Just last month, I suddenly developed pneumonia. It was very strange because it came onwith no symptoms except I simply could not breathe. I was put on antibiotics andprednisone that did not help. I still don't feel well and have cognitive problemssometimes, especially talking to people now. I am also having problems staying balancedand often bump into things now.My friend's exposure is multifaceted as well. He lives about 10 miles from the beach andhe was also smelling the strong fumes for days at a time. He also went out in the water inhis boat where he was told it was safe to do so. He went out several times, but hasn'tlately.
Also he learned that all the contaminated tar patty sand that was being picked up off the beach was being put in the landfill only 1-2 miles away from his house. Hewould often smell the fumes and still does every now and then long after we stopped smelling the fumes. I told him I would be worried about my well water and have it tested too. We don't know of anybody testing the water yet.
My friend is having serious health problems. He has a red inflamed throat, some whitebumps appearing at the back of his throat, breathing problems, cognitive problems, and ispassing out for an hour at a time just recently. I fear he is getting worse and he has noinsurance to pay for the biopsies he needs of the white bumps that are appearing in histhroat and never going away.I am so sorry this was long, but I wanted to answer all your questions and to tell someonewho for once seems interested in listening to us. My friend is very actively contacting theGovernor, Lt Governor, the State DA and many others as he gets run in circles from oneto the other being told not our department; try this number! He has had doctors hereblatantly tell him that they don't see anything and has he had any mental treatment, andthen blatantly tell him that they would not say anything against BP! We cannot finddoctors here to do the VOC test and had to make a 5 hour round trip to get one done andthat doctor saw and showed ME what was in the back of my friend's throat.Thank you, and I hope this helps others.
I have not been able to find any data to indicate that anyone is testing the privatewater supply wells in the Gulf region
. If BP's toxic waste, residual and organic, usedboom, discarded hazmat gear and materials and runoff waste have been buried withoutconsideration to ground and water contamination, and this is now impacting water supplywells, there is a greater risk that more people will be made ill, even if it was their intent,as clearly demonstrated by Charles and John, to stay clear of the oil, and utilize reverseosmosis (which will not, without proper and very expensive carbon filtration additions,protect against these VOC's in water) and utilize toxic cleansing techniques, avoidance of contamination is nearly impossible.Even showering in water that contains contamination is detrimental to health, as itactually intensifies exposure by inhalation of water vapors with contaminate throughsteam, and absorption through the skin while showering.