It Has Started!!!!

Hello Everyone:

Well.....it is now just after 3 p.m. I am home from my appointment at the clinic and have now officially started my treatment for Hep C. Wow...I can't believe it is here. My appointment went so well. My nurse-practioner, Carla, is so great. She went over everything that I need to know and she helped me with my first injection. Not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I have to inject in my belly where there is some fat. I thought it would hurt but Carla said fat doesn't feel pain....she was right...no pain. I had to pick up all my meds at the Shopper's Drug Mart in the hospital and go up to the clinic. Carla has done up a nice little sheet of paper with the names of the drugs, when I should take them and with what (regular food or high fat food). The two pills of Incivek must be taken every 8 hours and with fatty food...20 grams. That is a lot of fat. I am also taking Ribavirin pills and they need to be taken with just regular food. My injection of Pegasys is done once a week. I have been told to do this closer to bed time so that if there are any side effects, I can sleep through most of them. There are so many drugs!!!!! I have been given enough for one month and believe me, it looks like they could last me a year..... I'm not used to this at all. Anyway, Carla said that I may feel like I have the flu tonight around supper time or so, from the injection of Pegasys. Right now, I have absolutely no symptoms at all. I feel totally normal, perhaps a bit happier and more content, and that is probably just the relief of this being started and the good feeling that I am now in the real battle with this enemy!!!! I took my two (2) pills of Incivek at 3 p.m. Here is what I ate just before taking those pills: a peanut butter and banana sandwich, a bag of Cheezies and a small dish of almonds. All this with a glass of whole milk. This is definitely a lunch I haven't eaten in a long, long time. Normally I check food out to make sure it is LOW in fat and now I check to make sure it is HIGH in fat. What a change!!!!!

I am also taking one 5 mg pill of Folic Acid every day. This should help my body deal with what the other drugs will be doing to it. There is so much I have to read and look up on the internet. I have also been told to drink lots of water while on treatment. This is not a problem as I'm used to drinkiing lots of water. I have also been told to drink some coconut water as I will need the electrolytes.

I will be taking my next two pills of Incivek at 11 p.m. tonight. Again, I have to take with fatty food. I stopped at Sobey's on my way home from the clinic and picked up a bunch of stuff I can eat with these pills. I have some really nice looking Red Velvet cupcakes with frosting and I think I will have one of those for those pills. Now....doesn't that sound great???? I mean how many times are you going to get your doctor / nurse-practitioner to tell you to eat lots of fatty foods???? It is like a dream come true, really. I suppose I am just kind of giddy wih everything that is happening today....I should calm down over the next while and get into my routine; but today, I am celebrating my start to a cure and a healthy life!!!! I'm sure things will change for me over the next while and I might not be feeling so "chipper", but I will deal with that if and when it happens.

So....just to sum things up: Today is my first day of triple therapy treatment for Hep C. I am on Pegasys injection once a week, Ribavirin pills, 2 in the morning with breakfast and 3 at supper time with food. I am also taking Incivek, 2 pills at 7 a.m. with fatty food, 2 pills at 3 p.m. with fatty food and 2 pills at 11 p.m. with fatty food. Whew.....that's a lot of drugs!!!!! No problem though; I don't care how much I have to take or what I have to do in order to beat this Hep C and be CURED. The great thing is that they will be able to tell me if it is going to work after 4 weeks. That is good because you don't have to wait the full amount of time and it will make taking these drugs so much easier, knowing that they are working and I will be cured.

Anyway, I guess I will say bye for now but since my treatment has begun and each day will bring something new and exciting to my life, I will be writing a lot more in the next while. I expect I will write something tomorrow and let you all know how I made out this evening. I am expecting to feel something from the Pegasys injection....just not sure what and how it will feel. I will let you all know.

Thanks for reading my blog and stay tuned for more exciting news to come!!!!!

Love,

Believer xox

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  • So Happy for you Believer, you sure got off to a great start. I thought of you a lot today; with any luck, you'll breeze through the rest of it in the same way. Keep your positive attitude and never give in to aches and pains that can be gone as quickly as they came. Your new diet sounds great too. :) You have a great article there and my wish for you is that the rest of your blog articles will be as pain free as this one.

    Way to go Believer I'm proud of you! :)

    more (((Hugs))) for you and have a Great evening!

    love,

    Bette

  • Hi Bette:

    Thank you so very much for your comments. It is now 8 p.m. and I feel as good, if not better, than I did this afternoon!!! I have had a dose of all my meds and the injection today. I have to take my Incivek once again at 11 p.m. tonight. I have told myself to be positive and I know that will work for me. I thank you very much for thinking of me....positive thoughts from good people are needed as well!!!! I am sending hugs to you as well and I hope you have a wonderful evening too. We'll be talking soon.

    Love,

    Doreen

  • So glad to hear all is going well! Remember, we're here for you if you need any support! Your attitude is inspiring!

  • Your blog made my day!! I smiled and laughed out loud at some parts! Your attitude is inspiring, and your writing style is very engaging.. I really love reading your blogs! Things seem to have gotten off to a terrific start, and I hope that they stay that way! If they don't, please remember that you have friends and support at HepNS, so don't ever hesitate to call on us!!

    Hope your day today goes even better than yesterday!!

    -Adam

  • Dear Doreen,

    just a quick note to say I have been thinking of you and I surely hope you are still doing well with your treatment. We know you have started off with a great positive attitude and we are all so proud of you. I do hope that you are not in too much agony and we'll hear from you when you are up to it.

    For now, prayers for you and we'll talk soon

    Love and (((hugs)))

    Bette xo