So, I'm now just over 8 weeks into my treatment. It's been mostly a doddle so far (he said, looking for some wood to touch). Had one very mild headache in the last week. Joint and muscle pain are still there but markedly improved from pre-treatment: I can now walk downstairs normally in the morning to get my cuppa and meds, as oposed to 'crabbing' downstairs sideways. I'm so optimistic about this, I've told my son and his best mate that I will probably be able to start taking them swimming again soon, which I'd had to stop earlier this year.
Just got back from having a fibroscan at my local hospital. I'd phoned them a few weeks ago to see if they did private consultations, and the clinic leader said that they'd be happy to do it on the NHS if my GP referred me. GP wanted a request from my hepatologist, which was easy enough to get. Handed it in to GP's last Monday, chased it up this Monday, and I was in the clinic this morning. A big thankyou to my GP Practice and the fibroscan clinic leader at my local hospital (who went over and above the call of duty in tracking down the referral letter to the CT scan unit, where it had been sent by mistake. A letter to the hospital commending her will be going out later). Fibroscan result was 4.9, so finishing my treatment on 12 weeks looks good to go.
Had some blood drawn for a vl test yesterday at Pall Mall Clinic, more as a personal reassurance than anything else. Assuming that it's still UND, I won't bother now until 12 weeks eot.
I feel like i'm getting toward the end of a fairly long road now, and I'm feeling quite relaxed about everything.