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Sunday, March 1, 2009

privately purchased mobile home making family sick

After purchasing a Southern Homes double wide mobile home in 2005 my family started having many unexplained medical problems. First and foremost I started noticing my 3 year old daughter was staying sick with upper respiratory infections leading to pneumonia and even hospitalization. This continued on for a year until a doctor was so concerned with her chronic illness that she was tested for autoimmune disorders.
You can only imagine my struggle with my little 3 year old all the sleepless nights praying and wondering what could be wrong with this little angel. In the mean time my son was 8 and he began having severe noose bleeds and sinus infections. So I am now asking myself what is going on? Within this time frame I also started having problems with shortness of breath and upper respiratory infections. I went to the doctor and now I was diagnosed with asthma. I had never had asthma or problems with shortness of breath but now the three of us are dealing with these unexplained illnesses. I questioned the doctors but no one wants to pinpoint our problems to formaldehyde I am trying to find anyone who can help us.
I hope you can get the message across to the EPA because we still fight a loosing battle. My kids were out of school for a 3 day holiday so this had us home for 5 consecutive days we did not go anywhere and just decided to stay at home and take it easy. Well that turned into both of them going to the doctor on the 5Th day with upper respiratory infections. It always happens this way if we ever have an extended weekend I can look for both of the kids to start with a cough, runny nose or sneezing or just congestion. That will result in upper respiratory infections. Now all three of us are sick. My son's allergist agrees that his symptoms are related to formaldehyde exposure due to the allergy testing we had performed. We are stuck with this mortgage and the manufacturer will not acknowledge us as to there being a problem. The thought has crossed my mind so many times to stop paying the mortgage just so we could be rid of this house that has made my babies so sick. I can deal with my symptoms but watching them sometimes is more than I can bear.
I have worked in the medical field for 10 years and I have seen so many things. I have watched someone die before my eyes but nothing comes close when your children are sick and you know what is causing it and there is nothing you can do. I feel so guilty. I feel like it is my fault because I continue to stay in the house of toxic gases that I know is what is making us all sick. I just pray there will be stronger regulations on formaldehyde and it's usage in homes.


Note: This family's trailer, which is three years old, tested this summer at .101 ppm of formaldehyde, which is higher than what someone should be exposed to for even short periods of time.