Thursday, January 05, 2006

"It wasn't bad. I just went to sleep."

Miners' Notes Reveal Their Final Moments.

Precious notes, delirious scrawls, recovered from Sago. The miners chose not to tell of their headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Here are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

But it is possible for someone with early CO poisoning to drift off to sleep, and die when the concentration becomes lethal. Perhaps they didn't suffer too much...

We watch the lone survivor anxiously. He's at risk for delayed effects: motor abnormalities, cognitive impairments, mood changes. It will be a long struggle.


Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said...

This was such a tragedy.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the standard line of "no blood for oil", it's worth remembering that there has always been blood, life, limb and pain paid for doing things. I worked in the energy industry (oil mostly) for many years, and know first hand. Coal is a nasty business. Thirty years ago, President Carter promised to double our coal production... to meet various energy goals. He didn't have a clue.
Like "those who go down to the sea in ships", miners and oilfield workers are living rough lives as part of our energy economy.

6:27 AM  

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