Firstly, I’d like to greet everyone a happy New Year.
As of this writing, I’m here at RITM-ARG and will be having a CD4 test and medication refill. I just came from office and it is now 8:15am. Now seated at the waiting area being #19 from the line. The tv is set at HBO playing Boardwalk Empire (I wish this was Teen Wolf) and lucky I am seated near the entrance door so I have a first hand glimpse of who is entering. So far, it is not yet crowded. I dunno why.
Every guy is wearing his hospital mask, nothing fancy. No bling blings, nothing bedazzled. I hate wearing this mask, makes me uncomfortable from the warm breath I give. I also smell the after taste of that macchiato — gross. What makes it more gross, this mask I am wearing is 7 months old.
***Three new guys entered the room, one looks like a gigolo. No one interests my attention as of the moment.
Clever guys use the mask as camouflage, match it with shades and they can hide their identity.
I now find it cumbersome everytime I go here. Am no longer feeling the homy environment, everything is too formal. I just miss the old ARG days, when Ate Ana was heading every patient. I always mention this on my previous posts. Lucky those who had her.
***people are now starting to build up. My number hasn’t been called yet and it is already 8:35am, leas than an hour for the cd4 test cut off.
Finally, my turn. The PHILHEALTH officer reminded me that there’s a new CF1 form effective 2014, so better check yours. Am now at the Clinical Laboratory, waiting for my turn for blood extraction. Surprisingly, only few patient at schedule.
***there are 2 bystanders by the bench staring ridiculously at me and my seatmate. What do they want? Am good at eye fuxcking, maybe they’d want that too.
***at last! Some mentos!
Done with extraction and there’s nowhere to go. Confused coz nurse said to wait at ARG, kinda new.
I have read a bulletin where they filed a legal case against a former staff, hmmm.. how sad, she was friend of mine. I’ve heard too many issues with ARG recently.
***results will be released after lunch, still 10am. #longwait – yes that’s hashtagged.
Timecheck – 11:40am. Still waiting here at ARG. Flocks of guys poured in, seems they know each other. I don’t mingle. I don’t feel like doing it, I want my own space. They sound nosy. I may no longer go to work later to cope with sleep.
***saw a familiar face. A Facebook friend. You can’t hide your face with that mask, I know your eyes and noseline. Bitch
After hours of waiting, the results were in. My new CD4 count is 513, I now decided to have a consultation on what to do. I hope there’s no inclination to change medications yet.
Timecheck – 2:07pm, I thought I can go home. Not yet. Falling in line for consultation. The adjacent corridors are flooded with kids, maybe from dog bite section and due to measles outbreak. There are a few cuties, one wearing red long sleeve, one wearing a blue quarter sleeve.
Timecheck – 2:29pm, consultation is over. Doctor said to wait for July’s cd4 test. See if it will go on a downward trend or fluctuate like my previous results. I asked what will replace what, he said Combivir + Tenofovir. Hemoglobin is normal though.
Once I got home, will be assesing why this downtrend happened. Will keep you posted.