Transitional Fossil

" The question isn't "who is going to let me"; it's "who is going to stop me".
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Saturday, August 20, 2005

What to do with your life

I have a friend named Mark. I know him from this group of guys who sit around and bitch every month or so. Mark has been living with HIV for the passed 7 years.
Mark has gone through quite a bit with depression, jobs and living situations. And now is receiving the "HIV cocktail" which knocks the virus down to almost nothing. I know it as Viramune.
At any rate, recently when I saw Mark he was talking about his life in general. Getting rid of old, old shit. The old dynamics of living with his mother, who is somewhat neurotic, and his brother, who is a somewhat alcoholic. But the best part came towards the end of what he was sharing.
He was dismayed at what he had to acccomplish next, which was living. See, with AZT his life expectancy was maybe 5 years. Now, with new medicine, he has the rest of his life and he is not sure what to do with it.
What a wonderful predicament to be in. Mark, I wish you well, my friend.


6 Comments:

  • At 8:16 AM, August 21, 2005 , Blogger Lolita's Angel said...

    I live in a world where one in three people have HIV. I've worked in a clinic where I "processed" HIV positive patients. And yet, no one I know, has come up to me and said - I'm HIV positive.
    And yet, statistically, a third of them are.
    Though, there is one guy who feels that HIV doesn't exist, and that AZT is the killer, not AIDS.

     
  • At 1:12 PM, August 21, 2005 , Blogger Footprint said...

    LOLITA'S ANGEL: I am sorry to hear that the rate of HIV is so rampant where you live. Are people more apt to get tested before engaging in a relationship?? Are there resources for testing available??
    Forgive my ignorance.

     
  • At 11:08 PM, August 22, 2005 , Blogger 1 said...

    I'll send you a link on the education I provide to ID specialists to improve their HIV treatment regiments...perhaps you'll find it helpful.

     
  • At 3:34 PM, August 23, 2005 , Blogger Footprint said...

    G.D. that would be very cool. the more information on this the better. I had a cousin die of AIDS.

     
  • At 11:09 AM, August 26, 2005 , Blogger Carrie said...

    omg....he sounds like my friend (i'll call him X for the comment) same exact scenario. i'm glad he has yrs added now, but still...what a way to live.

     
  • At 7:09 AM, August 27, 2005 , Blogger Footprint said...

    G.D.: Gots the info you sent. You were right. Waaayyy over my head.

    MITZZEE: Yes, but he lives and has the choice to live fully. Rather than in a bed somewhere. I think it's something that it a beautiful when life is allowed to continue in a full way.

     

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