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Sarkismet - Wednesday, June 6, 2007 - 10:12pmallergy | poison | stick welding
Hi, I'm taking Art Metal and Welding: Intro to Multiple Process over this summer semester. We started out stick welding and I think I might be allergic to something. I have Art Metal for five hours and welding for five hours and Texas is really hot and I know I should be tired but I am experiencing some other problems. My text book only briefly discusses lead poisoning and metal fume fever. I seem to get exhausted quickly when welding. I take about 7 breaks in 5 hours and make sure to get plenty of water. After welding my face feels sun burnt, I don't think my hood lens is cracked cause I don't have any eye problems. I think something is mixing with my sweat. It itches for about two days. I have to put calgel on it. I'm getting bad cramps in my legs and arms and my right hand gets really sore when I'm welding. Even now it's hard for me to grip. When I get home my sinuses and throat are sore and the next day my chest hurts. I bought some respirators and used them the last time I welded. My face didn't itch around my mouth but my lungs hurt even more. The worst is like mega flu pain all over (worsened by the soreness from cramping)especially in my shoulders. I thought maybe I wasn't used to the strain (I am hammering copper for five hours before cutting and welding steel for five hours) but it seems to be getting worse. Is this all normal and self limiting or am I going to have a brain hemorrage in class tomorrow? btw I'M ONLY 28. This is a great site and I love seeing everyone's work especially since I'm new to Art Metal and don't yet know all that is possible. Maybe one of you have some experience with this stuff. I won't hold it against you if you call me a wussy. I just want to make sure I'm not committing to something that will make me miserable.