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The Good, The Bad & the Unbreathable

No post yesterday.... But there are good reasons....

My Grandson became sick yesterday... Cough.... stuffy nose.... sneezing..... flushed..... didn't want to eat..... not wanting to nap either....

It was windy yesterday just like the day before... and the ash had to be flying.

I took him to the ER as recommended by his physician.  I took the information that TVA had given me, as well as a MSDS sheet about fly ash. 

He had to endure a nasal wash & suction, x-rays, monitoring of his oxygen levels.  The conclusion?  Irritation from the fly ash, specifically airborne. 

TVA is aware, and we are currently at a local hotel.  The Doctor recommended that he not go home... we not go home....avoid the area altogether. 

I didn't realize how I would feel once someone told me I couldn't go home.  I didn't sink in until this morning.  Due to the stress and the lack of sleep... I began to meltdown.  "don't go home"....  keeps rolling through my head. 

No, we didn't lose our home to visible damage.... but we can't go home.

I will post later today if I can get back to a computer... Thanks to Rebecca for letting me borrow hers for the moment.


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Jan. 1st, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Media coverage of coal ash spill
Life on Swan Pond,

My name is Matt Eich - I'm a freelance photographer based in Ohio. Several other photographers and I are traveling today from Ohio to the site of the coal ash spill to document the damage and would greatly appreciate being able to speak with someone who lives there and has been affected. If you get this message and wouldn't mind giving us a call, we can be reached at either of the following numbers:

Matt Eich - 757-319-7053
Jim Korpi - 603-265-0607

Thanks for your time - we hope to hear from you soon.


Matt Eich
Jan. 2nd, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
I am so sorry for what has happened and what is happening now, to you and your family. I think you are in this position because you are strong and you will speak out against this injustice. I hope you will continue to write and to talk and to keep you chin up.
I am so sorry for what has happened. I wish I could say that I am on my way with an army of love and caring, blankets and hugs and mugs of hot cider. I hope you can find some certainty, and some way to contribute to the end of the audacity of these companies. I hope you know you are not alone in knowing what is happening is wrong, that you are loved and people really really care.

Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
How truly awful, to not even be able to go back to your house. Even though that is what is best for the boy, on doctors' orders, of course. But yes, how devastating. Good luck to you both, and strength in the face of this.
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