 390 %16  VL<20
06/13 CD 315 %19  VL 22
02/13 CD 396 %14  VL<20
12/12 CD 392 %13  VL320
11/12 CD 428 %13  VL1200
*Started Meds: Atripla
10/12 CD 427 %11  VL 139000 -- 09/12 CD 408 %13 VL 92928
09/11 CD 745 %27 VL CLOT -- 10/10 CD 863 %29 VL 2782
10/09 CD 597 %30 VL 2537 -- 05/08 CD 809 %28 VL 1504
04/07 CD 797 %25 VL 3558 -- 11/06 CD 720 %28 VL 1214
06/05 CD 731 %25 VL 1575 -- 12/04 CD 1176 %30 VL 1329
01/04 CD 959 %26 VL 1011 -- 11/03 CD 1000 %28 VL 1581
12/02 CD 748 %28 -- 10/01 CD 860 %25
08/00 CD 1022 %28 -- 04/99 CD 854 %27
11/98 CD 899 %28 -- 02/97 CD 1400 %37
11/96 CD 1325  VL <500 -- 09/96 Western Blot
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Offline rondrond

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Re: I guess its working
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2014, 08:53:37 PM »
Good numbers and you're pretty happy.....

What more could you ask for?

Good job...
"I'm not done yet"....Glen Campbell

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No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Aug09 Diagnosed: COPD

Tcells 700


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