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    Posted by helen carter on 12/10/03

    On 9/28/03, Richard wrote:
    > my wife was diagnosed with Allergie Rinositised with
    > Multiple chimical Sensitivities (MCS) (also call
    > Enviromental Illness, Idiopathic Enviromental Illness) nine
    > years ago, the problem was very basic and easily
    > controlled, the doctor notifying her employer and
    > recommended some simple environmental changes that could
    > prevent her condition from getting worse, they didn't
    > respond to the doctors letter at all, over the past nine
    > years my wife has repeatedly ask for help, the school
    > district that she worked for has done nothing, she has
    > tried everything, prescriptions, garlic in her nose,
    > wearing a mask, ect.
    > she is now at the point where she can only be in the
    > building for a few minutes, if we go out for dinner we eat
    > at 330 in the afternoon before the restaurant gets busy,
    > instead of going to the movie at 7 in the evening like we
    > used to, we now go at 12:30 noon on a workday, and
    > sometimes we still have to get up and leave, I'm sure that
    > you are familiar with the many other changes that we have
    > had to make, all because her employer refused to make
    > acceptable working connections for her. the past two years
    > have been the worst, coming home sick and crying, trying to
    > recuperate for the next day's work, the past few months
    > some days she could only work for three or four hours,
    > before she had to leave the building.
    > we lived in Washington state, my question is, in this state
    > are there any rules that you are aware of, that could help
    > my wife's situation. she has not worked at all for the past
    > six months, her situation will not improve. at home she
    > gets better because of all of things we have done to keep
    > the house clean, fifteen minutes in a public building, and
    > all the symptoms are back.
    > the doctor's letter nine years ago described exactly what
    > would happen if precautions were not observe, over the
    > years, we now know he was correct in every detail. we
    > appreciate any suggestions you can offer,
    > about two months ago my wife went to the L and I Dr. that
    > they told us to go to, his report describes her situation
    > very well, it says do not let anyone tell you your problem
    > is in your head, it is real, I only wish that my profession
    > could do something to help you and others that suffer from
    > this problem.he went on and imput some of the other doctors
    > reports. overall we thought it was a good and accurate
    > report until we read the very last line, "she has no
    > disability" two months ago they stopped her
    > compensation,prescription, and said they wanted her to
    > return the (money) compensation they had already sent to
    > her. if anyone is aware of a similar situation perhaps in
    > some way we could help each other, we would appreciate
    > hearing from you.

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