Sunday, June 04, 2006

June 2nd - I took my third shot of interferon around 8:30 PM and went to bed around midnight or so. I slept through the night without incident. I woke up early Saturday and felt pretty good. Later in the day I became ill with the stomach cramps and was forced to go back to bed. I pretty much stayed in bed the rest of the day. I had various aches and pains. At one point I had a shooting pain that went through my left wrist that was so severe that it almost caused me to convulse uncontrollably. Tina read an obscure note about Ribavirin on the Internet that said the Ribavirin is absorbed more readily into the body when you eat a high fat content diet. So I had chilly dogs for dinner, this seemed to help my stomach (oddly enough). I slept through Saturday night pretty well. Sunday I felt better when I woke up. Later I began to feel ill again and went back to bed. Still the Ribavirin seems to be causing me the most problems. The medicine is starting to make me highly irritable and very impatient.

May 26th - So this week I decided to eat a big lunch and only eat a small snack in the early evening. I pilled plenty of blankets at the foot of the bed and extra clothes on the night stand for those awful chills. I took my shot a little earlier this time, around 7:45 PM. I kept on programming for as long as I would dare to stay up. I finally forced myself to go to be around 1:00 AM. I was feeling no ill effects at this time. I woke up around 4:00 AM to go to the bathroom and was very surprised that I was still feeling no ill effects. Around 6:30 I woke up again and I expected that I would be ill. I was fine. At 9:30 we called the doctor to see why I would possibly not have become ill from the interferon. He said that I was apparently one of those rare people that can handle the interferon.

Ongoing through the week I continued the Ribavirin doses. I seem to have more trouble from the Ribavirin than the Interferon. When I take the Ribavirin I almost instantly become nauseated. When I eat my temperature raises almost immediately and I begin to sweat. I get very nauseated and it feels like there is gas trapped in my lower intestine and I can’t get it out. This causes me to have really bad stomach cramps.

May 19th - Took my first shot of interferon around 9:45 pm and started the Ribavirin around 11:00 PM. I Went to bed around 1:00 am and I was woken up around 3:00 or 3:30 am by the sound of thunder and lightning. After I gained my senses I realized I was feeling pretty ill. Freezing cold and shivering, my bones hurt, my head hurt, I was nauseated, and drenched in sweat and just could not stop shivering no matter how many blankets I pilled on top of me. I was very thirsty and felt like I couldn’t get enough to drink. All the shivering caused my muscles to begin to cramp up and hurt really bad. I had eaten a pretty good snack around 11:00 pm, it was not a good idea – it had to go – so up it came which provided instant relief of the stomach cramps. I could not go back to sleep and had to endure the pain and discomfort the best I could. Around 6:30 I was able to get up and take a shower to wash off stench from all the sweating. I went back to bed and was able to go back to sleep. I woke up again around 9:30 am. I got up and walked around a little and stretched my muscles. I was feeling much better. By 10:30 am I was able to get up and get in front of the computer and check my email, etc. By early afternoon I was actually able to get a little bit of programming done. I was very surprised; we had planned on the best case being that I would be in bed until sometime Sunday.

Ongoing through the week I continued the Ribavirin doses of two in the morning and three at night and my daily Wellbutrin. It seems that the Ribavirin does not get along well with Pepsi (which I normally consume a lot of). I had to stop drinking Pepsi and had to resort to water, cranberry juice or apple juice. It is not very fun to quit the Pepsi cold turkey. Also, the Wellbutrin reduces the effects of smoking and eventually makes you not really want them any more. I could think of better times to cut way back on the smokes.