It’s not what it sounds like.
A drug holiday, in the context of HIV/AIDS care, is going off all antiretroviral meds completely for a few days or weeks rather than missing some, taking others, and thereby substantially increasing the risk of developing drug resistance or cross-resistance.
It’s been a few weeks since I have taken all my meds, as prescribed, and have missed some times and taken others so it seems logical to just stay off them all – except my pdoc meds – until I see my HIV specialist next week…Wednesday I think it is.
I have so much catching up to do with him anyway. This will not surprise him – he already knows that I didn’t have one of my meds with me the whole time I was at Mom’s or in Montreal – and he’s one who has always advocated taking all or nothing at all when it comes to meds.
Meanwhile the Seroquel is back in my system which has allowed me to start catching up on my sleep and peeling away from the ceiling. As I put one foot in front of the other, being with supportive friends, and hitting a couple of meetings each day, I am getting back to my old self – slowly, I know, but surely (because I’ve done this before!)
Update: My M.D. (not the HIV specialist but very well connected to him and familiar with everything) was able to see me this afternoon, last minute, and he confirmed that I should probably just stay off all the HIV meds until I see the specialist next week. Tests will need to be done to see what, if any, resistance I might have developed (and he assured me that I might not necessarily have developed any.) All in all, given everything else I filled him in about, he said there’s really no reason to worry – that it’s more important to get my life on track and we can sort out meds without too much panic.
So I’m feeling a lot less anxious about that.