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Author Topic: Finally have a CD4 count over 200  (Read 807 times)

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Offline kentfrat1783

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Finally have a CD4 count over 200
« on: September 18, 2019, 08:07:49 pm »
Hi All,

Well, I have seen the lab work that I had yesterday and seen my CD4 count.  May of 2017 I was at "2" and now September of 2019 I am at "218". 

I so expected to be happy once it reached 200 or above but for some reason, it makes me sad.  Then again I've been so low for so long maybe it'll just take time for me to adjust to it. 

Then I saw my AST level and it is one point above normal. First time it has been high so I'll see what the specialist says.  I know for my vacation last week I wasn't drinking as much water as I normally did and I even cut my drinking down quite a bit. 

Hopefully, I will be able to celebrate my new levels. 

Thanks for listing my rambling,
Kenneth
09/17/2019 - CD4 218 (16%) VL (?)
06/18/2019 - CD4 173 (16%) VL <20
03/13/2019 - CD4 170 (16%) VL <20
January 2019 - Started Triumeq
12/05/2108 - CD4 174 (18%) VL <20
08/28/2018 - CD4 166 (15%) VL <20
05/08/2018 - CD4 106 (11%) VL <20
03/05/2018 - CD4   90 (10%) VL <20
12/11/2017 - CD4   60 (  8%) VL ?
09/07/2017 - CD4   42 (  6%) VL  54        (1.70)
May 2017 - Started Atripla
05/11/2017 - CD4     2 (  1%) VL 169,969 (5.23)
OI's: PCP
Dx`d May 11, 2017
Location: USA

Offline Ptrk3

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Re: Finally have a CD4 count over 200
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2019, 11:25:34 pm »
Excellent news on the CD4 count!  If you are on Bactrim (or the equivalent), you'll be able to stop with another above-200 reading.

Plus, you are now out of danger of many OI's.  That is good news, indeed.

From what I know about AST levels, one point above normal likely not a big deal at all.  It could even be a blip.

Congratulations!
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Offline bocker3

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Re: Finally have a CD4 count over 200
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2019, 06:41:37 am »
Congrats on the CD4 result!!!

As for the AST -- I, personally, wouldn't give it another moment of thought.  Generally, when there is something going on that would impact liver enzymes, it tends to hit all of them -- especially AST & ALT.  Also, when something "bad" is going on, they don't usually just tick up a little -- they jump up.  When I had Hepatitis A, my AST was 990 (my ALT was over 1400).
Of course, your doctor knows you and your history best -- but I bet he wouldn't even mention it -- unless you ask!

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Offline virgo313

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Re: Finally have a CD4 count over 200
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2019, 01:03:51 pm »
Hi kentfrat1783,

very good update. happy for you. I know how it feel to breach 200....
same same with you. started low single digit CD4.

I was able to cut off Bactrim as soon as it reached above. Some Dr will want to continue longer. congra!!
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CD4 - 4 (3/11/15) / VL - 225,000   ~ CD4 - 65 (7/03/16) / VL - UD
CD4 - 153 (8/09/16) / VL - UD (20) / CD4% -6%   ~   CD4 - 215 (11/03/17) / VL - No Result / CD4% -8%
CD4 - No Result (10/04/17) / VL - UD (20)   ~   CD4 - 455 (11/05/18) / VL - UD / CD4% -14%
CD4 + CD4% (18/10/18) - Dr not going to  do this anymore / VL - To test only yearly. This Sucks..!
CD4 - 472 (10/04/19) / VL - UD / CD4% - 42%

Offline LeftyBowler300

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Re: Finally have a CD4 count over 200
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2019, 01:28:29 pm »
Grats buddy
Apr 1, 2017 DX - CD4 8 , VL 820,000
OI's: Disseminated Histoplasmosis, Thrush, PCP
Apr 17, 2017 started Genvoya, Bactrim, Sporanox, Azitrhomycin
Jun 9, 2017 - CD4 42 (3%) , VL 100
Jul 17, 2017 - CD4 57 (4%) , VL 53
Sep 16, 2017 - CD4 57 (4%) , VL 130 - Ugh... wtf
Oct 20, 2017 - CD4 63 (5%) , VL 100
Dec 1, 2017 - CD4 56 (3%) , VL <20
Mar 15, 2018 - CD4 73 (5%) , VL <20
Nov 5, 2018 - CD4 104 (7%), UD
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Re: Finally have a CD4 count over 200
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2019, 02:51:31 pm »
Congrats!
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Offline OneTampa

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Re: Finally have a CD4 count over 200
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2019, 06:15:39 pm »


Wonderful!

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Offline harleymc

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Re: Finally have a CD4 count over 200
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2019, 08:35:00 pm »
Buddy can you spare me a cd4?

Not far off cracking it myself but still trying to get there.

Congratulations

Offline JosephP

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Re: Finally have a CD4 count over 200
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2019, 12:00:43 pm »


I so expected to be happy once it reached 200 or above but for some reason, it makes me sad.  Then again I've been so low for so long maybe it'll just take time for me to adjust to it. 

**** Something similar happened to me, although I was only at 198. I guess we have these high expectations once the magical "200" is reached! I don't know what was I expecting! A different feeling? A different sensation?I wasn't sad, but definitely I was expecting something else, not a normal day at work!****  :) :) :)

Hopefully, I will be able to celebrate my new levels.   8) 8) 8) 8) Oh, yes! YOU will!!  :D :D :D

Thanks for listing my rambling,

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Offline Pirata

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Re: Finally have a CD4 count over 200
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2019, 01:59:37 pm »
Congratulations! Happy for you. I am expecting to have same news in November. I started with 100 and after 6 months the highest I have gotten is 150. So I know how it feels to be waiting on that results.

Offline kentfrat1783

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Re: Finally have a CD4 count over 200
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2019, 02:02:20 pm »
Thanks, everyone. Hopefully, my other results will be in tomorrow so I can get a clear picture of everything. 

09/17/2019 - CD4 218 (16%) VL (?)
06/18/2019 - CD4 173 (16%) VL <20
03/13/2019 - CD4 170 (16%) VL <20
January 2019 - Started Triumeq
12/05/2108 - CD4 174 (18%) VL <20
08/28/2018 - CD4 166 (15%) VL <20
05/08/2018 - CD4 106 (11%) VL <20
03/05/2018 - CD4   90 (10%) VL <20
12/11/2017 - CD4   60 (  8%) VL ?
09/07/2017 - CD4   42 (  6%) VL  54        (1.70)
May 2017 - Started Atripla
05/11/2017 - CD4     2 (  1%) VL 169,969 (5.23)
OI's: PCP
Dx`d May 11, 2017
Location: USA

 


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