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Offline aztecan

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Aging, HIV and planning for the future
« on: July 27, 2019, 01:02:13 pm »
Hi all,
I thought I would drop a line to let everyone know I was still alive.
I have a new practitioner, a nurse practitioner. The doctor I was seeing decided to move to California.
She is great! Very thorough, and I've had more testing done than I have ever had. She is big on preventive care.
I hit a few rough spots. I had the laminectomy on my lower back, which went well. Now, there is stenosis in my neck and upper spine, which they want to fuse.
I told them no, not unless things become very desperate.
I did physical therapy for it, I still exercise to keep the muscles as strong as possible, and I am doing OK.
Aside from that, most everything else is working pretty well for someone in his 60s.
Who'd a thought I would ever see my 60s???
I'm still not allowed pain meds, but do well with the cannabis stuff. The salve I make does really work.
Now, the specter of actually retiring is looming before me. It is funny how things like "retiring" always seemed in the distant future.
I am trying to get my affairs in order to make it as easy a transition as I can. My plans are to finally retire in about four years, maybe.
I am not sure I will ever fully retire. We'll see.


"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline flashdance

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Re: Aging, HIV and planning for the future
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2019, 10:56:50 am »
I early retired this year at 62. I have now had 4 socsec payments. My problem...not enough is happening to entertain me. Never really wanted to retire alone....

I have grown so sick of the current work environment....I hope I never see another paycheck again.

I still wonder what will happen with my current insurance coverage. At the moment...all is perfect. Great team of docs...all is paid for medically...but my income from socsec may knock me out of Medicaid. I can go with the flow...but just don't change my current docs.
You are never alone...and if you start to feel lonely....search me out...or grab your cat!

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Aging, HIV and planning for the future
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2019, 05:06:10 pm »
Hi Mark,...

Good to hear from you ! I've had a nurse practitioner at the VA,  for about 7 years now, and as you say, I am also very satisfied, by the care I receive from her. Her patients include HIV and infectious diseases, and she is more than qualified to handle any issue, dealing with HIV and Hepatitis.  I remember her asking me years ago, if I would mind if she would handle my case, and I had no objection. She also stated that I could request the doctor at any time, but I haven't done that in 7 years.  She is very knowledgeable !! Also, like you, my nurse practitioner, is not hesitant ( Along with my Primary care)  to do any testing they deem necessary.  So I am real pleased with that. At close to 68, and living with HIV since 1985, I never object to any testing, to stay on top of things, for preventative care.

I recently had both hands injected with steroids at the base of my thumbs, to alleviate the trigger thumbs I had, and so far, It's been great.  No more snapping thumbs at the middle knuckle, no discomfort or pain. I also had some xrays of both my hands, and they found nothing remarkable and the impressions showed "Normal"

I retired in December of 2013, right after my 62 birthday. It was almost 6 years ago.  I am now 67, and close to 68 in about 4 months.

 I really enjoy retirement, you have to keep active, because it's too easy to not be active.  My 83 year old neighbor wants to take me golfing.  I never played Golf, but I am willing to give it a try, once the weather cools down a little. We still swim everyday, and walk at least 30 minutes a day.  I still have a gut issue, which will never go away.  ::)

I think if I had to do it over again, I may have worked until I was 65. If that was the case, I would have retired in 2016, but I really don't have any regrets.

I also have no objection to doing something part-time,  But it seems I have more than my fair share of Doctor appointments..., ( And that will only increase, as time goes on)... which could cause an issue, with someone hiring me. Of course, there's no problem with volunteer work, which is my primary choice. The VA hospital, is always looking for volunteers. If I was to work part-time I wouldn't want to work more than 3 days a week period !

I spent most of my working career, working all the holidays, and covering for others.  Can't do that anymore at 67 ! 3 days a week is enough.

I think if it was me, I would hold off on getting anything fused as well, or at least putting it off as long as I possible could. That is of course, unless they can give my an absolutely good reason, to have it done now.  I would also like to know, what happens if I was to hold off.

Glad to hear from you and that you're doing OK. Keep active !

Take care of yourself----- RAY  8)
Current Meds ; Biktarvy, 10mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 7/15/19

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 6/11/19,  Viral load remains <40

CD 4 @615 /  CD4 % @ 18 %

 67 years young.


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