Friday, May 04, 2007

Start date

Finally they called today. I was starting to get nervous that they had found something wrong in my bloodwork or something it was taking so long, or at least it seemed that way to me. My treatment buddy started a couple of weeks ago and she is in group C so she doesn't have to take the ribavirin and she says so far so good and hardly any side effects at all.

I have to be at the hospital by 8:45 on Tuesday the 8th of May so I am going to go into my Mom's after work on Monday and spend the night there. She lives a lot closer to the hospital and it will make it much easier than fighting traffic all the way in on Tuesday morning. That drive totally stresses me out as I never know how long it's going to take me and I'm always worried about being late. I hate being late for anything.

I'll be there about 4 and a half hours approximately and have to have blood taken right after the first dose and then again at half an hour, 1 hour, 2 and a half hours and 4 hours and then I get to leave. I will have time to get home and take my tylenol before the sides kick in. Last time it was exactly 8 hours after the shot of interferon that I got the flu like symptoms and I just went to bed and slept it off. I have always had trouble taking pills so I avoid tylenol and just suffer with whatever ails me but not this time. This time I plan on taking the tylenol and motoring on instead of just suffering.

Now I spend 3 days alternating between Yes!!! we are getting on with this! and No!! I don't wanna do this!! lol Last time I went I tried to talk my husband into taking me home all the way into town and the hospital. I even informed him it was my body and if I had changed my mind and didn't want to do this then I didn't have to and on and on. He just said "Unhuh" and kept driving. I think it's that last gasp of "Are you fucking insane!!! Why would you poison yourself for 48 weeks?" and then sanity kicks in again and you know this is just something you have to get through so you might as well just go and get it over and done with. This time I am doing it on my own and I already know what to expect so the whole process should be easier. You think??

Ah well. I'll update often and I am going to try and keep a good record of sides etc. Positive thoughts!!


Terry Lee said...

Hi Elizabeth, I'm starting on the 10th. Wishing you the best


Elizabeth Anne said...

Hi Terry,

I also wish you the very best. Please stay in touch and let me know how you are making out. Let's kick some viral ass together!! :)


uncertain4sure said...

All the best to you and the other pioneers! I'm learning a lot more about these studies as more people get into them. I hope you get a "good arm." Or as they say in show business: Break A Leg! (that means Good luck, I think!)

William said...
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William said...

Hi Elizabeth, I am starting treatment as well. I found some good information on Hep C at about infections