Planning a Wedding with Hepatitis C
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Planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful in any situation, for any couple. However people with hepatitis C should also consider their treatment process during their wedding planning and they should take the medication regimen into account when they are envisioning their special day.

The Budget

Often, people who make wedding plans end up going way over budget. Sometimes this is because they have forgotten to put money aside for the tiny but necessary details required, such as linen rentals for the reception or purchasing rice or bird seed for guests to throw. Other times, it is because the image in someone’s mind of their dream wedding is much more expensive than either of the engaged people ever anticipated. However, when considering this budget and whether there is room to exceed the initial budget, it is also important to think about non-wedding related costs. This is where hepatitis C should be considered. For some people, their health insurance covers their treatment costs fully. For others, it is important to discuss costs of medication and testing with the doctor. This will allow a person to have a fairly accurate estimate of current and future medical costs, including office visits, lab tests, and medication needs. Knowing this information in advance can help when planning a wedding so that the need for treatment does not require wedding plans to be scaled back or canceled after the planning has begun.

The Venue

When choosing a venue, photographers often offer couples a list of considerations. These are typically rooted in the weather, the background, and the style the couple is aiming for within their special day. These are all crucial considerations, but it is also important to consider the impact of hepatitis C on the body. Some find that they are easily exhausted, which would make it difficult to feel happy while in a venue with lots of stairs or tons of walking. Some experience rashes or other skin issues, so they may wish to wear a shawl or other covering to hide the skin or they may find that they sunburn easily, which could complicate the day if the wedding is outdoors in the middle of the day. Whatever the ailments or side effects an individual experiences, it is important to discuss them with the doctor, both so that the problems can be treated and so that they may be remedied before the big day. However, since not all symptoms can be easily corrected quickly, they are worth considering when choosing a venue in order to minimize the chances of discomfort.

The Attire

The choice of the wedding attire is considered to be some of the most important choices of the entire event. Different cultures, styles, and choices can run the gamut between casual and formal, between fairly inexpensive to hundreds of thousands of dollars. People with hepatitis C may need to consider the state of their bodies when choosing what they will wear on this special day. Some may wish to have longer sleeves to cover any rashes, others may choose something with a looser fit in order to cover any weight changes or bloating, and others still may choose specific colors to help mask their jaundice from being so obvious. Although these choices may help the person to feel more secure in their appearance on a day when they will certainly be photographed exhaustively, anyone with such symptoms should discuss them with their doctor, both in hopes of finding relief and because the doctor will want to note these experiences in order to best keep medical records up to date.

The Honeymoon

After a lengthy planning process and a very busy wedding day or series of days, many couples are eagerly awaiting the ability to relax and unwind. Often, it is the budget that dictates a couple’s travel options. Additionally worth considering is the medical options within different nations. For someone with hepatitis C, it can be important to consider whether it is wise to choose to travel to locations that are too remote to have a hospital nearby or that are too isolated to have well-stocked pharmacies. Some may decide that this is an unsafe risk for them to be too far away to receive treatment or medication in the event of an emergency, while others decide to take the risk and simply pack every medication or first aid tool they might need. When deciding to travel, it is prudent to discuss the plan with the doctor, both so the doctor can schedule follow-up visits around those travel plans and so any needs can be discussed an planned for ahead of time. This will ensure a smoother travel experience and a much lower-stress trip.1-4

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  1. "Hepatitis C - Lifestyle Faqs - NHS Choices". Nhs.uk. N.p., 2016. Web. 26 Nov. 2016.
  2. Prevention, Centers. "Hepatitis C - Chapter 3 - 2016 Yellow Book | Travelers' Health | CDC". Www.cdc.gov. N.p., 2016. Web. 26 Nov. 2016.
  3. Prevention, Centers. "Hepatitis C | Disease Directory | Travelers' Health | CDC". Wwwnc.cdc.gov. N.p., 2016. Web. 26 Nov. 2016.
  4. "Traveling While On Treatment | Hepatitis C | American Liver Foundation". Hepc.liverfoundation.org. N.p., 2016. Web. 26 Nov. 2016.
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