Santa’s remarkable helpers left a special Christmas gift this year. It came in a big heavy box. I admit to coveting my own Ped-O-Jet after seeing pictures of them online here. Now I have one. I have a few plans for this 1960’s Jetsons-vibe contraption. People to meet. Places to go. Thank you kind family for helping me join the elite Ped-O-Jet Owners’ Club. There is now a Vermont Chapter.
This unsanitary device has become an apt symbol for the terrible outbreak of hepatitis C in military veterans. No other American sub-population has suffered more from HCV–the disease and the stigma attached to it. Yet, due to the natural progression of the disease and the lack of scientific screening until the early 1990’s, the outbreak was not recognized until decades after active service.
Like others, I found ASKNOD, and HCVets while looking for answers and information. Somehow I found myself hanging out here quite a bit. I’m grateful to all who share their tips, experiences and findings online and for VA-oriented sites like hadit.com. If you like listening to honest plain talk, their podcasts are great. I expect there will be many new HCV/VA discoveries in 2017. Until then–