So today was the sort of “final” visit – at least for a few months – that i had to make to the doctor. This was the visit to discuss my blood work results from last Friday and how I was doing on the four new HIV medications.
First, I weighed in and had gained 5 lbs in the past month…I knew it cuz I could see and feel it! Yikes! I once again have broken 130 lbs. I need to now just maintain, stay right where I am just get more physically fit. I feel good at this weight, healthier and stronger, so I am really hoping to be smart, watch my diet, exercise, work and maintain! I tend to snack on some seriously caloric snacks sometimes, guess I need to watch that a bit closer.
Secondly, and most importantly, I have been tolerating the new drugs very well. Two weeks of sickness from them and I seem to have made peace, settled in to a routine and got it down. Thus, my viral burden (also called viral load) has dropped from 344, 310 on 2/22/12 to 190 on 4/13/12…which is a DIRECT result of the medications stopping the replication of the virus in my system. Yay! That on top of the increase in T-cells to 400 is kinda the perfect picture of my body fighting the virus, with the help of medications, and getting healthier.
The doctor was very pleased with my progress and is also psyched that I have decided to try to return to work.
So I have been poked, prodded, scanned, and tested from head to toe and I am pretty damned healthy once again! I return in 3 months for follow up blood panels, rechecking the T’s and VL, and a check in with her. Hopefully, I will be at a ZERO viral burden/load by then!
Thanks to all who have supported me, encouraged me and pushed me on during the trying few previous months of me being so sick and down. Special Thanks goes to my parents, they have been an incredible source of love and encouragement through all of this.