Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Last Week (26/09/05-03/09/05) Injection 24/24 And My journey Of hap C

Yes...... It is not a dream, this Monday I really have done the last injection very smoothly followed by special Kit Kat with caramel. I congratulate every one who is in the Hep. C bloging group that one of the members is finishing his treatment with the blessing of God and help and support of you all members. I am very grateful to God and I want say special thanks to my wife Mandy and my brother and sister- inlaw and every one who guided and supported me all the way of my treatment. God bless you all.

To day I want to write the summary of my whole Hep C journey. In May 1999 I started feeling pain underneath my right side ribs. It was not very painful but I could feel it as a pain specially after the food and when I was doing long time sitting down work. In the beginning I ignored the pain and carried on my normal life. I told my doctor about this, he told me that nothing wrong with your stomach and he advised me to have pain relief tablets. Once I saw Dr. Basra (an other Dr. In my surgery) I told her about my pain. She was very good and she examined my tummy carefully. At the end she referred me to the gastrology detp. in the hospital.

Dr. Arnold was my consultant. In the first six months he could not diagnose any thing. Then recommended for me to go for an endoscopy test. The nurse told me that I can have this test while I am awake or with anesthetic. I chose having test while I am awake. That was the most horrible thing I faced in the whole of this journey. The Dr. Sprayed inside my mouth and put some thing in my mouth to keep it open. Then two nurses held me down strongly me from my head and arms so I could not move. Then the Dr. Put a moving camera inside my throat. And she moved the camera around in my tummy about 5 minutes. i was feeling sick badly but i could not move. I was near to pushing the nurses away and run away, then the Dr. said that she has finished now and you are very brave.

At my next appointment the Dr. told me that there was nothing in my tummy only one little patch of ulcer. So he gave me prescription for an ulcer treatment. At the next appointment I was seen by another consultant because Dr. Arnold was not there. I told the Dr. that my pain was still there after I had ulcer tablets. Then he examined my tummy again and asked me the exact point of pain. I looked his face and it looked like he found something this time. So he sent me for some blood tests. At the next appointment in November 1999 Dr. Arnold told that I have been diagnosed with Hep. C. and there is nothing to worry about as it is very slow progressing disease. So he sent me to have a liver biopsy test. In April 2000 I had my first liver biopsy. I was very worried about the biopsy, because I had been told that it could cause internal bleeding. At last the biopsy day came and it was done by the registrar of the hospital with out any ultrasound vision with a fine needle. It was very easy and quick very much against my expectations and fears. The result was 2/5 with mild progressing rate. Dr. Arnold sent me to Chelsea and Westminster hospital for treatment.
I saw my consultant and nurses. They were not very encouraging. That time was only interferon treatment not combined. Considering the fact of liver damage only 2/5 I decided not to have the treatment this time.

In 2003 when I started getting fevers and night sweats along with pain I decided to go for the treatment. This time I was sent to St. Marry hospital to see Prof. Thomas. He told me I had to have an other liver biopsy. So in July 2004 I had the second biopsy. This time it was very hard to put the needle in my liver for the Dr. He struggled about 2 to 3 minutes for it and then he could get the needle in. In Sep. 2005 Dr. Told the me very surprising result 5/6 which is still confusing me. So Prof. Thomas put my name in the waiting list. This time there was no choice but to start the treatment.
So from then I started exploring the internet about the treatments and the people who are having or had the treatment. In January 2005 my research took me to Norwich Hep. C support group. From this group I met the man of the blog writing Jonathan Colam. Who had just started the treatment in Des. 2004. I started reading his blog regularly. I was asking him about his diet and different thing what he was doing during his treatment and before the treatment. Really the first man from whom I got lots help and encouragement is Jonathan. He told me about John Tindall Chinese treatment. I tried the Chinese treatment before I started the treatment but it was not suitable for me so I stopped it. Then I started buying multi vitamins and mushroom supplements to get ready for the treatment. As Jonathan told me that do not start to have these vitamins before you start the treatment and you should start the treatment as normally and see what happens. That was very good advice as I did not need any vitamin tablets during the treatment. I was having normal diets but I included fresh fruit in my regular diet. I really very thank full to Jonathan for his guidance and pray for him for good heath.

Then I met Ron Metcalfe. According to Jonathan he was the founder of the bloging about Hep C. I can not forget his full of information blog about Hep. C. God bless him.

With the time Hep. C. bloging Group started growing, I started meeting with more lovely people, like Paul, Nick, Martin, Lu,Steve, Wendy, Sue, Tink, Jane, Jane1962, Miss Poppy and Balom. I can not forget their guidance, support and love. I will always be praying for them and for the other Hep. C. sufferers. God bless them all.

13 Comments:

At 6:09 PM, Blogger jane1962 said...

Congratulations on getting to the finish line, Ijaz! I have followed your blog with great interest from the start, and am so glad that you can now sit back and wait to feel well again....please do continue to let us know your results and your progress after tx, and many thanks for sharing your journey with the rest of us...very best wishes for your future, hopefully HCV-free!

 
At 1:23 AM, Blogger ijaz ahmad said...

Hi Jane,

Thank you for your taking intrest in my blog. i will keep writing about my health and results. i hope you are doing well.
with best wishes
Ijaz

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger jane said...

Congratulations on reaching the end. I hope you soon feel the benefits of the end of treatment.
And do let us know the results of your tests.
Best Wishes
Jane

 
At 10:51 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

Hi Ijaz,
Congratulations on finishing the treatment, well done. I hope you keep blogging for a while and let us know how you are getting on and I hope and pray that you have a great result. Thanks for sharing your journey and for all of the support and encouragement we have shared.
best wishes to you and your family
Wendy

 
At 6:59 AM, Blogger Sue, Toronto said...

Dear Ijaz,

Congratulations! I am so happy that your treatment injections have finished - just a few more riba pills and it is complete!

Thank you Ijaz for being such an honest and positive force for me (and, I'm sure, for many others), during your treatment. Your blog is wonderful and I hope that you will continue to write post-treatment. All best wishes for svr and a rapid post-treatment recovery.

Sue

 
At 7:37 AM, Blogger ijaz ahmad said...

Hi Jane,Wendy and Sue,

Thanks for your congratulations. i will writing and reading your blogs. i wish you all good luck.

With best wishes.

Ijaz

 
At 7:50 AM, Blogger Peteso said...

Hi there ijaz ahmad... Look where I landed searching for info on hair loss news. But since Im here... I thought I'd just stop by and read... I found your post "Last Week (26/09/05-03/09/05) Injection 24/24 And My journey Of hap C" kinda interesting.
Do you always write that way?
I guess I'd better be on my way as I still need stuff on hair loss news for my project.
Thanks for a good read ijaz ahmad ...and keep doing all the great blogs. Cheers.

 
At 7:49 PM, Blogger Nuovo111 said...

Hi there ijaz ahmad... Look where I landed searching for info on hair loss women. But since Im here... I thought I'd just stop by and read... I found your post "Last Week (26/09/05-03/09/05) Injection 24/24 And My journey Of hap C" kinda interesting.
Do you always write that way?
I guess I'd better be on my way as I still need stuff on hair loss women for my project.
Thanks for a good read ijaz ahmad ...and keep doing all the great blogs. Cheers.

 
At 8:59 AM, Blogger Peteso said...

Hiya ijaz ahmad,
Didnt know searching on the net for hair loss women would bring me here. But hey... reading your post "Last Week (26/09/05-03/09/05) Injection 24/24 And My journey Of hap C" was entertaining.
While it may not be exactly related to hair loss women, it was nevertheless a pleasure to have visited your blog. That's the beauty of the internet.. u just dont know what you will find at the next corner.
ijaz ahmad, its been great to visit your blog...do keep blogging and continue to make the web a more interesting place..cheers mate

 
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At 5:55 PM, Blogger Day said...

Hi, i have never bloged before or responded to one but i have never felt the need to before.
I started the HCV treatment last thursday and i am scared that it may not be working. I am not suffering any side affects. Okay, the sun robs me of NRG but thats it. Should i be worried?
I am glad you are on the up side of this journey ijaz.

 

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