Hey - is this Cher? If so, I have been wondering what
happened to you!
I'm glad you stuck to your guns and got the peg. Your
platelet drop is NOTHING. I don't think a dose
reduction is even recommended until it drops way lower
than that. I know in the National Institute of
Health's study of the peg in those with cirrhosis the
BEGINNING platelet count only had to be at least
75,000 and they didn't reduce the dose until platelets
dropped to 50,000. So I don't think you have anything,
other than your doctor's inexperience, to worry about
there! If he is doing a viral load check next week
that is a little strange. Not necessarily bad, but
most wouldn't check it until week 12, and many won't
even check until week 24. If you are NOT undetectable
don't let him use that as an excuse to stop treatment.
You could still become undetectable, and also staying
on the treatment may help reverse some damage to your
liver - if I remember right it was fairly advanced, so
you can really benefit from staying on even if you
don't get rid of the virus. Keep trying to get in to
see a more experienced doctor! It's good to hear from
you again. I don't know what I'd do if my computer
quit on me! I'd be lost! Stay in touch, and good luck!
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