My Hepatitis C & Liver Transplant Video Diary

Monday, 22 February 2010

Hi Folks, Number 2 of my Hep C / Liver Traansplant Video Diary! ( Just thought I'd share my morning routine with you, including the medication I'm taking and my progress so far. Plus my plea to ask you to join the organ donation register, follow the link on my blog-site. Keep well everyone.... Ian


My First Video Diary Post (Hepatitis C / Liver Transplant (Hep C) HCV Blog)

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Clearly, I have the looks for radio! What do you think of my first video post - hope I don't put you off too much - And BEWARE of the SCAR!!!

Keep well everyone... Ian


A Brand New Me! (Hepatitis C / Liver Transplant (Hep C) HCV Blog)

Sunday, 14 February 2010

A Brand New Me!

Hi everybody, this is the first time I’ve stuck my head above the parapet since I GOT A BRAND SPANKING NEW LIVER!!! The doctors say I'm doing amazingly well and everything’s fine.

Sorry to keep you all hanging on, I came home late on Thursday but I've pretty much just slept since then. It seemed to really take it out of me, trying to adjust to being home but then I suppose in the grand scheme of things that’s OK.

I was in hospital for almost exactly 2 weeks and would have been out sooner had I not got an infection in my right lung!

I’m coming too now though but I do get very tired so I’ll write you when I can. I may even post some video diary stuff when I’m up to it.

I'm very sore and my tummy looks like I was patched up after the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (with about 150 or so stitches and staples in my guts) but in terms of my head, I feel absolutely fantastic. Such clarity - I felt like my brain was shackled with a ball and chain before the op but now I feel like running a marathon..

Though I wouldn’t recommend you try this at home kids, I will say that it was probably the most life enriching experiences I’ve ever had. Its right up there with watching your children being born or having some kind of epiphany moment - maybe more so...

Anyway, I thought I better just drop you all a line to let you know I'm doing bloody marvelous, Mandy says sorry for not doing emails and stuff but I think she's just about knackered by now, it was a 3 hour round trip just to come and visit me every day, on top of everything else, like the kids!!! Our families have been absolutely fabulous though and really helped out; so it’s a great big ‘Thank-You’ to all of them.

And whilst we’re on the subject of thank-you's, thanks to all who have emailed to pass on best wishes and their kind thoughts over the last 2 weeks, it’s really appreciated and nice to come home to, it may take me a little time to get back to you all though but I’ll get there.

OK, I'll get off now and sleep some more (I do keep going for walks and stuff in-between) but keep an eye out for me over the next couple of weeks and I’ll tell you all about how it was for me.

Keep well everyone.... Ian


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What Is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C Information:

Hepatits C is a blood-borne viral disease which can cause liver inflamation, fibrosis, cirrhosis and liver cancer. The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is spread by blood-to-blood contact with infected person's blood. Many people with HCV infection have no symptoms and are unaware of the need to seek treatment. Hepatitis C infects an estimated 150-200 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of liver Transplant...

Hepatitis C is an inflamation of the liver caused by infection with the Hepatitis C virus is one of the five known hepatitis viruses: A, B, C, D & E. Hepatitis C was previousley known as non-A non-B hepatitis prior to isolation of the virus in 1989.

Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis C:

Acute Hepatitis C refers to first 6 months after infection with HCV. Remarkably, 60% - 70% of people develop no symptoms during the acute phase. In the minority of patients who experience acute phase symptoms, thet are generally mild and non-specific, and rarely lead to specific diagnoses of Hepatitis C. Symptoms of acute hepatitis C include decreased appetite, fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, itching and flu-like symptoms.

Symptoms of Chronic Hepatitis C:

Chronic Hepatitis C is defined as infection with the Hepatitis C virus persisting for more than six months. The course of chronic hepatitis C varies considerably from one person to another. Virtually all people infected with HCV have evidence of inflamation on liver biopsy however, the rate of progression of liver scarring (fibrosis) shows significant inter-individual variability.

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