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  1. I'm close Sickofthis. I'm in Pennsylvania.
  2. I'm glad that you feel ETS was successful for you, Scarface. As for me, not so much. I had ETS 10 years ago, my blushing is just as bad, if not worse than before the operation. I can relate to the numbness in the left thigh, I've had it for years. I don't know what to say, for some it works and for some it does not. I fall into the "does not" catagory.
  3. Chameleon, if you're still around I just want to wish you a happy birthday. I just want you to know that I still think about you from time to time. I think we were both around 40 when we met on this board. Your inspiration and friendship has always meant alot to me. Happy 50th! I'm right behind you!
  4. I had ETS surgery back in 2000 with the hope that it would cure my FB. It did not. All that aside, my question is about the clamps that are used in this procedure. I have to go for an MRI and was wondering if the clamps were metal. If so, will they create a problem during an MRI?
  5. Well, I'm 49, that's close enough to 50. I have been an FBer since the age of 17. No, it doesn't just go away with age, at least not in my case. I've tried in many ways to beat this condition, such as ETS, medication, make-up. None of those things helped. The only thing I've found that really helps is to just not care. That's what I do. I've come to accept the fact that my face will turn red at certain times during the day and there is absolutely nothing that I can do about it. You can't be ashamed of something that is beyond your control, and that's what this condition is. My face can do whatever it wants, I just don't care any more. There you have it kids, your advice for the day.
  6. Chameleon! I'm glad I decided to stop and check in. Thank you very much for the birthday wishes, the same goes for you. I do remember that yours was back in January. 49....EGAD! Weren't we like 40 back when we started here?
  7. Yes, you've got to love those kind souls who feel the need to point out the fact that your face is red. I can't even begin to count how many times that has happened to me. I've also experienced the groups of two who whisper to each other while giggling and pointing in your general direction. I would have to say that my worst experience happened around 15 years ago. I was at work getting ready to punch out for the day, there were roughly 20 other fellow employees standing there with me. Our supervisor came up to us an announced that the company would be conducting random drug testing. My face instantly went fire engine red. Keep in mind I was not a druggie, I have never done any drugs and I had absolutely no reason to fear this testing. It's too painful to go into further detail. Let's just say that everyone assumed from that point on that I was on drugs. That was a rough one.
  8. I haven't heard anything about this new anti-blushing drug that we supposedly have in the pipeline. Here's the thing about my working for Merck, giving out any information that falls under the category of personal and confidential would be a breach of security. It sometimes takes years to get a new drug approved by the FDA. I can tell you that it won't be coming out any time soon. I will keep you all informed of any other information that I'm at liberty to talk about outside of work.
  9. As good as this news is for all of us who suffer from FB, it's also a source of stress for me due to the fact that I work for Merck. I can just see it now, huge signs everywhere with pictures of blushing people indicating horrors of turning red. New drugs are also all the talk around the plant. I can just hear it now "did you hear about the new anti-blushing drug we have coming out"? As soon as it's so much as mentioned, I'll turn beet red. On the plus side, maybe this drug will really be effective in combating FB. We can only hope. They can use me as a human Guinea pig.
  10. Well you're quite welcome, chameleon. Thank you for your friendship as well, it really means alot to me too.
  11. Good for you, chameleon! The first day is always the hardest. It will get easier from here on out. As for the guy with the red ears, I could never understand how someone can come right out and ask a person why they're red. Let alone keep harping on it. What do they expect the person to say? Anyway, keep up the good work. :wink:
  12. Hi chameleon! Congratulations on your promotion. I can certainly relate to your feelings about meeting new people and being the center of attention. If it's any consolation, I was just in a similar situation. I just completed CPR training. This involved practicing resuscitation on a dummy, in front of a group of people. I know my face was red but I didn't let myself dwell on it. Here's the thing to remember, we can only worry about the things that we can control. Blushing is something that for whatever reason is beyond our ability to control. I found over the years that it doesn't mean nearly as much to other people as it does to us. So go in there monday and be proud of who you are and show them what you've got. I know you'll do fine. Again, congratulations. Keep us posted. :wink:
  13. Ah yes, old age. I'm beginning to know it well. My back goes out more than I do. Yes, chameleon, my b-day is indeed the 22nd of this month. Very good! I really don't come around all that often anymore. I just recently posted a thread for the first time in over a year. I ran across this ad for a product called Eredicane. They say it prevents people from blushing, so I thought I'd come here and see if anyone has tried it. It appears to be a flop. I thought it sounded too good to be true. Bridey, I can't say that I suffer with the shakes, it's pretty much just intense blushing.
  14. Chameleon! How nice to hear from you. Welcome to the world of 3rd shift. That's exactly where I'm at as I type this. I understand completely about being able to keep more of a low profile working nights, that's about the only thing I like about it. I also know what you mean about the office environment not being blusher friendly. I'm still a Security Guard and I enjoy what I do, it's been almost 3 years now. It really helped me with my FB. I was forced to deal with people one on one as opposed to trying to shy away from them. I still blush like crazy but I don't get as down about it as I used to. I'm still always on the lookout for a cure, though. I also want to wish you a happy belated birthday. A few more days and I'll be catching up to you. :wink:
  15. It's been quite a while since I've posted on this forum. I have been a blusher for over 30 years. I've had ETS surgery with no success. I stumbled upon this link for a product called Eredicane and was wondering if anyone has tried it. If so, would you recommend it? Here's the link. http://eredicane.com/
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