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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...

January
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.

February
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.

March
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)

April
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.

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

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

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

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

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

October
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.

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

December
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. :)

ta!

9 comments:

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!

R
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?