Riba Rage with Hepatitis C
The new medicines for hepatitis C treatment are great. You no longer have to give yourself injections with a low percentage of cure rate. The sustained viral response is almost a promise from the get go, and the duration is shorter than ever. Geez. Why can’t they get rid of the Ribavirin entirely? Nobody likes Riba Rage with hepatitis C.
The fact is that it is still used with a lot of the new drugs. The all-oral combination is better than ever with high cure rates. The side effects still suck. They always have. Coming from someone with 43 weeks on the stuff, let me give you some advice about how to deal with Riba Rage.
First off, don’t feed the anger monkey a banana. When you know that it’s going to be one of those days – retreat. Announce to the people in your world that you are having one of those moments.
- Cut the drama.
- Don’t cry and moan.
- Stop griping.
- Simply announce.
- Then retreat.
Once in your own personal space, you can yell, punch a pillow, write cusswords, scream cusswords, whatever it is that gives you a release.
I’m a walker. When I’m mad, it’s time to go outside and get active. When I was younger, it was hard to have a fight with me cause I’d just take off. You’ve seen those people walking down the road with a car driving slow beside them? I’ve been that person walking. But that’s not relevant because I wasn’t on Ribavirin then. You get the point. Move your body physically by doing something.
- Count to 10. Then throw a punch at 8. Nobody expects that.
- Tell your friends that you don’t need anger management classes. They just need to quit making you mad.
- Stop giving a flying flip about anything. It only creates stress.
- Start off every sentence with, “I’m not mad, I just think it’s funny that ….”
- Remember, you’re not being moody. You’re just less inclined to put up with people’s stuff when you’re on Ribavirin.
- Ask a friend to walk around the block with you swinging a baseball bat and singing: “Somebody’s going to die”.
Of course you could also take the high road. That’s my first inclination at this stage of life. I’m mature and have self control – coping skills, you know. Laughing under my breath now. Riba rage can destroy any semblance of self control. This is the time to pull out all the stops. Go straight to your Higher Power.
Pray or meditate. That’s right. Close your eyes and take a deep long breath. Let it out slowly while saying the 23rd Psalm. The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. Breath in – and let it out slowly and quote that or whatever comforts you.
Now stop for a minute. Feel how hard your heart is pounding. Feel the adrenaline course through your veins. Listen to your thoughts. Is it really that important? What are you thinking? That someone doesn’t care enough to listen to your opinion? That you will be alone and uncared for? That this situation will never be resolved? You are doomed to a lifetime of sadness and anger?
Now, relax. The Riba rage is over for this time.
Do I think Riba rage is real? I believe that our body is taxed by the medications. I think we are pushed to the brink of physical and mental despair. I think that the chemicals are killing a deadly virus and are also crushing our spirits. I think we can overcome in the end. And so you shall dear friend. Try one or all of these options when dealing with Riba Rage. Let me know how it goes.