On that same note, thought I'd mention the following in case some are not
aware of the danger, which had never dawned on me before.
I am just now getting over almost two months of "lung infection" ... which
was a little bit too much of a catchall diagnosis for my skeptical nature.
I was pretty well convinced in my own mind that it was related to wood dust,
although I'd never had a problem before. Although the doctor's kept ignoring
me when I brought it up, visions of having to give up woodworking kept
popping into my head. I stayed out of the shop in any case for the duration.
Just this past week they believe they isolated the culprit. Going back over
my actions, I had cleaned out the barbecue pit two days prior to the first
symptoms. Come to find out, breathing charcoal dust from a barbecue pit is
almost guaranteed to give you a lung infection, young or old. The pulmonary
function folks said that just the act of tipping over a barbecue pit and
dumping the dust is responsible for a large percentage of their business.
I've found another use for my dust mask real quick.
Last update: 12/18/03
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