Toad in the Hole

January 25, 2006

Annals of Human Stupidity, Chapter Lazy-8

This little item has bestirred the Toad from her annual deep-winter torpor just to note its existence as a cultural marker. NB that pyrethrin/um/oids can be a potent allergen... yer average allergen is totally natural, after all, and this set has been pretty widely reported.

Thanks and a hat tip to homie PSoTD for the link.

Posted at January 25, 2006 05:05 PM


this is just creepy. i don't know from pesticides -- heard a lot of bad stories about crop-dusting, groundwater contamination, the potential for brain damage from exposure to certain toxins, etc.

making it easy for the neighbors and local businesses to spray everyone in range with "just" allergens sounds stupid and dangerous. one of my kids has asthma. anyone who thinks being dosed with a load of allergens is no big deal has never spent time with an asthmatic in crisis, choking for breath because his or her lungs are so constricted.

one of my son's worst asthma crises was when the park service cleared non-native eucalyptus off of angel island, and decided to burn the cleared trees. eucalyptus is natural, and the island is quite a few miles away, but the wind blew our way. we ended up in the hospital for 3 days, following a harrowing trip to the ER. the meds they use to open the lungs also cranked up his heart rate, made him jittery, and kept him from sleeping for a long time. he was terrified.

i understand wanting to avoid mosquitos, having lived in the south. the traditional methods include screened porches, bug-zappers, personal applications of skin-so-soft or DEET according to taste, and staying indoors while the skeeters are about.

Posted by: kathy a at January 26, 2006 05:37 PM

"...They could go down to the Home Depot and throw anything in there. That doesn't give me a warm and fuzzy feeling."

"Warm and fuzzy" is most certainly not thye feeling I'd have, either.

Posted by: Craig R. at January 26, 2006 06:18 PM

I'm a wheezer too. I get it. I also get how clueless the average humanoid is about tossing nasty stuff around, if it Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, or especially if it's about "only an allergy." I harbor the knowledge in my flinty old heart that allergies are in some part a matter of threshold, and people who thought they weren't allergic to anything in particular can be nastily surprised, well into middle age.

I'm an old enough wheezer to have had lots of experience with epinephrine, too, and it ain't pleasant. You bet it makes you jittery and sleepless -- it's one of our own "fight-or-flight" crisis hormones. It makes you feel terrified, it's part of what your body's pumping when you're scared.

It was what we had to use when I was an asthmatic kid in the '50s -- I had a hand-pump nebulizer I carried most places, with IIRC a .09%? epi solution in it, and I took a few hits when I got wheezy. It's probably why the bully kids didn't mess with me. I certainly wasn't physically imposing.

It made the roof of my mouth itch, along with the obvious stuff.

I got an injection of it whenever I got really sick, and you know, it affected the way I view my own emotions. I knew I was scared to death, and I knew why: the shot.

My mother taught me a simple breathing exercise to get it all slowed down and more under my control. I used to teach that to the wheezer kids in the hospital, when I was a nurse. Still useful. (Thanks, Mom!)

Posted by: Ron at January 27, 2006 05:15 PM

hey, u r really really cool!

Posted by: Dayana at February 2, 2006 05:23 PM