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I often wonder about what would I do if my nurse or doctor left. I guest I have no choice but to move on.

September 3, 2011


I just don't think that "the diva coming out" in any situation is helpful.

August 29, 2011

Steve Farrar

I can relate. I've gone to the same doctor for 15 years and lost my job and insurance. I had to go on public assistance with a new doctor who didn't know me, didn't care about the past and he's not even a doctor he's a PA. I'm told they aren't trained like doctors and have a totally different way of thinking. Of course that doesn't mean all you PA's. Just the one I have and many others. By chance my house mate was in the hospital and goes to the same office. The head of the practice is a DO. This woman is German and is an MD. As my housemate laid in the hospital for nine days, I watched her and was very impressed. So the next time I go in for my 30 day blood work, I will request her. And, I really didn't totally leave my ex doctor. I go in and stay in touch. He's an incredible doctor and has been throuth the hard times and knows me. I hate change like most of us. I hate starting over like most of us. I'm just personally trying to listen to the universe as opportunities come up and try to make it work. I can tell you most doctors don't actually care about your past doctor, sadly and I understand. They want their own diagnostics. I can tell you I am fortunate to have had such a great doctor. He trained me well now that I'm in uncomfortable positions in the system. I appreciate and understand how your might feel. As hard as it is, I try to keep a postive attitude. Medicine will never be the same.

August 17, 2011


Your message hit a high note. I lived in lakeland, after 1 year the doctor left. Moving to St.Petersburg and finding a good doc and settling into things, the doc had a heart attack and died. I now had just a nurse to take care of everything. I signed up for VA help which I received. Everything was good, untill he moved to the east coast of the state. I moved to the north part of the state, the only doctor was in Pensacola VA, after 5 wonderful years, she retired, only a year after the hurricane. I then found a doctor in Tallahassee (70 yrs old)and still working. Very straight forward. He was amazed that I have been Poz since 83' didn't start taking meds untill 92 when I retired for the work force. After 3 years off I went back to work (7 yrs)but had to retire again because of health. I just had check up, tcells 750, viral undetecable..Dont understand how Im still going but doc says I might live to 100.. Back to your artical, I have been there got the t shirt many times and wonder whats is going to happen in the future??

August 12, 2011

Greg H.

I think it might be even worse for those of us, like you, who remember the days when healthcare "professionals" didn't even want to come near us. Now that we have educated and compassionate healthcare professionals that really care about us, and actually want to specialize in the HIV/AIDS community, it can be most traumatic when changes occur. I've had to change states, change doctors, experience doctors that move on, and sometimes when you've been dealing with HIV as long as I have (26 years) it can be easy to feel like, "Oh, screw it all." Sometimes I have to really talk myself into continuing the fight. Sometimes I'm just so tired and tired of. I can really relate to your article, Aundaray. Sometimes we just need to lean on each other during these times of change and discomfort.

August 10, 2011


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