Friday, June 21, 2013

Three years after

Well what do you know, I marked my 3rd year as a PLHIV last March 26 and it was only early this week that I remembered that significant date after I mentioned about my blog to a new friend of mine I met through social media.

Three years of living with this incurable ailment.  Three years of hosting a virus that I contracted through unsafe sex.  Three years of ups and downs as far as my health is concerned.

So you might ask, how have I been doing since I learned that I was HIV-positive on that fateful day of March 26, 2010.  As of this writing, I am doing good so far.

I can't say the same though in the months that followed after I learned that I am a PLHIV.  After I started taking antiretrovirals (ARVs), I contracted fever and rashes all over my body, which meant that the first line of ARV given to me caused an allergic reaction so it had to be changed.  I was weak and had to stay in bed for more than a week as my body adjusted to the ARVs, which wrought havoc on my work sked.  I also suffered from bouts of folliculitis on my scalp, cellulitis on my legs, and then I had shingles.  Since March 2010, I'd been hospitalized twice and would see a doctor every now and then for various bodily ailments as a result of my body's adjustment to the ARVs I was taking,

It was such a struggle way back then and I nearly gave up on living.  If it weren't for fellow PLHIVS, friends who knew about my status, my family and my partner who would help me deal with my condition, I would have been six feet underground a long time ago.

It's a daily struggle to adhere to a healthy lifestyle and taking my ARVs on time.  I also have to be on guard every day against any health menace considering that my immune system is already compromised.  Even if I am taking ARVs, it is no guarantee that I won't get sick.  There are times when I suddenly become unwell so I have to go and have a checkup whenever it happens even if it is just a case of ordinary fever.

Aside from this, I also have to deal with occasional bouts of depression as a result of my condition and an effect of my ARVs.  It can be difficult at times but thankfully, I am able to manage well.

I know there will still be difficulties and challenges ahead as a result of my health status but with God's help, and the support of my friends, my family and my partner; I know that I can overcome them with flying colors-so to speak.

And as a felllow PLHIV would often tell me - keep on fighting!

2 comments:

  1. Hi,

    May I know how is ur sex life with ur partner?

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  2. hello there!

    thanks for taking time to read this post. i appreciate it.

    as for your question, my partner and i haven't had sex for a long time now-even before i learned about my status. it has reached a point that we could do without it. we still kiss and cuddle though. as for our sexual needs, i masturbate when alone. i guess he does too. sex is not the be-all and end-all of a relationship. even without it, a relationship can last long - proof of it is that my partner and i are marking our 5th year together this august 28. :)

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