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Author Topic: Doctor/case worker guidance  (Read 772 times)

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Offline bekendbrt

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Doctor/case worker guidance
« on: August 03, 2014, 01:11:48 PM »
Hi all:

So I was hospitalized with PCP this past January and that was the first I'd learned of my HIV (well, at that time, AIDS) diagnosis; At that time my VL was 1.6 million and my CD4 count was about 60.

After having started treatment with Atripla (and continuing my Azithromycin and Bactrim) I've been fortunate that I haven't had any major side effects from any of the medications (aside from the occasional exhaustion in the morning from the Atripla). I'm going to have blood panels done within the month to see how effective the ARV has been.

My history notwithstanding, I have two questions for you all:

1. What is your opinion on what makes a good ID doctor?
2. How do you effectively make the most out of your relationship with your case worker?

I was fortunate that the hospital set me up for success- the ID doctor overseeing my case in the hospital continues to be my ID doctor. My case worker is lovely and connected me to a pharmacy specializing in the care of HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions and is there to lend an ear whenever I need that. My doctor does, however, work between two major city hospitals and a clinic and access to her is sparse. And while my case worker is excellent and a generally wonderful human being I don't really know how to utilize her; Since my initial transition from discharge into beginning treatment I find myself in a situation where I need her council but feel like, because she has been made available to me, I should make the most of that relationship. But how?


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