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6/24/12 8:40 P

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Thanks for the info.

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6/24/12 8:04 P

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Spark health article today: young men (like you) who are on HIV meds should take extra vitamin D and calcium, because some researchers suspect the meds can cause osteoporosis eventually. Doesn't matter as much in older men like DH (he's 64), because it takes a while to happen. Exercise also helps compact the calcium in your bones, to offset what the meds might do.

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6/24/12 3:06 P

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Glad you guys have a good doctor. I miss my old one.

Yeah, I should be taking them with food; but, I take them all before bedtime along with a pill to help me get to sleep. I think I'm so used to it that I don't have any stomach problems with taking them on an empty stomach. I heard by taking them with food, the medicines stay in your body longer. My tcell count is 490 and viral load is still undetectable; which I'm very thankful for.

Speaking of meds, I need to fill my pill boxes up. Oy vay! In retrospect, I'm very happy to do so considering the alternative.... So many lives lost because these medicines weren't around back in the day....

I take Vitamin D d3 too. It makes your hair and nails grow faster. Kind of annoying but it's good for the immune system.

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6/24/12 2:21 P

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Wow, that dr sounds like a schmuck! DH's HIV dr also moved away, but the replacement guy we found is very nice and listens to both of us, without rushing. (He's backup for my dr.)

I don't think the moisture in the bathroom is an issue, at least it doesn't seem to be. I don't know if the bottles are considered watertight, but the pills don't seem to get soggy. (My vitamin D pills do, though!)

And re taking your pills before bed, do you not take them with food in your stomach? DH had all kinds of stomach upsets until the dr and I finally convinced him it was due to not taking his meds with food - and once he tried, he realized we were right and the stomach issues stopped.

I just filled seven weeks of pills for him!

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Thanks for the extra tips Phebess. I have to admit. I've had some struggles with adhering to the med routine. Like you, I have those weekly pill boxes and I take my meds before going to bed. I always hated it when I was on the last pill box. Filling them back up is a pain. When my HIV doctor that I've been seeing for years retired, I had some issues finding a good replacement. The new Infectious Disease specialist wasn't very good. When I told him that I needed a refill on Norvir only, he sent a new prescription for each of the HIV meds that I was on without me knowing. I didn't realize what he did until I got them in the mail and my Spending Account was billed for them. Since I'm in the process of moving to TN, I asked for a copy of all of my medical records, including those from my old doctor. I was stunned at what the new doctor put down as to what he performed during our appointment. I was there all of 10 minutes and he put down I was there 65 minutes and he wrote stuff that he performed that he didn't. During my last visit, he asked if I needed anything and was about to say goodbye when I asked him if he was going to check my lymph-nodes. He said ok and barely touched my neck and immediately grabbed his bottle of Germ-X.

BTW Phebess. Since you keep the pills next to the toothbrush, do you think the moisture from the shower will cause any problems with the pills?

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6/23/12 3:08 P

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Couple more ideas:

DH keeps his meds in those weekly containers - the kind with seven little boxes all in one - and we have white for morning and then colors for evening. Once he takes his meds, he switches boxes - as in, after his morning meds he moves the evening box to the top. That way I can see at a glance if he's taken his meds or not. (I'm the backup person. And I set up his pills in the boxes, a few weeks at a time. That way we can also stay on top of what meds need to be refilled.) DH goes back and adds his vitamins and decongestants to each morning box.

He used to do 6 AM and 6 PM, but switched to 8 AM and 8 PM - better times for our life schedule, and to make sure he takes the meds with food.

I personally always keeps meds near my toothbrush, because that way I remember I need to take them - but DH likes the boxes in the kitchen.

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6/23/12 2:33 P

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Word on the Street: Advice on Adhering to HIV Treatment
From TheBody.com

June 14, 2012

Staying on top of your treatment every day is not an easy task. Annoying side effects, being disorganized and the hustle and bustle of life can stand in your way. So we took to the streets to ask HIV experts and people living with HIV to talk about why adherence is important and to share strategies for ensuring you remember to take your meds.

To get started, click on the link below:

www.thebody.com/content/63730/advice
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Thanks KELLY122581 for this great link.

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