Sandy, my question is the same as David's. Are you being seen at a transplant center? With a MELD of 18, you really should be and probably also on a transplant list. You have a wonderful sense of humor, but don't be flippant about your disease or disregard the seriousness of it. It seems that the combo did not work for you or that the hep C returned. Is this the case? BTW, I was also diagnosed with hep C in '93. They had just developed a test for it in '92 and the only treatment available at the time was interferon (no ribavirin.)
I feel better knowing you are under the care of a transplant center.
You might be interested to know that there is a new treatment becoming widely available the beginning of 2011 that adds a 3rd drug, Telaprevir, to the combo. It only has to be taken for 24 wks.
What genotype are you?
Sandy, the new treatment that is coming out is most effective on genotype 1, which has been the hardest to treat. There is no cure for cirrhosis. It is scarring of the liver. However, you can halt it or slow it down by eliminating stress to the best of your ability, and eating a proper diet high in fresh foods and low in sodium. Eliminate beef. And take the meds that are prescribed for you.
Sandy, your insurance probably requires pre-approval for the Xifaxan. Just have your doctor write a letter to the insurance company stating that it is a medically necessary drug for your condition.