Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Katrina Cough

This just makes me sick.  This article covers what we who live here know all too well.  The cough that won't go away.  Poor, precious children may now suffer for the rest of their lives because of the oversight or under sight or just all around dumb-assedness of the people who made the FEMA trailers and the people who failed to listen to those of us who KNEW something was wrong.

I have about had it with the medical community telling us there is no "conclusive evidence" that proves that what we're telling them is true.  Whether it is this god forsaken sickness that people are unable to rid themselves of, or the allergy that my daughter has that no doctor would recognize after I insisted it was more than just a cold that she was dealing with.

I have learned the hard way that you must be your own doctor.  Do the research into your symptoms and above all, LISTEN to your instincts.  When a doctor tells you you're wrong and you know it isn't true, ask for a second opinion, or a third, until someone takes you seriously.

My heart goes out to those children that are sick and those who are still living in temporary shelters almost three years after the storm.  

Below is a photo of a tragedy. People living out of tents under I-10 in New Orleans. Three years later.


2whls3spds said...

The Katrina Kough is primarily caused by formaldehyde, pretty nasty stuff in high enough concentrations. Also in the small trailers it is very easy to build up unhealthy levels of other air pollutants. But what do you expect with the governent involved :-(

I am of two minds when it comes to government assistance, some people really do need it, but I sure don''t plan for it.


mindcaster said...

The last time I was in San Francisco, in June 2006, I met two NO refugees, married with child, on the streets with suitcases, no where to go, asking for donations, continuous drift through the country. We talked for at least an hour, heard their heartbreaking story. It felt so weird, uncivilized. From there I on I decided to follow people's stories, voluntary groups that try to rebuild NO and I have a few friends who go there as often as possible to help out.

I don't know your story, you lost a lot, I'm sure you had your share, but you got to pick up life elsewhere.

I still can't grasp the fact that FEMA rejected so much help from abroad.

US politicians/gov doesn't care enough, pander or try to forget, but I know the rest of the world doesn't.

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