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   Posted 8/16/2010 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
my daughter at 16 was diagnost with hep c she is a needle user im scared for her she was in hospital 7 weeks with staff infection and thats when we found out she had hep c after being in hospital for 7 weeks she got out and went back to her old ways of using th e needle drinking and other drugs it has been since march 2010 she has had no treatment she goes for her first thursday im very scared

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   Posted 8/16/2010 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   

Louanna, I am so very sorry that your daughter has gotten herself into such a lifestyle that has caused her to contract hep C.  She is so young.  When you say she is going for her first treatment on Thurs., what do you mean?  Hep C treatment?  There is no way she can get treatment for her hep C as long as she is using drugs and drinking.  You need to get her to detox and an inpatient treatment program for her drug and alcohol abuse before anything else.  Since she is a minor, you can do so by getting it court-ordered, if necessary.  Symptoms from hep C take decades to surface.  She may have had an acute case in the hospital and her immune system could possibly knock it out.  However, I would be more concerned right now about the continued IV drug use and alcohol use than anything else.  Please get help for her!



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Post Edited (hep93) : 8/16/2010 8:45:13 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/16/2010 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Luanna, I am so sorry for your situation. I know as a mother how frustrating it may be to watch your child make these choices. I agree with Connie....first and foremost, she needs to be admitted to rehab to detox and get sober. I question whether a doctor would knowingly start HepC treatment knowing that she is still using. The side effects would be far too risky if she does not quit drinking and using. She is still a minor so you do need to speak up. She may get angry with you, but you do need to be the voice of reason with the doctor.

I do wish you the best and hope that you can get her to a rehabilitation center.

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