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pregnant + daughter-in-law
      #46447 - 12/18/02 04:48 AM

I was just talking to my positive daughter in law last night. She is seven months pregnant. My son is negative. They have two children, both born negative. She just told me her CD4 count is now down to 191 and her viral load is 36,000. The doctor told her to make a living will. I am very frightened for her two children (three) and my son as well as for her. She says she feels well, but has a rash. I live so far away from them and I am not always sure how much truth and how much fiction is being provided. They pretend the virus does not exist. I just pray they have told the truth about the two children and my son still being negative. I needed to talk to someone. Sorry I rambled.



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Re: pregnant + daughter-in-law new
      #46463 - 12/04/02 01:39 PM

Hi Mum: Please don't be too worried. Your daughter-in-law's numbers are of some concern but NOT alarming; you may want to visit the about.com website on HIV/AIDS that has a lot of info. re: pregnancy and HIV. There are meds your DIL can take to virtually assure non-transmission to her child, and this is what is often done. Also, it is VERY COMMON AND WISE for folks to be told about living wills when they are undergoing treatment for a serious illness no matter what it is, especially when there are children involved; it is ROUTINE practice in many medical settings, so try not to read more into that then necessary (I know it's hard :-) but...), and try not to get YOURSELF too stressed out! Best regards, Karla



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Re: pregnant + daughter-in-law new
      #46752 - 12/05/02 02:27 PM

Is your daughter seeing an HIV specialist who knows a lot about pregnancy and HIV? It doesn't sound like it. There is no reason for a living will! But clearly she needs to be on HIV medications and she needs to see a specialist! Speak to your son about this! The research shows that people do 100% better with an HIV specialist and certainly pregnant women can reduce their chances of having a positive child to 1% with the proper care!

READ: http://www.thebody.com/features/women/docop1.html
http://www.thebody.com/nmai/pregnancy.html

Do a search on http://www.aahivm.org/new/referral.html
and get her a doctor's name.

Also send her print outs of what you read about pregnancy and HIV at The Body.



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Re: pregnant + daughter-in-law new
      #46755 - 12/05/02 02:56 PM

She is, indeed seeing an HIV specialist, to my knowledge. At least the information I have been provided is that they actually moved back to the area in which they currently live because they had "the right kind of doctor" My daughter-in-law is not at all religious about taking her meds, and my son says there is nothing he can do to enforce that, which is true.



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Re: pregnant + daughter-in-law new
      #54354 - 01/09/03 05:23 AM

I am sorry about your daughter. You may not be getting the whole story, but as long as she is staying in contact with you, that's important. And she is at least sharing her health, medical info even if not good. If she is not responding to these meds there are others. I hope she can have hope and fight, and know you are there for her. (My CD4 count went to 200 and viral to 47,000. CD4 is over 600 and viral undetectable, so things can change! God bless you and your daughter, and I will pray for you.



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