All posts filed under: CD4 count

Change of meds…

Eviplera to Stribild Today I am making the change from Eviplera to a newer drug which is four-in-one called Stribild. It is made up of four drugs: elvitegravir which is a type of antiretroviral called an integrase inhibitor; conicistat a “pharmacokinetic enhancer” which boosts levels of elvitegravir within the body, but has no activity against HIV; emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil which are both antiretrovirals known as nucleotide/nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) or “nukes”. A problem I had with taking Eviplera was that I kept failing to get the calorific quantity of food I needed with it, but Stribild has the benefit that it has no specific type or amount of food needed. The suggestion is to have it with a snack, or within 30 minutes of a main meal. Blood results As I tweeted earlier (from the clinic): Results from 24Nov15. – VL undetectable. CD4 333. — John [HIVBlogger] (@HIVBlogger) December 8, 2015 the results from my bloods done on 24 November 2015 were that my CD4 count was 333, and my Viral Load continues …

Disappointment from GHA today

Today, was my second appointment with my new GP here in Gibraltar. I woke up looking forward to it. I was due to get the results of the blood tests done by the Infection Control nurse about a month ago. My last results were back in March in Belfast and were quite good. I went to the GP hoping to hear good news about my current state of health. I was to be disappointed. where are the results? Although all the routine tests came back fine, the GP could not find the results from the tests for the CD4 and Viral Load counts. Why this was, he and I both wondered. He lifted the telephone and rang the lab. A telephone exchange was had between GP and the Lab. The gist of it was that the tests had not been requested. Yet the GP, me, and the nurse who took the bloods knew that they had been. So, what to do? On Thursday (after the celebrations for National Day) I have to go to Infection …

A bit of a bounce last week…

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 I should have liked, but there you go. The other problem is that I have been suffering from a bad cold/possible ’flu for the last couple of weeks. Now that my immune system is actually starting to work of course I feel my body trying to attack whatever it is that I have. Previously, it did not do this (for obvious reasons) and although I felt ill, it was just like being ill normally with HIV. …

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…

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 to meet me, and I was very glad to have met him. Now I know who is responsible, if I need to contact him, I can do so. I look forward to working with him in the future. BTW his name is George. Welcome back to the consultant My HIV consultant has been off on maternity leave for quite some time, and today was the first time that I had seen her since she has …

And I nearly forgot my meds…

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… I wonder what my CD4 and Viral Load counts will have been from my last visit… And of course, the vampires (nursing staff) will be wanting more bloods from me I’m sure… I just wish I could get the results a little quicker than after an interval of three—or will it be six—months.

More results: more good news

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 it has been has been 80. But we can hope and pray.