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Author Topic: One down, 55 to go....  (Read 7293 times)

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Offline brie41

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One down, 55 to go....
« on: March 15, 2016, 07:33:55 pm »
I am officially on the train as of 1 hour ago.  I was a bit nervous, but not as bad as I expected to be.  I have a lot of tapioca pudding ready to go, anyone who has problems swallowing should give it a try!!  I know it is mind over matter, and I am planning to feel good and expecting great results.  I think staying busy will help too.  I will keep you posted as the days progress!   Brie
Diagnosed  HCV, 1A 2006
Viral load 6 million
Ast/Alt always in the 20's
F0-F1, never changed
Treatment naive, started 8 week Harvoni 3/15/16
4 and 8 week labs undetected
6 week eot labs undetected
13 week eot UNDETECTED!

Offline KimInTheForest

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Re: One down, 55 to go....
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2016, 11:25:49 pm »
Good luck Brie! Great that you have started. The days will fly by and you'll be done before you know it. :)

kim
Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC)
1970s: Contracted HCV (genotype 3a)
2015: Cured with Harvoni + ribavirin (12 weeks)
MY STORY: https://pigsquash.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/undetectable-my-hep-c-story/

Offline jakas

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Re: One down, 55 to go....
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2016, 06:58:10 am »
Yes keep in touch and Good Luck! :)
M/57 yrs.
Contracted (Unknown) 10-20-30 yrs back ??
Treatment Naive
Geno 1a&1b
VL  17+ million
ALT 200+, AST 170+
Fibroscan F4 ( 26+ kpa ) on 8th Dec. 2105
Started Tx 11th Dec.2015 ( 12 wks. Gilead Harvoni)
7/1/2016 :Viral Load|<25 UND.
23/1/2016: ALT 34 , AST 35, ALP 143
8 week NO labs done
EOT:03.03.2016 ( 84 pills eaten )
ALT 26, ALP 124, BIL .54
V/L <25 UND E.O.T.
4 weeks E.O.T. V/L UND::: SVR 4
SVR 12 and  SVR 24 on 16/8/16
Fibro 24.5kpa 23/05/16
SVR 63 05/17
Fibro 17.03.2020 kpa 6.3

Offline Philadelphia

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Re: One down, 55 to go....
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2016, 07:28:15 am »
all the very best! You're on your way!
CURED SVR24  Class of 2015
Wk 12 post EOT 30.11.15: ALT 14 AST 22 GGT 22 VL UND
Week 19 07.08.15: ALT 17 AST 23 GGT 25
Week 12 18.06.15: ALT 21 AST 23 GGT 28
Week 8 25.05.15: ALT 23 AST 27 GGT 30 VL UND
Week 4 20.04.14: ALT 30 AST 36 VL 40
Treatment start 23.03.15: ALT 137 AST 185 VL 342,600
Cirrhosis Child-Pugh A, Genotype 1a - Viekira Pak + riba 24 weeks
Total failure interferon/ribavirin/boceprovir Mar 2013
https://www.hepmag.com/blogger/grace-campbell

Offline brie41

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Re: One down, 55 to go....
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2016, 07:39:32 am »
You are all so kind and thank you for the caring thoughts.   Well the first night was rather uneventful.  Keeping up my water intake and at times my heart was racing a bit, but that could be my own doing!!   I will take it a day at a time, but so glad to have such great support along the way.  Brie
Diagnosed  HCV, 1A 2006
Viral load 6 million
Ast/Alt always in the 20's
F0-F1, never changed
Treatment naive, started 8 week Harvoni 3/15/16
4 and 8 week labs undetected
6 week eot labs undetected
13 week eot UNDETECTED!

Offline AussieRosa

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Re: One down, 55 to go....
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2016, 11:38:08 pm »
Congratulations on starting treatment, Brie. It really will fly by. Keep us posted on how you're faring. Best of luck with it.
Gt 1a
contracted 1983
Fibroscan 6.1
Treatment naive
VL 2.97M
ALT 38
AST 47
Started Viekira Pak + Ribavirin Tues 19th Jan 2016
Week 4: VL Undetected!
March 5th Ribavirin dose reduction to 800mg from 1000mg
EOT April 11th 2016. VL Not Detected
12 Weeks post EOT: SVR12. Cured with a capital C!!
6 months post EOT: Undetected :-)

Offline brie41

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Re: One down, 55 to go....
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2016, 07:07:40 pm »
Hi Everyone,

  Okay so I just took my 4th harvoni pill.  So far I am feeling okay.  I was a little nauseous last night.  I was afraid I might vomit and it was only a few hours after I took my pill.  I drank some ginger ale and that helped, but then I couldn't sleep at all. I think I slept about an hour and I have been going strong all day.  I am not tired yet.  I already struggled with insomnia, so hopefully it won't be a every night thing.  I have been drinking plenty of water and have not experienced any headaches yet.  Wondering if I should get a prescription for zofran just in case I feel sick again.  I asked my Doctor about it before starting but she said I wouldn't have a problem as long as I take it with food.  I do take my pill right after dinner, but will always have ginger ale available!!  I will check in again soon.  Best of luck to all who are just starting as well!!!  Brie
Diagnosed  HCV, 1A 2006
Viral load 6 million
Ast/Alt always in the 20's
F0-F1, never changed
Treatment naive, started 8 week Harvoni 3/15/16
4 and 8 week labs undetected
6 week eot labs undetected
13 week eot UNDETECTED!

Offline Philadelphia

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Re: One down, 55 to go....
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2016, 08:10:08 pm »
well done Brie - getting those tablets down is a real achievement!
CURED SVR24  Class of 2015
Wk 12 post EOT 30.11.15: ALT 14 AST 22 GGT 22 VL UND
Week 19 07.08.15: ALT 17 AST 23 GGT 25
Week 12 18.06.15: ALT 21 AST 23 GGT 28
Week 8 25.05.15: ALT 23 AST 27 GGT 30 VL UND
Week 4 20.04.14: ALT 30 AST 36 VL 40
Treatment start 23.03.15: ALT 137 AST 185 VL 342,600
Cirrhosis Child-Pugh A, Genotype 1a - Viekira Pak + riba 24 weeks
Total failure interferon/ribavirin/boceprovir Mar 2013
https://www.hepmag.com/blogger/grace-campbell

Offline brie41

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Re: One down, 55 to go....
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2016, 08:09:02 am »
Hi Philadelphia,

  Thank you, it really is an achievement for me!  I was so crazy at first that I was ready to not take the med because of it.  But that was truly crazy, so I kept at it and  found tapioca pudding works great.  Now, I will be happy when I don't have to take it anymore, but I am getting it done and so happy for that!  Brie  ;)
Diagnosed  HCV, 1A 2006
Viral load 6 million
Ast/Alt always in the 20's
F0-F1, never changed
Treatment naive, started 8 week Harvoni 3/15/16
4 and 8 week labs undetected
6 week eot labs undetected
13 week eot UNDETECTED!

Offline FutureThinker

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Re: One down, 55 to go....
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2016, 01:01:57 pm »
Brie41, somehow I missed your recent posts and am very glad I stumbled across them - so glad the pudding is the ticket! I just took pill # 24 and so far, so good.  Sometimes feel a bit "queasy" but it doesn't last long, usually before dinner and it goes away once I eat. I take mine with food (breakfast) and think that helps. I'm noticing my stomach seems to feel best with food in it, so I'm wary of letting my weight go up and am watching what I eat. I've read on here that some lose, some gain; I'd just like to maintain if possible. But if a few more # is what gets me to that SVR, I can deal with it.  Overall, this has been extremely uneventful! We just need to keep our eye on the prize and do whatever it is we have to do to get there. Keep in touch, FT
Treatment naive
Likely contracted mid-70s
Diagnosed 1a, 2011
F1-2
Harvoni X 12 weeks, completed 5/17/16
Pre-treatment: VL 3 mil, AST 64, ALT 84
4 week labs: VL 30, AST 21, ALT 14
8 week labs: VL UD!!!, AST 22, ALT 16
12 week labs: VL UD, AST 23, ALT 14
2 wk EOT: VL UD
12 wk EOT: VL UD, AST 22, ALT 13 =  SVR 12! Yay! 
Last hep appointment: VL UD, AST 19, ALT 12 = SVR 39! I AM DONE!

 


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