August 28

It’s some time since I have posted on here. But the events of last night really do need recorded. Five Hours of a Meeting I was at a meeting last night which lasted five hours – but it was reasonably productive depsite starting to cover ground that is not this year’s committee’s responsibility. Then two of us decided that it would be a good idea to head for a pint. Everything goes awry OK, so I shouldn’t be drinking alcohol whilst taking Citalopram, but I was planning only to have one pint. I say planning, because as with all best … Continue reading August 28

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 21

Good news finally today. I was up at the HIV Clinic once more today and found out that there was really good news. My Viral Load count has come down. In fact it is now so low that it is undetectable. In the words of another friend who also got this result a couple of weeks ago. ” I may have to celebrate. “ Although this is good news, this doesn’t totally stop the feelings of depression and lack of motivation that are still floating around in my head. More good news is that I am becoming better at taking … Continue reading July 21

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

June 21

It’s June 21st the longest day of the year, so there is less time to cry when going to sleep tonight. Strange how that is what comes to mind. But, of course, tonight is not that sort of time for going to bed. Tonight is another fundraising night and will see me out til the early hours rattling a bucked for the local Pride festival. It’s midsummer and it’s pouring with rain here. So not the best day to go out for a nice drive or anything – and even when I get home I’ll not want to do any … Continue reading June 21

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 57 – Ascension of the Lord

Sorry for the delay in posting, various other things have been happening and that has increased my workload in the last few days. I’ve now registered with a new GP and have to say that the process was reasonably good. The practice nurse couldn’t have been more helpful, and whilst she seemed to be asking more questions about what support there was here, it was good that she was asking. Hospital Up to the clinic today for more bloods and urine sample. It does feel like the clinic are a bunch of vampires being only interested in extracting blood from … Continue reading Day 57 – Ascension of the Lord

Day 51

Well we’re into the next 50 days! And life is not as bad as it may have seemed in the last few days. Although there is a nagging problem with my shoulder and I have been to see my physician who has prescribed some painkillers – so I now have even more drugs to take each day! What fun! But fortunately, they appear to be having some effect. Counselling Had my second session with my counsellor, and it seems that it is going well. I am pleased that I have been persuaded into going for these sessions. We’ve been concentrating … Continue reading Day 51

Day 50 – Half a century of days

The fiftieth day since I was diagnosed and in some ways it feels like Day One was only yesterday: in other ways it feels like it was longer than fifty days ago. Counselling Yesterday I had my first counselling session at a local support centre. There are a number of issues that came out of that first session: but the one with the priority is ‘learning to cope with being HIV positive’. Anything else that is in the background can wait – if it has waited this long, it can wait a bit longer. Food Food is now becoming a bit … Continue reading Day 50 – Half a century of days

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