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Posted by Ken Olsen on August 22, 2000 at 13:46:12:

In Reply to: Re: It seems to be down... posted by Freda H. Babinski on August 07, 2000 at 21:04:00:

Hey Steve,

My name is Ken, I served in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and the Cease Fire of the war. I've been dealing with several symptoms that I thought were very minor or not worth investigating too and after reading your story, felt I had to leave a message.

You know, when I read about your phobia of the phone, I nearly fell off of my chair. Not only do I now detest the phone, but also have developed the same phobias of dealing directly with people. I too feel the most comfortable communicating via chat and e-mail.

The reason I came across this message board is because I've had to deal with occasional headaches which I thought were being caused by a chiropractic problem, but now even the chiropractor doesn't help. I've gone to the VA hospital once for the pain and they did nothing for me. The experience of going to the VA hospital was nothing less than traumatic in itself. I didn't get the feeling I was in the best hands.

I just wanted to leave a message that you're not the only crazy one out there and thanks for sharing your story.

: Hi Steve,
: Please send me a way to forward you some info. that might help and I can also forward you that site or at least the address. I'm here my friend and not to condemn or hurt you but some things I can't give to you on this site. At least think about it.
: Freda
: : Hi Freda,

: : The registry at desert-storm.com seems to be...well...not there...or so it keeps on trying to tell me when I click on the link.

: : I did view the list of companies deployed, and yes, my company is listed (144th MP company from Michigan).

: : As to the other registry...Perhapse I'll give them a call tomorrow.

: : I may, or may not, have enough lingering symptoms to be considered 'sick'...but I defenitly do have some symptomes still...Plus, I believe that the bottom line here has to do with the question of damage inflicted. I don't know if I'll ever fully recover, and I know that I have lost almost the entire third decade of my life to this.

: : That, and the psychological effects alone (let alone past, present, and future health conditions) have been a sever amount of damage....perhapse all of it irreversible.

: : Hmmmmm...would you believe that one of those "wonderful" psychological effects, has been hightening my dislike of talking to people via the phone?...It's true. I never really liked makeing calls (especially not to strangers) ever since as far back as I can remember...As of more recent years, it's almost been heightend to the degree of a phobia...(there is a clinical name for it, but I cant recall what it is). It's kinda embarasing to admit to.

: : Consiquentially, I do most of my conversing via the net, e-mail, IRC, snail mail, or even face to face....It's like I said before, the psychological effects have been hell...not to mention, weird.

: : ...Perhapse this would fit into the 'paranoia' catagory that some GWVs report?

: : Right about now, I feel very silly about this but I'm going to swollow what little pride I have and admit this is true...plus admit that I'd love to know of any alternative methodes of contact (e-mail, web site, even snail mail) that they accept.

: : Eh!...I do know that I am entitled to be on that registry (and even deserve compensation), so I'll likely just call them anyway...after playing with the phone (dialing and hanging up) for an hour or two.

: : ...Sometimes, I think I am actually going crazy...Then I look around and realise...I'm already there! ;-)

: : Take care, and thank you!
: : Steve Knight


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