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Author Topic: Finally Got My Dr To Agree To Less Frequent Visits  (Read 912 times)

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Offline WindySkies

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Finally Got My Dr To Agree To Less Frequent Visits
« on: May 28, 2014, 05:59:49 PM »
I was starting to get frustrated having to go to the lab and the doctors office every 3 months (each one is a separate visit).  When I last asked him about spreading out my visits he agreed to once every 4 months.

So today when he came in and said my numbers were 'better then perfect', I asked him why was it necessary then to keep coming to see him every 4 months.  So he relented and said he'd be ok with twice a year instead.  I was hoping for once a year.

Anyhow my numbers do seem to keep getting better:

CD4: 1,425
%: 49
10/11/2012 Journey Started
10/17/2012 First Labs: VL=57,645  CD4+=730  37%
10/31/2012 Started Complera
11/30/2012 Labs: VL=80  CD4+=929 40%
12/24/2012 Started Stribild

Undetectable since 1/15/13 CD4+= Over 1,400 and 49%

Offline vertigo

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Re: Finally Got My Dr To Agree To Less Frequent Visits
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2014, 06:08:44 PM »
Your numbers are exceptional.  But there's other things your doc is monitoring besides VL & CD4.  Liver & kidney function, etc.  Once every six months sounds like a good compromise between your doctor's wishes and your own.  If you did start to experience treatment failure I think you would want to know early.

I'm still going to the doc about 3x year, but hope to be down to 2x year soon.  That's the same interval I go do the dentist, which is perfectly manageable.  Although it's remarkable how quickly six months goes by.  I always feel like I was just there.

Offline emeraldize

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Re: Finally Got My Dr To Agree To Less Frequent Visits
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2014, 12:37:20 AM »
I get blood draws quarterly, got it down to 2x face to face per year, goal is once per year like a car inspection. I believe in giving access to that time to someone who truly needs it.  Your numbers are crazy great!


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