Jock’s a regular at hospital
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.”
SERIOUS ALLERGIES: Jock McLurcan has used chemicals to spray crops all his life, and still sometimes has allergic reactions even when wearing protective clothing.