July 31 – new problems with drugs

It is the day before the local Pride Parade and Party after it. I should be doing more but this morning woke up and had no energy to go and help. So to preserve my energy for the madness that will be tomorrow, I am keeping a low profile and getting on with other things. Entering the 21st century On Wednesday I took delivery of an Apple iPhone and am currently making sure all my contacts are stored in it correctly. Who knows, I may even be able to update this blog from it at some point in the near … Continue reading July 31 – new problems with drugs

July 15 – St Swithun’s Day

St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain For forty days it will remain St Swithun’s day if thou be fair For forty days ’twill rain na mair Raining in Belfast And so as normal, on July 15, it is raining. Let’s hope that the traditional rhyme doesn’t apply in this ecclesiastical Province of Armagh but only in that of Canterbury. Or maybe it only applies in the diocese of Winchester where St Swithun lived, worked, and was buried. Long time.. no post It has indeed been quite a while since last I posted to this blog. This has been because … Continue reading July 15 – St Swithun’s Day

Day 73

Drugs The drug régime is taking its toll on me. Remembering to take the drugs is becoming more difficult as time goes on. I suspect that this is because I am feeling better and better—making me feel less and less like I need to take the drugs. However, I have not missed yet. Food Today has been very easy in the food department and tomorrow will be so again. I am staying with my parents and enjoying homecooked food once again. There really is nothing like food prepared by your mother. But tomorrow it will be back to having to … Continue reading Day 73

Day 27

Second day back in work. Though only got in for about 10 o’clock. This meant that I came in and immediately went for some breakfast in the canteen (small cherry scone and jam, together with hot chocolate and Kaletra® x2). Then back upstairs and on to the work for the day.  At least today I don’t feel quite as knackered as I did yesterday. And I even managed to get some proper work done. And lunch was huge (roast beef, yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, and cauliflower cheese; followed by Peach Melba yoghurt; and Truvada®). So now I am wondering what to … Continue reading Day 27

Day 21

It’s been nearly a week since my last post. It’s okay, I haven’t died, I have just been dealing with lots of things.  Drugs The drugs have been taken in the same way as the Jelly beans were. Every 12 hours as well as one at one o’clock. Despite many warnings of side effects, I appear to be lucky in that the only main one that I have been suffering is tiredness.  Food This week has seen me cooking much more for myself than ever before. I’ve even had a few friends around for a couple of meals this week. … Continue reading Day 21

Day 16

Well, yesterday I was up at the clinic with moral support from a friend. So first of all a word of thanks to him. Counts CD4 = 100 Viral Load= 29k An explanation of these terms is given below. CD4 and viral load tests Together these tests give a good indication of what’s going on with our HIV. CD4 test Knowing how many CD4 cells we’ve got in a sample of our blood is a guide to how healthy our immune system is.  Normal CD4 count A healthy adult man has a CD4 count of between 400 to 1600 CD4 cells … Continue reading Day 16