Fiance had HCV, cirrhosis, ESLD, ascites, and portal hypertension. Was transplanted June 2004. Now, on interferon and ribavirin. Hepatitis C is back.
Hello everyone and thank you for your prayers. Larry is still in the hospital. He has lost about 10+ lbs. He is cranky and wanting to come home. The Drs. did an upper GI endoscopy today. They found a rather large verises(sp) and capped it off. His throat is sore and swears the scope they used was the size of a large TV remote control. I think he will be in for a few more days, don't know yet.
I want to tell everyone that is a care giver and to the patient also, how important it is to have a Medical Power of Attorney. This does not give you the right to make decisions for that person as long as they are able, it is a back-up in case the patient is unable to make those decisions. It also gives you (the care-giver) permission to call the hospital and get an update from the nurses station about your loved one. You can get this form filled out and signed right in the hospital. Just ask for Social Services to come to your room and they will take care of it right there. Also, it is a good time to make a Living Will. That way as the MPoA, you know that person's wishes in case the worst happens. These forms stay in their medical records wherever they are. They will also give you a copy in case there is ever any question as to who you are.
Since Larry was admitted on the weekend, the weekly staff did not know me, so I had to whip out my MPoA and prove I was who I said. I wanted to get an update since Larry was quite groggy and still referring to the size of the scope they used and was using words I'm sure he learned in the Navy.
I will be praying for all. Thanks for listening.
Well, just thought I'd share a little of our good news.
When Mark was first tested in January, his HCV viral count was over 4,000,000. After 3 months of treatment, it was down to 232,000.
Last week, we found out that it's now down to around 20,000!