Would you pray for me please?
On Friday, April 20, I will have nearly completed 4 weeks of treatment. On that day, I am scheduled for a physical with complete blood work at Mayo Clinic. This is to check to see where my viral load is. If my viral load has decreased, that means the treatment is working. If I recall correctly, my viral load is around 8 million copies. We prefer it to be zero! The test can't guarantee that but it can come back as undetectable! When Hep C patients reach this status, they fondly call themselves: undies! I hope to call myself "an undie" very soon!
According to my genetic testing, doctors do NOT expect my viral load to be zero on April 20. What does this mean? Well, hopefully this means that evidence of the virus has decreased even if it is still detectable. If my viral load has increased or remained the same, that would be bad news. That would likely mean my body is not responding to the treatment.
For those whose viral load is undetectable by 4 weeks, treatment is usually much shorter (24 weeks) and there is a very confident chance that the virus will never return.
My genetic testing suggested that my body will respond to the treatment but probably not enough to rid the virus in 4 weeks. Doctors expect my treatment to take 36-48 weeks, to ensure the best chances that the virus will never return.
Will you pray for my test day to go well? For my virus to be undetectable or at least decreasing in my body? For complete healing? For strength in the journey? Or however the Lord leads you to pray?