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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Gulfstream tests at .420 ppm
I purchased a 2007 Gulfstream trailer in May 2007. After several weeks, I started to feel like I had a sinus infection, got a rash on my back, and had an uncontrollable cough. My doctor originally prescribed an antibiotic but it didn't touch it. A subsequent visit and blood test revealed I had acute myeloid leukemia with lung lesions that I attribute to formaldehyde exposure. The trailer this June (about one year later) tested out at .420 ppm. I've been through five rounds of chemoterapy and I'm somewhat better but I am wondering if any other people have been similarly diagnosed. If the FEMA issue hadn't surfaced, I wouldn't have known what hit me and probably would still now be endangering my family.