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I'm having trouble breathing/coughing
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Cowboy Joe    Posted 09-11-2001 at 13:51:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I went down the street to a corner grocery store, and while I was walking I was coughing from the risidual smoke from the WTC fire. I also have a bad headache. I and countless other New Yorkers have bought emergency supplies; milk, bottled water and face masks. I was advised to shut all windows in my apt, and turn on the AC so as to cool the apt and filter out the haze. I tried calling my sister in NJ to see if I could stay overnight, but the phone lines out of NYC are down. Right now I feel trapped and helpless.

Dreamweaver    Posted 09-12-2001 at 15:59:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Joe, I suffer from chronic asthma, and the humidifier idea is great, as well as the humidity from a hot shower. Instead of buying a surgical mask like the kind you would wear mowing grass, invest a few more dollars and buy a ventilator mask. These are the kind nurses wear when they care for patients that are in respiratory isolation. They literally filter out impurities in the air. Hope this helps some.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 09-12-2001 at 20:04:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks DW for your tip.

tlak    Posted 09-12-2001 at 04:35:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You might get in the shower with a warm mist and take some deep breaths, this will help clear you out. Also as long as theres smoke or fumes outside cover your nose and mouth with a cloth when ever you go out and try to get face mask if possible. Try to get a better mask, walmart special will do if thats all thats available.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 09-12-2001 at 06:43:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the suggestions.

Ole Cuss    Posted 09-11-2001 at 15:00:35       [Reply]  [No Email]

We're only a keyboard and fiberoptic cable away, Joe. Keep writing. My niece started college at Boston University last week and it has been a zoo getting through to her on the phone, too. My Dad's family immigrated from Eastern Europe to NYC around 1900 and Dad lived his early years in the Brownsville section. I still have distant relatives in NYC and I wonder about my extended family up there in the city with you. The AC will help to cool and dehumidify the air, as well as to filter the particulate matter, and that should help your breathing. The NYC ER's are going to see a surge in visits by people with chronic respiratory disease like asthma as a result of the inhalation of smoke and particles. If you find yourself having a productive cough, i.e. lots of mucus, 1-2 tablespoons of plain Robitussin every 6-8 hours will help to loosen the mucus so it's coughed up easier. (Lungs produce excessive mucus in response to severe irritation). If I could ride up there on my mule and fetch you down to the clean Maryland air, I would; just lie back and put on some of those Brazos Mountain Boys or Stanley Brothers and visualize Montana and Wyoming, where there hardly be anyone named Mohammed.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 09-11-2001 at 15:10:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Ole Cuss for your advice. Now as far as that fresh Montana air goes....

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