This is a time of great change in the Hep C world thanks to people like Dr James, Greg Jefferys and nameless others who are working towards allowing us to access these new DAAs. And those of us posting here can and have seized the opportunity to surf this wave of change. Which is fantastic!
So what is my point?
Well, I'm seeing quite a bit of negativity towards some in the medical profession who aren't "on board" yet.
I understand that in many ways; since being diagnosed I have also experienced many of the things others are complaining about. Seemingly uncaring specialists, GPs and nurses who had little or no sympathy. Who kept telling me to wait, who kept downplaying my symptoms, etc, etc, etc.
And ummm......yeah, just like in any job there are probably some who aren't suited to their role, particularly if that requires "customer contact".
But I've also, over time, considered it from their perspective:
- Most I suspect went into their profession for noble reasons, they wanted to help others, maybe even save a few lives?
- Somehow they ended up in the Gastro/Hep field and dealing with Hep C
- Initially there was no treatment to cure their patients, the best they could do was minimise the impact.
- Then Interferon became available and gave a little hope but with horrendous sides.
- Then Peg/Riba with a little more hope - but still bad sides - such bad sides that most patients refused treatment, and many of those that did treat were surly/grumpy/agro during their treatment.
- And they have to break the bad news to the non-responders and relapsers on a regular basis, and effectively say "I failed".
- Then more recently DAAs started to filter through. Our medico thinks "Finally! Something that works! I can do what I spent all those years training for: help people, even cure them!"
- "IT COSTS HOW MUCH!!!"
- "Now my ungrateful patients are blaming me because they/government/insurer can't afford these new drugs."
Does that sound like the sort of job you would greet with a smile every day? Yeah, me neither.