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Hi Hoodie,

Stevia is a great sugar substitute. Iíve been using pure Stevia for a couple years and itís better than sugar, as far as sweetening things like coffee, tea and on top of cereal, etc. I buy the store brand packets, nothing special, but look for 100%, not the blended varieties. I havenít gone so far as to use it in things like baking and cooking, mainly due to the price. I drink lots of coffee, sweet of course and it really drops the calories and sugar levels. Iím not real worried about it, but for those that have to, diabetics, etc., need to. I think once someone avoids it, if they go back to using some of these things, their body revolts. The western diet is basically wrecking our bodies! Makes me want a Heath Bar Blizzard...†no

PS: Thanks for the website, looks like they offer some good products. The green super food is an interesting supplement that Iíve been hearing good things about.



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I have been using Mood & Mind stevia in place of sugar †


†Thanks for the rec lamassu, that looks awesome! Ill order it on amazon.†



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Hi Hoodie,

Have you tried pure Stevia extract? It is a glycoside not a sugar alcohol so no worries there. Not the overpriced packets loaded with fillers you buy at the grocery store. I have been using Mood & Mind stevia in place of sugar for over a year. Some brands have a slight licorice taste; this one does not, closest to the taste of real sugar I have found with no calories. You can also get it on Amazon and a little goes a long way.



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whaaaaaaaat. How on earth does this slip by. Honestly sometimes I wonder if some of these dr.s really have their ducks in a row.†

††nodisbeliefblankstareevileyefurious

BB, Iris


†Thanks iris. This was the lab tech receptionists fault and I am considering complaining because I triple checked with her that all required tests were accounted for. So it seems odd to me that it was overlooked and I probably will lodge a complaint. she was pretty unprofessional TBH and I could tell something was not right, hence the triple checking. my doc had ordered the tests but she didnt print out the label for the vial so the flebotomist †didnt draw the sample.†



-- Edited by Hoodietree on Thursday 23rd of August 2018 11:10:13 PM



-- Edited by Hoodietree on Thursday 23rd of August 2018 11:11:08 PM

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Sorry work is so much work - how did your meeting with your boss go that day ... a while back, you said he had called you in for a meeting with him for something, just after you had made some "mistake"? I hope it turned out to be a non-issue?

How are things on the constipated and/or diarrhea fronts - i am hoping for a happy medium, resolved or at least things are now under control?†

Did you have any more nights of lack of sleep, or was it just the one night?

Are you feeling like you are turning a corner on "sides" that are interfering with your work? Do you still think you might benefit from time off work, or are you thinking you will just be able to continue as you are?†


Thanks Canuck, I really appreciate your care and concern. That work meeting turned out to be no big deal. I think I was being paranoid. Boss didnt even ask me about my mistake, thank goodness.†

I had 1 day of diarrhea and in retrospect I think it was because I used an artificial sweetener called xylitol with erythritol. I normally tolerate that very well, but I quit using it over a year ago and this time I had a full day of terrible diarrhea. Wont do that again. Also in retrospect those artificial sweeteners are aka sugar alcohols. So while I only had about 1.5 tbs I connected some dots on that after the fact re: alcohols. Not a good thing to add during treatment I imagine?†

No, no more insomnia either. Just the one night where my mind was perseverating on some family dynamics needlessly. I dont know why but I started dredging up past hurts and was getting all pissed off for no darn good reason.†

so to summarize I really do feel like Im turning the corner on side effects and will take your advice to get the VL test done pronto. 8/17 was only 3 weeks into treatment so if I get it done this week that will be a full 4 weeks. I do not feel the need for FMLA but still want to fill out the ppwk anyway so maybe Ill get to that this weekend.†

i wonder if I could get ADHD meds for the brain fog and fatigue. That is actually still a big issue. Im sleeping around 10-11 hours a day. God I love sleep.†



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whaaaaaaaat. How on earth does this slip by. Honestly sometimes I wonder if some of these dr.s really have their ducks in a row. I showed up at my appt. and they looked at me kinda blankly. "so,...why you here today?" Whaaaaaaaaaat, really? I thought. I had labs! I'm here for Results! (sometimes that word comes out resluts, lol Oooooops†aww I always check for my bad typos!) anyhoooo "I'm taking the pills", I blurted out,† "Oh so your on treatment"...she says, CRAP doesn't anyone read their notes?

Seriously† nodisbeliefblankstareevileyefurious

Hang in there girl.†

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Heyhoodie,

Just my 2 cents.

Obviously your doc had arranged an early VL for you (at 4 weeks), as well as the EOT one, so, even though the lab missed doing this VL - I would never be able to (nor want to) wait (until later) to get the missed VL done! BUT, that's just me, I would just HAVE to know where i am at. Yes, true, you could opt to wait and yes true it might not make much dif if you knew you were UND at 4 weeks, but personally I could just never opt to wait - your doc ordered it for 4 weeks, so, i would just go do it.†

Sorry work is so much work - how did your meeting with your boss go that day ... a while back, you said he had called you in for a meeting with him for something, just after you had made some "mistake"? I hope it turned out to be a non-issue?

How are things on the constipated and/or diarrhea fronts - i am hoping for a happy medium, resolved or at least things are now under control?†

Did you have any more nights of lack of sleep, or was it just the one night?

Are you feeling like you are turning a corner on "sides" that are interfering with your work? Do you still think you might benefit from time off work, or are you thinking you will just be able to continue as you are?

That's what I have been holding out for for you, hoping for you† - that you will soon be "turning a corner" on some of what you have experienced thus far, and will find the rest of the course of anti-virals less taxing on you. Hope so.†smile†C.



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Thank you Scruffy and Tig!

This gives me a little bit of autonomy in a world where I have practically none. So I will figure out when I want to get some great news and that is when I will go in and have the viral load test done. I am slammed at work so I will probably do it when my time and energy allows me to do it easily.

I am not scheduled for a second viral load test till the EOT 12 week mark, so this just puts the horses reins in MY hands. And in this metaphor the horse is a beautiful Appaloosa mare, running wild and free with a long flowing mane and tail!!†



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I wouldn't worry Hoddie. Your numbers look good. With the new meds its pretty much a done deal. I would wait until the next pickup. Years ago as tig said tests were done every 4 weeks.

There had to be a certain drop in VL along with an eye on other numbers or they would stop treating. They would access if the benefits of treatment were worth the risks. Thats where the†

big fear of being undetectable or almost undetectable at four weeks came from.

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A viral load at 4 weeks is nice for a morale booster, but to be honest with you, these drugs are so effective, youíll be undetected in the end anyway and the 4 week test is a look into the current situation. Sometimes you are undetected early, often times not until later in the process. If you can hold off until the next refill, Iím sure youíll be (just as) thrilled with the results. Used to be a requirement to have viral loads every 4 weeks, now many docs do one before treatment and not again until the 12th week after Tx ends! Now that would be torture! Itís entirely up to you and if youíre the impatient type, get erí done now and see where you are in he scheme of things. If your insurance is willing to pay, go for it! It might even save you biting a fingernail or two, lol! Either way, youíre going to slay this Dragon, Iím sure of it.



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So the reason I did not get my viral load is because they didnt test me for it! The tech apparently made a mistake. So now I have to go back in and get that done. She said I could wait until I pick up the next round of pills, should I do that? Should I give the Epclusa (Appaloosa according to my iPhone LOL) more time to do its job? Or if Im undetected will I be undetected right now? I really want good news dang it!



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Good point observer! Ive never wanted to be //normal// or follow other peoples rules for me - EXCEPT if it is to my benefit!! So thanks

love that lil bear btw!



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Your numbers look great...I never was one that wanted to be normal much wink................except when it comes to blood tests...

in normal range is simply wonderful...of course they might fluctuate a titch here and there but in normal range is all that really matters with those enzyme numbers.



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Thanks polo, youre giving me lots of hope. Man, what a slog its been!



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Those numbers are awesome! They are better enzyme numbers than I had post treatment and SVR! Healing is happening for sure.



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LOL made me smile again Tig!!



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You know what, I reversed the numbers! Numerically dyslexic I think. My impression stays the same, they are well within normal limits and fluctuation within those limits is perfectly normal. Do I need to get out my 8 Ball again?†wink†Not to worry!



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Tig in truth my alt is 2 points higher this time but Im determined not to sweat it. Off to yoga but I dont feel like going. Pushing myself.†



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Im smiling now Tig, thanks for your awesome encouragement. Nap time for hoodie TTYL. Hugs to all.†



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Donít let your mind go into places like that, Hoodie! Both enzymes are lower than they were, albeit both normal, they are very good nonetheless. Itís a win when our LFTís are normal, a BIG WIN. Your baseline VL was relatively low and could be why your prelim enzymes were down. Itís not always the case, but very often we see a corresponding elevation in both, when there is a viral load flare. You have no worries, trust me...†

If your concern gets too much to handle, let me know and Iíll whip out my Magic 8 Ball. It has never been wrong! Let me show you, just to comfort you. Iím asking, ďIs Hoodie, golden?Ē

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†OK I just Checked for new messages from Kaiser and it seems that I do have my test results except for a viral load which I think that they are gatekeeping.†

My ALT is 25 and my AST is 21, Which isnt much different from what they were before so of course now I am mind****ing everything.†



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Ahh, the poop report. †Try thinking of it in the same way you would if HepC weren't in the picture. †Immodium for the big D and fiber for the big C, for example. †Again, by nature, we monitor this process so closely that every sneeze is cause for concern. †What we know is that changes will happen during and after treatment. †Focus on the big picture (when possible) and try not to take it too seriously (when possible) as it all will pass (so to speak). †I know, it'a scary.

You are doing great Hoodie. †It's just hard to relax when you're on a roller coaster, isn't it? You've given your own best advice - Hang On!

I can't wait to see the labs.



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Hey Hoodie,

IĎm excited to know what your test results will be. The one thing youíre going to notice are the improvements in your liver function tests. If youíre undetected, thatís an excellent sign, but donít be surprised if it isnít completely undetected. One thing will be apparent if it isnít, is the dramatic decline in your viral load. I let everyone know that an early undetected test is great, but doesnít mean much if it isnít. It will be.†


I mentioned in the Constipated page, the big D isnít uncommon with these DAAís and you can check with your doc for permission to use something like Imodium, if it doesnít let up. Avoid high fiber foods while youíre having the problem, just donít go in reverse and get blocked up again.†



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Thanks Cheddy thats very sweet of you to say

Everything seems to be doing a 180 for me right now.

Where before I was constipated now I have diarrhea

Where before I could sleep 12 hours a day I actually had trouble sleeping last night and only got about five hours.†

Maybe this is due to the power of Epclusa. I think its doing its job and Ill be cured soon.†

So I cant complain. BUT along with the energy comes a feeling of anxiety which SUCKS.†

Im just holding on for the ride at this point †

I got the on-treatment bloodwork done on Friday 8/17 so I should know pretty soon, probably in just a couple days, if Im undetected.



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Hey Iris and Hoodie. †I love the way you two are taking care of each other. †

What a team - the whole to of us, too.



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Iris Dragonfly wrote:

†I don't know if you meditate but I'm trying some affirmations and visuals within the meditation that has me well and full of health life. It's a bit of struggle sometimes because of the PTSD but little by little right?

Blessings, Iris


Thanks for the blessings Iris

Why yes in fact I do meditate! †I have this app called Insight Timer on my iPhone and there are tons of guided meditations and affirmations. I really love this one guy named Kenneth Soares. Check it out if you can! I think its only $1.99 or something. Its totally worth it. Let me know if you get it, we can friend each other and recommend guided meditations and stuff. Its pretty fun. Anyone here who wants to be my friend is more than welcome. Or not! Im not trying to promote it. A bunch of my AA friends use it tho and it can be really motivating.

yeah, I hear you on the PTSD. No fun at all. You doing ok? Hows everything at home, getting better I hope?†



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Hey I get it, trying to get it all done, right?

I get that fear, what if, why does 'what if' even have to exist??? And that's a really good question, what are the variables to relapse? Is it specific to a certain genotype? male/female? geographic area? duration of infection? duration of treatment? where are the studies??? Is anyone researching this?

Hop on the roller coaster girl! lets go for a ride! Up and Down and a little twist and turn, exhilarating! and then a little nauseating! Whee Oooo, Ugh. then all of a sudden >PFssscht<(air brakes!) and then the real healing begins, we'll shake off the drugs, jump in a pool, ocean, lake or river and be washed clean. I don't know if you meditate but I'm trying some affirmations and visuals within the meditation that has me well and full of health life. It's a bit of struggle sometimes because of the PTSD but little by little right?

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Thanks for your wonderful update Tig! Have fun with those little rascals



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Hey Hoodie,

YouĎre right, donít overthink these things! A little is okay, but donít let it keep you up at night, lol! One day wouldnít have mattered, but youíre right, following treatment by the book is what we should all strive to do. That removes any question.†

Iím still here with my daughter and the grandkids. They do keep me running! Itís about time to get them up and start the whole day again. I donít know how my daughter does it by herself!†

Oh, here comes my grand daughter tromping down the stairs! The day has started before my first cup of coffee.... ready-set-go



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Water report and a question about relapse

Yes, I have been drinking at least †a gallon a day. Its not hard for me, though, I actually like drinking water and staying hydrated. Or maybe its just the one thing in this crazy world I feel like I CAN control

Im reading here about peopke who for some reason the DAAs are not successful ... or the virus comes back (wtf virus, dont be a jerk just leave!). Do we know why that happens and/or how to prevent that scenario? Is it just how certain bodies/genotypes respond? Is there ANYTHING I can do to improve my chances for success? Continuing to avoid alcohol frex? Ive asked my hep/GI doc and the NP and the HepC pharmacist (who looks approximately 12 years old btw) and they all say theres nothing to do. Just take the medicine as directed.†

Do they really not know how relapse happens?! Are 10% of us really just unlucky?! I wish there was a way to ensure success. Im frustrated by this.†

ETA my heart goes out to all of us still suffering † and happy Friday!



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Hiya Tig, thanks for asking!†

Things are ok. I had that one great day, and Im really hopeful that those great days will start stacking up. Im super hopeful

I went and picked up my 2nd round of Epclusa today because the prescription was ready 1 day early. I could have gotten my first round of on-treatment blood work done today while I was there, but I realized that my ppwk specifically states to get that done on 8/17 (tomorrow) and what if I got the blood work done and it was not favorable, you know? Then I will have wished I had waited until the proper day. Apparently I just really love overthinking things and making multiple trips to Kaiser! . Also, I really need to get a life.†

How is everything in your world? You spent some time with your little grandson? That sounds really lovely !!



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Hey Hoodie,

How goes it girlfriend? Iím hoping youíre continuing to have more Ēbetterď days, than sh***y ones. Are you keeping up with your water intake? Chug a lug Sister!



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Thanks Cheddy! That is really interesting how we monitor ourselves so closely for any and all ups and downs when were sick and on treatment. I will be so happy when one day I wake up and find that Im no longer putting myself, my moods, and every little ache/pain under a microscope. Thanks for your kind encouraging words!



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Hoodster, †

Interesting to hear from so many how closely we monitor our day to day on and around treatment. †I don't think I do that as much in my "normal life" but sure did back then. †

Back then (note rearview mirror) many moods and moments seemed eternal and permanent and sometimesl unbearable. †Really intense sometimes (could have been Riba?) †Speaking for myself, the whole experience was indelible, in a good way - strength, compassion, durability, more. †And look at the friendships. †Who knew that "Virtual strangers" would become valued friends.

I hope the good days will propel you forward and this whole business will take on the perspective of an 8 week (?) journey, after which you help others keep perspective.

You're attitude is great!!

Bestest of wishes, for you.

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Thank you Tig Iris Cheddy and EVERYONE

Interesting to read that it will go up and down. I guess I was expecting just a pure upward spiral. Sigh. Today isnt quite as great as yesterday. Must be feeling the the contrast between having a GREAT day vs just a normal day. At least its not a BAD day. Ill pray to God to Dog and all the dieties that my Bad days are in the rearview mirror for the foreseeable future.

Peace out † TYYL, will check back later.†



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Hi Hoodie,

Glad youíre back on track and all things are better in your world! The FMLA is there for a reason and thereís no reason not to consider it if your energy levels drop to non productive levels. People get sick, people seek treatment and people need time to regain their strength, thatís what the act was designed to provide you. Take advantage of it if necessary. Donít wait to stumble before reaching out for that support!†wink

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oh hoodie! there is no such thing as melodramatic here on our HepC forum

and wow.. pms on top of daa's... omg,omg,omg!†cry

i'm so happy to hear you had good day and are still planning to get that fmla in your hip pocket in case you need it for next months pms... or other

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Good to hear you won't have to tell the boss!
I've noticed so much ups and downs with my meds, I can't imagine what this would be like with a monthly thrown in there, Ouch and puke.!
But that is probably it, still take your moments away from the madness when you can.
You go girl! Boom!
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Terrific, Hoodie, that you are feeling so much better today. †Sounds like you are learning to live with the ups and downs. †Keep it UP!



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UPDATE

I feel terrific today. Got my period before work at like 6am and I went all day with tons of energy - without even takng a nap in my car at lunchtime!!

I wonder if a lot of my fatigue and maybe even some of my brain fog are attributable to being peri-menopausal + HCV positive. †Im betting that combination is a special little circle of hell.†

So I apologize for being so melodramatic yesterday, yall I just did not feel good at all. You know that feeling of deeep fatigue coupled with the foggiest brain south of San Francisco? I really felt low. I knew I was being melodramatic and probably should have waited another day before posting that because today, Im literally a new woman!

:knocking on every single piece of wood that I can find:

No need to tell my boss YAAAAY!!! I was dreading that.

Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You FOR YOUR AWESOME SUPPORT AND CARING †

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Canuck wrote Don't play the stretching game of going until you break - hitting the proverbial brick wall, try being pro-active, and formulate a plan, in case you want to play a sick card with your boss in "some way".

What wording is already written on that note you got from your PCP?

This is really good advice. It was a verbal phone appt with my PCP the marvelous Dr Davis who I love. In a weird alternate universe he is my soulmate. Sadly that universe is not the real actual universe but I digress.†

Thanks for the pep talk Canuck and 5. I will plan to get that FMLA ppwk filled out so I can have it in my hip pocket if I need it. But I am optimistic for the first time in 18 days! maybe I wont need it, yay!



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Ill give it one more week. If I dont feel confident by this time next Monday Ill say something to my boss. Thanks for your replies Canuck and 5!



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Hey, Isn't that funny hoodie! (Well, not FUNNY FUNNY, but weird/cooincidenta/funny. You posting this today and I was just recently wanting to ask you "how" work" has been going, how YOU were managing with work - and then ... you post about it! I had already decided I was going to wait until after Monday, maybe Tues or mid-week to ask you how things were going for you what with working and all, but now i don't have to wait - we have a pretty good idea it has not been easy and what bits are hard for you.

So, I cannot disagree with 5 one iota - you know best what your boss is like and what your co-workers are like - what it might take (words you "choose" to use/what "exact phrases" to say to them) to safely satisfy them. If your quest is to get them to be understanding that you are feeling under the weather, not able to be "on" 100% as usual, then make a plan about what to say to them that will work for you and still maintain your privacy and avoid stigmal judging. If you are battling an illness, they can either be understnading and cut you some slack, be on your side, should you wish some time off, or concessions - whatever it is that YOU decide WOULD help.† Maybe you don't need to address your co-workers hardly at all? - maybe it is just your boss you need to deal with for the most part - perhaps plan your explantion to him alone? - again, if you can see how he could be of some assistance to you (time off, being understnading, or cutting you some slack). Decide what it is you need and want, and devise what it is you are going to say to get it.

Don't play the stretching game of going until you break - hitting the proverbial brick wall, try being pro-active, and formulate a plan, in case you want to play a sick card with your boss in "some way".

What wording is already written on that note you got from your PCP?

If you are no good at formulating the right language - try some phrases (like 5 was suggesting) - maybe just that "your doc put you on an anti-viral until October" and you may not feel well on them, it may affect your performance.†

Then again ... you may start feeling like you are getting used to the epclusa in the next couple/few weeks, and will be able to muster through better in Sept/Oct.

Decide how you are going to hedge your bets and cover your arse (to the necessary perhaps varying degress) with your boss and co-workers. Would it really be the end of the world if you fall behind in the short term? Don't YOU be your own worst enemy and force yourself to perform under duress, when it would not be that tragic if things did not go exactly to plan (work plan) just for a short while.

Think on it a bit.

Consider this, rather than waiting and having this meeting with your boss at 1:30, perhaps ask to speak to him for just couple minutes at morning coffee time, or maybe first thing in the morning - just try to get a couple minutes with him prior to 1:30 - explain breifly that you just wanted him to know you've been put on some anti-viral medication that has made you feel not very well, that it has really knocked the ---- out of you, and that you apologize if it has affected your job performance, hopefully this will not happen further, and that you can bring him a doc's note if necessary, just in the event that you become feeling unwell enough that you need a day off, but that you hope he will have some patience with you for the next little while.†

You have got yourself worked up into a bit of a snit, and feel backed-up into a performance corner, a competitive self-employed corner, lots of pressure cooking going on in there, release some relief valve - it would be great if your boss had some understanding and cut you a bit of slack. You may be a more valued commodity than you realize at work, a valued long-term commodity worthy of some boss consideration.

The sides you experience may end up being really quite survivable, but with the self-imposed added stress you are going through it is too much to deal with - use this opportunity to try to cut yourself some slack.† C.



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since your pcp is already talking about that being a mistake, is it possible that they can give you a note off from work?

you don't have to say what it is.. fighting an infection, trying to figure out what's wrong.... work does not have to know under the law.

i had to take some time off and even tho i told them, i could have just had the notes.

you are in life saving mode and that is a good thing so slug on and just lay down and take it easy every possible moment



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Hey guys, Feel like a slug in peanut butter As our dear iris so eloquently describes it.†

Need some encouragement to keep putting †1 foot in front of the other. Feeling so damn tired. I need my energy back soon. Made a huge mistake at work on Friday and my boss has scheduled a meeting for tomorrow at 1:30.

I have not told my boss that Im undergoing treatment. My PCP told me that he had not seen any good results coming from that kind of transparency- just a lot of stigma and judgement.†

Huge deadline coming up at work in October, on the same day that Im supposed to complete treatment. And they keep putting other meetings in front of that deadline so I cant actually work on my project and Im falling further behind every day.†

I wish I could state accurately what Im going through and how I feel. I dont want to sound so dramatic all the time, but Im trying not to minimize the very real **** that Im going through. Argh I know that that is really Not a good explanation, does anyone know what Im talking about?! How Im feeling?! Am I truly going insane!?

This is all my fault, I could have postponed treatment. But I feel like that would have been stupid. And now that I am experiencing side effects I may have to come clean with my boss. I think people will say that I probably should do that but I have made up my mind not to be so transparent with people who hold my fate in their hands. My AA program has taught me to be rigorously honest, but the A stands for anonymous And Ive made that mistake before in terms of blowing my anonymity at work, so my new methodology is to look out for number one at all costs and †hold my cards close to my vest contrary to my natural tendency.

When you look at my numbers, Im actually really quite healthy. This might just be a mind over matter thing its possible I will be hugely successful in October. I always have been in the past even though its like cramming for finals and if I fail I lose my job and my livelihood and my insurance and my treatment options



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Holy cow, I thought Parvo only affected dogs. Awaiting your results, hope everything will be fine.

your doing great, the brain fog is a wonder eh?, ummm good times.
BB, Iris

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Some addl details re: parvovirus test

I was complaining to my doctor about joint pain in my hands and feet so he told me he would test me for autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, etc. †so thats why I was tested for parvovirus. It was the only positive result from a gazillion tests they did †

Tig provided an NCBI article whic states: //By the time old age is reached, most individuals demonstrate seropositivity for this virus (5, 13).†//

I really think this is nothing, but Ill try to remember to talk to my doctor about it soon.†



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hoodie, that's priceless , so glad you came to realize that your ounces were off and now you are on the right path with the water.



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Ha, Ha! Itís okay Hoodie, I understand completely! Did you want to post the same thing twice? The ďforceĒ is strong.....†wink

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Don't panic, nor feel bad Hoodie - it's just math. We (obviously) were all asleep at the wheel as well!, all of us let that one go slipping by us uncountered. And yet we all know and can add, blame the fog for everyone's lapse in attention to details. I can't tell ya how many times I have painstakenly wrote out and added up and multiplied out oz's/cc's/mLs, cups, pints, qts, litres, gals, imp and US (adnauseum) to make it clear how much a gal is! And that is dangerous territory for me as I have NEVER been good at math and never will be. Water and how much is another frequent flyer topic. That is why we first started using those pis of the gal jugs, I thought that that has to be one good simple way to "show" somebody, how much is much!

For example this jug of water is definitely too much, it never made our preview.†Image result for drinking from a 5 gal jug

It's the goldilocks paradox, not too much, not too little, juuuuuust right. heehee wink†C.

Now, everyone, get up off your sofa's, stop working, driving ... go and pour yourself a great big lovely fresh tastey invigorating, thrist quenching, mind, body and soul soothing rejuvenating gal jug of water and enjoy.††



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Hoodietree wrote:

Oh my goodness, I WAS WRONG - MEA CULPA!!†

Friends, Im an idiot. I posted in another thread around here some advice to a new member. I said and I quote //a gallon of water is 64 ounces and Im drinking 75 ounces a day so Im good.//

But actually a gallon of water is 128 ounces!

Will report back if fatigue improves upon DOUBLING my water intake as of today.†

I really want to blame brain fog for this one, I feel like an ever-lovin idiot! †LOL!

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