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  • #16
    Re: Mold is Serious Stuff

    Originally posted by garager View Post
    Franki, I was getting worried because I had serious lung problems going on. I too work around asbestos for a couple of years, doing pipe fitting and plumbing. We would be working in small mechanical rooms, replacing piping that were clogged. Of course everything up there is wrapped in the stuff. We would use our sawzalls to cut off the insulation, and the rooms would be so dusted up from this stuff, but I didn't know better back then.

    My house is free from mold, I picked it up from a jobsite, which one, I don't know. But I've been on the phone this afternoon and calling Home Owners and letting them know. So its up to them to investigate their own home.

    The only reason I even mentioned I was sick, is because of the mold. I knew it could hurt people, just didn't realize it would have been me. I've been sick for 3 1/2 months, hoping my body would fight this cold/flue. Thats what I really thought it was.

    Franki, I'm sorry to hear about your wife, I've never been thru something like that, but I sure theres going to be some tough days, so I wish her a speedy recovery.

    I'll pick up my meds tomorrow, Adam. They have to be shipped up here, very, very expensive meds. Good thing I have a decent Insurance policy. If the meds don't clear it up, then theres surgery to cut/scrape it out, and plus keep taking the meds.

    Thanks for the kind wishes and words all of you, so I hope some of you might actually pat attention to mold, it can hurt you......

    JD, you betcha I'm resting for another week, money isn't that damn important, but seeing my kids are.....
    You will bounce back soon, I can tell, I have a feel for these things. Keep the faith.
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    • #17
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      [QUOTE=MrsSeatDown;143568]What do you mean younger guys? My hubby thinks he is invincible and he is no spring chicken

      Is it any wonder he believes himself invincible? You are the cause! That warm loving picture and those caring and loving words about him only serve to bolster his confidence. I suggest a few good arguments for no good reason and as much negative criticism as it takes to have him get back to normal like the rest of us. Hey, all kiding aside you're both doing something right so don't knock it.

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      • #18
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        Wow! I'm glad your are getting medical attention and on the road to recovery.

        I echo your warning! I watch Mike Holmes and he discusses mold issues frequently.

        With my recent re-plumb project and ripping the incorrect dry wall from the tub area I came across mold too. I immediately stopped and grabbed a dust mask and a spray bottle of bleach. After spraying multiple times any trace of mold was gone!

        Mold is truly nasty stuff and many of the old salts ignore this and just keep going!

        For all you homeowners that do it yourself heed this topic and if you come across mold stop! Get professional help in removing the stuff as likely there will be more than what you can see!

        Be safe


        Cactus Man

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        • #19
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          I hope the doctors are able to give you what you need, and you can get the rest you need to make a speedy recovery.

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          • #20
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            Garager,
            Best rest is accomplished in this manner (taught to me by my Senior high school social studies teacher). Take a bottle of Jack Daniels (he preferred Southern Comfort), get a straw. Place straw in bottle. Go to bed. Pull sheets up to your neck. Hold bottle in hands and suck the JD thru the straw. When bottle is finished. Sleep.

            So about 2 days later, you wake up again, ya feel better, and the bottle's empty. LOL What the heck, it can't hurt.

            Jim Don

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            • #21
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              Garager

              Thanks for starting this thread. Yes, Mold can be dangerous to people. Be sure to read up everyone and wear protection. Ask your local fire and rescue teams about protection. Also, contact 3M, North and American Optical tech support for their protective gear. Mildew is nasty too and must be dealt with using great care.

              Best of luck getting better.

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              • #22
                Re: Mold is Serious Stuff

                Originally posted by JimDon View Post
                Garager,
                Best rest is accomplished in this manner (taught to me by my Senior high school social studies teacher). Take a bottle of Jack Daniels (he preferred Southern Comfort), get a straw. Place straw in bottle. Go to bed. Pull sheets up to your neck. Hold bottle in hands and suck the JD thru the straw. When bottle is finished. Sleep.

                So about 2 days later, you wake up again, ya feel better, and the bottle's empty. LOL What the heck, it can't hurt.

                Jim Don
                Jim, A fifth of Southern Comfort inside Garager (or anyone for that matter) is a death wish. Yes, You'll really sleep only to wake up in the wrong place. I know you were just kidding about him drinking that much.

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                • #23
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                  Garager,
                  My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery and be sure to get some R+R.
                  Many of the trades we represent at this forum present plenty of opportunities to be exposed to toxic dust, chemicals, fibers, rodent droppings, lead, mold, etc. Some folks (especially the DIYers)are exposed to many types of these agents and do not consider the consequences until some harm occurs. For example, dust from cement, drywall, insulation, saw-dust, etc., are not considered "toxic" by some people but the long-term effects to health have proven to cause future health problems. It cannot be over emphasized to use protective gear, ventilation/filtration systems. Buying the best systems can be just as important as the best tool! Be safe!

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                  • #24
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                    W,
                    A Fifth? He!!, I was talking about a quart or one of those big 1.75 liter plastic bottles !!

                    A fifth is all those people on the Eastern Seaboard can handle. Us Midwesterners like the Garager Man, we do the big bottles. LOL

                    PS. Yeah, don't take my advice. You might wake up in Kansas and think you were an extra in the Wizard of Oz.

                    Jim D.

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                    • #25
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                      Garager- Im glad you have gotten the correct diagnosis, and are on your way to recovering. I once picked up a pretty nasty something from a damp crawlspace, went 2 weeks wheezing(sp) finally I went to the doctor (without my wife even telling me to) as I was scared. Never in my life had I been asthmatic or had any difficulty breathing. The doctor spent all of 2 minutes talking to me, chalked it up to adult onset asthma (which is now on my medical record) and prescribed the usual med's (albuterol inhaler, some sort of inhaled steroid x2). I decided to wait and see what the respitory specialist had to say about it. That appt was a week later, and by that time my body had luckily shaken the crud out of my lungs. Respitory dr. said that I had excellent lung function, and no traces of asthma. Had him write a letter to primary care to have the original diagnosis of asthma removed from my med record, and primary care said something to the effect of asthma can come and go, but that my newly diagnosed asthma was just under control....

                      Im still a little mad about the mis diagnosis, and very happy that it was nothing more that a slightly decreased pulse ox level.

                      Ever since that incident I have been ultra careful about PPE in crawlspaces, and in general.

                      Thanks for bringing this important issue to everyone's attention. Best wishes for a speedy, complete recovery.

                      Greg

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                      • #26
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                        Back when I was like 15 or 16 southern comfort was where it was at, until the night I had too much and it all came back out with some romen noodle soup. southern comfort was over and I was onto something that was not so sweet

                        Sorry your sick Garager, you will get better, this is just something to slow you down a bit, when it's over, you will have a new prospective on life.

                        Get rest and everything else will follow, no need to stress. It is a horrible illness you have, but in time it will pass and you are now a bit wiser, and because of it, you have been able to educate us.

                        Mold is a big money thing out here, so when I run into it, I back off and have the owner call a remediation company, I do not want to get sued over it. I never really thought you c`ould get sick, so you have opened my eye's. I was just taking it seriously because of the litigation involved, not because of possible illness.

                        Thanks again for preventing alot of future lost work!!!

                        Hope you feel better and keep us in tune to your health
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                        Robert

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                        • #27
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                          For someone like me, its almost impossible to figure out where I got it from. I'm in attics, crawl spaces, bathrooms & kitchens with wet walls, we also have horses, which you'll find mold in hay. Mold is everywhere and many, many types of mold.

                          California vs Mold, I can't say I find that to be amusing, but you think theres to many damn Lawyers there???

                          I have never even heard of a person being Hospitalized in my area for mold, or even treated for mold exposer.

                          So the insight here is, if you cannot shake a flue like symptom, better go get your health checked out real quick, you just may have been exposed to mold...

                          I waited to long and now I sit up in the middle of the mornings gasping for air and typing in a forum or 2 or 3. I cannot lay down for too long, so I sleep in spans of an hour - 1 1/2 hrs, then I must sit up for 2 - 3 hrs. This has been going on for 2 weeks now, not fun and I'm fatigued all of the time....

                          I can recover, and I sure hope Franki's wife will come out just fine too. I'm sure she'll be going thru a whole lot more then me. So my thoughts and prayers go out for her and your entire family. May it be a successful recovery.

                          Mark
                          Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

                          http://www.contractorspub.com

                          A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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                          • #28
                            Re: Mold is Serious Stuff

                            Originally posted by garager View Post
                            For someone like me, its almost impossible to figure out where I got it from. I'm in attics, crawl spaces, bathrooms & kitchens with wet walls, we also have horses, which you'll find mold in hay. Mold is everywhere and many, many types of mold.

                            California vs Mold, I can't say I find that to be amusing, but you think theres to many damn Lawyers there???

                            I have never even heard of a person being Hospitalized in my area for mold, or even treated for mold exposer.

                            So the insight here is, if you cannot shake a flue like symptom, better go get your health checked out real quick, you just may have been exposed to mold...

                            I waited to long and now I sit up in the middle of the mornings gasping for air and typing in a forum or 2 or 3. I cannot lay down for too long, so I sleep in spans of an hour - 1 1/2 hrs, then I must sit up for 2 - 3 hrs. This has been going on for 2 weeks now, not fun and I'm fatigued all of the time....

                            I can recover, and I sure hope Franki's wife will come out just fine too. I'm sure she'll be going thru a whole lot more then me. So my thoughts and prayers go out for her and your entire family. May it be a successful recovery.

                            Mark
                            Thanks Mark. When I saw the time you wrote this post I knew you couldn't sleep and losing sleep catches up with you real fast. I'm up all hours of the night myself with neck and back pain, then I feel like I have a hangover in the morning without the fun of a good buzz to get me there. Yes, you can and will recover don't let the bad thoughts get you down. My wife and I are keeping our spirits up and looking past these next few months to a better time. We are lucky to be living where we do and having access to such good medical treatment, all I have to do is turn on the News to realize my situation is not that bad! Hey, before you know it this will be behind us and although we won't be looking back and laughing we will both be breathing easy. This Forum has allowed us to make a connection with some good people and even though it's letters on a computer screen, they carry the heart felt sentiments of the people who write them. Reminds me of a line from a movie "Friends, they multiply our happiness and divide our sorrow". Take care.
                            Last edited by Frankiarmz; 05-17-2008, 06:17 AM. Reason: sp

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                            • #29
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                              Well what is the update?

                              You gave us a day-by-day update with the Chantrix? I was expecting the same!

                              Hopefully you are breathing easier and sleeping more
                              I love my plumber

                              "My Hero"

                              Welcome, Phoebe Jacqueline!

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                              • #30
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                                Mark,

                                You've gotten me to stop being lazy and putting off gettting a cartridge respirator for sawdust and working around drywall dust/fiberglass insulation. I picked one up this weekend. Not the same as mold, but still not something you want in your lungs.

                                Charles

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