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From: Allison (


Do we need to wait until someone famous is diagnosed with VVS until this problem is more thoroughly researched? Which reminds me, President Bush fainted a couple of months after he was president. Maybe we all need to give 'ole Dabya ring-y-ding! Here's my story... I am 26-yr old female and I have been struggling w/ vvs for about 6 yrs. On average, I faint about twice a year and every time I faint, there seems to be a new cause. Whether it is b/c I am dehydrated, hungry, or in the shower, PMSing, being awoken by an urgent BM... or an unknown reason, I am sick of worrying about this! (The funniest reason that caused a faint... a friend told me that she had a VD, and BOOM! I was out like a light! I have had all the tests.... I fainted during the tilt table and VVS was immediately diagnosed. I was prescribed Zoloft 50 mg and I took it for 6 months. On month 5, I fainted and I (w/o my Doc. permission) stopped taking it. I recently fainted TWICE w/in a 30 min. period about 2 nights ago. I called my doc. and she prescribed Zoloft for me again... I guess next time I faint, at least I'll be "happy"~ I think VVS can be much scarier for the people around to see us faint. How many times have I had seizure-like symptoms when collapsing to the floor? I will be honest... I am scared. Am I a threat to everyone on the road when I drive? Should I inform my employer that I am a "fainter?" I am scared to get pregnant! The weight of a baby must have an impact on a blood valve somewhere right? I just cringe just thinking about labor! Enough about me... instead of using this chat-room for a B&M session, let's DO SOMETHING! Now before we start storming the Bastille, let's make sure we're ALL hydrated, we're ovulating, and we've all taken a laxative.

I am willing to head this "VVS Fundraiser for research" if I have a team! I am even willing to make picket signs that say, "Hell No, we won't.... “(Darn, we all fainted by that point!)

If you are sick of worrying about this, then please do something with me. Write me back at if you’re in!


On Sabbatical!

When my office lease expired at the end of 2004, I decided to turn it into a "sabbatical" from my private practice. Many years ago, in my grandfather's 89th year of life, he told me, "John, it is important to smell the roses while you can still smell them." His life gave living a very good reputation. It is also true that the pursuit of that philosophy required my grandfather to to re-open his assay office/ore market in Wickenburg, Arizona as a 75-year-old because he had run a little short of retirement money. Thus, if blessed with his luck and health, I'll be back.. --jjh

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