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Twelve Things I Won’t Miss Now that Hepatitis C Treatment is Over

finThis week I completed my 3rd hepatitis C treatment. Since I was participating in an interferon-free clinical trial, this course wasn’t too bad. It was also short—only 12 weeks. However, I did have some side effects, prompting me to write a list of twelve things I won’t miss about treatment:

  1. Having to take pills, not just to treat hepatitis C, but to manage the side effects
  2. Wondering if I took my pills, and despite implementing elaborate systems to help me remember, I still was late on some doses.
  3. People asking me how much longer I will be doing this.
  4. My skin looking like a dermatology photograph.
  5. People asking me why I don’t feel better.
  6. Blood draws—lots of them.
  7. People telling me I look great, and assuming that I feel great too.
  8. Medical appointments—I drive 4 hours one-way to Stanford. It is exhausting, and then I have to drive another 4 hours to return home.
  9. Fatigue; not being as strong or as active as I am accustomed to.
  10. Agitation and blaming my husband for everything.
  11. My brain denying me access to information. Trying to remember things is like trying to deal with online banking after I’ve entered an incorrect password too many times. Sometimes I feel like my brain has locked me out.
  12. Wondering why the box of cereal is in the refrigerator. Uh-oh, where did I put the milk?
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  • Jack Berlin May 20, 2013, 2:00 PM

    13. The awful taste in your mouth!

    • Lucinda Porter, RN May 25, 2013, 10:18 AM

      So true, however the good news is that with the Gilead drugs, I was spared this side effect. But oh, I so remember that from my last treatment.

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