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Just a quick note to say hi!
You deserve a big bear hug!
You're in my thoughts all the time, but especially today.
Thank you for everything!
Welcome to our community!
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Hope you feel better soon!
Congratulations! Time for a celebration...
Happy Birthday!
545538 tn?1295992017
09/08
I'm a believer too, though certainly no judgmental fanatic. As far as the puppy goes, I would get a breed or mix that is lower maintenance. By that I mean either a really calm puppy or an older dog that isn't too labor/time intensive. A critter that will curl up with you that has lots of love. I have two cats and when I'm feeling low they just lay on the bed with me. I don't feel like I have to walk them or entertain them.
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545538 tn?1295992017
09/08
It just isn't fair for you to have RA and then have Hep C on top of it. I hope they come out with some new treatment options soon that will work better for you!
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545538 tn?1295992017
09/08
Hi Patty! The ITP is similar to Hep C. You can have it years and years and not even know it. I've always bruised easily, but my husband got very concerned a couple of years ago when I had some really big bruises that I didn't know how I got. ITP is diagnosed by exclusion so I had to have a bunch of tests (including a bone marrow biopsy) before they diagnosed it. Funny they didn't come up with the Hep C at that point. Do you think you'll do treatment?
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545538 tn?1295992017
09/08
Hi Patty. ITP is a blood disorder wherein the body attacks the platelets. The end result is alot of bleeding and bruising when they get too low. The common treatment is prednisone, but prednisone encourages Hep C to go crazy in duplicating. So in order to get a biopsy I had to go in and get gamma globulin infusions (5 days at 5 hours per day). It worked (after over $15,000) and I was able to get the biopsy on Monday. Thats why I'm worried about getting a doctor who is responsive because the treatment makes the platelets drop and I can't really afford mine to drop too much.
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545538 tn?1295992017
09/08
Hi Patty. Yes, I've been with Dr. Israel since right after I was diagnosed. He seemed ok, but since the first time he hasn't been very responsive. His office rolls over their assistants every 4 months so there isn't any continuity. Also, last time I got a blood test I asked that they get the VL again and they didn't. When I asked his assistant who was doing the biopsy, she said a doctor in the radiology dept. It turned out to be a physicians assistant. He was fine, but if I ask a question I don't want just any answer, I want the truth. Also, never told me I needed a booster to the Hepatitis A&B shots I paid an arm and a leg to get. I found that out on the forum!
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545538 tn?1295992017
09/08
Hi again Patty! I'm using Jonathan Israel right now. I'm nervous about my biopsy. Hoping it isn't too advanced. Hard to tell because I don't have any symptoms. I love hearing from you. I'll be keeping you in my prayers!
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545538 tn?1295992017
09/08
Hi Pitter! Thank you so much for your information. I'm pretty new at this (only diagnosed two months ago). I had my biopsy on Monday and haven't gotten the results back yet. I've been using a gastro/hepatologist but he isn't very responsive and his staff is even worse about getting back to me. I'm also complicated because I have ITP which gives me very low platelet counts. I just want to make sure I have someone who can work with me and be responsive since I'll probably have to be on treatment for a long time due to being 1.a. Also with the possible complications of ITP. I have another name I can try too...Robert S. Rosson. Have you heard about him? Have you started treatment? It is great corresponding with you!! I wish you all the very best!
Kathy
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545538 tn?1295992017
09/08
Hi Pitter. I saw that you were going to see Dr. George Wu in 2007. Did you ever get to see him? I'm thinking for trying to get him for my hepatologist too. I work in Hartford. What do you think of him???
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412873 tn?1329174455
07/08
Hi Pitter, Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of ya and praying for ya!  Isobella
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475300 tn?1312423126
06/08
Just a quick note to say hi!  HI  LOL.  I see you like horses and dogs.  Check out my photos, a few will put a smile on your face LOL.  So I see that you built your own house, was it a log home?  just thought I would drop in and say hi.

Denise
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217229 tn?1192762404
06/08
Saw  you post briefly - but haven't seen you on for quite sometime - how's the house going?
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217229 tn?1192762404
05/08
Haven't heard from you in awhile sending love and hugs your way!

Meki
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217229 tn?1192762404
05/08
OMG - you built your own house -- I'm soooooooo jealous... That totally rocks. Be good in your classes - LOL - wow - back to school - that's gotta be just a hoot! Alright lady - take care of yourself and you enjoy every single moment of building that house! Hugs to ya! Meki
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217229 tn?1192762404
05/08
Just checking on ya pitter - how ya feelin' today? Anything exciting??? Setting up travel or anything? Here's hoping that today, for you is awesome! - Meki
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217229 tn?1192762404
04/08
Well you darling thang you --- if you come "up" you let me know. I'm on an island so getting over to the mainland can be difficult - on a whim - but if you let me know far enough in advance - I can try to plan medical and family stuff around it. LOL!  The Cruises are sometimes awesome - sometimes boring. It depends... It rains a lot here (hence the greenery) so 2 days out of the week are sunny and beautiful - where the rest are grey --- But those 2 days... wow --- THEY ARE AMAZING! Well- just wanted to pop off a good morning hug - and make sure you're going good. So hugs to ya!

Meki
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217229 tn?1192762404
04/08
Ding ****... Just checking in on ya! I'm telling ya - you oughtta check out Alaska. It's the last frontier... The best of the best ---- and the most beautiful place in the world...  (Of course, I'm just a teensy weensy bit biased. LOL!)
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384013 tn?1333022571
04/08
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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217229 tn?1192762404
04/08
Oh man - let me tell you Kodiak is ---- IS --- bar none ---- the most beautiful place on Earth... (Ok... on the days when it's sunny and the snow hasn't been melting and thawing for a week... breakup is kinda ugly.) But when it's green... it's serenity and beauty all handrolled into luscious scenery, waterfalls.... critters, trees, oceans, lakes, mountains...

Lotsa guys here, the man to woman ratio is 3-1 (so the odds are good... ahem... But the goods are sometimes odd...) Lots of fishing - salmon, halibut, dollys, trout, etc. Hunting for deer and goat and bear... I won't eat bear tho... If you haven't been to Alaska - and you have the time and the money ---- this is most definetely one of the places you should visit in the world...
Hugs - ask more later if ya want!
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217229 tn?1192762404
04/08
*GRIN* LL meant that she was gonna add ya to her notes... How ya feelin today? Sometimes the decision comes to you in the middle of the night... Other times we have to toss coins or divine with a rod... And sometimes it's forced upon us... But you - you're taking your time and learning what is out there and what can happen. You're doing the smart thing for you Pitter - so just hang in there --- Stay positive and know that everyone loves you!

Meki
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217229 tn?1192762404
04/08
That's me and my kid... She's a a nut right now. Going through the Addam's Family "Wednesday Phase" now... Lost the glasses... LOL! I just think the notes are supposed to be a "help" --- just a jotted out pre-made "thinking of you - but don't have the energy or time to totally write out a whole letter quickie... " LMAO! Think of it as an "afternoon delight". And who's yours?
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217229 tn?1192762404
04/08
Just wanted to tell you that notes are ok... Some have time - some don't... And I'm sorry you feel that way... They're supposed to make us all interact more --- to pass sticky notes to each other... To "share the love" LOL!

Anyhow - wanted to send you a note to say HI!
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