I don’t like to read the side effects of any medication before I start taking it. If anything odd happens then I read them to see if that could be it.
When the package came from the drug company, via UPS, it came with a water bottle and bottle of lotion. Also, directions to drink one to one and a half gallons of water a day. So I knew from the start that dehydration would be a problem.
Today is day four of treatment for Hep C. Four the past twenty four hours I have wanted to sleep and have no appetite at all. I tried to eat and couldn’t swallow, so I had a glass of milk.
I opened up the package for the side effects. This is the general list I found inside.
Fatigue or lack of energy, Insomnia, Depression, Skin Rash, Hair Loss, Poor Appetite, Stomach Upset. I won’t get into all the fine print, but there was a lot of it.
Sounds lovely when you consider that I have bi-polar disorder and am going through menopause. The idea of depression scares the hell out of me. I have also had eating issues in the past, due to my defiance issues and the idea that I can’t eat right now also frightens me.
John says my body is going through a lot of changes, that right now there is a huge adjustment to the medications. He reminded me that like any new pain, you adjust and work with it as part of you.
Oh, did I mention the chills? I hate that. Just have to say, I don’t like this at all. I feel like crying half the time. I am truly a mess.
I am grateful that the treatment I am on is only a three month sentence. (sorry, I had to call it that.) The initial plan was for me to be on a year treatment plan, but they denied me for that. Reasons I am unaware of at this point.
Aside from that fact that I have taken a few moments to feel pathetically sorry for myself, (fear does that to me) I like to think about the fact that this is November. Can you imagine me in July trying to paddle my kayak this way? And you know I would too.
Anyway, no matter what happens, I have a good team of doctors that I trust to work with me. Best of all, John said, he’s got my back. Of course John also suggested I go for a walk today and I said “No, I don’t wanna.” His response to that was, “You are going to be defiant for the next three months aren’t you?”
That is not my plan, but don’t tell John.