No Money, No Problems

While working at ABT I've noticed even more so how much money is a motivating factor in people's decisions. Money has been the reason people take risks and sadly it is also the reason many lives have ended. About a year ago we received a phone call from a woman mourning the loss of her husband. Something had happened and she needed our clean up services. We loaded up and headed north of Atlanta, Georgia to the base of the Appalachian Mountains. Taking one of the rare moments we have in our busy lives on our way there and just enjoying the scenery of the most beautiful country in the USA. The neighborhood we were going to was in a rural community. Every home we passed sat on a large piece of land. Some of them seemed to be openly inviting you with their rows of pecan trees lining the…

Maggots, Blood, and Grime, Just Another Day!

As you can see from the picture the maggots had started to infest this bloody, leftover remains of a human body we cleaned up this week. The story was this guy worked at a job where he was exposed to a lot of chemicals and at times pretty intense fumes and fire.  He had a few close calls where he was exposed to chemicals that had leaked on his skin and burned him a few times. Apparently the last week of his life he worked on a train derailment for several days straight on an out of town job.  The job was dangerous because tankers carrying dangerous chemicals had overturned causing a chemical spill and fire.  The fumes were bad and even though he wore a plastic suit and mask he had inhaled in a great deal of the chemicals when his mask had fallen off. He suffered internal burns…

The End of an Era – Antibiotics & Superbugs

What is the most common thing to do when you develop a sore throat, fever, skin rash, or other ailment? Here in the good ole USA most will make an appointment and go see their doctor.  Depending on the diagnosis the doctor is likely to  prescribe an antibiotic and all is well. What we are beginning to experience though,  are new strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.  Could we be facing an END to Antibiotics as we know them? Could we be facing serious NIGHTMARES in the near future as our commonly prescribed antibiotics become increasingly ineffective? What can we do to protect ourselves? For years health officials have been warning that there is a problem with antibiotic overuse and the development of superbugs. MRSA is one such superbug extremely difficult to treat and found in hospitals, prisons,  and nursing homes.  Many afflicted with MRSA are those with…