So, why am I in the hospital?
Well, my liver isn’t happy and no one is really sure why. The plan for my time here is to figure out what is wrong and then fix it. How long am I going to be in? Well, at the moment it is looking either like another day or, more likely, another 2 days at least.
What is wrong?
Your blood has this stuff in it called bilirubin. It’s a useful little thing tha does lots of really boring stuff. But, if you liver isn’t happy, it starts to build up. Because of that it is used as one of the markers to see how happy a person’s liver is. There are others, ALT, ALP and so on, but my favourite is Billy.
Normally I hover around the higher end of normal, occasionally popping over the top – but that is to be expected in someone with PSC. But, over the past 6 weeks, things have change. See for yourself… Can you spot the concern? The shaded area is the normal range. You may have to rotate the image, sorry.
Now, I have battled along. Tried not to let this affect my life, but this last week that has just not been possible. For a long time now I have been pushing myself to get through the day. ‘One more hour until home.’ ‘Home then straight to bed.’ But not this past week.
You see, too much Billy in you system and you start to go yellow (anything above 40 – now check out my levels. Wooo!). Too much and you start to get tired – as in, I am finding it hard to walk tired. Too much and you start to itch – a crazy itch that doesn’t go away when you scratch it. Too much and you start to feel sick – all the freaking time.
Monday I left work after lunch as I felt so bad. This was the first time that PSC has ever interfered with my work life. This is not something I am happy with. Luckily(?) that night was when the doctors called me into hospital. I’m not sure how I would have coped at work this week. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have.
But… And this is a big ‘but’… Work have been amazing. They are always willing to let me moan on about this. They are always willing to help me where possible. In fact, if they had it their way I would have been off work a lot sooner.
So, I guess this post has two purposes. Firstly to introduce you all to my evil friend Billy who is ruining my life. And secondly to say a big thank you to my work for being so amazing.