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UER Forum > Archived UE Main > Public Service announcement (Viewed 5054 times)
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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 40 on 9/13/2012 11:38 PM >
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Thanks for sharing the story, and I'm sorry that you had to go through all of that.

I think for many people, myself included, this was very much an out of sight, out of mind scenario. I can't even tell you how many times you'd hear people say, "well that could never happen to me." Hearing what you've gone through really puts everything into a very clear perspective.

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 41 on 9/14/2012 4:31 AM >
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Damn, that is a real eye-opener. I guess we all kinda ignore the perils in some way. Most of us figure that climbing is more dangerous than anything. I know that sometimes that slow crawl is what gets you though. Hope you keep doing better, sorry to hear how things have been. Hard luck there.

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 42 on 9/14/2012 12:49 PM >
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Thank you very much for sharing your story and I am so sorry for what you have, and are going through. I have never even considered wearing a respirator. I always thought they would be to much of a pain-in-the-ass, the building didn't require one since all the windows were broke out, this would never happen to me.....blah, blah, blah.

I just ordered 2 of them (one for me and one for my exploring buddy) yesterday and if I have the slightest concern over wether I should wear it or not, I WILL!

Thank you again and wishing you the best as you move forward.

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 43 on 9/14/2012 4:24 PM >
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Glad to hear things have been getting better and your health is also moving along on a positive note.

I think you also motivated me to finally sort out storage of my resp. I always put it in a plastic bag in my camera bag, but really I don't think that's enough. I think I should probably pick up plastic covers for the filters so whatever got stuck to the outside of the filters, doesn't end up bouncing around in the main plastic bag and ends up in the face mask part. occasionally I have to run at a location, and I know that has to end up mixing things up in there.

It's only a little bit of extra work to ensure I'm not filtering air, only to end up breathing that crap in the next time I use the mask.

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 44 on 9/14/2012 11:25 PM >
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Posted by maypost
After being away for so long, I wondered if anyone would remember me.


who could forget that avatar! I hope things get better for you.. and thanks for the 'reality strikes' story... it has the thought engrained in my mind from now on... that is for sure.

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 45 on 8/18/2013 1:05 PM >
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Glad to hear you are mending. Thanks for the wake-up call. Ordering masks for self and son today.

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 46 on 8/18/2013 4:44 PM >
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Thank you for sharing. I'm happy to have always had a few laying around I'm 90% good about wearing.

I wish happiness to you sir no matter what troubles you.

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 47 on 8/19/2013 2:43 AM >
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Whoa brother.
I knew you were ill ...
But not this ill.
Never saw this thread before.

Posted by maypost
Those of you who know me and are still around will probably already know what this is going to be about, and everyone else could really benefit from hearing my story. It deals directly with exploring and the extremely grim consequences of not being smart and safe with something that was not only my hobby, but my number one passion in life.

I started exploring large asylums and power plants when I was about 15(I'm 32 now). Almost instantly, I was hooked. I spent the better part of 15 years exploring 3 or more days a week. It truly was a love that outlasted every relationship I had, even my marriage. Anyone who knows me, probably knows that I am a stubborn, hard-headed, and sometimes wreakless bastard. Countless times, fellow-explorers as well as friends who took an interest in my hobby would ask about asbestos/lead ect. They would tell me I should use a respirator. My stock reply was always "masks are for haloween". I thought taking precautions like that were lame, attention seeking and pointless. I was dead wrong, almost literally...

Fast forward to about this time last year. I had a stubborn cough that lingered for months. As time went on, it only got worse and more frequent, until last October, I finally went to the hospital to get it checked out, once I started coughing up blood on a regular basis. I was put through a gauntlet of invasive tests. I was given a PPD to test for TB, blood cultures were taken, even a lumbar puncture and finally a CT scan. It turned out that what the DR's thought was most likely a bas case of chronic bronchitis was much more serious. I don't want to say outright what was wrong, because it's a petty, ugly illness and we'll not dignify it by speaking its name unless absolutely necessary. But suffice to say, my life was in mediate danger. Over the past year I have been on medications and treatments that have all but destroyed me. I have spent more nights admitted in ICU than in my own bed. I used to be 6'3" weighing in at 195 lbs, I got down to 120 and I am still struggling to maintain a weight of at least 160. Last march I had to undergo a major surgery where more than half of my left lung had to removed as well as the majority of my lymph nodes on my left side. To this day I am still recovering from the damage my meds have done as well as the trauma of a major surgery. I am on the road to recovery and I am very lucky for that. Hell, I am beyond lucky to be alive to be typing this right now. But that knowledge does not help me with the crippling debt of medical bills that skyrocket well over the 100 grand mark.

After speaking to all of my DRs and specialists, it is universally agreed that this was all a direct cause of exploring and because of the damage that was done to my body, the odds are, I can never explore again... Ever.

Years of exposure to asbestos, plaster dust, lead and god knows what else took its toll on me in a very drastic way. I was told by both my pulmonologist and my oncologist that had I worn a proper respirator, none of this would have happened. I am not saying I deserve what happened , but it was a direct result of the poor decisions that I made. So in a kind of poetic way, I DO deserve it on some level.

So, for what it's worth, I would give serious thought to protecting yourselves when you're out there exploring. The attitude I adopted of thinking the odds of anything happening to me were astronomical, ended up biting me in the ass at a very early age. I would absolutely hate to see or hear of anyone in this community going through even a similar ordeal, even the people I am not fond of. NOBODY should experience that. So I hope at least a few people take this to heart and maybe we can prevent a little misery from cropping up in the future. My negligence ended up almost costing me my life and it robbed me of following a passion that really was my entire world. Please please PLEASE don't let that happen to you.






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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 48 on 8/19/2013 2:09 PM >
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anymore on this? Is he Ok

This is really an eyeopener

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 49 on 8/19/2013 2:17 PM >
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Posted by Maglyte
anymore on this? Is he Ok

This is really an eyeopener

the lyte
I doubt it although it is almost at this threads one year anniversary

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 50 on 8/19/2013 2:47 PM >
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I certainly hope he is

but I just noticed he hasn't been online in a while

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 51 on 8/19/2013 3:00 PM >
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Posted by Maglyte
I certainly hope he is

but I just noticed he hasn't been online in a while


While he is most likely okay I belt he felt no need to stay here as he can't explore anymore the posts would just make him wants to again though he couldn't

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 52 on 8/19/2013 5:29 PM >
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WTF are you talking about?
Don't post drunk and if you don't know the man, STFU and don't speak for him.

Posted by Evilbunny
While he is most likely okay I belt he felt no need to stay here as he can't explore anymore the posts would just make him wants to again though he couldn't




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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 53 on 8/29/2013 6:34 PM >
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Hey ya'll, I just wanted to pop in and say hi.

Things are going pretty darn good, finally. Other than an extremely small setback about a month ago that was remedied quickly and thoroughly, I've been given a clean bill of health! I'm still about 30lbs underweight but that number is slowly but surely decreasing. But I am getting my energy back and feeling generally better all around. Thanks for all of your well wishes, it truly means a lot to know I was in your thoughts and hearts.

I have been staying off the site because, in addition to me no longer exploring, I just haven't been online, apart from facebooking on my phone. There could be some truth to it being bittersweet about seeing others exploring. But less than you'd think. It's mainly just life, and you can bet I'm thankful for that excuse!

Yo, DevilC, check your inbox, holla!

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 54 on 8/29/2013 6:51 PM >
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Posted by maypost
Hey ya'll, I just wanted to pop in and say hi.

Things are going pretty darn good, finally. Other than an extremely small setback about a month ago that was remedied quickly and thoroughly, I've been given a clean bill of health! I'm still about 30lbs underweight but that number is slowly but surely decreasing. But I am getting my energy back and feeling generally better all around. Thanks for all of your well wishes, it truly means a lot to know I was in your thoughts and hearts.

I have been staying off the site because, in addition to me no longer exploring, I just haven't been online, apart from facebooking on my phone. There could be some truth to it being bittersweet about seeing others exploring. But less than you'd think. It's mainly just life, and you can bet I'm thankful for that excuse!

Yo, DevilC, check your inbox, holla!


So good to hear from you. Glad things are working out.

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 55 on 9/24/2013 5:42 AM >
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I've thought about wearing a mask, but until reading this thread a few days ago was always an afterthought. You definitely have a compelling story, and its incredibly unfortunate that you have to go through this, OP. Illness, injury, etc preventing you from what you love to do is the worst.

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 56 on 9/24/2013 12:24 PM >
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hope you get better soon buddy! this has just set the notion of respirators in concrete.

thanks for sharing your story.

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 57 on 9/25/2013 4:01 PM >
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Good to hear man!

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Re: Public Service announcement
<Reply # 58 on 9/26/2013 2:47 PM >
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Welcome back!

I think it's time for me to start saving my money so I can buy a respirator.

I wish you the best of luck with your recovery!

Seek and ye shall find...
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