It was results time last Tuesday morning when I visited the Royal Victoria Hospital’s GUM clinic for possibly the last time. Since diagnosis my CD4 count has been rather on the low side, on diagnosis, it was 100, and has dropped to 80, before climbing up to above 200. Last Tuesday morning I got told that it was over three hundred! As I said on Twitter: #bounce VL <70. CD4 = 330 and 20%. #bestever couldn't have done w/o help from @BelfastTrust @belfastwriter and @PositiveLife_NI — John [HIVBlogger] (@HIVBlogger) March 25, 2014 The Viral Load count was a little bit higher than … Continue reading A bit of a bounce last week…
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!
Having said on UTV last week about how good I have been about taking my meds, it was rather unfortunate that today I nearly forgot about them. Fortunately, of course, I had my rather wonderful husband Andrew on hand to ensure that I didn’t forget. He’s so good that my consultant at the Royal Victoria Hospital has commented in the past that she would like to prescribe an Andrew for all her patients. Well a big thank you to him and next week I should be able to report to my consultant that I’ve only missed one dose in months… … Continue reading And I nearly forgot my meds…
The school children who sat public exams back in May and June only had to wait until August to get their results. Me? I had to wait a little longer for the results from my blood tests at the Royal Victoria Hospital. So how did I do? Well I am pleased to say that the results are good. CD4 = 180 (12%) Viral Load = undetectable The Eviplera seems to be working well so we’re always hopeful that my CD4 count will go above 200 at some stage. It’s never been there yet since diagnosis and I think the lowest … Continue reading More results: more good news
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
Well, as I said earlier, I was heading up to the RVH for my regular check up at the HIV Clinic. I got the results of the blood tests that were done in January. In the words of the consultant, The Viral Load is completely suppressed. And the CD4 count is up to 170 and 11% so it is still rising. This is great news. It is not the 200 that I am working towards, but it is still progress. Potential new meds regimen Other good news is that he plans to take me off my current meds and switch … Continue reading Clinic visit: the results, drug news
It’s another week, and I’ve not had anything put up on this blog for ages, but it’s not because nothing has been happening – quite the opposite in fact. Life has been moving on. I have been working away and getting on with various things. However, last weekend I felt a bump on the back of my neck, and on Thursday I fought through the rain, gale force winds and awful traffic to make it up to the Gay Men’s clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. I thought it was probably a recurrence of the now dreaded PVL-MRSA … Continue reading Another week, more treatment, lots of support
Updates from the Clinic
Yesterday I made my monthly visit up to the HIV clinic.
The results from the blood taken at the previous appointment were:
CD4 count 150 – 10%
Viral Load 9,600 Continue reading “October 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
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