June 23

St Etheldreda’s Day Today is St Etheldreda’s Day. The day that the Church remembers a holy Abbess in Ely, Cambridgeshire. It is the day I remember a friend of mine called Etheldreda. And remember that I have forgotten to send a card to her – I’ll have to do that later this afternoon. Hospital Clinic Last month when I was given the date for today’s appointment I mentioned that it was St Etheldreda’s day and the doctor looked at me a bit funny. I’m rather good with dates – name a day and I’ll probably be able to know what … Continue reading June 23

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 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

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

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