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Carbon monoxide poisoning
Symptoms and effects on work and career

Long term carbon monoxide symptoms and effects:

  • Ongoing physical, mental and behavioral, and relationship symptoms and effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can [severely] reduce the ability of the survivor to be productive in a way the once were. This can lead to [significant] changes to work and career

  • Ongoing physical, mental and behavioral, and relationship symptoms and effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can [severely] impact the self image of the survivor. This stress can lead to a [significant] loss of self confidence

Who is impacted by long term effects:

  • An unknown but meaningful percentage of survivors will experience changes to their work life following poisoning, particularly those with serious poisoning

  • Many more may experience life changes in the years following carbon monoxide poisoning that they do not recognize as being related to poisoning

From the mouths of carbon monoxide poisoning survivors:

  • Work seems [much] more difficult than it used to be

  • I'm having [a lot of] problems getting things done

  • I can't keep track of things

  • I just can't remember details like I used to

  • I just can't handle stress the way I used to

  • I find myself frustrated [a lot] more often than I used to be

  • I find it [so] difficult to be productive

  • I just can't function the way I used to
  • I can no longer work at all

  • I get tired so much easier (and when I am tired it is [much] more difficult getting things done)

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C O poisoning
raymond watson from united kingdom
i went unconsious in 1958 diagnosed as epilepcy but events suggest CO poisioning , after that unsucessful at work and had to retire at 53. i always believed CO poisioning was the cause and this article comfirms it.

Work as a Carhauler
Rex Mackall from Berea Ohio
Trucks we drive are old and very questionable as far as the leakage of exhaust into the cab while driving. I have been driving the same truck since January, and have written it up for exhaust leak many times, we just have to take there word for it, no tests are done, no saftey promised. My truck recently went into the shop for major repairs and I had to drive a different truck. What a difference in the way I feel, not 100%, but much better. After this I called the mechanic, explained this to him, he gave me the same run-around.Called and left a message with the Terminal Manager, and still no response. After contacting my Union official, now we will see! In the meantime, all the symtoms you decribe in the article, I exhibit. I am lucky to be alive, cause of dozing off while driving, and taking a nap while idling. I really upset about this, I work hard and now I feel like Im slowly dying!

Thanks for this site
Jay from Mn
I really appreciate this site. I was poisoned for 5 years and didn\\\\\\\'t know it. I started reading through some of the posts people have written and most of it read like a text book of how I am feeling. I have a lot of trouble with anxiety now ands don\\\\\\\'t even feel like the same person I was anymore. While I wouldn\\\\\\\'t want anyone to go through what I am it helps to read others are and keeps me grounded enough to know I\\\\\\\'m not crazy.

CO PIOSINING
LOUIS PEENS from SOUTH AFRICA
NECK PIANS LEGS AND NECK PIANS FOR SICK YEARS SEE DOKTER AL KIND OF PILLS BUT NOTHING WORKS LAMNUNES IN LEGES SLEEPLIS LEGES DURING NIGHT CRAMPS IN MY MUSCELLS FOR SIX YEARS NOW AND IN WORKING IN CONTROL ROOM WITH HIGH CO AND CO2 ONE MORNING I CAME FROM WORK AND JUST WENT BLANK NEARLY DRIVE IN TO TREES MUSCULAR PAINS AL OVER MY BODY PLEASE HELP WENT FOR X RAYS NECK AND BACK NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT IM SIXTY TWO YEARS OLD SHORT BRETH IF IA TALKING TO FAST AL THE SIMTOMS IF REED IN ARTICALS ABOUT CO AND CO2 HEART LUNG NERVES THROUHG OUT BODY NO CONTROL OWER BY BLADER WATER RUNNING SELF IF BEEN AWAY NOW FROM WORK AND AL THAT SIMTOMS DIS APEAR IF CAN EVEN CONTROL MY BLADDER NOW

My entire life got turned upside down
Monica from Colorado
I can no longer work, my relationships have suffered - A LOT! My self confidence has vanished. I try to keep my spirits up and adapt to what has happened to me, but its hard. I so appreciate this site because it lets me know that I am not alone and others struggle just as I do.

Thank you for creating this site and keeping it up to date!

omg all this info was and is me
ricky swallow from brisbane ,austrailia
im a sandblaster and i was co2 piosend at work for about 2 months with out knowing it i had all the things that were mentioned on this site i all so was passing blood. i thourght i was going to die and still going to work then one day i put my helmet on and the suplyed air smelt like lpg .. that day we found out that my boss was swiching to compressers into one line and was filling up our fillters with a mixture of oil and water.. when we asked for a sorry he just stood there and said nothing was wrighten down so it didn\\\'t happin i lost all control and was taken to a clinic now child survice makes me my wife and my little girl see a doc ..this all started 6/7/2011 .today it is 9/4/2012 and things still haven\\\'t gone back to the way it use to be i hate nigle johnson owner/manager of brisbane abrasive blasting

brittany
Brittany from Ar.
We just realized that our family has been breathing in carbon monoxide for THREE YEARS! due to a faulty hot water heater installation. Everything seems to make sense! The tiredness, the migrains, the thinking I heard someone in my house when there is nothing there. Prolonged carbon monoxide poisoning can make a person think they are crazy

Work difficulties
Vicky M
I and my coworkers have been exposed to low levels of CO for a long period of time. We work in a bakery and have been noticing CO symptoms for years... now we are all having trouble fighting our case to prove yes we have all the symptoms and then some.

Daniel
For me getting things started and finished is so much harder than it was. Keeping track of things is brutal. It is epsecially difficult when I'm tired or feel stressed

brian from wa
im unable to work at this time

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