Jock’s a regular at hos­pi­tal

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

JOCK McLur­can is in hos­pi­tal all the time with chem­i­cally-trig­gered al­ler­gic re­ac­tions.

“I’ve been to hos­pi­tal dozens of times. Some­times they put me on oxy­gen, but mostly they just mon­i­tor me,” the Monto farm worker said.

The re­ac­tion usu­ally in­volved swelling up of the throat and tongue, sore eyes and tin­gling around the face.

“We never had much pro­tec­tion years ago,” he said.

“But I only started get­ting th­ese re­ac­tions about 20 years ago and I’ve been a farmer all my life.

“I used to have pigs, and the pig feed would set me off worse than the spray.”

Now when he sprays mung beans he is kit­ted out in a full body suit, gog­gles and mask, but said he still got al­ler­gies.

“I take an an­ti­his­tamine ev­ery day now,” he said.

“Once you have a chem­i­cal al­lergy even the slight­est whiff can set you off.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

SE­RI­OUS AL­LER­GIES: Jock McLur­can has used chem­i­cals to spray crops all his life, and still some­times has al­ler­gic re­ac­tions even when wear­ing protective cloth­ing.

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