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You Might Be a Pain in the Rear

You Might Be a Pain in the Rear

After spending a couple of days in Washington, D.C. talking about liver disease, and being with other hepatitis C advocates for training, I’m traveling by plane. It can be a bit flustering trying to stay organized, and also deal with medications, lack of sleep, and the general excitement of being with friends. I was all prepared to write some wonderful news about long term research and hope, and then I had an encounter. I ended up feeling like I’m exasperating others. This is not the first time. I’m wondering if every patient ends up feeling like this. I think we’ve all felt like a pain in the rear at once time or another with hepatitis C.

Signs you might be a pain in the rear

    • After waiting to be seen in the

emergency room

    • , and you notice that a lot of other people are coming and going all around you – do you go knock on the that little window that the nurses hide behind?

After not sleeping well for a couple of weeks, do you ask everyone to leave the television, and any noise in the house, completely off, so you can get some rest?

Have you repeatedly asked the flight attendant for water, because you have dry mouth and have to take meds, and she looks at you like you just asked for a ride on a unicorn?

After cooking a big healthy meal, and someone walks by the stove and shakes a bunch of salt into it, have you gone for a long walk – slamming the door on the way out?

Have you been in your doctor’s office with a tablet and all of your questions neatly written out, only to wad it up and throw it away when the nurse glares at you and asks what the paper is for?

Have you had an emotional outburst at the pharmacy because they didn’t have your prescription ready, and then told YOU to call the doctor?

After standing next to someone who took a bath in cologne to cover their body odor, did you make choking noises and wrap your jacket around your mouth?

While sitting in the left turn lane, did you lay on the horn at the person in front of you… you know, the guy who is waiting until Jesus comes back to hit the gas and turn?

After quitting smoking, when someone lights up right in front of you, have you snatched the cigarette out of their hand and stomped it out on the ground?

When you stay up all night with reverse sleep pattern, have you ever overslept and then yelled at someone because they forgot to wake you up?

If someone doesn’t like your Facebook post, do you automatically assume they are thinking, and saying, bad things about you, and so you unfriend them?

All of these are signs that you might be a pain in the rear. It’s part of the territory of having hepatitis C and liver disease. Now that I’ve looked at all the possible ways of being a pain, I’m thinking the next topic might be patient empowerment. Perhaps, if we all understood what we really go through, we might feel empowered to avoid the situations, and the responses.

In the meantime, we’re simply a pain in the rear.

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