Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Starting Meds!

Well,  as of 3/2/11 I started meds for HIV.

Actually it started out kind of iffy.  I called the Doctors office to see what time my appointment was and lo and behold,  They hadnt wrote my appointment down. THey worked something out and squeezed me in at 10:30.

I went back with the Doctor for my appointment.  I knew we were planning on discussing what meds to go on and all of that.

I was hoping for atripla,  but knowing my past medical history and mood dissorder i knew that would be an unlikely choice.

We talked about my options and decided on Reyataz, Norvir and Truvada.  It was at this point that i found out the test i had to wait for pre approval from medicaid for was actually the genotype test.  The doc wanted me on meds anyways and said that if it turned out that there was resistance to the meds we could switch them later.

The Doctor also wanted me on 3 times weekly Bactrim DS, and 1200mg azithromycin a week as prophylaxis.  After i got home I kind of found this odd since most people dont start this until their CD4 is below 200.  Im not a doctor though so Im sure he knows what he is doing.

Before I left the office I was told that the genotype test had been pre approved and I needed to go visit the lab.  Turns out it takes 3 vials of blood for this one test.  Didnt help that the technicians hands were shaking. Ended up bruising me worse that time than it did the time before when they took 13 vials of blood.

Well the doc asked me where I wanted my prescriptions sent to and out of habbit i gave him the name of my local pharmacy.  He advised me that it might not be a bad idea to have them called in to a different place outside of my home town so as to protect my privacy better.  We opted to have them called in to the closest Wal Mart pharmacy. which is over an hour from where the doctors office is but only about 20 minutes or so from our home.  Well,  we got to the pharmacy and found out that they never recieved the prescriptions.  We called the Doctors office and they assured us they had sent them and were assured they had sent them to the right pharmacy.  After many calls on our behalf and the pharmacy the precriptions were finally filled and we got to leave wal mart 3 hours later.

We got home and of course i researched the meds to death.  LOL

My only dillema was when to take it,  morning or night.  After much dilliberation i decided to take it that night. Now I'm wishing i had taken it in the morning.

So far the side effects havent been horrible,  the first day or so came with alot of fatigue and Nausea. 

Around the second or third day,  im not sure which,  the nausea got to be a bit much and I decided to take a phenergan in the afternoon,  WELL  that was a mistake lol  an hour or two later i felt like i had taken a ton of sleeping pills or something,  Knocked me right out!  I did ask the doctor if I could take phenergan with these meds and he OKed it.  I guess things just affect people differently.  Now i know only to take it when the nausea is really bad and I want a REALLY long nap lol

Now, 7 days later the side effects are very mild and Im handling the meds really well.  The days I take the bactrim and azythromycin along with the HIV meds are the worst but still not to bad.

Mentally....  Thats a different story.  Up to this point I have been handling things very well,  Keeping upbeat and positive.
Taking meds sort of took the wind out of my sails a bit.  The idea of having to take meds for the rest of my life was and is kind of sobering.  I deal with the thought better each time i take them though.

Well,  that was my long drawn out story of starting meds lol 

Thanks for reading,
Autumn