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Bizarre symptoms; was my daughter overexposed to pesticides?

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  • Posted By: 007mom
  • August 1, 2010
  • 07:27 PM

September 2008, my daughter was 21 and working in a small, 15x15, not so clean building. She worked alone most of the time. She began to experience a problem with jumping spiders. Orkin increased their "monthly" spray contract and began to spray weekly. My daughter had been exposed to these sprays for 8 months, with no caution, time away etc. She was present for all sprays, sitting within a foot of the sprays, and not advised to not touch items after spraying. When the weekly sprays began she broke out in a horrible rash on her forearms and her neck area. She had seen spiders on her arm and assumed she was being bitten, she continued to complain to her employer. Orkin was continuing to come out each Monday and spray, however the man spraying advised my daughter that he was spraying a very high concentrated amount due to the fact the spiders were not disappearing..again, no instructions to leave the building, open a door, or not touch the product... During this time I began to notice my daughters personality began to change drastically, I thought her pending wedding was stressing her out, but her entire demeanor changed, she also began to have respitory infections, leg cramps, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, thyroid levels very low, swollen glands in her throat, but none of this was related to pesticides..She went to the dermatologist who said the skin rash did not look like spider bites, but could be, she diagnosed dermatitis, again no questions or reference to the pesticides used..For at least 8 weeks my daughter sat within feet of very high concentrated pesticide spraying. Within the next few weeks my daughter became violent, had severe insomnia, terrible mood swings, memory loss, concentration problems, and weight loss, and the list goes on..She would react to a tiny bit of alcohol as if she had ingested 10 times the amount..We had no idea what was wrong with her. In January 2009, she left the company, but a month later, totally out of character for her, she began to isolate herself from friends and family.. She had been very close to her family prior to this exposure, and her behavior became so bizarre...we had no idea what was wrong. She did have a toxicology report done in February 2009, due to a horrible reaction again, to a small bit of alcohol...the hospital called her back and told her the bloodwork was way out of the ordinary, they were thinking she had been given some type of chemical. She had so distanced herself from her loved ones at this point that we could not talk to her or her doctors.. While watching a tv program last week I saw a story about a woman who was overexposed to pesticides and after 1.5 years of trying to figure out what is wrong with my daughter, this is the only thing that makes sense..***What do I do now?*** She is still sick, however, she is finally willing to talk to me and seek treatment...where do we go from here? What type of doctor? Will workers comp be responsible? Should Orkin have sprayed that often, high concentrate with her in the room? Any help you can offer would be helpful..I have no idea who treats this type of illness, or if anything can be done to help her now..Thank you..

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