Just wanted to write a quick blog to let you know the latest: As my title indicates, I have been experiencing my first side effect from treatment: a rash. Wow....that's it. It is a very mild red rash on my belly. I was told that this may happen from the Pegasys injection. It is slightly red and it is a little itchy, but not much. Hopefully it won't get worse but I intend to call my nurse-practitioner, Carla, tomorrow and see if I can get some cream or lotion for it. As I said, it is very minor and not bothering me much at all. This is, so far, my only side effect. I know it is very early days and things may very well change, but right now, with this being Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for this being the only thing to bother me. I have been taking my meds as prescribed and after each time I take them, I kind of think maybe this time something will be different; but it isn't. I feel so great.....I have been sleeping very well and a great appetite. One other thing that is a bit bothersome is the fact I have to have 20 grams of fat when I take my Incivek pills, three times a day: 6:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. I have been experimenting with different ways of getting this fat without all the calories and the "bad" fat. Of course, the internet is a great place to get lots of info and advice. I have had a couple bags of Trailmix (yummie), 5 Tbsp. of whipping cream with chocolate syrup (delicious) and 2 Tbsp. of olive oil (not so yummie, but not bad). I don't mind having a half cup of ice cream or something else that isn't quite so healthy, at my 3:00 p.m. time as I am usually ready for something more substantional. Anyway, it isn't bad at all and my life really has not been changed very much. My daughter, son-in-law and grandson have been here with us since Thursday and I have been enjoying them and doing everything I wanted to do. That was a big worry for me before treatment as I had no idea if I would be bed-ridden or hanging over the toilet the whole time they were here!!! I am so thankful that all is working out.
Well, that is about it for now.......pretty boring, eh???? I don't mind boring if it means I can take my meds and not feel bad.
I hope everybody is enjoying their Thanksgiving Day and I hope everyone has a wonderful feast some time today. Be thankful for everything good in your life (it's amazing how much good you have in your life when you sit and count your blessings....try it!!!)
Love to all and will write soon (hopefully with more good news).