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I am stressed, and it has to do with the medical profession sticking lots of needles in me as a child in the name of doing me some "good," so this is the closest forum.<br><br>
As a child, I had the normal illnesses--flu, colds, ear infections, etc. Nothing out of the ordinary. Well, for some reason, my brother and I (out of six kids) received LOTS of gamma globulin shots (also known as immunoglobulin) to "boost our immune systems." I still have the marks on my hip from where the innumerable shots went in. (I have the horrific memories of getting a shot every two weeks.) I am not sure who pushed for it more--my parents or the doctor. (Of course I was formula fed--that didn't help my immune system.)<br><br>
Well, yesterday I came across this:<br><br>
"Contaminated batches of Gammagard and Polygam, drugs used in intravenous immunoglobulin therapy, may have caused thousands across the U.S. to contract the hepatitis C virus. Many of those infected by Gammagard were children. Gammagard is primarily used to boost a patient’s immune system.<br>
Patients who received immunoglobulin therapy should contact their doctor immediately to have liver function tests performed."<br><br><br>
So now I'm freaking out that I might have hep C; if I do, there's a chance I could have passed it to dh and my two dcs, as well. OMG. I'm also stressed for my brother, since he received the gamma shots, as well. (Hep C wasn't tested in blood products until the early 1990s, which was after my childhood.)<br>
I have a lot of fatigue and sometimes nausea.<br><br>
I have an appointment for a blood test on the 24th but I'm not sure I can wait that long!!<br><br><br><br>
And I'm just so ANGRY. But I'm not sure at whom. The doc involved long since retired, and is probably dead.
 

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Oh, man...I'm so sorry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
You might want to consider having the whole spectrum of hep viruses checked.<br>
Are your parents still alive?<br>
You might want to write them a long letter explaining how you feel...you deserve an apology.<br>
Also, find out if the ped is still alive and send him one, too, if he is. He might not care, but he should know, IMO.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I am sorry to hear that, but I think you shouldn't be too stressed about it. If you adopt a very natural life style your body can heal from incredible assaults - I have in mind people in very bad situations, with terminal diseases, that managed to heal perfectly following such a life-style. This means our bodies have a tremendous potential to heal and fight diseases.<br>
Also from a psychological point of view it is good to look to the future with confidence and do as much right as you can, because regreting the past can't change it.<br><br>
So, in your place, I think I would adopt an ostrich position and not even check for those viruses. I would simply run in the opposite direction from the medical establishment (this is what I already did in fact). Just consider the AIDS/HIV situation (scandal) - it is very possible that many people's lives were destroyed just because they tested positive, when in fact they would have been perfectly normal (well, to a certain degree - the degree of health that doctors consider normal in this upside-down society).
 

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Thanks.<br><br>
Mamakay, my parents are still alive, but in ill health. And they were doing what they thought was best at the time, so I don't think my anger is really directed at them. I think my anger is just at "society" that allowed this to happen. (Kind of a nebulous place to direct my anger, I know.)<br><br>
Planta, I completely understand the "ostrich" mentality, but I'm at the point where I NEED to know. I'm too fatigued too often to ignore it any longer. I need to know if it's a matter of "just needing more exercise" as my dh thinks, or if something else is assaulting my body.<br><br>
I won't take interferon (the drug for Hep C) if I do test positive, because I've already read about its low success rate and high rate of side effects. But I just need to know.
 
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