Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Today's Blood Test

This afternoon I had my blood draw for my routine blood work.  My appointment was at 1:30 in the afternoon and I was fasting all morning preparing for it.  (Come to find out this doctor doesn't make you fast)  Ops.  It was actually a light draw today since they only took 6 vials.  The draw amount really depends on your doctor and what tests they order.  I currently go to the county clinic and they are funded by the Ryan White Act so they don't order as many test as my other doctor did.

Below are pictures from today's blood draw and yes it shows blood.

First picture is the vials empty...

The blood draw in progress...
Band Aid Time...

Vials ready for testing..

In just over two weeks I will have an appointment with the doctor to get the results of my blood test.  This test should have an "undetectable" ready.  The viral load is measured in number of copies of the HIV virus in your blood by a set amount of blood.  The point in which doctors begin to worry is when there are more than 75,000 copies and an "undetectable" means there are less than 50 copies.

Stay tuned for the results of my blood test. 


  1. As I aimlessly wander through my facebook and click on random links I tend to think about the amount of time that I am wasting. Not today. Not this morning. I am so glad that I stumbled upon your blog, a blog that isn't about gossip and fashion, but something that is serious and should be discussed. I respect and appreciate your courage and your ability to take your experiences to inform others. Thank you for making me think. I hope all goes well... I will be following.

  2. I will be sending good thoughts your way for an undetectable result.

  3. My brother(a fire fighter) faints when he has blood drawn lol. Will keep you in my prayers for good news on the results.

  4. Thinking about you Nathan. Will keep you in my prayers.