Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Day 53 - Monday, January 11, 2016

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"A goal without a plan is just a wish."
-Unkown

Below, you will find my treatment plan for the day.

Morning



MONDAY
Treatment
Bromide Plus
Brand
Dr. Sebi's Cell Food
Dose
4 capsules
Form
Capsules
Treatment
Burdock Root
Brand
Nature's Way
Dose
2 capsules
Form
Capsules
Treatment
Yellow Dock
Brand
Solaray
Dose
1 capsule
Form
Capsule
Treatment
Black Elderberry
Brand
Herb Pharm
Dose
1 full dropper
Form
Liquid Extract
Treatment
Dandelion
Brand
Herb Pharm
Dose
1 full dropper
Form
Liquid Extract
Treatment
Red Clover
Brand
Gaia Herbs
Dose
1 full dropper
Form
Liquid Extract
Noon
MONDAY
Treatment
Sarsaparilla
Brand
Solaray
Dose
3 capsules
Form
Capsules
Treatment
Bladderwrack
Brand
Nature's Way
Dose
1 capsule
Form
Capsule
Treatment
Damiana
Brand
Nature's Way
Dose
2 capsules
Form
Capsule
Evening
MONDAY
Treatment
Damiana
Brand
Nature's Way
Dose
2 capsules
Form
Capsules
Treatment
Burdock Root
Brand
Nature's Way
Dose
2 capsules
Form
Capsule
Treatment
Yellow Dock
Brand
Solaray
Dose
1 capsule
Form
Capsule
Treatment
Black Elderberry
Brand
Herb Pharm
Dose
1 full dropper
Form
Liquid Extract
Treatment
Dandelion
Brand
Herb Pharm
Dose
1 full dropper
Form
Liquid Extract
Treatment
Red Clover
Brand
Gaia Herbs
Dose
1 full dropper
Form
Liquid Extract
Bed
MONDAY
Treatment
Sarsaparilla
Brand
Solaray
Dose
3 capsules
Form
Capsules
Treatment
Damiana
Brand
Nature's Way
Dose
2 capsules
Form
Capsule
Treatment
Burdock Root
Brand
Nature's Way
Dose
2 capsules
Form
Capsule
Treatment
Kelp
Brand
Nature's Way
Dose
1 capsule
Form
Capsule
Treatment
Black Elderberry
Brand
Herb Pharm
Dose
1 full dropper
Form
Liquid Extract
Treatment
Dandelion
Brand
Herb Pharm
Dose
1 full dropper
Form
Liquid Extract
Treatment
Red Clover
Brand
Gaia Herbs
Dose
1 full dropper
Form
Liquid Extract
Hello world! I hope you guys aren't just reading my blog. I encourage you to research Dr. Sebi and his practices for yourselves. That may better help you understand some of the things I write about. I tend to write on a level for those who are already familiar with his teachings. I don't mean to. I'm trying to make a conscious effort to explain things in more detail from this point on.

The best way to get familiar with Dr. Sebi's teachings is by watching his lectures and interviews on YouTube.

Let's jump right into my day. You already know today was a huge day for me! Huge! I woke up pretty early but I was still bloated since last night. My menstrual cycle is due to begin in a few days so this is pretty normal.

I went to work for about two hours before heading over to the doctor. I made sure I chose an office in an upscale community so I wouldn't be given shabby service and treated like a vagabond. I made small talk with the Medical Assistant who was taking my vitals. She seemed to be pretty nice. But the small talk ended abruptly when she asked, "Do you have any pre-existing conditions?"

Disclosing my status in a professional setting is always very hard for me. But I can talk about it with my friends and peers so freely. After the preliminary questionnaire was complete, the doctor came in. She ended up asking me the same thing. "What brings you here?" I was trying not to show my frustration with the repetitiveness of the question. I told them what I needed when I first called to set the appointment. I'm sure they notated that on the schedule. Then, I just told the Medical Assistant the same thing less than three minutes before the doctor came in. Now, here I was again. Every time I had to sat that I immediately felt deflated as if someone had punctured one of my lungs.

Once I told her the reason I was there, I could no longer look her in the eyes. I felt ashamed. The doctor was very nice, calm, soft-spoken, patient, empathetic, and knowledgeable. I'm glad I chose her. We went over what to expect after being diagnosed positive for HIV. I told her my plan for coming in every month to have my T-cell count drawn in the lab. The doctor pulled that train to a screeching halt. She told me that not only are monthly visits unnecessary, but they probably won't be covered by insurance. She explained to me that once the results from the blood work comes back it will be sent to an HIV/AIDS specialist, where they will determine how often I need to be tested, which is usually every three to six months.

Once again, I was deflated. Why is it that I had no control or say so over my life and when I wanted to be tested? Why do I always have to follow some treatment plan or medical regimen not of my choice? I expressed these concerns to my doctor. She explained to me how the cell levels and viral loads don't change that rapidly. I thought to myself, she obviously has never heard about Dr. Sebi

I just brushed my feelings under the rug for the time being in hopes that everything would work itself out. Worst comes to worst, I would just schedule an appointment at another doctor's office a month from now, or even at the Care Resource Center with their specialists, just one time,

After the doctor spoke with me she said the next step would be to refer me to a specialist. The first one that she suggested was downtown and the most infamous hospital of my city. I was adamant about NOT wanting to go there. I absolutely hate that hospital. They have very poor service but they are famous for their world renowned surgeons. However, I didn't need a surgery, so that place wasn't for me. She told me that I would be going to the University part of the hospital as if that were any more assuring for me. I told her that I didn't want to be anyone's guinea pig or practice dummy. This is my life. She acknowledged my concerns then went on to tell me all the benefits of receiving services from this hospital. I listened politely without interjection but I guess she could tell I wasn't interested. She went to speak to the referral agent in the office to see if there was anywhere else they could place me. A few moments later, they both returned to the exam room with several printouts. 

The referral agent explained to me that the system automatically places just about everyone to the downtown facility. But then, she showed me several other options. I asked her which one she suggests and she pointed out the one she was familiar with because she had sent several of her patients there. So, I went with that one. My doctor asked her what was the location of that office. Once she told me which hospital it was I was ecstatic! It is a peaceful hospital, hidden from all main roads that sits on the water and provides an ocean view. I was pleased with the doctor and the referral agent. I felt much better.

After getting that situated, I was sent off to the lab after getting a TB test. As I sat waiting in the lab, I noticed my lips were dry. Although, I have been getting a gallon of water down for the last few days, I hadn't drank much liquids this morning. I hope I'm hydrated enough to give enough blood for all the tests they are going to run.

The phlebotomist was a white haired older lady named Terry. As I sat there in the chair waiting to be stuck with the needle, I noticed Terry was flipping through a medical textbook for well over twenty minutes and pacing back and forth. I work in the medical field and used to do phlebotomy so it was pretty clear for me to see that she was unsure about something. She possibly didn't know what she was doing. I'm hoping she was trying to find which tubes to use in the textbook because she wasn't used to running the types of labs I required. The fact that she doesn't know what she's doing made me a bit nervous but I'm hopeful that she'll at least be an expert at drawing blood. I stood up to retrieve my jacket and became dizzy. I hadn't eaten or drank any fluids all morning. I hope I can withdraw parting with so much blood under these conditions.

Terry is slow but I think she is just being efficient. I can't complain about that. I just have to get back to work soon. I've been sitting in this lab seat for over a half hour now and she hasn't even begun. But at least I know the tests will be accurate at this pace.

I was wrong about Terry. Her needle technique is nowhere near professional. Terry was super rough and only used one glove even after knowing I am positive. She used a butterfly needle and still managed to hurt me. She jammed the needle in too far, missed the vein, then fished around in my arm trying to find it. It hurt badly. At one point, it felt like she sliced one of my veins because when she hit it I immediately became light-headed. She kept saying she was tired and ended up sticking me three times before she finally found the vein. I told her before the first stick where my best vein was and she ignored me, After her first two failed attempts, she finally took my advice.

I paid the $20 for my lab work and the doctor scheduled for me to come back on Thursday, at 3:45 p.m. to check the status of my TB test and to give me the results of my blood work and go over it with me. My schedule just keeps filling up this week. I hope this doesn't affect my job. I have been out of the office a lot over these past two weeks or so.

I got back to work and felt drained. That doctor's visit took a lot out of me. I don't want to go alone next time. But most likely I will.

I've never smoked or drank alcoholic beverages in my entire life so I'm hoping this will be a speedy process to being cured and reversing this disease.

I conducted a little research on HIV so I can better understand what I'm dealing with. According to Aids.gov, CD4 tests should be done every 3 to 6 months. Normal range for an uninfected person is from 500-1200. Anything under 200 is considered AIDS.

For lunch,I ate the food that I packed last night. The kale salad with cherry tomatoes, avocados, onions, bell pepper, and walnuts was delicious. I made three of these salads today. Ever since the sadness from loving Anthony has dissipated, my appetite is returning in full force. I also has watermelon and cantaloupe with my lunch and finished a gallon of water for the day.

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