Canadian Born, Asia-Raised. Currently living in Taiwan. Interests include basically anything tech/web, music (Listen to my album on the left Menu!) Asian Politics and Policy, and Asian Boys lolol.
So there’s been some more developments in getting my prescription coverage, which have really frustrated me to say the least. As you May know, Genvoya or other HIV prescriptions for those living with HIV in Newfoundland are not covered under the regular MCP program and you have to apply for coverage under NLPDP to actually have those prescription drugs covered with a certain amount of co-pay depending on your income.I went through the initial application with the social worker at St.Clares where the immunodeficiency clinic is located and then as discussed in the last post was contacted by the program and at least to my understanding, I mean it really couldn’t have been any clearer that I didn’t have 2017 tax returns in Canada since I only returned in 2018 and I’ve been living out of country for well over 5 years at this point. When I called I always go through John, and after the conversation and discussing the fact that I didn’t have tax returns for this period he said he would speak to his manager and go ahead with the application.Which is why today I was surprised to receive the mail from them saying that I was denied or rather denied at this point unless I submitted the proper documents within 30 days.
So I’m a huge fan of facial masks, obviously from living in Asia so long it’s like, skincare essentials, ripping open that face mask dripping with sauce, trying to untangle that shit and then align it with your face and push those wrinkles out, stretching it over your face, repeating this process two or three times a week. So yeah, when I heard of the UFO device, only taking 90 seconds per mask - after having the Luna 2 For Men for a while I wanted to get on it.The price tag is a little more steep then the Luna for Men, but I’ve done some research prior to purchasing, also I’ve heard some great things online and I also love my Luna and other Foreo products.
Using Luna 2 For Men now has become a part of my daily routine. Prior to this I would just use my hands to apply cleanser and then rinse and use moisturizer. Luna 2 actually keeps your face super clean and over regular use keeps your skin amazingly glowly and healthy looking. Seriously.
November 13th,2018St.Claires HospitalJust checking in now for the appointment, obviously I’ve been to appointments in Taiwan so I know what to expect, and if works similar to how it does in Taiwan, in the sense that it’s like a dedicated space of the hospital with kind of like an express, they have a dedicated doctor and support staff so you don’t have to wait as long to get stuff done and they know what they’re at.So they’ve since received my blood and UA results from two weeks ago, and my CD4 was at 498 at that point, so today I’m guessing we’re just going to go over those results and then as well choose which medicine I’m going to take. Obviously at this point I’ve only been back in Newfoundland for a couple months so I won’t be covered by MCP until the three month date, and after that I’ll have coverage.I’ve decided to delay going to Vancouver until the 9th or so because I want to make sure that I’ll be able to retain my medical coverage after I leave Newfoundland. Basically the way it works is that Newfoundland will cover me until the medical coverage in BC kicks in. So I just need to make sure I’ve stayed in Newfoundland for the full three months.
It's with time that we learn hey, that things in the past that have been so hurtful, that we thought would always be a painful memory take on different meaning.Life always throws us shit sometimes and the trial isn't whether or not we get through it, its how we see those moments in the future, how we take them and turn them into something positive and better ourselves from it.That taught me to love myself, and to expect better from someone, and not give myself to someone until someone deserving comes along. In a way now, I'm thankful for what happened. It taught me a lot and in a way I understand you. Maybe you did want the best for me even if you had a completely fucked up way of doing so. That caused me so much fucking pain, but I'm thankful because through that I learned the value of myself, how to enjoy myself and how to focus on my goals and my dreams.So thanks asshole. We live, we learn.
To be honest, I don’t even love drinking that much, but on occasions yes lol. And when those occasions do arise, sake is my drink of choice lol. I remember when I used to live near 中央大學 for Chinese Language Classes, that was where the whole Taiwan gig started, and I met Jess. Who ended up to be such a strong influence on my life, and although we’re not in the same place right now, I miss you so much.The language semester was when we first got our Chinese names which ended up being our legal names for everything we did in Taiwan, bank accounts, cell phones, everything. From that day onwards I was known as 可森. Coming back to Canada and hearing people call me Cutler or Chris was extremely weird just because I hadn’t gone by that name in almost six years, and in Japan it was クリス。
A Little BackwardsI know like, right off the bat a lot of people in Canada or other western countries would be taken back by people still thinking this way in 2018.The reality is at least in my personal experience. That although we’ve made great strides in HIV education in western nations it’s only recently that it’s become such a thing in Asia. Like it’s still a bigger deal in parts of Asia then it is in Canada or other western countries where we have more like campaigns about HIV and things like this.
How Do You Disclose?No one really has a road map I guess of what’s best when it comes to this. This post isn’t about whether or not like, to disclose, your required to at least in Canada and honestly we can get into the legal aspects of disclosure, and you probably should if you’re HIV Positive and just want to make sure your sound legally, but this is just my policy when it comes to it.Straight From The StartAt first after diagnosis it was like, almost as If my status was something I should keep really low-key. For a couple years I just didn’t have sex with anyone. Not that’s much has changed in that department but I’ve learned to get a thicker skin thanks to HIV. I don’t really care what anyone’s opinion is of me and whether or not you have hurtful words to say about it like, ignorance is on you not me.So I just am starting to be more public about it now. My Twitter profile says my status, most of my social media does as well. Not because I’m some attention seeking biatchh, and not because I’m having all these sexual partners or something (I ain’t Willy) but just because although we’ve made progress there is a huge amount of ignorance in the gay community. Whether or not I’m positive for some people may be a dealbreaker, irregardless if I’m undetectable and can’t give HIV to someone else.It’s a risk yeah