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can't help noticing how slow and quiet things have been here lately  also very down   Is this to be the way the forum now becomes? I don't see any of the fun banter or laughter here anymore  does this mean the friday funnies are done also?, since it seems everyboby wants to concentrate on only hcv, I think I'll save reading this site until bedtime so I can bore myself to sleep..
CMON guys  alittle laughte never hurt no one DARYL


oh and amerabrat where's my pix.... luv ya darlin
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I think we're all suffering from Tx Sx or post Tx Sx...lol.
For those who are not undergoing Tx yet, depression must have overwhelmed them, from reading our comments.
:>)

the kid

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Hi Daryl, you must keep Friday funnies going, they make me laugh:)  I was all set with my Photo shoot and then Annie Lebowitz(?) had to cancel to shoot jennifer Aniston instead, I guess she's more famous than me?   Oh well..
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I think a lot of the "comics" went over to Lou's place because they are "allowed" to mix laughter in with the seriousness of HCV without being slapped on the wrist for it or criticised for not sticking with the issues presented here.  Can't say that I blame them.  I always enjoyed the humor here mixed in with all the excellent information.   Since Lou opened his place, I think all our light-hearted people have moved.  It is very unfortunate.
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I'm sorry, b/I don't see all that much humor in 'cross dressing, questionable sexual comments and one poster just responding to another in that vein for whole threads' to be much more than a private chat rm.  Many of us don't follow the threads or get the on going jokes.  Friday funnies and Friday fight songs are all encompasing, not an old timers inside joke.  They are not intimidating or exclusive to a few in on the joke.

That's the difference.
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You hit the nail on the head. and yes it is most unfortunate, since laughter is the best medicine. Cest la vie.
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I was never my intention of causing any dismay here, really. All baloney aside I researched all over the net and I KNOW that nothing even came close to Med Help. But let me ask you guys something. Why didn
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First, let me say that I have the utmost respect for you because you have been through a ga-zillion times more complications than I have with this damned disease.  Having said that, however, I feel compelled to follow it up with two words:  LIGHTEN UP!

Yes, I have HepC.  Yes, I am a 1b but, so far, responding to meds.  Yes, my physical sides have been minimal, so I have no where near the complications you have gone through.  But, I do not intend to let HepC take over my life, make me obsessive or more importantly, rob my sense of humor.  I am not saying that HepC has taken over your life or made you obsessive.  I am simply saying that each person has a different type of sense of humor.  I personally found the humor that USED to be here quite funny and it made me feel better in my darkest days.  If you didn't find it funny, then you could just skip over it.  I don't think that anybody's thread was pre-empted by the humor.  I watched carefully when you first mentioned the situation, and it appears that everyone that posted with a question was getting a proper response IN ADDITION to the humor.

So, to each their own.  What I apparently find funny, you do not, and that's OK.  But, I agree with Darryl.  The Forum has been pretty slow lately.  I don't need strictly clinical advice right now.  I need to laugh AND be informed.  

Final word:  I don't consider myself an old timer here or "in on the joke".  I have only been here since January 2004.  I don't post much, I try to give support when I think I can.  I just like to laugh more than I like to cry.
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anyone have the site address for lou's
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just dropped to see if all were sleeping  I'm glad the response is positive and yes the funnies will continue  it's the least I can do for my hep family for all the hours of understanding and compassion I personally recieved  as for lou's site go to www.delphiforums.com   sign up and search for hepcotb  later friends
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What the hell, I weigh in. First off new soujour.( What the heck is that anyway?) I must tell you I actually became totally convinced to start a new sight after the comment you made to Astro lady when she first cam here. I wanted to say some serious things to you but couldn't. She came to this site concerned and scared ready to go tell her children she was infected. I posted and then others posted trying to be understanding and, calm and supportive. Then you came in  saying  "this is a deadly disease, get them tested now, allert the media! Your doomed doomed!!!." Wow! Just what she needed to hear! Not!. Where your comments wrong in there content? No, But it is not what you say but how you say it. I can only assume that you have never been exposed to situation where what and how you say things can determine life and death. I have, many times. I agree with fabarcat, Yooooooo! Lighten up! It
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Lou, cap'n, methinks you have a bit in common with Dave Matthews right now.   Let us not multiply the woes!    You're going to need all the serenity you can gather once you start treatment.    

New-Sojourn speaks ably for himself and does not need an advocate or translator.  Nonetheless, it might be useful to remember that we are all coming from different places with this disease.  Some people were diagnosed yesterday, have little liver damage, never were symptomatic, and went right into treatment; others, like N-S, have felt the teeth of fullblown ESLD (end stage liver disease) and undergone transplant.   Some people are starting their day with Perrier, and others with Lactulose.   Our respective experiences with this disease obviously inform our various responses.  

Peace, everyone--and for hevvins sakes, stay off of cruise ships.
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http://forums.delphiforums.com/hepcotb/

Those are the new battle grounds.. Check it out, add some humor..
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Grow Up!!!
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It will be interesting to read your comments at week 36 (if you have to go that far) and compare it to today.

It may be a place where no Lou has been before.

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I did not mean any offense on the "warn me" comment. I was kinda joking that you guys with more experiance on the forums probably new that I would end up dealing with some nutcakes and some cyber terrorist over there. They have come out of the woodwork! Frankly I was suprised at some of the Bull.naive I guess. But is a good cause so I will deal with it. I was only commenting that the "oldies' might have though "he is gonna have his hands full" because you have seen it all over here and other places. (I will think that next time I see a new forum start!hey! that might make me an old head? no. OK). Actually i learned a lot about some of the history of MH and it make some sense about the way things are run here now. But that being said I agree that there is a time and a place for everything, compasion and humor both. I hope that everyone knows that when I joked here I tried to do it in a way that was comical and not offenses to anyone. But you can not please everyone all the time. So be it.  In so far as my being different on Tx, I don't doubt it. But I am not going to lay down and say "yah i won't be myself and say anything becuase latter I might be different" I am who i am and i will play the cards as they are dealt....I get my bx next week and start tx soon. Inresponse to rev and the others I know that 24 is minimum. And from the info and councilI gathered here and  if my body and mind can handle it I will most definitely extend tx. in my mind I have accepted that. but my unerstanding is that the condition of my liver is going to dictate that. But i feel that i will not be to bad as I have no sx from HEPC now. I know that might mean anything I am going to be positive unless told otherwise,beats the alternative.


However now that I am about to begin Tx i will be watching myself very closly of course. I believe I know what to look for. ( I mean if i shoot someone i can concluded it is riba rage)I will come back and be honest about how I feel. This is serious and many have had to go through hell with this. But I am in the Game. You guys armed me and I am up for the challege. Big words I know, but that's my story at this time, and I am sticking to it! (we shall see huh?)

With many thanks
Lou

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I am interested myself. But I am 2b so 24 and with luck I will not see that time frame. I do not think that i can know how it feels. I have come to that conclusion. As a matter of fact I was just with someone moments ago the just went through Cancer Chemo and they desciped the entire process. I was mortified. It actually shook me up. But he made it and is on his way. Yes, I don't mean to be mean or harsh. But tact is important I believe, and humor.  Maybe we are taken it to far over at OTB but it is something new and it will evolve, calm down, but I have seen this forum laughing big time and it was a good thing. Humor can not hurt. But scary advice to a new person I believe can. Our attitudes and sincere concern when people need it is important to them.  I do not want to lose sight of that. I hope I never do.
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Secound time I never said I rode with the Angels. One thing I do that is very important espacially on the net. I tell the truth. I do not lie, therfoe I NEVER have to remember what I said. It flows and I do not have to think about it.I did not have to think twice when I read your post. i have no problem being quated, but be cuteous enought to read a post before you go public with it. Have the forensic team examine my post. You will never find inconsistencies. It is impossible when you simple tell the truth. That is why when people have inconsistencies I also begin to wonder. But as far as get over myself. I am sorry you think that way. But i believe my ego is well in check. I have had it checked for me a few times and that has proven helpful. But a reminder is always good. thank you

Lou
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Yup, I see the improvement in Med Help, the humor and chit chat is down, so they are not cluttering the posts as it did before, Let's see...30X6= 180 slots for comments. since the chit chat stopped(the last  2-3 days), there  have been an average of 50-60 slots taken at best. That leaves about two third UNUSED slots, devoid of any comments, serious or otherwise. Yup, I'll say the chatting was taking a LOT of space here.
I can not fathom how reading about crappy feelings on a daily basis is good for anyone. Does a person feel so s***tty that they want to dwell in the mood and resent something making things lighter? Is feeling like **** and adding to it by reading depressive, "serious" stuff a state some seek and are comfortable in?  
Well, the thought of that been true is absolutely puzzling to me. But to each its own.
Some want to constantly talk about it and get sympathy and others want to laugh about it so as not to cry. There should be room for everyone.
Enjoy feeling crappy, and the seriousness of life.
Norman Cousins would have been dead way before his time if he would have taken the "serious" attitude.
my dollars worth, or two cents whichever comes first.
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I know you are a 2b but not all 2b's get to go only 24 weeks is what I ment, let's hope you don't have to go longer and have minimal sx's.
I personally think you come on a little strong for such a newby but that is what makes this site interesting.I do know you will see life somewhat differently when you are through with this(or is it "when the tx has had it's way with you"?).HCV, tx and recovery are a **** shoot for all of us cause there is no 100% guarantee for any of us. My best to you.

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hey all.....well, i see things are moving along just fine...business as usual.....those with lack of humor, or inability to laugh....putting down those that..choose laughter and those that naturally have laughter as part of their lives, and then the other debates...oh all of them....hummmm....well well well...and then of course there are the ever present ghosts, who appear to keep everyone on their toes by changing idenities or jumping to other sites to kick butt for no reason other than to see how the cookie crumbles....wow....and all this from many who haven't even treated yet..but blame their 'lameness' or....'coy cons' on brain fog, HA!!! how the hell do you have THAT without tx-ing, humm, should be interesting to see that develope once that person REALLY is treating......man o man....this is going to be some fun party soon.....you know, i can say this...NOW ...NO ONE, I MEAN NO ONE has a freakin CLUE what it is like till they are on the meds!!!!  so i say to the
pleasegivemeyour???nowssssscauseiam??sandithinkmaybeyouaren'ts, and to the dontyoudarefreakinmakemeoranyoneelses?scauseiwouldratherbemiserables....lighten up already will yah...holy jumpin already
what happened to just having fun mixed in with our information/education threads gang????

OH AND BY THE WAY EVERYONE...DERAIL IS A BABE!!!!.....i have proof....no your the babe...no...your the babe....no....your the babe..NO...YOUR THE BABE...okay...i am....who is???

hugs and gosh forbid....smiles and chuckles too!!!
kimmy

ok.....wait..let me count the toes i just stepped on.....ummmm...1....2..98...99...oh gosh opps...i did it again
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hey louboo...you unload anytime, anywhere, you are always a refreshing change....and at LEAST as much a babe as derail!!!!!

now...get back to work young man!!!!

kimmy
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Hey Lou.....As one of the Forum "oldies" I resemble your remarks. LOL But I really have NO idea what you are talking about when you say that "we" should have warned you about whatever it is. About what? Most of us "oldies" are secure enough that we have posted our e-mail addresses a LOT here. If you ever want to know something that you feel uncomfortable about saying on the board, all you need to do is e-mail us. My address is Indianamann at aol dot com. You and anyone else are always welcome to mail me anytime.
Hey Derail.....So you think that the humor is a bit lacking these days? I wonder why? After the newbies and lurkers watch some folks get attacked and driven right off of the Forum for either their decision not to treat, some puritans being offended at a joke, or just for being themselves the rest get a little gunshy and are reluctant to post anything at all....let alone a joke.
I have been around here for a LONG time. This place evolves and changes as the different people come and go. It is up to people like YOU to take the reins and make this place what you want to. If YOU post jokes, then others will probably follow. Some will be offended and may chastize you sometimes. SO WHAT! As long as you follow the Forum rules and don't bash anybody you will be fine.
I agree with Lou though that there is a proper time and a place for everything. Sometimes a joke is not appropriate if it's in a heartwrenching thread about someones medical problems. I personally like the idea of actually creating a whole thread just for the jokes. That way the folks can pick and choose what they want to read.
One thing I have noticed this week is just how many who are choosing not to treat have come out and posted. Maybe thats a result of the "calmness" lately breeding a sense of security? I personally am happy to see that. This site is first and foremost about the freeflow of information, views, and support for ALL who have HCV.....not just those treating. We should all just post our own views and let others do the same. Nobody is WRONG for how they handle this in their own lives. We don't have to always agree on HCV or TX. But we should all be able to state our "opinions" and feel safe about it.

Hey Sam Hall............How's your liver????

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I read some of your new sight/  Looks like you are the new Big-Daddy over there. Get over yourself! You mentioned on a post in your new site--You Rode with the Angels-Which Mass Chapter?? And  you only got a "Trible Tattoo"????? I really do hope that you dont feel to-bad when you start treatment, then maybe you can see why I dont think you are funny??
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GREAT post man. I understand now what you were saying. Truthfully, I never even thought about all the crazyness you might have to deal with in starting a site. Probably because I have never tried to run one personally. Now that you mention it though...I'm glad I didn't. I can totally understand what you are probably dealing with. Pardon me while I laugh. LOL
POSITIVE ATTITUDE!! I can't stress that point enough. It will not only increase your "odds" by boosting your immune system, it will also help your brain(or whats left of it) weather the comming storm. I never ever thought that I might fail at my TX. Never...not even once. I always faced forward and just Barged right through it all...hell bent for the end. I paid close attention to my dosing and med schedules....and didn't complicate it for myself by adding a bunch of herbs and questionable stuff to make my life more complicated. I tried to keep it simple. But I am convinced that my positive attitude is what got me there to SVR in the end. As a type 1B I had less than stellar "odds" to begin with....and the Peg was new then. We didn't know what to expect. Odds schmodds....screw the odds. I believe much of what we perceive as luck is self made.
You keep that positive attitude and you should sail right on through this just fine. This time next year we'll be feasting on Dragon Knuckles out on your patio.......
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I just wanted to add another 2-cent's worth...being a newbie here.  Before finding MH, I had been to another site where it seemed like everyone was writing a chronical of slow death.  I know tx is going to be rough, I am doing all I can to prepare for the storm...but sometimes it is more helpful to hear good natured joking and camaraderie than strictly a victimized view of how raw life is.  It was the friendly humor and quickly answered questions that drew me in.  I have a disease.  I am not dead.  I love to laugh, and I think that being positive is what expedites healing.  It's very hard to have a positive outlook when everything is either clinical or doom and gloom.  

Just another opinion.

~RR
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So I think we all agree that we need some humor on here. Now those of you that are so very good at it, get busy. And I think you know who you are.(rev indy dr chev etc,etc,etc.) Joni
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the previous comments have certainly moved me   ya I like to joke around, flirt state my mind be serious and try to be funny  not just funny for funny's sake, but it helps me maintain the positives; not just about living with hepc but about LIVING In this crazy world we live in things are just way too serious most of the time and I have found a little laughter eases the path  I sensed that some of the humour among threads might have been a little tacky and that is why I started the funnies  with so many taking their shots at end of week ,it seemed appropriate that was the time I started this thread, BTW indy, to get an idea as to whether or not to continue. It was never my intention to direct this site to a new improved fancy way of doing tx or helping those on tx or about to be I am only an individual with a huge amount of compassion for my fellow man; who has suffered many traumas in life (hepc only one of them) and have still managed to live life to its fullest. So if any have a problem with that, I guess, just don.t read my posts. Ultimately I am not trying to HIJACK? the svr bus  an never would  It like being 5 yrs+ clear of cancer makes one very happy to be  here
A final comment
LIving on this old world sure has it costs; but the benefits are a yearly trip around the sun..
hope your sx; my brothers and sisters are minimal this weekend  daryl
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