Scrolling with Asthma #1: My dumb move with Asthma

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 01-19-2015 02:27 PM 1611 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have asthma and have for many years. Been treating it for the last year. This past week we have been having our kitchen remodeled plus I was scrolling some soft maple (of course without a mask). One or both of these sent me into a severe asthma attack that put me in ICU and an over night stay in the hospital. I was released the next day and currently on steroids for five days and a Doctor follow up first of this week.

The purpose of starting this bold is to share information and to seek any assistance available. I have been told to watch for any possible “triggers” in the air you breath. The problem is, what are they, what to watch for, what is good and bad. I know, I know, I know scroll saw dust is bad. OK I got that down. I have masks available, I have two dust control systems, I have two vacuums available. Like a friend of mine said, “yes but even I don’t always use them”. YES and me too.

Now my hard lesson has been learned. The doctor has ordered me out of the shop for two weeks. There is lots of information all over the internet about asthma. It is something that you control and cure, if any, is a long way off.

So this is my dumb story. I will continue posting. Hope I have helped you and if you can help me.


-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#1 posted 01-19-2015 03:00 PM

Not a dumb story at all, if you are prone to have allergys or respitory problems. I have every tool hooked to my dust collection system or vacuum with hepa filters. Either I use good dust control practices or I suffer the consequences. Be careful to wear good mask when spraying lacquer, and other oil based finishes. I developed a sensitivety to all dust and finishes over 40 years of exposure. Hope you get well and are making dust soon. Stay well..

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 01-19-2015 03:19 PM

Glad to hear you are on the mend, Jerrells! It is too easy to get complacent. I was in the shop this morning bandsawing and thinking “I can smell this cherry, that probably means It’s getting into my lungs.” and just kept right on going. Thanks for the reminder.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 01-19-2015 03:20 PM

Get well and just remember to always wear your mask in the shop and keep the air filters going. My take is that at our age and with the health challenges time has given, complacency is no longer an option. Best wishes.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 01-19-2015 04:18 PM

Glad to hear you’re on the mend. I have asthma too, it’s part of the reason I was motivated to start with hand tools. Some hand tool operations still make dust and this reminds me I should be better about using a dust mask and get and air cleaner anyway.

Wood allergies are a real thing and you can get tested for allergies to them, but I don’t think you have to be allergic to something to have an asthmatic reaction to it. Maybe to you do, I dunno, might help to talk to an allergist.

If you test positive to maple allergies for example maybe you should choose another species or get a serious dust mask. A serious dust mask might be a good precaution anyway for you.

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