New Web Site About Blood Transfusion

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  • waiting

    Hey 7,

    Thanks for your openess. I'm guessing that being open is not easy for you. Sorry we get to ranting sometimes, well, most of the time.

    Please try not to think too harshly of your parents. I would be willing to bet that they were petrified at the thought of losing you.

    As for Jehovah God, those late night talks are a blessing, aren't they? I never got the impression he listened to me much, but I think just being able to pour your heart out and try to make sense of a senseless situation is helpful.

    I'm glad it worked out so well for you, and that you spoke about it.


  • Seven

    Hey waiting, It is hard for me to talk about myself. I feel much more at home in chat rooms-you
    know, one or two sentences here and there. You, Frenchy, Red, and Friend are the kings and queens of this discussion forum thing. In real life, I can talk the testicles off a brass monkey but I feel so inadequate here-something I'm not used to at all. There's a real love/hate relationship going on between me and my parents. I love them-they hate me. Or let's say they want me baptised, out in service and married to an elder.
    I take medication everyday and will for the rest of my life. I hope I live long enough to be wise like you.

  • waiting

    Hey 7,

    You know, I've been referred to as wise two times this evening....I'm not really that old. My hair is really still quite brown, just sprinkled (heavily) with grey. I don't wear glasses all the time, and wear t-shirts and jeans and tennis shoes to work. I'm going to have to lose weight so I can come across younger. Oh well. damn it.

    As for you - some motherly insight. I have no doubt that your mother loves you dearly. All mothers do, especially daughters. They just, sometimes, don't communicate well. Their mothers didn't communicate well with them either, btw.

    It is so surprising to young people, but parents really don't have a clue what to do with these babies that just come into their lives for 18 yrs+. We just try, sometimes we don't even do that. We just survive.

    I met up with my old "best friend" from grade school and HS. (She now has a better picture of why she thought I was odd). I knew her younger sister as this chubby little Irish girl. I did not know that her brother-in-law raped her at the chubby age of 12. Well, she grew up, angry at the world, particularily her father.

    He was a policeman, he should have known - in her opinion. She knew it was not rational, but that didn't matter. He failed to protect her as a child. We talked a long time. I've been on both sides - and said the same words to her. We parents don't have a clue. Sometimes we try really hard to make the right choices - sometimes we wing it because we have lives too.

    How 'bout sending your mom and dad a funny Hallmark? Those funny cards work wonders.

    Not So Old Waiting

  • RedhorseWoman

    7, I can relate to the blood issue and medical crises at a young age. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was 22. The diagnosis had been very elusive for a year, and I was finally hospitalized with severe rheumatoid arthritis (imagine soccer balls for ankles), and the inability to eat....anything.

    My blood count had dropped to 3. I don't know what normal is supposed to be, but I do know that the woman in the bed next to me had double my blood count and they were rushing to transfuse her.

    Of course, I refused a transfusion, and the doctors had some pretty dire predictions for me. Not only did I pray to Jehovah for strength, however, but I got angry and refused to let the disease run my life.

    Needless to say, I recovered, and due to extensive vitamin therapy, my disease has been in remission for almost 30 years.

    Jehovah has been with me and given me comfort many times. I can understand why you don't want to abandon God. I don't either. I can't accept the JW concept of God totally any longer....I now feel that a spiritual relationship with God is a much more personal thing and is totally unrelated to meeting attendance or service time.

    Keep asking, 7, I know you'll get the answers you need. ***HUGS****

    Edited by - RedhorseWoman on 17 July 2000 11:6:47

  • Seven

    RhW, Crohn's disease! That is very difficult to detect and I think it shares so many symptoms with other diseases. It's a wonder with a blood count like you had that you survived-same with me. Jehovah had his hand in it.
    Do you still take vitamins? I have too, my immune system is shot. That's wonderful that you've been in remission for such a long time. You certainly are a fighter. I have one or two bad months a year where I just can't get out of bed at all. This past winter I decided I was going to just give up and die. I was tired of it all. Then a young person I chat with that has Cooley's anemia,
    which is fatal, offered to trade me illnesses and wanted me to know that my parents would probably destroy all my artwork when I died. lol Hey, that
    got me up and moving and I ceased feeling sorry for myself.
    You're right Red about a relationship with God being a personal thing. Meetings have nothing to do with it. I've consulted with Jehovah God about blood and he says it's okay and that's good enough
    for me. *Hugs* to you sister.

  • RedhorseWoman

    7, yes, I'm still taking vitamins. I've tried doing without them, but I very quickly start to feel rotten, so I figure it's a small price to pay.

    While I was in the hospital, a sister gave me Adelle Davis's book "Let's Get Well". I hadn't been into vitamins at all before that time, but I figured I had nothing to lose.

    My medical prognosis wasn't good, and I couldn't picture myself taking Prednisone for the rest of my life with all of its multitudinous side effects. The only other option was surgery, but even that wasn't a guarantee.

    I don't know if you have this book, but I'm sure it's still in print, and it gives some very good information on various diseases and the appropriate vitamins to take.

    The only caveat I have with vitamins is that I never get sick anymore. Every day...get up, go to work....never get a chance to lay around in bed. (sigh)

    I hope that you'll find the right combination to help your immune system recover. Have you seen a naturopath? There are so many good vitamin and herbal therapies out there now that I'm sure you could get some definite help.

    E-mail me and let me know if there's any additional information I can give you.

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