Hello, everyone. I am new to this forum. I am 56 yrs old, diagnosed with chronic hep c in 1993, and was going along just great until recently. I took the the combo treatment back in '99 and when that stopped my numbers came back up. Just recently found out that I am Type 2, and that the treatment should have worked. But it didn't. I have esophageal varices, which decided to start bleeding one Sunday morning in October of last year. Was throwing up blood like I had all kinds to get rid of. Went to hospital via ambulance. They put a band in and gave me plasma. My platelets dropped from 65 to 30, took a while to get those back up (am now taking vitamin k for clotting). Since then, in November I was hospitalized again for hepatic encephalopathy. My ammonia level was over 100. My daughter, who I live with, found me on the floor of my bedroom (apparently in a mess). Ambulance came, took me to hospital. Then in January of this year, went back into hospital for hepatice encephalopathy again. Only this time my ammonia level was 395! I was put on ventilator, given lactulose like crazy, and of course, I knew nothing about it. I was 'disconnected' (as my sister says). I didn't know I was in the hospital for over a day. When I came to, it was like, oh well. Here I am again.
But I can now tell when I think I need to get my ammonia levels checked....speaking incorrectly, losing balance somewhat, blurred vision.
So, last week, went to dr for something else and asked that they do an ammonia test. Don't know the results of that yet, but should this week.
Anyway, the dr said that what sent me to the hospital this last time was a UTI. That also caused my ammonia levels to rise. What a mess hep c does to the body, but GOD has seen my this far and he'll see me further.
Thank you for letting me say this.