6 months post treatment – End August 2013
5 September 2013
Finally, after 6 months of being in limbo – and then a further month – following a ‘shadow’ on my post treatment bloods requiring repeat bloods, I've been told I am undetected!
Recovery week 16
20 May 2013
Well, I thought that I would touch base – as although I am no longer on the treatment, I am still involved with Gemma’s blog each week - checking to see how she is getting on. In a strange way, I miss writing each week – I found in the beginning it became a chore, but it was a way to rationalise what was going on with me – and now that I read my diaries back, I realise just how hard it has been.
Recovery week 8 and 9
28 March 2013
Yippee! My blood result shows a raise in my HB and a drop in my ALT – in fact the drop in my ALT is dramatic, compared to what it was 18 months ago!!!! So, my body is beginning to function a little more like normal now.
Recovery week 7
15 March 2013
Second week at work……and dare I say LOVING IT! Normality is much easier when you have a focus and something to get out of the house for each day (or for me, three short days a week at the moment). It’s a godsend to have your brain cells functioning and to be able to think a little clearer, and to hold an intelligent conversation without forgetting what you were trying to say or struggling to find the appropriate words.
Recovery Week 6
4 March 2013
Well, back at work for a few hours, tired, but pleased to get back to a little more normality. I never thought I would see routine life arrive. Having spent the last 18 months in the bubble of HCV diagnosis, coming to terms with my different life, and undergoing treatment, I am relieved and amazed that I made it. Side effects I am still challenged by are: fatigue, tiredness, muscle soreness (down to re-using parts of my body that had gone into hibernation) and hair loss…..which is still bad – I am hoping that it stops soon. My sleep is still atrocious. I am sure that it is related to the anti-depressants as well as the withdrawals from the hep C treatment. I am reliant upon the sleeping tablets – but am going with the flow, as I recognise that it won’t be for ever.
Recovery week 4 and 5
28 February 2013
Well, things continue to improve! Yippee……Though I am far, far from okay, I am functioning a little like me again – albeit me on anti depressants and sleeping tablets!
Recovery week 3
19 February 2013
Well how am I at the end of recovery week 3?...IN PAIN…BUT... it’s a good pain!
Recovery - week 2
11 February 2013
I am slowly getting there. It’s two weeks since my last injection and I have finally got rid of the flu bug I was lucky enough to catch at the end of treatment! What seems to happen with me is that I stop one lot of treatment and then notice the side effects I am getting from the other tablets. So now I am noticing the side effects from the anti-depressant. So goodness knows what was a side effect of what treatment or medication.
I wish I had managed without the AD’s and sleeping tablets, but I would never have made it through if I had not taken them. I know that. So anyone who thinks they may need them ….. say YES PLEASE!
I must admit - the thought of future HCV patients taking only a few tablets with minimal side effects will be a relief to many.
Post treatment recovery - week 1
31 January 2013
Had my final appointment with the hep C nurse on Monday – next time I see her will be in 2 months, to check my blood levels, then a PCR will be done 4 months after that – so the long wait begins!