263 to go…Or 1 week down, 35 to go. The days make it sound much worse. Week one on the medication has been rather uneventful. I’m still sitting in front of my computer a lot – writing cover letters now, and trying to finish up all the Mexico loose ends. The days go back very quickly some how.

I don’t seem to be having any major side effects to the Isoniazid. The first few days I think there was a bit of nausea, but now I’ve figured out to take it first thing in the morning and then wait a short while before eating breakfast. I also started taking, diligently, a good multi-vitamin. It is really hard to find good information about supplements to support or boost liver function. The information I did find led me to conclude that an all-purpose multi-vitamin, lots of water, exercise, and no alcohol are the best path. There is some info about milk thistle being the alternative medicine way to support liver function. I haven’t decided whether I should look into this further. I’m nervous about figuring out a dose, which I believe is a common problem with alternative medicine herbs and supplements. With the liver, it is too easy for the supplement to pass from boosting function to stressing the organ, which is exactly what I don’t need to do. isoniazid-day7

I received some other information about taking an antioxidant to boost my immune system, which I might look into. However, that came along with the recommendation of only mild exercise. Hmmm…. whoops. I’ve been going to the gym 7 days a week and trying all the fun new classes that make me sore for like 3 days, and I love it. So, I can do the no drinking, but don’t ask me to also not exercise. I’m probably going over-board with all of this, but the medical papers about hepatitis and other issues were bad. Not drinking is probably enough, but 263 days is a long time.

4 Responses

  1. I submitted a comment about this guy’s site. It may have vanished. Here’s a link, again, but you should add back the DOTs: http://www [dot] drweilblog [dot] com He’s a Harvard grad in ethnobotany and Harvard MD.


    1. Sorry if I missed your other comment. I’ve been slammed with spam lately and I try to check the filter for legitimate comments, but I must have missed it. Thanks for the info. It did take me a minute to understand about the dots, because I thought you were referring to direct-observed-therapy, or DOT. Haha. So much great new terminology.

  2. Hi Karen–it was great meeting you today at OneStar. Emily passed along your blog link and I quickly bookmarked it. I wanted to tell you, if you have not heard already, about People’s Pharmacy. They helped my mother and all of their pharmacists are also nutritionists. I am putting a link below (not sure if it will show up)

    1. Hi! It was great to meet you too today! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. What a great organization and interesting work you are doing. I’m definitely going to check out People’s Pharmacy – great tip for someone new to town.

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