Monday, April 26, 2010

"This blood may contain hepatitis or other viruses" and it did............

My name is Candice and I'm 59 yrs old. I worked as a pediatric RN until I was 45, when I started having pain all over. I went from Dr to Dr and ended up with a Rheumatologist who diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I was put on pain meds and had my blood tested every 3 months; went on for years. At one point I could barely walk from the bedroom to the couch without becoming out of breath. At age 56 I decided to start riding lessons and bought a horse to get some exercise. I started feeling better physically, but still couldn't work. At 58 I decided to get a facelift, hoping it would make me feel younger. The surgeon did several blood tests prior to the surgery, including HIV, Hepatitis A, B and C. I was shocked when he called and told me I had Hep C. I had 2 pints of blood transfused when I had a c-section in 1978, and I still remembered the warning on the bags-"This blood may contain hepatitis or other viruses".

I had told every Dr I went to about it and no one ever tested me! I asked why after the diagnose and was told that my liver enzymes were normal. How could this happen to me? I never did IV drugs (which is what you're taught is the cause of Hep C). Since the diagnose, I have done a lot of research and have decided not to treat with the current treatment, which is 40% effective at best for my type 1a. I don't think I could make it through the tx with the pain and depression I have. So I am waiting for a hopefully less toxic and more effective tx. I was also concerned with the lasting effects of the toxic cocktail. Meanwhile I am not drinking, eating healthier and taking herbs and supplements. So far my liver is in pretty good shape, with grade1, stage 0-1. My husband of 15 yrs tested negative. So life goes on. My Dr says I will probably die form something else. I am in constant pain, but manage to push through it and live a decent life. My positive attitude and spirituality help me through.
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