Sunday, March 13, 2011
Further study of possible causes of my diagnosed Emphysema- are you at risk?
Research has shown smoking isn't the main or only contributing factor. It appears to dominate in patients with extensive Radiology Testings and Workers of the Radiology Health field! I cannot remember how many Mammograms, CT's, MRI, I've had in 5 yrs. Its too many to count up out of memory- Surgeries of the neck, chest, and head also play a factor. Also, living in areas with high bird populations- I grew up with a Cousin next door that raised Pigeons! And due to the huge Oak Tress here, and where I grew up- I have had those darn Black Birds all the time. Also, exposure for prolonged times to Toxic Chemicals I hadn't thought about or even considered in my then youth- I worked in a Closet Manufacture Plant and Leather Shoe Factory for yr's as a young adult- I made the frames for those fancy padded silk coat hangers- beneath those is a wood that I had to breath, haul, smooth, and then cover with Battings (the wood saw dust, lint, and fibers where everywhere). When I got caught up too fast for the Saws that made the wood for me- I got to go to the Chest Making Area. They were and still are, made from a sturdy cardboard frame; that we would assemble and cover with a plastic type material and then glued (very strong odor and almost impossible to remove from your skin! It would just "wear off" over a time.), and then to clean and residue off those chest if it were too visible on it; we would use Acetone! All we had for protection was a cloth mask you can buy at Home Depot, and a big Vent above our tables to supposedly Draw away an toxic fumes. Of course, back then we didn't know of how dangerous this was. In a small AR community, you were just grateful to have a steady job with benefits. You never thought that a job could kill you...thinking on it now? I remember the scuttle to hide and clean up infractions from OSHA. I was too young and stupid to think beyond protecting my Employer and keeping my job. Now I wonder? How did this Plant always know when OSHA was visiting?
Funny how I'd forgotten doing all of these dangerous jobs. My Dad also worked in a Grainery, and as a Logger for years. He got TB. Supposedly I've never tested positive, but haven't had that test in yr's. My Mom was a heavy smoker, on and off through out life too. And she also was given high doses of drugs and electric shock therapy throughout her pregnancy with me. And somehow, I've always managed to live in a place with water-damages. Mold and Mildew can also have its consequences- as Katrina's Hurricane proved to its residents. And my current house has had these too. And probably still does. We just haven't had the funds to investigate or repair it.
Life is full of dangers, we often don't see them until its too late.