Blue Monday

Apparently its ‘Blue Monday’ – the most depressing day of the year, but you would never have guessed that looking at my face today! Braving the cold this morning I made my way to the hospital to fetch my routine blood results from the tests I had a fortnight ago.

I’m over the moon! I remain undetectable (which means the number of copies of the virus per cubic ml of blood is <40) and my cd4 count (the number of cd4 t-cells found in the same measurement) is up to a whopping 598, a personal best! I’ve had a smile from ear to ear all day long, and I feel great.

Not only did I get a great set of results but I had a really good chat with the registrar as well. Finally took the plunge after suffering with side effects for a while and asked that I change my medication. I’m adjusting my combination, keeping two of the four current drugs and adding a new one, but moving to an ‘all in one’ once a day pill. Hopefully the issues I’ve been experiencing (and at greater frequency recently) will subside and I can start to feel better about my body, especially my abdomen, tummy etc.

Out with the old...
Out with the old…

The new pill, Eviplera needs to be taken with food so I took the plunge earlier this evening and knocked back the first one with a plate a protein pasta and veggie mince. Feeling ok at the moment, let’s hope it stays this way!

…in with the new!

I’ve been really lucky that for the past five years, since I started medication in December 2009, that I’ve always left the clinic with a good set of results, even when my CD4 has decreased a bit I remain confident that I’m in good health and living a life as normal as I would have done before my diagnosis, if not better.


I’ll keep you updated with how I get on with the new pill, fingers crossed they’ll be just as effective as the current ones, I’ll find out when I go back in six and eight weeks’ time for a check-up but for now I am as happy as can be. In your face HIV!

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