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The Chemical Zeitgeist

Zeitgeist (tsait-gaist), in layman's term.. The significant happenings over a specific period of time.

2010 was a bit aloof. Tremendous and laborious happenings occured.

Let my neurons do the counting...

My skin problem got worst, even the most broad spectrum antibiotics doesn't seem to fit. 4 sets of different antibiotics were used but still, it went back.

My skin problem recurred, I decided to have checked to a specialist in Makati Medical Center. Met Dra. T.G, she then asked me for an HIV test.

2 weeks after the test, results came. Reactive, titer count of more than 600units. Most likely confirmatory test will tell it's really positive.
1 week after, SACCL confirmed it. Positive for gp protein bands, I have both HIV 1 and 2 strains. Dra. G prepares me for RITM.

My first out of town, went trekking to Mt. Pinatubo. Photography skills were exercised. Met with P, the yoga boy, the moment I arrived Manila. (The first poz guy I met)

Met with R, a PGH staff, who is also positive. The first time we met was a surprise coz he's with his other positive friends.
He then accompanied me to RITM and introduced to the friendly nurses ans doctors.
Bought my smart phone, made me more multi-tasker... With M.S Office installed and planner.

My 2nd out of town, Pahiyas Festival. Photography skills were once more at par.
Played volleyball every weekend with unknown friends.

attended RITM's self-empowerment training, met several poz friends and met my date..

got a flu + h1n1 vaccination.
First take of ARV's. Went 2nd line within first month. 1st line is not really tolerated.

another out of town with office mates, Laguna.
Ended my 1-month affair with Ma. He's a crap!

Went to Boracay, photography skills weree once again, execised.

My atm card is nowhere to be found. Got lost out of nowhere.
Did a pageant photo shoot and met new friends and my crush.
My bestfriends betrayed me.

out of town, Tagaytay.
Bought a lens for my dslr.
13th month pay.

My CD4 jumped from 282 to 610 units. That's a lot! How generous my body is. Thank God!
I asked my other doctor from Makati Medical Center, She said.. This could be possible, maybe my immune system recovered fast. Thanks! :)

Who knows what will happen next. 7 days before Christmas, 14 days before the year ends.

I'm just doing what a blogger is supposed to do. To let hidden emotions come out. No pun intentions.

Common denominator this year - Me, being diagnosed as HIV +
Don't be mislead. I'm still a nice guy. :)



jace { Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 10:23:00 PM GMT+8 }
Be grateful for each day and hope for the better this coming year! Body's getting back on track, why not let the mind and outlook follow. Happy Holidays and stay well! :)
Eternal Wanderer... { Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 11:39:00 PM GMT+8 }
Don't be mislead. I'm still a nice guy. :)

i'm sure you are ;)
The Chemistry Guy { Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 12:35:00 AM GMT+8 }
Jace, yes I will.. As days pass by, so as maturity and perspective.
Thanks bud! :)
The Chemistry Guy { Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 12:36:00 AM GMT+8 }
Eternal, yeah.. a nice bitch? :)) hahaha
P { Monday, December 20, 2010 at 6:07:00 AM GMT+8 }
The Chemistry Guy { Monday, December 20, 2010 at 12:30:00 PM GMT+8 }
P. :)
carlo { Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 10:17:00 AM GMT+8 }
Wow!! nice ang lakas ng fighting spirit!
rs { Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 9:24:00 AM GMT+8 }
Hi! I'm also a poz, just wondering what was your skin problem that triggered you to take the HIV test?

I guess my case is the same as yours, I've consulted a lot of doctors but they often tell me it's just an allergy or some sort of severe allergy attack.

I know it's something more serious than that, hence, took the test last Jan. 6. I turned out HIV positive. I got my confirmatory result a month after.

Could you help me pls re: the best treatment hub so I'll be able to know why I suddenly developed allergy to food/meds.

Thanks a lot!

The Chemistry Guy { Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 10:42:00 PM GMT+8 }
Hi R,

they call it furunculosis. i dont know if thats the right spelling.

it's like small boils.. recurring sya..

so how can i get in touch of you?