Week Nine

With the red blood cells so low because of the ribavirin, I am not able to do anything.  Trying to get a hold of the doctor to see if there is anything I can do to fix that.  Finally got a hold of the kidney doctor.  She put me on megace.  Its side effect is to make you hungry.  I am very hungry for protein.  I even wake up at 2am in the morning starving for protein.  My numbers from the red blood cells aren’t getting any better, but at least with this need and want for protein they seem to balance each other out a little bit.  I eat a lot.  I go the bathroom a lot.  I am still real tired but at least I can get some things done.  Talk to you next week.

Week eight

I made it to my primary care physician’s appointment.  They rolled me in a wheelchair and she sent me directly over to the emergency room.   Once there, they tried starting an IV from my left hand, they tried drawing blood from my left elbow and they finally got blood from my left wrist.  My red blood factor had dropped to 7.5 and they think it might be from the Ribavirin I am taking so they placed it on HOLD.   Come Friday it dropped to 7 but steadied.   They seem to think that the best course of action is to hold me until Saturday and while giving my dialysis to transfuse me with 2 units of blood.  Talk to you next week.

THE BEGINNING

When I was a child in the late 1960s I was diagnosed with a birth defect that place my two kidneys in a sack. The doctors were able to operate and save the kidneys. This is when I received hepatitis C. This is definitely the earliest I’ve ever received a whole blood product. When I was in my early 20s I had a good job so I receive yearly doctor visits. Doctors always said I was in good health and I had nothing to worry about. I had a wife and two kids and was living a good life . Then when I turned 35 I decided to get a  $500,000 of life insurance. The insurance agent said I would have to get a blood test. After I receive the blood test I was turned down for the insurance. They told me to go to a doctor and get a blood test to find out what was wrong. The doctor did a test to check for hepatitis C. It came back positive but the doctor says the first test is often wrong. So we did a second test and it came back positive too. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of hepatitis C. So I asked what I could do? They said they had a treatment of interferon and ribavirin. Which meant pills and shots every week for 11 months. So we tried it and after 11 months found out it didn’t work. Four years later  we tried the new and improved treatment for about six months. Once again it didn’t work. After all that I didn’t mind because I was still working and things are going all right.