Post Edited (hep93) : 5/22/2007 9:44:38 PM (GMT-6)
Boulonman,I am glad to hear you are going to start the process of "Slaying the Dragon". I have seen many from another site I go to, that work while on treatment. The doctors do watch the blood counts closely, I believe some of them take Procrit to get the blood counts back up if they drop too low. They usually do their shots when they are off for the weekend, so they can recover and be back at work. My husband, found out he had HepC in very advanced stages of cirrhosis, he is now post liver transplant (March 16, 2007). He was also a heavy drinker and used IV drugs many years ago. We know he will definitely have to take treatment, just not sure when yet. I can tell you End Stage Liver Disease, is not a pretty picture at all, I dealt with it for about 2 solid years. Best to avoid it if possible. It was a living nightmare. I also tested positive for the antibodies, but my body was one of the few that kicked the virus on it's own, I think it happens in around 25% of the cases. I was exposed to it by my husband. Just know we are here for you if you need us.
Hi Alan, I know of several people who have worked the whole time during treatment, not easy but was do able. They take one shot a week and take pills daily. They usually take the shot on Friday night and have the weekend to recover from it. Some of them say they feel like they have Flu like symptoms, then it is over by the time they go back to work on Monday. Your Geno type, does treatment for 6 months. With this Geno-type, the SVR is better than 50%. There is another drug that is in the pipeline, it is in trial phases now. It does look promising, shorter treatment, but the sides are no better and it is used with the Riba and interferon. The important thing is to drink lots of water and to eat healthy during treatment.
And yes the Liver is a very amazing organ, I have watched my husband go from being deathly ill, to being able to shoot hoops with our 10 year old son, within just a few weeks after he was transplanted. We are able to plan and do things together again, that most people take for granted. I will never be able to thank God enough for this.
Post Edited (hep93) : 5/22/2007 11:02:45 PM (GMT-6)