Most of you know I have Hepatitis C. I wanted to post something along the lines of the “Ask the ________” about this, but after asking a friends advice thought better of it.
So I decided to post about the changes this disease has brought into my life. Not all of them are bad.
I spend a lot of time learning about this disease now. When I first found out I had it I didn’t bother to learn much. After all I was different, I was going to beat it without any problem. It was just going to go away. I was going to be cured . NOT !
I went through two years of interferon therapy. I learned to give myself the shots. Going to the doctor 3 times a week for a shot made no sense to me. So I did it.
Of course I relaped after treatment stoped. It happens. Now I am waiting to start the newer Combo treatments. Which sound like no fun at all.
I’ve learned to clean up even the littlest bit of blood from cuts ect. with bleach, because the virus can live up to 72 hours outside the body, and is spread by blood.
I don’t have to share a razor with anyone now. It’s too dangerous. And I dip my razors in bleach now after I use them too. Just in case.
I try to drink at least a half gallon of water a day now, the doctors want me to down a gallon, but I haven’t gotten there yet. I’m working on it.
I’ve learned how to deal with being treated like a leper by some folks who just don’t care to learn about the disease.
It is not spread by casual contact ! You can hug a Hepper ! In fact I recommend it ! We are also kissable.
It is hard knowing your life may be cut short by something you have because of something stupid you did years ago, but that’s how it is in my case. It is harder knowing there are people who are dying from this who did nothing wrong at all, like chilren who were born before 1991 who needed transfusions. And people who needed transfusions for surgery ect. That part makes me angry ! People who simply got their ears pierced ! Veterns who had to have surgery due to wounds recived in combat. It’s not right !
Oops didn’t mean to rant.
If you want to learn about the disease it’s self you can go to the site in my sig line, if you want to ask questions about how it has affected me, ask away.