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7/28/12 3:40 P

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to take meds or not is really a personal decision. i have a good friend who also refuses to take meds. her husband, now deceased ,had a lot of side effects to the older versions and it terrifies her. but it makes me so sad to see her health decline and know she could be feeling and doing better if she'd just take meds. But ultimately it's her right to chose no matter how mad it may make me all I can do is continue to love and support her and maybe give her a few few gentle suggestions from time to time. it drives me nuts !!! emoticon

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7/20/12 1:34 P

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LOL, such adventures you guys have and way more to come...

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7/17/12 7:08 P

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It's like an online journal for me, so it sometimes is TMI, LOL! I had two mango encounters (I'm very allergic) plus some stomach thing - but I saw squirrel monkeys because my stomach was sick and I stayed in our room instead of going out exploring with DH!

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7/17/12 1:47 P

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Thanks for sharing the link... I just booked marked it

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7/17/12 10:12 A

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We have a blog - it's at phebeandrichardcostarica2011.blogspo
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If you have some time. We have crazy adventures - things happen to me that don't happen to anyone else. I've had my camera arrested in Liberia, I escaped from quarantine in Moscow (when it was still Soviet), I had an alpha monkey come out of a tree and talk to me - stuff like that. DH loves travelling with me BECAUSE of those adventures!

So if you have time, click on the link and read and look at the photos. We're going to do a similar blog as we travel - we're just trying to come up with a catchy title.

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7/16/12 10:28 P

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Get out! That's crazy.

BTW, I bet you took some amazing pictures.

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7/15/12 12:32 P

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At the end of a five week trip around Costa Rica, the old Norvir was all melted!!!!

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7/15/12 10:07 A

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Boy, was I ever happy that Norvir came out with the tables that don't have to stay in the fridge. They don't make the refrigerated kind anymore. I just found this out last week.



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7/14/12 8:19 P

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It would be great if he quit - and he says hi back! And thanks for the recommendation of the non-refrigerated norvir!

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7/14/12 7:58 A

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I know this has been a big topic in your household; but, it would really be nice if he would quit... I'm glad to hear that he has a routine to where it doesn't affect you as much as it could.

BTW, tell him that I said hello.

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7/13/12 12:04 P

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Oh, it's controlled with meds (twice a day, 3 meds, bleah) - but it flares up with colds that turn into bronchitis. And DH is a smoker, so I had to establish a circle around myself - he's not allowed to get smoke within 10 feet of me - and no blowbacks. Plus he has a smoking shirt, and changes into a clean shirt in the house - and washes his hands after each cig. He complains, but the alternative is me not able to breathe - so again, it's a no-brainer.



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7/13/12 10:53 A

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Amen! and sorry to learn that you have severe asthma.

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7/12/12 6:21 P

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Exactly! I know a bunch of people who had someone die of asthma - but I'm going to take my asthma meds for as long as they make a difference for my health, I'm not going to stop taking them and then stop breathing!

I believe in going down fighting all the way!

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7/12/12 4:47 P

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Right? and think of all of those people who have passed away when the medicines weren't around....

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7/12/12 4:41 P

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Wow - I don't know what to say! I'd have told that person that it's like having pneumonia, and not taking antibiotics! WHY would anyone NOT take medication for a manageable disease?????

Someone needs a smack upside the head!

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7/12/12 7:27 A

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What Happens if I Continue to Live Without HIV Meds?
Question: Mar 13, 2012

I am wondering what to expect with my health if I continue not to take a treatment plan to slow the progression of HIV. I have been positive since 1997 and have not thought about it much. I refuse to take meds, and am just planning to go when the time comes. Have been feeling fatigued, sore in my neck area behind adams apple, frequent headaches, and a destinctive smell in bowel movements. Cronic Heartburn at times. What would you guess to be my time left to be if I continue no treatment.


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Life expectancy depends on CD4 cells, viral load, comorbidities and other factors. Without knowing these, it is impossible to pull my crystal ball to tell you when you will die.

But one thing is for sure: you will die a lot sooner if you do not take medications, unless you are one of the lucky 0.2 percent that can control the HIV virus without medications.

Talk to a doctor about starting medications. The new meds are a lot friendlier that the old ones which used to scare people away from treatment. Also remember that you are a lot more infectious to others if you are not on HIV treatment.

Nelson

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