Although it makes sense, I have never happened to see the impacts of forest fire smoke documented. It is now fire season in Montana and the day the smoke rolled in I began a downward trend. And my eyes feel horrible. I am also sleeping even more poorly than usual (I will post about sleep apnea surely at some point).
I will also go out on a limb here and say that fighting forest fires is contra indicated for CFIDS patients. This is not a relevant limitiation for most patients, I am guessing, but I was once a wildland firefighter and until last year I kept my quals current as part of my job. So it is just one more bummer on the list that I may not ever fight a fire again. My subconscious (subconscience?) has been ready for a fire call since the moment I first smelled smoke.
|Baker River Hot Shots (one yr before I was there)|
|Post fire research|
|My guard station|
|Couple years after me but a lot like my last night with crew|