I have asthma, it is allergic reaction asthma. Which means it is triggered by specific allergies that I have.
For me, the worst is smoke, doesn’t matter, cigarette smoke, wood burning smoke, or trash burning smoke. Another really bad one for me is dust. OMG it is horrible – My throat closes down, and I can’t breathe. I have an inhaler, which I hate because it affects me horribly, my heart races, and I get so horribly debilitated from it. It’s like it depresses my whole system.
Many in my area of town burn stuff, usually it lasts 20 minutes or so and then it’s gone, usually it blows off pretty quickly. My next door neighbor started burning stuff one day, and the smoke just flooded right in to the house. We ended up paying someone to come in, bag up and haul away the trash. We explained my problem, and so far only small fires.
Occasionally someone, well we now know it is a parking lot 2 streets West of us, starts burning and they will burn for 4 to 6 hours.
On two occasions recently I’ve had to go in to our office/TV room, where thankfully we have air conditioning, and be held prisoner there. They started burning again the other day, and after 3 hours I called a friend who is Mexican and she conference called me on calls to both the police and the, well essentially the environmental office.
The bomberos, aka firemen, came within about half and hour and climbed on our roof and fence, and then walked about to try and see from where the smoke was coming. They identified it as the parking lot 2 blocks away and reported back to us that they had advised the people there that burning is illegal, that I was being adversely affected, and made them put the fire out. I don’t think they actually issued a ticket.
A fellow from the environmental office showed up several hours later, so silly, he asked me if I knew who was burning, and I tried explaining about the bomberos, and that he should speak with them for the details. He then tried to get me to sign some form letter with nothing in any of the blanks, I refused, so I’m pretty sure it’s not going any farther than that.
It’s tough, not knowing the language, and I have only myself to blame.
One of the things I really appreciate about living here in Mexico, and in particular Merida, are the freedoms it allows. The oppressive rules that don’t exist here, I mean in the USofA the government has become so intrusive, to the point that there no longer exists personal responsibility. If anything happens it’s someone else’s fault. If I trip on the sidewalk it’s your fault because the sidewalk is uneven, I mean really! If I spill hot coffee on myself, it’s your fault because the coffee is too hot! I mean really!
But that freedom comes at a price – It’s as a friend states,
Why do I like living in Mexico?
If I choose to keep a horse in my yard, I can. . .
. . . but I must then accept that my neighbor may want a pig.
Debi in Merida