Last week I headed to my HIV clinic, at the new Queen Elizabeth super-hospital in Birmingham, to have my quarterly bloods taken. Today, one week later, I headed back for the results.
Last week I headed to my HIV clinic, at the new Queen Elizabeth super-hospital in Birmingham, to have my quarterly bloods taken. They took the usual eight vials, and another two for the AIR study that I’m part of. I was supposed to supply a urine sample, but being a complete eegit I pee’d before I went to the hospital – so brought a sample bottle home with me.
Today, one week later, I headed back for the results. I’m pleased to say that my CD4 count has gone up 101 to 603 (37.9% for those who use the percentage) and my Viral Load has remained undetectable. That’s a whole year of being undetectable, without a single blip. Pretty amazing.
I’d previously had an issue with enlarged blood cells, so the doctors had put me on Folic Acid – I’m pleased to say that this has returned to normal now so I can discontinue those. The doctor seemed concerned that my blood glucose was through the roof, but this was quickly allayed when I said I’d downed two Red Bulls before the bloods were taken.
Being December I also made time to get my annual flu jab, which I recommend to everyone – especially those of us living with HIV.
After over two years with the clinic, one year with an undetectable Viral Load and being happy with my medication they’ve taken the decision to move me from four appointments a year to just three appointments per year – two of those at a nurse led clinic, one with the doctor. Good news all round I reckon.
I think the nurses were pretty happy with the big tub of chocolates I took them too. A big thank you to all the doctors and nurses involved in my care over the last two years and another thank you to all the other doctors, nurses, paramedics etc that will be working hard over the festive period. You guys are stars.
Tom Hayes – (@UKPositiveLad on twitter)