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Posted by Freda H. Babinski on April 11, 2000 at 21:15:29:

In Reply to: Does GWS get worse over time? - from anxious wife posted by Bree on April 10, 2000 at 09:25:52:

Dear Bree,
I read everything you said and also the response you received and I believe you have answered your own question. You see, my husband served in the Gulf too and is also sick. He tested possitive for the Micoplasma blood test. He's enrolled in the study and it is not helping. I've watched him go downhill with these same symptoms and he's even gotten lost coming home from work. There just aren't any answers right now and maybe never will be but you have to do some important things if you LOVE HIM. You have to be loving, understanding, patient and strong because he needs you right now. You are probably the only one that he trusts because our Country has let him down. My husband also fought in Vietnam, so he fights two wars now. Think of how he must feel and what his body is doing to him that he has NO control over it. If you believe, then pray allot because he's worth it. I've researched this illness for many years but I still come up with the same answers, either no-one knows or they know but aren't telling and I'm betting on the last one. We've been fighting for disability for my husband for about 4 yrs. now. I won't give up and I certainly won't let it destroy my marriage because this was not his fault. Please think about that. I'm here if you want to talk and I'll pray for you and him. Respectfully! Freda ([email protected])
: I just began researching GWS last night, as a light bulb clicked within me yesterday that most of my husband's problems over the last weeks (4 months) may be directly related to GWS.

: He had major surgery (indicated below, under the 'Kidney' topic) back in 1994, as a direct result of the war. He is receiving disability from the army, for the rest of his life, as a result of this.

: My husband has been suffering gravely from fatigue/exhaustion since the beginning of this year, with absolutely NO motivation to help around the house anymore. He does work a full-time job, and on his days off, he spendings mopeing (sp?) on the couch, constantly complaining of sore muscles and flu-like symptoms. This has been going on since the beginning of this year. His memory loss has gotten worse over time, and he is even displaying a negative personality change. All of this has taken a toll on our marriage, and I'm not sure where to go from here.

: Does this all sound like GWS? Other family members are now becoming very concerned, as they are seeing (and living) the same things I am. I want to help him, but don't know where to begin.

: He was headquartered in the tank division, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor, US Army.

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