What was your experience entering the workforce once you were diagnosed with HIV?

Uriel's Answer

My experience with going back to work after being diagnosed with HIV was interesting. At the time I was told about my status I was a waiter at an IHOP (Yuumm). The medication that was given to me had a strong effect on my body. I remember sometimes trembling real bad when I would wake up in the morning and feeling spacey. It was challenging for me to bring out a stack of hot plates to my tables while having my body adjust to the medication. What I did to cope was try to focus on the tasks I had on my list to do. I tried not to focus on the fact that I was shaking and that I felt spaced out. I gave myself a time frame which was a month to “bond” and make friends with my medication. After a while I did not realize that I was not as shaky as I used to be, and with time felt less and less spaced out. What I would advise for someone who is newly diagnosed is to bond with your treatment and do, or pick up hobbies that make you laugh and motivate you to wake up and get out of bed in the morning. That time you spend alone doing your hobbies will help ease anxieties that may be work related. I always say give yourself a time frame a month or two. And if you still do not feel a difference then speak with your doctor and come up with a plan.



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