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Posted: 9/28/2005 5:42:57 PM EDT
I am a Phlebotomist and it happened over 3 weeks ago. I won't know if I am infected for at least 3 more weeks. The medicine is brutal. The dude was a junkie that WE pay for! I am so ashamed of this Gov't ,it makes me sicker. It is in God's hands now. Guys I need a few extra prayers, please.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:44:15 PM EDT
Fuck, man. Prayers out.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:44:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/28/2005 5:45:03 PM EDT by ZitiForBreakfast]
I do not understand why you are so mad at .gov.

But Ok. I'll pray for both of you.

Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:47:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sobekra70:
I am a Phlebotomist and it happened over 3 weeks ago. I won't know if I am infected for at least 3 more weeks. The medicine is brutal. The dude was a junkie that WE pay for! I am so ashamed of this Gov't ,it makes me sicker. It is in God's hands now. Guys I need a few extra prayers, please.



Prayers inbound......what do they have you on? Hyper strong anti virals/hep c chemo???
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:47:36 PM EDT
Damn shame.Sounds like you are a dead manwalking.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:48:03 PM EDT
I will remember you in my prayers. Good luck and God bless.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:48:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ZitiForBreakfast:
I do not understand why you are so mad at .gov.

But Ok. I'll pray for both of you.


Because if he wasn't taken care of then he'd be dead and I wouldn't have gotten stuck.The dregs of society are catered to and the rest of us are let paying the bill...........some MORE than others.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:48:41 PM EDT
dude wtf kinda of a post is that? you need a good beat down for saying something like that
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:49:04 PM EDT
Damn.

I hope it turns out OK for you man.

These fucking parasites shouldn't be allowed to put other people's lives in danger. We need a varmit bounty on people like this.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:50:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dinkydow:
Damn shame.Sounds like you are a dead manwalking.



Actually, it is my understanding that his happens quite often and most people turn out fine.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:50:34 PM EDT
sorry to hear....hope all is well
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:52:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By motown_steve:

Originally Posted By dinkydow:
Damn shame.Sounds like you are a dead manwalking.



Actually, it is my understanding that his happens quite often and most people turn out fine.



You need to get preventative meds ASAP. Rape victims get them just in case the perpetrator has AIDS
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:55:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ZitiForBreakfast:
I do not understand why you are so mad at .gov.

But Ok. I'll pray for both of you.



The dude was a junkie that WE pay for! I am so ashamed of this Gov't
i belive or interpret this as the HIV guy was on the wellfare or .gov dole or projects (etc.)


Sorry about your stick
I do ABGs as an CRT and i'm cautious about sticks. One of my worst fears

+1 prayer out
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:56:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gordon_freeman:

Originally Posted By motown_steve:

Originally Posted By dinkydow:
Damn shame.Sounds like you are a dead manwalking.



Actually, it is my understanding that his happens quite often and most people turn out fine.



You need to get preventative meds ASAP. Rape victims get them just in case the perpetrator has AIDS

I have been on them since the incident, they are bad! I have been really sick due to them. I know that I have a good chance that I am negative but it is the waiting that is the bitch. I feel like the dude in "DIRTY HARRY" , I GOTS TA KNOW!
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:57:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:58:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Striker:
Are you on the "cocktail".
Prayers sent.

Yes I am.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:07:17 PM EDT
I feel for you! I managed to stick myself in the back of the ambulance a couple of years ago while transporting one of our finer citizens (my partner hit a bad bump just as I stuck the guy and we bounced pretty hard). There can't be many things worse than knowing you may have just killed yourself long and slow like over some POS. Fortunately my guy tested negative on everything (and I always have too).

We had two others get stuck with HIV+ needles in the time I was there and neither of them contracted the disease; supposedly the risk of contracting the disease, even with a blood laden syringe, is about 1 in 300. Still not too comforting I know.

Best of luck.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:08:51 PM EDT
Good luck dude. I'm sure you will beat it. If I were you maybe its time to write down your story and send it in to the newspaper. Its time for the country to realize what kind of scum these people are.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:10:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BeckettOfNevada:
dude wtf kinda of a post is that? you need a good beat down for saying something like that



I think you need to check your 'specificity' meter, its broken.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:14:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sobekra70:

Originally Posted By ZitiForBreakfast:
I do not understand why you are so mad at .gov.

But Ok. I'll pray for both of you.


Because if he wasn't taken care of then he'd be dead and I wouldn't have gotten stuck.The dregs of society are catered to and the rest of us are let paying the bill...........some MORE than others.



Damn straight, get a clue.

I'll pray for you sobreka and good luck bud.
1/300. I'm sure you know what I mean.

In any event it can take longer than 6 weeks to seroconvert so keep up with your follow-ups. Patients have no idea how much we risk to care for them. Sadly, many are not worth it.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:14:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dinkydow:
Damn shame.Sounds like you are a dead manwalking.



asshole
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:15:10 PM EDT
Odds are in your favor (for not contracting anything) but prayers anyway.

Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:15:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mrphelps:

Originally Posted By BeckettOfNevada:
dude wtf kinda of a post is that? you need a good beat down for saying something like that



I think you need to check your 'specificity' meter, its broken.



not if you actualy read all of the replys, or look at my above post
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:16:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/28/2005 6:19:08 PM EDT by OBird]
Some prayers for you free of charge.

It's ironic, I just got back from my PD an hour ago were we had our annual HIV/Hepatitus prevention training...

And yes, from what I understand, the odds are in your favor.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:17:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/28/2005 6:20:57 PM EDT by thompsondd]
Prayers SPOKEN for you.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:18:30 PM EDT
Man I bet you had a sickening feeling int he pit of your stomach.

Prayers sent man.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:18:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/28/2005 6:22:32 PM EDT by thompsondd]

Originally Posted By dinkydow:
Damn shame.Sounds like you are a dead manwalking.



DinkyDow????? I'm really surprised at the fact that this assanine comment came from you. Talk like that is not only not called for, but just out right STUPID.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:19:23 PM EDT
I'm sorry to hear that, keep us posted. You'll be fine, though.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:19:50 PM EDT
prayers sent. i hope everything turns out alright.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:20:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:21:58 PM EDT
I hope things turn out well for you.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:22:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:24:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/28/2005 6:44:01 PM EDT by Boom_Stick]

Originally Posted By dinkydow:
Damn shame.Sounds like you are a dead manwalking.


Thats NOT cool dude!


From what I hear the cocktail will make you sicker than hell but it'll kill anything that may have gotten into your system. Any way to get into a different field of work?
Keep us posted!
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:27:38 PM EDT
Prayers inbound. I'm an EMT and had a lot of people around me get stuck. The transmission rate is pretty low. I've seen what the meds do to people. It sucks. Hope you get better.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:30:01 PM EDT
that sucks man!
this is the sort of shit that made me quit corrections beat me stab me shoot me just don't infect me
Im wishing you the best
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:30:05 PM EDT
Damn, man - best of luck to you. I can't imagine the living hell the next few weeks will be, not knowing the outcome, but my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:31:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/28/2005 6:35:58 PM EDT by Carbine_Man]


{ETA} sobekra70 please, please keep us posted about your condition. I'll be praying for you.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:32:39 PM EDT
Hope you had some baseline bloodwork done so that if something develops down the road you can show that as of a certain date, you were disease free. Thats what they do around here.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:46:25 PM EDT
Most people in your situation turn out fine, don't worry too much.


While I do feel bad that you got stuck, and I will always say a prayer for people who ask, you do seem to blame everyone else for your mistake. Take a little more responsibility, I know you are upset over this but don't blame the patient for being sick.

This is the equivalent of a cop shooting himself during the course of his shift.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:51:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:51:49 PM EDT
Man I am so sorry.
My wife is also a Phlebotomist and did her externship in a hospital in jersey, she worked with AIDS patients every day. I swear I didn't sleep the whole time she worked there.
I was scared to death I would lose her becuse some low life jumped or lied about being HIV positive.
Don't you use a "butterfly" or other protective measures when dealing with these patients?
Did they lie on admission statement or to you?
I thank God she is out of phlebotomy and never got stuck.

I'm praying for you man.

jrzy
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:54:00 PM EDT
has happened to me 3 times before. I know what your going through. On a brighter note very few people in your situation stero convert for AIDS not to sure about the Hep C though.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 6:59:47 PM EDT
Prayers sent. Be strong.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 7:04:43 PM EDT
Prayers inbound.

It IS sad that these junkie motherfuckers aren't just put to sleep...

IIRC HIV dosage required for infection is relatively high, so a needle stick might not be a big deal. Good luck and God be with you!
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 7:08:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/28/2005 7:09:57 PM EDT by etch11]

Originally Posted By dinkydow:
Damn shame.Sounds like you are a dead manwalking.



What are you about 13 years old. I hope you get herpes and have outbreaks often.

sobekra70,

I will pray for ya, god bless you for the work you do and the risks you take.

Link Posted: 9/28/2005 7:09:30 PM EDT
GOOD LUCK
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 7:09:38 PM EDT
CDC claims transmission rates from a known infected needle are:

30% for HBV unless you have a good HBV vaccine
10% for HCV
.3% for HIV

Check OSHA's Training for a little more info.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 7:47:02 PM EDT
Prayer inbound you will be fine.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 7:51:02 PM EDT
Keep your immune system up. The healthier you are, the greater the number of units you can fight off.

I prayed.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 7:51:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By buckfever34:
sorry to hear....hope all is well





+100000000000000
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 7:51:36 PM EDT
I'm sure you'll be fine, take care buddy. We're all praying for you. I can imagine how you feel.
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