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Posted by Jim on June 26, 2000 at 14:58:19:

In Reply to: FAMILY PLANNING QUESTION posted by ALYSSA on January 03, 2000 at 22:51:41:

: I HOPE SOMEONE OUT THERE CAN HELP ME. I HAVE BEEN MARRIED TO A SOLDIER IN THE ARMY FOR THREE YEARS. HE WAS IN DESERT SHEILD AND DESERT STORM AND SPENT ALOT OF TIME THERE. THING IS, HE KNOWS VIRTUALLY NOTHING ABOUT GWS. I KNEW OF IT BEFORE I MET HIM BUT NOT MUCH. WE HAVE ONE DAUGHTER THAT IS MINE FROM A PREVIOUS MARRIAGE. SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM ABOUT A YEAR AGO. SHE HAD PROBLEMS BEFORE WE MET BUT IM CONCERNED THAT IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT GWS IS CONTAGIOUS. COULD BEING AROUND MY HUSBAND HAVE WORSENED HER CONDITION. ALSO, MY HUSBAND FITS THE PROFILE FOR ALOT OF THE SYMPTOMS BUT CONTINUES TO SAY THAT HE DOES NOT HAVE IT AND WONT SEE A DOCTOR. WE ARE ALL CHRONICALLY FATIGUED AND ITS A REAL PAIN. THE OTHER THING IS THAT MY HUSBAND WANTS TO HAVE ANOTHER BABY. I AM SCARED TO DEATH OF IT BECAUSE GOD ONLY KNOWWS WHAT COULD HAPPEN. IT TOOK HIM A LONG TIME TO TELL ME EVEN BITS ANF PEICES OF THE THINGS HES SEEN BUT ONLY ONE REALLY STICKS-THEY GAVE HIM A HANDFUL OF PILLS, NEVER TOLD HIM WHAT HE WAS TAKING BUT SAID HE HAD TO TAKE THEM. I FEAR FOR THE HEALTH A SAFETY OF ALL THESE MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES. IF ANYONE HAS ANY IDEAS OR ANSWERS OR SIMILAR EXPERIENCES PLEASE E-MAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW. THANK YOU


I have had two children since I got sick and bothe are pefectly healthy. I suffer from chronic wekness in the muscles and joints as well as phytigue, headaches and memeory loss. You will find these are the most commn symptoms of GWS but by far not the only ones. I do not beliebe that you can get sick just by being around a person with GWS however nothing is out of the question when it comes to this. As far as your husband not admiting anything is wrong, that my have to do with the fact that he doesnt want it to control him and he is fighting it. Dont constantly mention it , because psycologicaly it can cause the symptoms to become worse than they physicaly are. I hope this helps you. Take care.


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