Can I get an opinion on this?
I have researched occupational lung diseases including industrial injury emphesyma and bronchiolitis melanoma cancer, pleural plaques and alveolar alveoli.
I am just 42 and did not start smoking until I was in my mid 20's. I worked at a high school in Manchester as a caretaker/building manager from 1998 – 2003. I had tried submitting a claim with IIDB regarding my now chronic lung disease industrial injury to no avail. Since when is emphysema and bronchiolitis and severe lung damage from when I was younger not an industrial disease or chronic lung disease?
Now I have worked for the said authority since 1991 - 2003 when I resigned due to BSF and contractual issues. It's not like I wasn't a member of a popular union at the time I was exposed to asbestos and cement dust, etc., etc. on a daily basis in my capacity as a live in caretaker/building manager at the said high school. I attribute my now chronic lung disease to the said school and even when I resigned, there was no escape as I was still being exposed to various BSF demolition and builders dust while waiting to be rehoused off site.
There is more to this story, but in the interests of privacy, I can't talk about it specifically. But I still feel that having been exposed to asbestos, cement, demolition and builders dust in a school that had a shelf life of only 30 years and was only demolished after 50 has given me this chronic lung disease.
One example is the 1 1/2 in steel gas pipe will rot right through with just a bit of cement stuck on it after 30 years. I know my lungs are not made of steel.
Asbestos diseases manifest themselves in different ways. Some symptoms take many years – even decades – to appear and exposure from a long time ago might only much later show up as a disease. Some of these conditions are malignant and some are not. Melanoma is a type of cancer that destroys the pleura but emphysema destroys the pleura just like asbestos, except it's not correct to say asbestos fibers damaging the pleura in the same way.
Bronchiolitis is abnormal bronchi and becomes filled with excess amount of mucus. If not checked, it will destroy your alveoli just like asbestos the fibres usually resist and destroy these blood cells like bronchiolitis, promoting further inflammation, further mucus and irreversible scarring, fibrosis and destruction of the alveoli.
It looks to me like I am victim of the ongoing cuts in IIDB, and having undergone my first medical review and CT scan of my chronic condition that made me sick, my lung specialist at a hospital who has just diagnosed me with this serious condition did say my lungs where full of holes and I had suffered a major lung injury trauma from when I was younger and I also have emphysema and bronchiolitis.
I am no lung specialist and it's very hard finding one who will confirm this, but I think I know what the early signs of asbestos-related diseases are. That's why I feel my injury is a direct result of my work and living conditions as a caretaker at the high school, but as with everything, time will tell.