|Brother needs answers
Jun 16, 1998
My brother was admitted last week to a hospital with aids and is in the 3rd stage. I don't understand what is meant by third stage. Also he has a CD4 count of 18 as of yesterday. I think I read it should be between 400-1800. I really don't understand what this is telling us. He has no tumors and is now in physical therapy. He is very tired and takes about 12 pills a day. He is to be in therapy for two weeks and then is to go to my mothers. One more question, a friend of mine said the T count is what you really have to look for. The doctors say he responding well. My mother who is 78 is going to be taking care of him. I guess I just want to know what I can expect -- thank you
Response from Mr. Molaghan
I'm sorry to hear about your brother's hospitalization. Your question has many issues that need much more attention. I would recommend that you speak with a social worker or a nurse at the hospital to help you understand your brother's illness better. It sounds like your brother has advanced HIV disease. The CD4 count is the same as the T count. Your brother's count is quite low at 18. The many pills he's taking are probably medicines to prevent infections and improve the immune system. Since I don't know your brother's case, I can't comment on the details. You would benefit from having a discussion with his medical team (MD, RN, and social worker). Also, any local AIDS service organization would be able to help you with more face to face information. Good luck.
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