Scrolling with Asthma #2: Follow up Number 1

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 01-21-2015 08:18 PM 1387 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: My dumb move with Asthma Part 2 of Scrolling with Asthma series Part 3: Vacuum Cart »

So I had a visit with my breathing Doctor today. The simple fact is I have asthma and that can’t be fixed. Controlled is another matter. First you must know what are the “triggers: that set you off”. At this time I am not sure but will have allergy test later. The real issue is that what might make you cough or sneeze might send me to ER. It depends on many factors.

In the short term, if I am in the shop I MUST have on dusk masks and the dust filters MUST be on. Like most of us, I will have the mask on and then take it off to do something and it never gets back on.

I must learn to live with and control this issue or find a bubble my size.

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

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#1 posted 01-22-2015 09:22 PM

You can do it! You are not alone. Although I do not have asthma, my wife does; and, I have COPD and congestive heart failure. BUT, I have no intention of giving up what little shop time I have—I wear my mask and keep the shop filter on.

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

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 12:46 PM

Yep, we all should do what we can to help prevent any thing that we can to survive a few more years. Using safety and breathing gear is like putting my pants on in the morning. So far I haven’t forgot to do that… lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 02-02-2015 05:24 AM

Mr. Jerrells, might I say Sir, I’m sorry to hear about your news. I’ve been an asthmatic all my life. It’s a disease that demands constant respect. I was raised on a farm & in the trucking business here in NW Kansas. Grain dirt, weeds, mold, & numerous other things bring on an attack in an instant. I wound up driving OTR 35 years. Three years ago, I had an accident in the truck that ended my driving career, & changed my life forever. I’ve been woodworking 13 years, as a hobby. After my accident, I had physical limitations to face, along with trying to figure out how to deal with never being able to drive again. I turned to my hobby. I started investing more time & money in my shop, lumber, learning process, & abilities. It didn’t take long, & I started finding out, not only were my physical limitations slowing me down, but Asthma was too. I don’t have a filter system in my shop, but, certain types of woods, like cedar, set me off in a hurry. Now I wear a mask when I sand, use the table saw, & a few other machines. The important thing is don’t let it get the best of you. There are ways of dealing with it. Good luck.

-- Sawdust703

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