|Forum topic by Underdog||posted 03-11-2015 06:16 PM||1404 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
03-11-2015 06:16 PM
Tell me what you know about woodworkers being susceptible to pneumothorax (AKA collapsed lung)?
I spent the last week in the hospital getting my lung pumped back up. Not what I had planned for the week. Easily the most strange thing I ever had happen to me… And those drugs they knock you out with will send you on the wildest trip imaginable. Ever see the movie “TRON”? It was like being in that movie… Ribs still recovering from the drain tube insertion. Ow. Praying, please God NO, on the relapse, as it means full blown surgery. I DO NOT WANT!
I do some woodturning and carving at home, work in a cabinet shop (tech guy- so mostly office work and machine setup/repair). I occasionally am in contact with finishing supplies (lacquer and thinner) without a filter. The last thing I was doing was fixing our edgebander and cleaning out the glue pot with lacquer thinner… so I’m sorta wondering about the thinner…
Before you ask, no, there was no injury, and no known underlying conditions. I don’t smoke or drink. I AM 6’2”, and relatively thin (could lose 25 pounds though). I found out the height automatically makes me susceptible to a collapsed lung.
Any trained medical specialists that can shed light on the subject?
-- "woodworker with an asterisk"