Monday, August 29, 2016

It may be time to review your medical records

Nowadays it seems like pretty much everything can kill you. Don’t smoke, don’t eat fast food, don’t drink alcohol or you’ll die an early, agonizing death.
Personally, I intend on going down like my idol — George Burns — drinking whiskey and smoking cigars when I’m 100 and laughing at the poor people who still died young while never actually enjoying life. But with all the things I get to report on, my concerns for my health and well-being tend not to revolve around the more accepted cancer-causing vices.
In the Vietnam era, our veterans developed some major health issues because of the use of Agent Orange. My wife’s uncle died from the long-term health effects caused by Agent Orange, and all the Vietnam veterans I know who were exposed have serious health issues because of it.
For some of us slightly younger guys, the next big concern was the forced application of anthrax shots. Quite a few veterans developed symptoms of what was labeled Gulf War Syndrome, a medical condition causing fatigue, chronic headaches and skin and respiratory disorders. Some of the long-term side effects of the anthrax shot series are very similar.

1 comment:

  1. "He died in Vietnam and passed away at home." That sentence sums it all up, doesn't it? My father also died in Vietnam, but it took him 30 years to slowly pass away here at home. Agent Orange slowly killed him. Day by day, Dr. by Dr., never getting answers, just more meds. Then meds to counteract the damage the other medicine was doing to his organs. And on and on. Ignored by the VA, no longer able to do the work he loved.

    I was 7 yrs old and remember, as clear as day, this tough, proud Marine having to crawl around the house on his elbows and knees because his hands and feet were so swollen and painful, it brought him to tears. That is what serving his country, and coming home to hatred and lies got him.

    The connective tissue in my Dad's body became an enemy to his immune system. Is it Lupus? Is it RA? Drugs and more drugs. He passed away at 59 from his heart being weakened by all the drugs, and finally just stopped. AO killed him, bottom line.

    Now I suffer from the same connective tissue disorder, along with a slew of other issues that, when looked at individually, you think are unrelated but put them all together and they are all symptoms of two auto immune disorders. However, I cannot even begin to sort this out. I can't find anyone to listen. Surely there must be doctors who specialize in this type of thing. It's been over 40 yrs that people have been suffering!

    I don't want money. Money won't bring my Dad back. My anger cannot be paid off. What I want is to NOT to die like my Dad did. But, I'm a walking medicine cabinet at the age of 47, and I'm scared. I want to not hurt. I want someone to listen and actually investigate. I want someone to actually give a rat's ass. I want someone to say "I'm sorry we killed your father and didn't even acknowledge AO kills people, until 3 yrs AFTER he passed away." Of course I won't get that.

    All I have left of my hero, the greatest man I've ever known, is his disease.