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Janet's Story
(by Janet)

My personal Scenario:
Within the last two months my life has went from a pleasant routine, into total disruption. It started one morning when I awoke to a pain in my right side. As the day progressed, the pain grew worse and spread unto my lower abdomen. Finally when the pain grew unbearable, my husband insisted on driving me to the emergency room. It was midnight and luckily the emergency room wasnít crowded.

After blood work and ultra sound, the only thing that could be determined was that my liver enzymes were elevated. I was given a much-appreciated pain shot with an appointment set for the next week with a surgeon. The ultra sound had not detected any gallstones, but the physician on staff suspected that the gallbladder might have been the problem. The pain subsided and the doctor and I concluded that it might have been a one-time thing.

A month passed, and I had acquired a new bookkeeping job. Within days of going back to work, the pain began again. I was able to acquire pain medication from family and called the doctor to set another appointment. During this time, I wasnít able to focus on my job for the pain and feeling ill. However, I continued to try. My boss did not understand and in so many words, asked me to leave.

Returning to the doctor and more testing, the gallbladder was ruled out. However, my liver enzymes were not normalizing. The surgeon recommended a gastroenterologist.

Unrelated to my problems, my father also was having serious surgery, and I needed to delay any further testing for a time. The surgeon suggested that I not delay seeing the gastroenterologist for very long.

My Father did well, and I continued on with further blood work. This time, the blood work revealed that I was positive for Hepatitis C. The doctor had to do further testing to see if the virus was chronic. When I asked him when I would know, he stated that I would be the second to know, with him being the first. This was said in a stern matter of fact tone and something I didnít need.

My husband is bi-bolar and is also having problem with acid reflux. He had a manic episode, during this time, compounding everything. He is about to lose his job from missing so much work and with it our insurance.

This letter is for our doctors. You are our health source. We depend on you for information and understanding, along with the your medical knowledge. Please try to understand that we have lives that are on hold and disrupted. Decisions and arrangements of oneís life are made, by test results and answers. Try not to be callous when we seem impatient. We understand that testing and results take time; we just need to have some idea as to their expedition.

 

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Last Updated March 20, 2012