SD grandma, good to see you posting. You might want to give your threads a title (Subject.) I am sorry for the loss of your dad and for your family's health issues recently. Since the liver filters everything, some doctors are very reluctant to give pain meds to liver patients. Mine have been okay about it, but I'm not end-stage or on a transplant list, either. On my own, I have cut my Rx ibuprofen 800 mg to only once in awhile, rather than daily. You need to speak to your hepatologist about what you can take. Are your pains from arthritis or, in case of the upper right quadrant, liver disease? I've found that moist heat helps with my arthritic pains.
I hope others will give you some input. The weekend tends to be slow, and this is a 3-day weekend.
SDgrandma, it's good to see you posting again and to learn that you have gained some weight. cookies may be your friend, but they are definitely not mine! I've gained a lot of weight in the past year, which begain with Christmas cookies last year. It's hell trying to lose it.
In answer to your hep C question, the chances of contracting the virus through sexual contact are minimal. It's more possible if the female is on her period when having sex. To put your mind at ease, the next time you see your doctor ask to be tested for hep B and C and also HIV.