HIV: a coming out time and again

All of us living with HIV have to ‘come out’ time and again, telling another person about that we are positive as and when this information is needed. Today, I had to come out again, this time to the optometrist who was carrying out my eye test. It was a simple answer to his question about any medication I was taking. I named the drugs I was taking: Mirtazapine (for depression); Sumatriptan Succinate (for migraines as and when required); Pizotifen (to prevent migraines when they are happening regularly); and Eviplera (my anti-HIV drug). I am glad to say that there was no reaction at the mention … Continue reading HIV: a coming out time and again

Over thirty years of experience and it’s a schoolboy error that delays my day!

With a hospital appointment clashing with the funeral of a friend, today was not the day for further delays to happen during a routine appointment at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Sadly, a simple schoolboy error ended up winding me up. At least I don’t have to return for six months… Continue reading Over thirty years of experience and it’s a schoolboy error that delays my day!

Do we get to get your autograph now…?

It has been a goal for many months, indeed it has been a goal since I was diagnosed back in March 2009. Suffice to say the goal posts have moved now… but what happened in the Royal yesterday? Up at the HIV Clinic in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast it was great to see new faces,  a few old ones and ones that have been there most days that I have been up. New social worker With Corinne having retired in June, there was a new social worker who has been in post for some months, he was very pleased … Continue reading Do we get to get your autograph now…?

Support: given and received. Volunteering rewards us all.

After waking up with a sore head this morning, I have had quite a busy day. Two appointments which were linked to HIV and one that was to do with church and proofreading. News from the clinic There is not much news from the HIV Clinic this morning. I’ve come away with two months’ worth of Eviplera and a bottle of Gaviscon (to assist with the heartburn) and the vampires were back in force. Having not had any blood tests taken last month as I was changing my meds we have had the usual ones done today. So my left … Continue reading Support: given and received. Volunteering rewards us all.

Progress Report: Eviplera – tiredness

Well, we’re nearly at the end of the first bottle of Eviplera. And what a month is has been. I think that I can safely say that as far as I am concerned the transfer from the old regimen to the current one has been a success. On Wednesday coming, I am up to the HIV Clinic at the RVH for my first check up since changing meds. Andrew says that I am looking much better since the change. Certainly, even I notice that I am not quite as tinged with yellow as I had become used to being. Let’s … Continue reading Progress Report: Eviplera – tiredness

Progress Report: Eviplera

Well, it is just over a week since I started taking my new prescription. The new drug is Eviplera and it is a single tablet once a day. This is wonderful as taking three sets of meds around with you if travelling is a pain. It’s been a bit of a culture shock though. The old meds were taken last thing at night, every night. The new ones are to be taken with a meal. Getting out of the rhythm of taking the meds as I head to bed is proving quite difficult. We’ll see how it goes in the … Continue reading Progress Report: Eviplera