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I am one who has fought it and am still alive and well. You would think this type of disease could not destroy your liver and you not know about in time to do something about it. Let me tell you a little of my story and maybe you and your wife will see that even if it goes to the extreme of a liver transplant, you both can make it. I know because my wife and I have made it, I am post liver transplant for 16 months now. I have always worked hard at home and at work. I am used to getting tired during the week and replenishing my strength on the weekend. In 12/05 it got to where I could not get my strength back and I was always sleepy and tired. I ignored that (wished I hadn't) until 3/06 when I started retaining fluid in my feet, legs, and abdomen. Finally got an appt to see a Dr. who immediately put me in the hospital and started tests. To make a long story short, I had Hep C and was on my way to total liver failure. They managed to keep me from checking out until I finally got a transplant in 12/06. There is alot more to the story and I would not want to do it again, but I would if I had too. The doctors, nurses, friends, family, and especially my wife treated me with respect, dignity, and love during my ordeal. As my liver went into the final stages of failure, I don't remember much (2 months or so before my transplant) my memory failed me but I have regained the important parts (there was some I didn't mind if I lost, LOL). All in all I am doing pretty darn good, able to play with my grandkids, still work full time and when I get up in the morning and am shaving, I look in the mirror and there is a constant reminder of how lucky I am, the Mercedes emblem shaped scar on my abdomen. I look at it as another scar that kind of tells a part of my life. This was my experience and everyone is an individual and will have a different story. But it is far from the end of the world, it is just a different world. God bless you and your wife.
[QUOTE=stillhere50;3519739]I am one who has fought it and am still alive and well. You would think this type of disease could not destroy your liver and you not know about in time to do something about it. Let me tell you a little of my story and maybe you and your wife will see that even if it goes to the extreme of a liver transplant, you both can make it. I know because my wife and I have made it, I am post liver transplant for 16 months now. I have always worked hard at home and at work. I am used to getting tired during the week and replenishing my strength on the weekend. In 12/05 it got to where I could not get my strength back and I was always sleepy and tired. I ignored that (wished I hadn't) until 3/06 when I started retaining fluid in my feet, legs, and abdomen. Finally got an appt to see a Dr. who immediately put me in the hospital and started tests. To make a long story short, I had Hep C and was on my way to total liver failure. They managed to keep me from checking out until I finally got a transplant in 12/06. There is alot more to the story and I would not want to do it again, but I would if I had too. The doctors, nurses, friends, family, and especially my wife treated me with respect, dignity, and love during my ordeal. As my liver went into the final stages of failure, I don't remember much (2 months or so before my transplant) my memory failed me but I have regained the important parts (there was some I didn't mind if I lost, LOL). All in all I am doing pretty darn good, able to play with my grandkids, still work full time and when I get up in the morning and am shaving, I look in the mirror and there is a constant reminder of how lucky I am, the Mercedes emblem shaped scar on my abdomen. I look at it as another scar that kind of tells a part of my life. This was my experience and everyone is an individual and will have a different story. But it is far from the end of the world, it is just a different world. God bless you and your wife.[/QUOTE]
Hi 50
My husband had the hep c and went through all the treatments His doctor says his levels are undetectable now but I am worried about him because as you have just stated he has extreme fatigue when before he did not .
On his days off he just can not seem to stay awake
His stomach is a little larger than it used to be and when he was diagnosed about four years ago the doctor had said his liver was in bad shape
He since has stopped drinking any alchohol for the last four years
I am just really concerned about the fatigue
What tests did they give you for your liver function?
Hope you continue to do well
Take care
Ryebeach





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