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Topic: Baby Boomers and Hep C
Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 6:56:57 PM
Hope:

Thanks, I too have been doing a ton of research and asking friends who are doctors. As it's turning out I will have the blood test done and most likely in China as it's cheaper to do it here. However, it's also turning out that the liver question that was seen on the MRI needs an ultrasound done first. They don't think it's Hepatitis but they are not sure just what they think is wrong. Since it's a simple ultrasound test I will get that done soon. It may be that I've taken too much Tylenol or Ibuprofen which is showing up as something in my liver. Have no clue but better safe than sorry.

I agree with you that Hep C is most likely not genetic, but given the history and their lack of understanding of the cause for the virus it's always been a concern in the back of my mind.

Thanks again for being on top of things.

LRai

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Baby Boomers and Hep C
Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 6:10:59 PM
Dear Foundit:

A dear friend (who is now 86) once told me, "aging ain't for sissies"; as I grow older I am beginning to see the truth in her statement. Whistle

My brother also served in Nam and he too tested negative. I know that Hep C isn't something passed on in the genes but since my sister died of it, I'm a tad concerned. Even though the thought of being tested for it here in China is a little scary, I figure it should be done.

Thanks for the head's up on the skin cancer, and cancer in general. My prayer is that one day a cure for cancer will be found. In 1986 (when my sister died) there was no cure for Hep C or good treatment, but today thankfully there are both. I hold out hope that one day that will be true of cancer too.

LRai

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Baby Boomers and Hep C
Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 6:47:20 PM
I currently live and work in China...but I'm thinking about being tested here soon. I am hopeful that all will be good.

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Baby Boomers and Hep C
Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 5:59:18 PM
This may be old news to some, even so it's worth posting. I have recently learned that Baby Boomers (those born between 1945-1964) are at the highest risk of contracting Hepatitis C, which can lead to liver cancer.

Here is a link http://www.hepchope.com/about-hep-c

The CDC is recommending that anyone born between 1945 and 1964 be tested. It's a blood test but you must be sure to tell them it's for Hep C screening.

This is a silent killer. It can lay dormant but still do great damage. In 1986 my older sister died of what was then called Hepatitis of Unknown Origin...today it's Hep C. She had the disease for decades and never knew. By the time they finally realized what she had it was too late.

Hep C is the leading cause for liver transplants today, but unlike 30 years ago with my sister there is hope. You can be tested and there is treatment if caught early.

There are many sites on the internet but I found this one very helpful and easy to understand. One more thing...the treatment is expensive...that isn't good news but at least today there is hope, 30 years ago there wasn't.

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: The simple present tense
Posted: Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:35:15 PM
I am by no means an expert on grammar and someone who is can probably answer your question more correctly than I will. I can only tell you as a Native speaker of English that using "the" sometimes just sounds better. You could say simple present tense and you will be understood, but by adding "the" it just sounds better. In the written form it's more correct, not sure why. I'm not sure this answer will help, however think about your native language and ask yourself if you could explain a grammar point to a non-native (if you are not a trained grammar person). We do what we do in our native tongue because it's the way we've grown up doing it. Sometimes it's correct but often it's just because that's what we've heard spoken so that's what we do.

Hope that makes sense...

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017 6:25:33 PM
Hedy:

Thanks for the facts. This may not have been the "right" thread for this post...however, if anyone was offended by it being placed wrong...the simple action of moving it should have been considered. Since it wasn't moved..get over it. The sentiments expressed were done to make us think about self-sacrifice, maybe it's time we all gave a little thought to that word. If we would all consider what it that means maybe our world would become a reflection of people learning to serve others, not just being self-serving.

Kudos for reminding us to be servants first. Applause

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: China will begin construction on 35 new high speed rail projects
Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017 7:40:38 PM
Progpen:

If you come to China try NOT to take one of the arranged tours. You will see more and have more fun touring China on your own. I recommend going to some of the known cities, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou, but the real China is seeing some of the smaller off the beaten trail.

You may need special permits for some places like Tibet, but for the most part you can get around easily as most travel places have some English and if you ask younger people most can speak some English.

Personally I enjoy seeing places that are not overrun by tourist. I love going to Harbin in summer, avoid it in winter, too cold and too crowded. I had a wonderful time in Mohe (the most northern city in China) but then I enjoy weird out of the way spots. Inner Mongolia can be nice in summer. I also liked Dalian, and a little seaside area that is becoming too popular, Zhapo.

You will need to be careful with your "things" as theft is common, but for the most part Chinese people treat most foreigners with kindness.

If you choose to trek it yourself and not use a tour group you will need to plan your hotel stays in advance, C-trip is a good site for doing that. Do check to be sure you can travel where you want to go without a tour group as some areas are restricted and that can change from time to time. For example travel to Xinjiang Province (Urumqi in particular) can be an issue during summer. It's a great place to explore the "silk road" and a trip from Urumqi to Kashgar by train is very interesting (if you are into history).

China can be a great place...hope you have a wonderful time here.

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: China will begin construction on 35 new high speed rail projects
Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017 5:57:06 PM
I have lived in China for 10 years, and I can personally attest to the great rail service here. You can get just about anywhere in China by train. The bullet trains make travel between cities very quick, and they are clean and comfortable too. Cities without bullet trains have regular service which is still very good.

I have my drivers license but I don't feel any need to get a car. I can get anywhere I want faster and cheaper using the local trains and buses. I only wish travel was as convenient in California where I'm from. If my state back home would only put in a decent rail service we could eliminate most of the personal cars from the roads. However, I won't hold my breath.

China's rail system is great! Kudos to them for making it happen and doing so in short order. When I can here there were only a few bullet trains, now I have many choices. Often it's cheaper to take the train rather than fly, and it can sometimes be faster. I live in Changchun and the fast train to Harbin takes about one hour, whereas if I were to drive it'd take up to 3 hours and cost way more.

I haven't done it yet...but I plan to take the bullet train from Beijing to Guangzhou one day soon. It takes 8 hours by bullet train. I've taken the regular train and that's over 24 hours, so 8 hours is much more attractive. I highly recommend if you come to visit China, plan on taking the trains between cities...it's a great experience!

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Stuart McClean's Stories Put a Smile on Faces
Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017 5:47:35 PM
Hope:

Being a good story-teller is a rare gift...thanks for sharing this Canadian treasure with the rest of us.

Lrai

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Hotel with NO fourth floor
Posted: Monday, February 13, 2017 6:30:51 PM
I wonder how many other cultures have "bad" luck numbers? If there are enough of them maybe I can use that as an excuse not to go to work ever again! Whistle

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