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Just got the call!! And it is all good!!  OMG!  Soo excited!!

Oct 10, 2012 - 9 comments

First I would just like to say to all you wonderful Medhelp members that I am so sorry for not being online very much at all for the past months.  The treatment really was difficult for me to do alone last half. There were days I just could not get out to do shopping or do my errands but I DID DO IT!!  I stopped coming online awhile back and still do not very often.  I dealt with alot of depression during the last months though I did get antidepressants to help me through the last weeks.  

This is my third round of treatment and I just got my results of my 2 week post test for Viral Load and I am UNDETECTABLE!!  I am sooo elated, I cannot even express my joy.  Last treatment it came back positive by this time so this is giving me great hope that the 6 month test returns with the same results and I will be cleared once and for all.  And being stage 4 with cirrhosis, this is quite a success!!

A special thanks to all of you that helped me along the way with your words of  encouragement as you made this soo much easier.

God bless and wishing you success beating this dragon once and  for all!!!

Sincerely, Anita

Living a reclusive life these days...

Jul 29, 2012 - 4 comments

I can't get over how much this treatment has made me become such a recluse...I don't post anymore. I do not go out, other than to do my shopping, errands, etc.  Nor do I socialize.  I just feel so weak all the time.  Earlier in treatment, I would sit here and think and think of something intelligent to say in posts and would eventually give up.  My brain is just not functioning very well these days. I cannot remember names, words, something I said 1 minute ago!  Ahhh!!  It is pretty hard to have an intelligent conversation this way! :-)

For months I have been getting brain zaps that are really scaring me. I almost passed out a few times.  They even woke me out one night!  My GP is monitoring specialist does not think it is the one else seems to be reporting this side.  But I think it may be my antidepressants as I had somewhat that feeling when I can off my ADs...but not as severe.  

I am going to be starting week 43 this Tuesday...the light is at the end of the tunnel...and cannot wait to be able to converse once again with people and try to get back to volunteering post tx.  That always made me feel better.  

I apologize to all for not being able to be a support system that so many of you truly are all so wonderful for all that you do.  God bless you all.  Peace to you....Anita

Not a good week. (Week 13)

Jan 09, 2012 - 7 comments

Well, Week 13 has not been a good one.  Waking up Tuesday I could not get out of bed.  My back was in so much pain; I had to use a cane to help me through the rest of the following days.  Unfortunately I had to go on an hour and a quarter hour trip to my specialists to get my week 12 blood work done.  Going into the hospital I had to hang onto the walls to be able to make it down the long hallway to his office.   I took 4 Imodium to be able to do the trip due to the diarehha and thank goodness there was a bathroom nearby when I arrived.  And to make things worst, it was shot day.  Great!
When I got home I put some heat on my back and it seemed to help a bit and by the time I had to take my shot, it had subsided to just a dull ache and I was able to walk around. Phew!  

The next day I had to go and get my emissions test on my car and new plates.  I got the emissions test, went to the Licensing Office to find that they had moved so had to leave there and go to another destination. All the while, my breathing was soo laboured by the time I reached the second office, you could actually hear my wheezing and irregular breathing. It was really bad. People started looking at me and I ended up having a panic attack.   NOT a good week.

Have not even come online all week. Just feeling very frustrated.   Tomorrow I do my Shot 14.  

The joy of random acts of kindness

Jan 02, 2012 - 2 comments

I live in a very small town of  2000 and only moved here a year ago from a small city. I have come to find that the people in this community are the kindest folk I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  Today I was in a panic as I have to go to get my blood work done tomorrow which is a 2 hour drive and with the side effects of the tx, I am unable to leave my bathroom for more than 15 minutes at a time these days.  I live alone so even a visit to the local pharmacy for Immodium is a challenge for me.  I called our Community Services and they told me to call the pharmacy and the owner, God bless his soul, came to my home free of charge and even took $5.00 off the price of the medication for me.  I am almost in tears here, as I am so grateful for the kindness of others in this town.  I am sooo very blessed!