I've monitored this site for about a year, (diagnosed January 2008) and found it really helpful. Going to the HepDoc Feb 03 to discuss starting treatment. I had a rough year with 83 y/o mom having right hip AND knee replaced during the summer and also caring for her 94 y/o sister who is very agile but forgetful. Both live with me in my home in North Central Florida. Then my sister was diagnosed with breast CA in July and has been going thru chemo and soon, radiation. Just couldn't take time out to take care of me and figured with my stats, had some time to get things settled down a little. I've looked at a lot of your profiles and marvel at how different everyone is, with one thing bringing you all together....HCV. I've done my homework and know that Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin for 6 months is probably going to be my treatment course. I'm a pretty tough cookie, so plan to continue working full time as a Risk Manager for a retirement community. My boss and HR director know the scoop and are giving me plenty of flexibility, so I can rest during the day if needed. I'm prepared for sides and have stockpiled benedryl, Ibuprofen, multivitamins, Nioxin shampoo, heating pads, and a half gallon thermo-cup for water. "The Ladies" have plenty of easy to prepare frozen entrees for injection weekends, and I have 100 hours of vacation time saved. My sister lives nearby and can pick up the slack. Any other advice about getting ready?
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