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Before my spine collapsed from an injury (yikes), I worked in the medical profession. I worked in close contact with our patients by taking their vitals, doing EKG’s, giving injections and so much more. Most of these tasks weren’t really concerning except when it came to giving injections or drawing blood. I built up an immunity to most illnesses and I never seemed to get sick during my years working in the medical profession. However, anytime blood is in the picture, there is a risk of contracting something if caution isn’t exhibited. I made an error once when capping a needle and I stuck my finger in the process. I went through a series of testing afterward and everything checked out but it could have easily gone the other way. It was the only time I made that mistake but sometimes, all it takes is a single mistake that can change a life forever. Now, I should tell you that I plan to live forever (so far so good *wink*) so I stay on top of health issues. I hope by the end of this post that you’ll also realize how important health issues are, as well.
Let’s talk about Hepatitis C.
Since May is hepatitis awareness month, I’m going to do my best to encourage all of my baby boomerreaders to get tested for Hepatitis C. While I was researching information on the subject, I realized that a really high percentage of baby boomers have Hepatitis C and many of these individuals don’t even realize it.
BUT, it was a time before the widespread screening of the blood supply took place and universal precautions were adopted. Many ugly diseases were being passed around and individuals weren’t even aware of them. Technology was introduced at a slower pace during the 70’s and 80’s and even 90’s. At least compared to today’s standards.
Then: We had to wait our turn to talk on our telephone party line… Now: Smartphones rule…
Just had to throw that in there. It was a moment. I’m over it.
See what I mean about Technology?
Most of us baby boomers came from the post-World War II period. You know why I’m sure. The war ended, our men came home and there was a whole lot of reuniting going on. If you fall into the category of being born in the baby boomer era, go ahead and make an appointment to be tested for Hepatitis C. In short, if you were born between 1945 and 1965, you’re at a higher risk for Hepatitis C. The main reason is because the widespread screening of blood wasn’t in effect until 1992. Knowing what we know today about Hepatitis C means that anyone who had a blood transfusion before this period is more susceptible to having Hepatitis C. You could have gotten infected from a blood transfusion, sharing razors, toothbrushes, and many other instances that I’m sure you can think of. Because we didn’t have the information we do now, and because you could have Hepatitis C and be symptom-free, you might be walking around with it and not know it. You owe it to yourself and your family to be checked.
Please take a minute to see how one woman saved her own life by getting tested for Hep C. It may help to save your life as well. Be sure to ask your doctor about getting tested for HepC. There is hope for you if you do have HepC. While Hepatitis C is a potentially life-threatening liver disease, if caught in time, Hepatitis C is curable.