"There's a myth that anyone who has a liver problem has brought it on themselves" This quote is from a Crohn's disease patient living with a blocked portal vein hoping for a liver transplant (Independent 31st Oct 2010)

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Looking good

I have my bloods taken once a month at the local hospital.  The results need to be looked at by the GP before he/she will write a prescription for my next 28 days of Azathioprine immunosuppressant.  This is the drug that treats the autoimmune hepatitis.  If my white blood cell count goes below a certain level, putting me at risk of infection, the GP wont give me more medication without a consult with Dr Al first. 
June's results have come back and are looking good.  The markers of liver inflammation are at an all time low.  ALT is 18, its never been this low (good) in the 3 years of monitoring.  Seems like the Aza is doing its stuff.
Kidney function is holding steady.
AFP tumour marker has come back negative.  Much relief, as when I was hospitalized early this year it started climbing slowly and steadily which got me paranoid again. 
MRI scan next month, and if that comes back clear then all is hunky dory for another 6 months.