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A Hepc blog, genotype 1, from discovery of virus, till (hopefully) the successful outcome. Also logging the mental, emotional and spiritual journey that this will entail. The entire contents of this blog are copyrighted by Paul Wilcox and Paul Wilcox reserves all rights granted by law to be associated with this blog.

Location: United Kingdom

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Eye Infection


I have had a problem with an eye infection in one eye which spread to the other.
I phoned my consultant at 9.10 am on Tuesday seeking advice re my eyes. I spoke to his secretary who said she would contact him A.S.A.P. Within 20 minutes she phoned back with an emergency appointment with my consultant that afternoon at 1.30 (first appointment of the day). She also assured me of an immediate back up consultation with the ophthalmic specialist if that was necessary.
With all this backup I instantly relaxed and was able to be a bit light-hearted. Whatever happened by the end of the day I would be sorted.
I prepared for an overnight stay in hospital but in the end after a thorough examination there was no observable danger to eyesight and the medication for the infection was approved.
Excellent service. For anyone starting treatment I can only say that in my experience from the first day of tx you are given VIP treatment. Also, do not hesitate going direct to the specialist immediately for anything that concerns you. It is what they tell you to do at the start of treatment.

Along with this stressor there has been the continuing battle to get satisfaction from Portman. Stress on treatment is to be avoided at all costs. It has a massive effect physically and mentally and I am certain can affect treatment adversely.
Stress can cause paranoia and obsessional thinking, symptoms confirmed by my nurse when I explained I was worried by my mental state.
“But you are only like this when you are under stress” she wisely pointed out.
It`s true. When left alone I can do this treatment – but when the bastards are trying to grind you down it is almost impossible.
I would recommend combo therapy to the secret service for interrogation purposes. After 6 weeks of this treatment you would confess anything under duress just to have it stopped.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

My New Blog


If you want to follow up the events as outlined in my last post go to my new blog at http://journojunky.blogspot.com/
I am trying to keep hepc separate from my intended future career in campaigning journalism. I am so grateful for having this illness as I would never have considered this move without it. Like Jonathan, who is considering going abroad, it looks like the future has some changes in it for me as well.
Life certainly throws some curve balls but if we have a good shot at them we may well hit lucky.
Thanks for all your helpful comments. Feed me anything you like for my new blog. And any suggestions will be welcome.