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Monday, July 30, 2007
Fumes still unbearable
MY FAMILY AND I MOVED INTO A TRAVEL TRAILER SHORTLY AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS WHILE OUR HOUSE WAS BEING BUILT. WE HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE TRAILER FOR TEN MONTHS AND ARE STILL HAVING HEALTH ISSUES. I WAS PREGNANT WHILE LIVING IN THE TRAILER AND MY OB/GYN SAID MY MEMORY LOSS, CONCENTRATION PROBLEMS, FATIGUE, AND MUSCLE AND JOINT PAIN WERE DUE TO STRESS AND MY PREGNANCY. I AM STILL EXPERIENCING THE SAME SYMPTOMS TODAY. I WAS ASSURED BY THE MANUFACTURER AND THE DEALER THAT THE TRAILER WAS SAFE FOR MYSELF AND MY CHILDREN. EVEN AFTER A YEAR AND A HALF THE FUMES IN THE TRAILER ARE UNBEARABLE. KIM