It’s been quite some time since I posted anything here. There are several reasons why. First of all there was the plan to move to a new domain. That worked for a bit, and then it didn’t. Secondly, for the first time since I was diagnosed back in 2009, I have been working full-time for one organisation. That has taken away a lot of the energy that used to be expended writing for this blog.

Now, why am I back writing today?

Well, I have actually missed writing my blog. Also, today I have been signed off work for a few days because of a mixture of a chest infection, uncontrolled asthma, and an apparent allergic reaction to the new asthma medication that I was recently prescribed.

All in all it has been a weekend that reminded me of weeks and months in the past. It is also the first year in I don’t know how long that I have not needed to (nor been asked to) talk to the media for World Aids Day. Since that is past, I can write some thing again myself. For me. And for any followers still following this blog.

The last few weeks have seen what seems like an inordinate number of prescriptions made out to me. Below are what we have got going on just at the moment. The drugs will be rattling around me as I rattle around the house while I am off work.

Medication prescribed in the past week!

By my GP today:

  • ‘Keflex’ 500 mg film coated tablets Cefalexin (as monohydrate). One tablet, four times a day, for five days.
  • Deltacortril Ent 5 mg Gast Res tabs. Take six as first dose then reduce by one tablet day. (6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1) until finished.

Minor problem with the first one: the pharmacy has only given me 15 tablets. Maybe it is one tablet three times a day, for five days. Will head back there tomorrow to check. And possibly to the doctor as well. Oh what fun it will be!

By my GP on Friday:

  • Imigran F-tab 50 mg, film-coated tablets Sumatriptan. This is for the migraines.

By the Asthma consultant recently:

  • Relvar Ellipta 92 micrograms/22 micrograms inhalation powder, pre-dispensed fluticasone furoate/vilanterol

Following discussion with my GP today, after developing a rash on my wrist, we’ve suspended taking the Relvar and reverted to:

  • Beclazone 250 Easi-Breathe inhaler (a preventer) and
  • Salamol Easi-Breathe (reliever).

HIV meds

a bottle of Tivicay (Dolutegravir)
Tivicay, now known in our house as Dolly.

As it is so long since I last posted here, we’ve moved from the last-mentioned new meds nearly two years ago, through Genvoya, and on to the delightfuly nicknamed Dolly and Des.


  • Dolutegravir – Tivicay 50 mg. One tablet daily.


  • Descovy – 200 mg/25 mg. One tablet daily.

And finally,

By the doctor in A&E recently

  • Pantoprazole Teva Pharma 40 mg Gastro-resistant Tablets. One tablet daily.

That’s to help prevent reflux. I’ll try and write up how I ended up with that one in a little bit. It might go live tomorrow, though it is from about two weeks ago now.