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

Day 14, part 2

Didn’t think that I would be posting again so soon. But I was greeted by post when I got back to my house after lunchtime today. Now normally post is just bills, bank statements, and various magazines to which I subscribe. But… In the last two days, I’ve received some books from friends from all around the country. The Way of the Cross for those who have AIDS and have HIV. Delia Smith’s One is Fun The Penguin book of Metaphysical Poetry To the friends who have sent these… Thank you very much. It is great to have your support. Continue reading Day 14, part 2

Day 14

Well yesterday was busy so there was no post. Hope this did not worry anyone. I had lost of things to do, from meeting friends to going to a meeting in the evening. At least I’m keeping busy. Though the shock is still there at being diagnosed HIV+. While friends have been great at supporting me – it’s begining to sink in quite what has happened. Food The first recipe was used successfully yesterday for breakfast, and today I hope to make something else for tea. Jelly bean test Jelly beans have run out. But I’ve been remembering the times. … Continue reading Day 14

Day 12, part 2

Food Shopping trip went very well. A mate went with me to keep me along the straight and narrow. Managed to buy quite a lot. Certainly everything required for the two recipes sent in, as well as more besides. It will be interesting to see how I get on using such exotic foodstuffs such as salmon, chesnut mushrooms, cream,  pesto, and tomato purée…  Tomorrow will see me cooking a meal for myself. One that is made from fresh ingredients. The outcome will be interesting. Continue reading Day 12, part 2

Day 12

Been in the house until now, and just about to head out and meet up with some friends again. Have got on with some work from home but still finding it difficult to concentrate. Food Following yesterday’s post, I have received a couple of recipes from a friend. The first one is going to be on trial tomorrow lunchtime, and I am heading out today to buy the ingredients for it and the second. So on the shopping list today: pasta, olive oil, garlic, one courgette, tomato purée, small onion, dried chillies, and a tin of tomatoes. Updates later in … Continue reading Day 12

Day 11

Quiet day. Been up to a mate’s for Sunday lunch. The support of my mates is very good and I am very grateful for it. Food It is becoming clear to me that I need to find out more about cooking for one. Perhaps there are some courses around for those who are not good at cooking. It’s not that I dislike food. Far from it. I am just bad at making it for myself. Jelly Bean test The continued Jelly Bean test is working thus far. This is where I eat a jelly bean at 10 am and 10 … Continue reading Day 11