Justin's HIV Journal

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Justin's HIV Journal: Being Honest Even When You're Scared & Complera Update

I’ve been on Complera for about three months now. It has gotten better for me. I don’t know why my Viral Load shot up and my T-Cells when down a little before I started this new treatment. When you are public about what you have you tend to not be public about when you are scared or when it doesn’t seem like it is going to get any better. I’ve not been told everyone that my VL shot up and my T-Cells went down again. I was scared and all I can say it that I’m only human. I’m human and I do make mistakes. I don’t want to feel like I’ve not been honest nor do I feel like I should be chastised for not telling all, all the time. But I have to be honest.
Right before I started Complera my Viral Load was 1,207. I thought I was undetectable and I wasn’t. My viral load shot up from 0 to 1,207 and my T-cell count was 363. I was shocked and shaken. Then I get e-mails and text from friends saying that there T-Cell counts are in the 1000 and they are undetectable. It is a little discouraging, trust me. But I don’t let it discourage me from doing what I need to do to survive.
Now after about 3 months of being on Complera my Viral Load is now 763 (DOWN FROM 1,207) and my T-cell count is 380 (UP FROM 363). My doctor is keeping a close eye on me and he wants me to do better. I have been stressed out so much that it is really taking a huge toll on my skin. My Rosecea is out of control and I’m a little scared I just wish I had that complexion that I had before HIV but alas that isn’t happening anytime soon. So I’ve decided that it is time for a change and I need to start with the food I put in my body and the start of my exercising more and more.
Ham, Egg & Cheese Sandwich
Oatmeal & 2 Strawberry Yogurts
BLT Sub Sandwich (Sometimes w/o bacon)
Fast Food
Fish, Rice, Veggies (Protien)
Fish Oil (2 Pills)
Vitamin D (2 Pills)
I will have an exercising regime ready when I know what I can do and when I can do it, but I will try to start Yoga again on Saturdays.


Elizabeth Lister said...

Hi Justin,

I was diagnosed with MS three years ago so I know something about living with a chronic, unpredictable disease. My heart goes out to you. I'm following your story and wish you all the best and all the good things in life: love, laughter and fulfillment.

Anonymous said...

Your honesty inspires others do keep it up! Thanks for sharing your diet and exercise plans as well....I found this particularly motivational because I am a compulsive eater and struggle to master it.

Will1982 said...

You are so brave and such an inspiration for sharing your life with the world.You have no idea all the people you are helping.I will keep you in my prayers.

Justin B Terry-Smith said...

Hey guys thank you for the supportive words. Thank you Elizabeth. Anonymous Honesty is the best policy. Hey thank you and I'm glad it helped. Will I hope to help more and more people

Anonymous said...

What are some side effects you've had? I just started complera 2 days go. Hiv+ for a few months now. Sigh.