diagnosed with Hep C. I am a health care worker who fell into
that incredibly small percentage of people contaminated by
accidental needle sticks in the course of work. I am a bit
resentful at how I came down with this disease but am starting
to look for the silver lining in this cloud. Maybe in finding
ways to come to terms with this new diagnoses I can also help
others along the way.
I am still pretty
confused about all the terminology and blood test interpretations,
different opinions on when to start treatment, the type of
treatment, etc. but I am blessed with a wonderful Infectious
Disease physician who I trust. Unfortunately, she has had
a death in her immediate family and won't be available for
a few weeks. Now, of all times, when I just found out that
my viral load has increased and I may require treatment, i
can't contact her. Oh well. Patience will be something else
I will learn from this disease.
Until now my lab
counts have been relatively o.k. and my doctor has said treatment
can wait. However the last lab test shows increase in viral
load and the time for treatment may have arrived. I am very
worried about the side effects and horror stories I have heard,
such as hair falling out, chronic exhaustion, depression,
suicidal thoughts, etc. that can result with treatment. Is
there anyone out there that has had a positive experience
with treatment. Anyone that can relieve a little bit of my
anxiety at starting what I consider "a sentence". I am a very
active, 45+ year old female who loves sports and traveling.
I don't want this disease and the resulting treatment to interfere
with my life.
Would love to hear
from those with positive experiences.
Thanks in advance
to those of you who take time to reply to me.
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