Is there anything I can do to help protect my immune system during this HCV triple tx? (besides hand washing, hand sanitizer, rest, nutrition). Do people take Airborne? Vitamin C?
I must've picked up a bug this week that put me flat on my back for days....I don't want to stay home from things but I'm scared to get THAT sick again..
thanks for being here...all of you...
what is your white blood or neutrophil count? How often is it checked? You may need rescue drugs to keep white blood count up during tx. I just finished 30 weeks of tx today and my neutrophils hovered around .4 or 400 ANC which is quite low, I did not do neupogen as often as I should have, washed my hands like a maniac and stayed home mostly. I was lucky not to get even a cold during tx.. wondered if the interferon protected me!
Drink lots of water. Get a flu shot, if you haven't already. You could possibly try some of the antioxidants, like green tea, pomegranate juice, acai juice, etc. Someone on the forum recently suggesting getting a juicer and making fresh juice. Talk to your doctor about airborne and zinc and vitamin C, as I'm not sure about those. My husband doesn't take any supplements.
What I do is avoid crowds.
If I'm on the train and someone sneezes, sniffles or coughs, my head is turned and I am walking in the opposite direction.
I've even taken my scarf and covered my mouth when I can't get away fast enough.
We can indeed get sick, colds and the like.
I know the difference between side effects of tx and coming down with something.
So far, I've only started to get sick once during this tx.
I didn't fight, just slept for 2 days, guzzled water and it backed off.
It definitely felt like a cold coming on.
Advocate.. one of the things I stayed away from based on doctors advice and my own research since my neuts were trashed most of tx was uncooked produce and fruits. I was an avid juicer, but uncooked produce is the best way to introduce bacteria into your body, so I only ate cooked food during tx. That was just me and I was super paranoid!
But I with family members 4 seperate times who had bad colds and I didn't get them.. so I agree with Will's statements.
Lots of great advice above, but want to stress to watch your wbc's/neutraphils/ANC level. My ANC has been low since about week 8, and in addition to neupogen, I've been warned to avoid crowds, wash hands more often, etc. A very low ANC lowers your bodies ability to fight off infection. There are different interpretations of what a "low level" is.
I had the same thing happen to me. I even called my Dr and told them I was getting a cold. Then it just went away on its own. 2 days after tx I got Bronchitis. I was really sick, antibiotics got rid of it.
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