Saturday, November 6, 2010

Round 2 Treatments - Day 1

The doctors may have tricked me again to get me in here. Yesterday I was supposed to have an appointment with the hepatologists, but with my tummy issues there was no way I would make it an hour in a car and then another few hours in waiting rooms, so I had to cancel it. In the evening my doctor called to ask what happened, but when I told her, she said I needed to come in and be admitted that night (At first I thought maybe she was just being mean because I skipped out on my appointment, hehe, but now I think it had nothing to do with my poo problems at all... she just wanted to get me in here)

Unfortunately, my last biopsy on the 20th not only showed inflammation of my new lil liver but also some fibrosis. I had agreed that if Sally showed any signs of damage, I would re-start the Hep C treatments - though at the time, I had no idea it would be this soon.

There is only about a 20% chance that it will actually knock it into remission, but it should at least slow the progression to cirrhosis. The side effects are still the same, and I will probably have the nausea, vomiting, chills, horrible aches, and extreme fatigue as I did the last time. It can cause low white blood cells, low platelets, anemia, thyroid problems, and post transplant, it can cause rejection. (among some other things) But in the opinions of my medical team, the benefits outweigh the risks... and I concur. (I think - well I do, but it doesn't make it any easier to actually stick myself with that stupid needle) 

My nurse came in about a half an hour ago to give me some Tylenol, so any minute now she will be back to give me my first dose. If it seems to be working and I don't have any real complications, I will be giving myself injections once a week until next Halloween. Biiiiiiiig prayers on this one please!!
{Basic information on the HCV treatment Ribavirin and Interferon **here**}

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

1 comment:

Hepatitis C Research and News said...


Please know that you are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers! Good luck with your first shot, I will be thinking of you:)