The thing I hate most about summer are fires. In my area, we are in the fourth year of a drought, so everything is very, VERY dry. Scary dry. Like if someone was driving down the highway and flipped their cigarette out the window......it would start a fire.
Yesterday, we spent the day on the lake, and as we were driving back home, we saw 3 different fires (in a half hour drive home.) Yikes!!
I am a little paranoid about forest fires and the smoke they cause. About 10 years ago, we had a big forest fire and smoke from the fire filled the valley. It was during the 4th of July holiday, so everyone was lighting fireworks too (which added more smoke to the neighborhood.) Son #2 was young at the time, and like most boys, he wanted to be outside and watch the neighborhood fireworks. He was struggling to breathe, so we brought him in and gave him a breathing treatment on the nebulizer.
It usually works. But this time, it didn't seem to help. He just "didn't look right." I was really worried, so I took him to the emergency room. He got worse and worse (even with all the medical equipment hooked up to him in the emergency room) and he almost died. From an asthma attack. Who knew that smoke could kill your child? It was an experience I will never forget. And we definitely learned from what we did wrong!
If you have asthma, and there is a forest fire nearby, be careful!! If the fire department or police come around the neighborhood to tell you to evacuate, get out-FAST!!
I can buy a new house, a new car and new furniture. But I can't buy a new son. The smoke from the fire filled the valley so quickly, we didn't realize what was going on. Now we know better. We have evacuated one other time because of another fire.
I hope they get the fires out here. The air doesn't look too bad, but I already used my inhaler this morning. If the air gets worse - I am outta here!!