I am in week six and the side effects are truly tough. I have yet to conquer
the nausea. I have the rash, low red blood count, shortness of breath, nausea, diarrhea, weakness and exhaustion. I am taking an anti depressant which helps. The best remedy for depression for me has been knowing that this is a three month program and then it's over! But most importantly, on week four my viral count went from over 10 million to 42. I can do this because it is working. Keep your chin up. It works!
I am in week ten and yes the side effects are a bitch, but you have to keep a positive mental attitude. Heck we wake up each day and are ventilated and vertical which sure beats the hell out of the alternative. Find humor in everything and anything. Shoot I force myself to laugh at my own stupid jokes. I try to keep mentally busy with work issues, my other passions (riding my Harley like I stoled it!), and mentally have planned my after med (at least the incevik) celebration. And when I get mentally tired I lay in front of the boob tube and that usually puts me to sleep for a couple of hours. (Says something about the hollywood bozos skill sets yes!). I ask those close to me if I can vent, and when they say yes I give it both barrels of bitching, belly aching, complaining, and just generally being a pain in the ass for those that choose to listen.
When I'm done, I thank them for letting me vent, then I laugh about something I said and they look at me as if I am a certified nut case. Fortunately they know the meds make me do it. (It's a good of an excuse as we will get to be able to openly bitch and complain without people getting mad at us!! think about that, yeah!) So in a nut shell, this to shall come to pass. I have always told my kids the following and you gotta believe that it is true. DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF!! HELL IT'S ALL SMALL STUFF. And finally, WATER. Gotta drink lots of that elixir of life. More than you probably have ever drunk on a daily basis. It's the water that will flush your system and make it purr like hi performance auto! You don't drive your car running a quart or two low on oil do you? (Well as long as it's not one of those fancy electric cars you don't!) Seriously drink half your body weight in ounces every day. You will be surprised at the difference it makes!
Me- body weight 190 divide by 2 = 95 = 95 ounces = 12, 8 ounce glasses a day! Never did see urine so clear! Not like when you drink too much coffee, tea, cola, suds, or shine! LOL!!!
Hang in there, use the prep h and anti diareals for those days, no sitris juice I found reduces the issue and making myself eat at least one real meal a day veggies, meat, and all really helped my body stay stronger, prayer positive , I work FT as well, keep the end goal in sight
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